Published on Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:52
The strength of Myanmar Police Force and law enforcement organisations will be enhanced to be able to control riots in Myanmar, according to President Office's spokesperson Ye Htut.
He made the comment after President Thein Sein held a meeting with the Interfaith Friendship Group and Myanmar National Human Rights Commission at Yangon Regional Government Office on July 21.
According to Ye Htut, authorities have been increasing their security capacity and strengthen their communication, weaponry and technologies aimed at handling possible riots in Myanmar.
The government will also cooperate with international organisations to train police officers on handling riots, he said.
"When riot occurred in Meikhtila, the police force's strength was only a few hundreds. They can't handle 500 or 600-strong crowd without proper riot control equipment," said Ye Htut.
He also called for the public to cooperate with the police in handling the riots.
However, the government still has not been able to capture the manipulators who instigated the riots in Myanmar, he added.
Communal violence and protests have claimed 256 lives since the civilian-led government took office. Authorities have charged 1,500 suspects for the violence and 541 been convicted and sentenced to prison.
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