Myanmar’s riot-hit Mandalay calm

Mandalay – Communal-riot-hit Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city, remained calm on Saturday following imposition of a curfew on one more area since Friday night, the local police force said.

Preventive security measures have also been taken in some areas where riot is assumed to recur.

Most of the shops are opened in downtown and residents normally travel around the city, a local resident said.

The series of communal clashes starting from Tuesday night were triggered when hundreds of rioters attacked a tea shop in Chanaye Tharzan township of Mandalay after a Muslim owner of a tea shop was prosecuted in a rape case. The clashes had left two people dead and 14 others wounded.

The curfew, which bans gatherings of more than five people, was imposed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in all townships of Mandalay.

The Mandalay Police Force said they are investigating the riot and will take action against those involved in the attack. Source: Xinhua