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Myanmar cut curfew hours
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10:09, October 03, 2007

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The Myanmar authorities Tuesday cut its 8-hour curfew imposed on the biggest city of Yangon to six hours which is to last from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. (local times) from the previous 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to an announcement broadcast by loudspeakers on the authorities' vehicles patrolling around the city.

The readjustment of the measure was made in the light of restoration of peace and stability in the city in the last three days, some observers here said, adding that it also coincided with the end of the visit by Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari to Myanmar on the day.

The Yangon Division General Administrative Department authorities issued on Sept. 25 night an 8-hour curfew order and banned gathering of more than five people in Yangon for 60 days until Nov. 23, which applies to almost all townships in Yangon.

According to a compiled statistics based on the official figures, since the imposition of the curfew order and the ban of demonstration in the city, a total of 10 protesters were killed and 16 other civilians injured by shots fired by the security forces against defying demonstrators, while 45 government security forces were wounded during the clashes up to date.

Among the dead was a Japanese journalist with a video camera covering news on the event.

The situation in Yangon was calm in the last three days.

Since Sept. 18, Buddhist monks and people had taken to the streets to stage demonstrations in Yangon and other parts of the country.

Source: Xinhua

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