Myanmar gov't vows to take action against instigation for violence

September 10, 2017

YANGON: The Myanmar government has vowed to take action against the incitement of violence as such rumors are being spread to people via mobile phone messages and social media. 

In a statement released late Saturday, the Information Committee of the government asked Myanmar people not to be instigated among communities, and urged them to report to authorities about acts suspicious of such incitement. 

The local government in Maungtaw, Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, also called on people not to support terrorists in burning homes or properties and prevent them from entering restricted areas as part of a new order issued on Saturday. The order, announced by Maungtaw District's General Administration Department, said the security forces will fire warning shots at any law-breakers. 

It also called for people's cooperation with the authorities by following instructions not to rob, steal or destroy properties in the restricted areas, or possess sticks, machetes or explosives. 

The security forces have been entering villages to search for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists to maintain peace and stability in the areas. Terrorist attacks in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state have displaced more than 30,000 people, according to the Information Committee. 

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