Maungdaw, Arakan State: The emergency Act 144 was extended again for two months starting from April 10, 2013 by Maungdaw high officials – U Kyi San, Township admin officer and U Aung Myint Soe, District admin officer- referring for stable and peace in town, according to an official from Maungdaw.
“The emergency Act was again issued for unwanted event in the Maungdaw during the Buddhist water festival which is coming on April 13 – 18 (officially April 13-16).”
But, Rohingya community in Maungdaw said the emergency Act is to harass and to restrict their movement within their areas. Showing the Act, security forces are trying to extort money from Rohingya community.
The emergency Act was first imposed in Maungdaw on June 10, 2012 after Rakhines and Rohingyas fight each other to control the conflict, but the Act is only for Rohingya community not for Rakhine, said a politician.
U Hla Myint, a police sergeant, is disturbing Rohingyas to extort money from Block number 5 where Rohingyas established a makeshift market in the village, according to a vender from the market.
“U Hla Myint came to our market every day and drives the Rohingya venders from market. He asked money if want to stay inside the market.”
All over the Burma, the water festival is only celebrated from April 13-16, but in Maungdaw district, the water festival is celebrated from April 13 – 18 which made other religious community (Rohingya) uneasy as some labors are facing starvation with in their town, said a teacher from Maungdaw.