The arrests came after nationalists led by the Patriotic Monks Union raided flats in Yangon district which has a large Muslim population, leading to scuffles.
Journalists and activists are often targeted in Myanmar, where freedom of speech still faces considerable obstacles, even after Aung San Suu Kyi took charge.
In a sudden move, regular bus lines, timetables and salaries for drivers were introduced for the first time in Myanmar’s largest city.
Soldiers have poured into northern Rakhine since October 9, after an insurgent group of Rohingyas that the government believes has links to Islamists overseas launched coordinated attacks on several border posts.
Three ethnic armed groups excluded from Myanmar’s peace process will no longer be required to surrender, prior to joining the talks, a Myanmar military negotiator said on Thursday