Police break up riots who disturb shipping aid to IDPs

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Local authorities arrive at the boat loaded with aid as they arrange for negotiation with the crowd.  Photo:Information Committee

Police dispersed a crowd who disturbed a boat carrying aid under the program of Red Cross Movement in Sittway yesterday, detaining eight for interrogation, according to local authorities.
The police in riot gear broke up the crowd comprising about 300 people and controlled the situation around 11 pm, according to a statement of the Information Committee of the government.
Some police were injured in the incident but they are not in critical condition.
The riot began when about fifty people forced an in-charge of the ICRC to unload the aid from a boat at a jetty in Sittway and prevented the boat from leaving while U Naing Wai Lin, the in-charge of ICRC is loading aid including solar lamps, sanitary towels, clothes, blankets, tarpaulin, water buckets, mosquitoes nets and kitchen utensils weighing about 50 tons in total.
Local authorities and Buddhist monks tried to leave the boat by negotiation.
However, people gathered to see the situation reaching the number about 300 at 8 pm and some threw stones and Molotov at the riot police. About 200 police used 20 12-bolt greeners and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Some people from the crowd threw homemade arrows, locally called ‘Jingali” with the use catapults. Currently, security forces are stationed in Sittway providing security to local people and the situation under control.

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