Rakhine riots: Aung San Suu Kyi assures probe into civilian killings in police firing

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called an urgent high-level meeting at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday to take stock of the situation in Rakhine following the killing of seven civilians, all Buddhists, in police firing late on Tuesday night.

She expressed condolences and pledged to investigate the killings in Mrauk-U in Rakhine State and further assured that action will be taken against those who violated the law.

The local media reported killing of nine persons in police firing but the state-run media The Global New Light of Myanmar today reported that “Seven civilians were killed and 12 injured by police during a protest that turned into a riot Tuesday night in MraukU, Rakhine State over the banning of a literature talk marking the anniversary of the end of the ancient Rakhine Kingdom.”

As The aPolitical reported, several thousand people marched to the township administrator’s office protesting a decision by local authorities to prohibit a commemoration ceremony of the 233rd anniversary of the fall of the Arakan kingdom. Local media reported that many of the protestors started hurling stones and bricks at the administration office. Some of them entered the office compound and started destroying police trucks. The police opened fire at the protestors mindlessly resulting in so many casualties.

The Global New Light of Myanmar reported that at the Wednesday high-level meeting, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe reported on matters related to riot control and security arrangements, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu spoke on arrangements to be made in Rakhine State, and Union Minister Dr Pe Myint spoke about the release of news and information. The participants at the meeting discussed the measures are being taken for the restoration of rule of law and stability in Rakhine State following the riot.

Meanwhile, the police have filed charges under Section 17 (1) of the Unlawful Association Law against Dr. Aye Maung and writer Wai Hin Aung, who, the police claimed, allegedly instigated the people during their speech at a programme organized to mark the 233rd anniversary of the fall of the Rakhine Kingdom in Yathedaung on Monday.

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