High Security Alert in towns of Northern Arakan
Sittwe Dec 15: In the northern towns of the
Buthe Daung, Rathe Daung, Maung Daw, the local authority has increased the
security arrangements due to the fear of communal violence between
Arakanese Buddhists and Muslim communities.
"Though there is no official curfew in Sittwe, those found on the street
after have been arrested by the military. They cannot be bailed
out. The troops are everywhere through out the city, as they were in the
Coup of 1988. They are guarding every street corner," a city resident
Due to the fear of communal violence, which had been intense in the middle
northern towns of Arakan.
"There is heightened security in Sittwe and Maung Daw. Recently there was
a brawl between an Arakanese student and a Muslim youth. There were some
security scares, but the authority managed to contain it in time. However,
Maung Kyaw Zin Khant, a protagonist of the brawl, is still missing. There
was also a group of Muslims, who wanted to stir up the community, which
alight the Muslim religious school. This is why the authorities of these
two towns are really careful with the communal problems," said a Maung Daw
Those civilians, who stay on the streets of Sittwe after , are
accused of being political dissidents and many of them are still in
In 1942, on the eve of Japanese invasion into
spread into Arakan and resulted in violent clashes between Arakanese and
Muslim residents of Arakan, leaving tens of thousands of people dead.
Since then, the two communities have been at odds.