Authorities Relax Mandalay Curfew

Authorities Relax Mandalay Curfew

Riot police charge on 26th (B) Road of Mandalay in early July. (Photo: Teza Hlaing / The Irrawaddy)

Riot police charge on 26th (B) Road of Mandalay in early July. (Photo: Teza Hlaing / The Irrawaddy)

MANDALAY — Mandalay Divisional Information Department announced that the curfew in the city will be shortened with one hour starting on Monday, and residents will be required to stay indoors from 10 pm to 3 am.

Residents were previously ordered to stay inside from 9 pm to 3 am. During curfew hours, gatherings of five people or more are also prohibited.

Burma’s second-biggest city was hit by inter-communal violence early this month when Buddhists and Muslims clashed. A Buddhist man and a Muslim man were killed and 14 others were injured.

Authorities deployed more than 1,000 armed policemen to restore calm in the city and on July 3, the third day of the violence, authorities declared a curfew a 9 pm to 5 am. The order has since been gradually relaxed.


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