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curfew

[O.Fr.,=cover fire], originally a signal, such as the ringing of a bell, to damp the fire, extinguish all lights in the dwelling, and retire for the night. The custom originated as a precaution against fires and was common throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The curfew has most recently been used in times of turbulence, such as revolution or civil disorders. It is a restrictive measure forcing all persons into their homes to reduce activity against the government or the occupying force. In some communities it has been applied to curb juvenile delinquency.

Curfew

 

an emergency measure prohibiting residents of a community to be on the streets during specified times without special permission.

In the USSR a curfew can be established only under martial law. Its purpose is to maintain order and to prevent diversionary, espionage, or other enemy activity against troops, military and civilian bodies of authority, and military and industrial objectives. Special military subunits are assigned to maintain order during a curfew. In capitalist countries a curfew is established by military and civilian authorities not only in wartime but also in peacetime in cases of increased political and economic aggravations in the country and is often accompanied by arbitrary and lawless police action.

curfew

1. an official regulation setting restrictions on movement, esp after a specific time at night
2. in medieval Europe
a. the ringing of a bell to prompt people to extinguish fires and lights
b. the time at which the curfew bell was rung
c. the bell itself
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The report also highlights that people are being victimized by unlawful practices and suffering human rights violations while the curfews are enforced, adding that people endure power and water cuts that last for days and a shortage of food during curfews.
ISLAMABAD -- In occupied Kashmir, curfew continued in Kishtwar town for the sixth consecutive day, on Wednesday.
They imposed curfew without announcing, nobody was allowed to move.
EGYPT'S government shortened a widely-imposed evening curfew, signalling that it senses turmoil is waning after unrest following the ousting of the president.
William Ruefle and Kenneth Mike Reynolds, "Keep them at Home: Juvenile Curfew Ordinances in 200 American Cities," American Journal of Police 15, no.
Although the community had experienced relatively little juvenile violence, the city decided to adopt a curfew more as a preventive measure to protect its children from harmful influences, such as drug abuse and gang involvement, and to promote healthy behavior, rather than as a response to an increase in juvenile crime.
In 1994, Monrovia adopted a daytime curfew, aimed at controlling truancy as well as juvenile crime, and many other cities have followed its lead.
BUNER -- The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Relief and Rehabilitation Aurangzeb Khan and Director Relief and Rehabilitation PDMA Pervez Khan on Friday visited under curfew area and held detail meeting with the district administration to keep themselves abreast needs of under curfew families.
Since then new and quieter aircraft have come on the market, but they are not permitted to land in Sydney during the curfew.
After the previous [almost] two-week-long curfew, there has now been a curfew here for three days.
Zaid Al-Fatlawy, an Iraqi citizen, told Daily News Egypt that "the end of the curfew has majorly impacted the capital especially shop owners".
The school shooting massacre at Littleton, Colorado, earlier this year, triggered many towns to try the curfew method of keeping tabs on troubled teens.