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Myanmar civilians told to turn in arms

11-01-2012 22:05 BJT

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Myanmar’s Rakhine authorities have issued an ultimatum, setting November the 3rd as the deadline for handing over of all arms, including guns, swords and homemade weapons to police stations and security forces.

The President’s Office is warning that communal rioting threatens security forces undertaking law enforcement duties. It has evidence of the rioters being linked to political organizations, domestic and foreign organizations who are manipulating them.

Individuals and organizations are under investigation and legal action will be taken against them. A series of renewed rioting in Rakhine has killed 89 people, and injured more than 130.

More than 32,000 were made homeless when more than 5,000 houses were burned down during the last ten days of October.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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