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Curfew lifted in Mandalay after sectarian strife eases

Publication Date : 12-08-2014

 

Authorities ended a curfew yesterday in Myanmar's second-largest city, where sectarian violence left two people dead and 17 others injured last month.

"As the situation is calm now, we have decided to lift curfew in all seven townships of Mandalay," Ohne Lwin, spokesman for the Mandalay regional government, said.

Violence between Buddhists and Muslims broke out on July 1, following allegations that two Muslim brothers who own a teashop had raped a Buddhist female member of staff. Police said the accusations turned out to be false. Authorities imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew in all seven townships of Mandalay since July 3.

Police also arrested 42 suspects in the ensuing days. Last week, 14 of them were sentenced to four years in prison for involvement in riots, arson, incitement and illegal possession of weapons. Police said they were still hunting for main culprits in the deaths of one Buddhist and one Muslim, reports said. Nearly 400 other people were charged for violations of the curfew.

 

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