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Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

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Lanka declares state of emergency after communal violence

Unrest between Sinhalese and Muslims spreads after arson attacks and riots in central Kandy

Sri Lankan troops patrol on the streets of Pallekele, a suburb of Kandy.

Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide state of emergency for the first time since the civil war era in response to days of violent unrest between Sinhalese and Muslim communities.

The special measures permitting soldiers to be deployed in civilian areas will initially apply for 10 days, at which point the deployment would need to be ratified by parliament, said Mano Ganesan, the Sri Lankan minister for co-existence.

“There were concerns that communal violence would spread,” Ganesan told the Guardian. “We don’t want to spread communal disharmony and hate speech.”

Arson attacks and riots have hit the central district of Kandy in recent days and there was similar violence in late February when mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and a mosque in the east.

The violence in Kandy is understood to have been sparked when a group of Muslim men in Digana town were accused of killing a man belonging to the majority Sinhala Buddhist community, who make up about 75% of the population.

Sri Lanka’s army soldiers remove the debris of a vandalized building in Digana, a suburb of Kandy.
Sri Lanka’s army soldiers remove the debris of a vandalized building in Digana, a suburb of Kandy. Photograph: Pradeep Pathiran/AP
Muslim-owned shops were set alight in response and the violence spiralled out of control after monks from hardline Buddhist groups with a history of inciting violence in the past travelled to the town to negotiate the release of the accused men.


When they failed to do so, more fires were lit, dozens of people were arrested and a curfew was imposed in two towns in the district.

On Tuesday morning the body of a 24-year-old man was pulled from one of the houses set on fire the previous day. His funeral was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said on Monday the violence in the town “appeared to be systemic and organised” and promised the government would take stern action.

The Indian Ocean island nation has been trying to rebuild its tourism industry after a devastating 28-year-civil war between the government and Tamil separatists in the north. The last state of emergency, in place throughout the war, was allowed to lapse in November 2011.

Ganesan said the fresh state of emergency also widened police powers to detain suspects.

Tensions between Muslims, who make up about 10% of the population, and the majority Sinhala Buddhist community have existed for decades but have become more acute since the end of the civil war.

Sinhala Buddhist mobs rampaged through southern coastal towns including Aluthgama in 2014 after reports that a Muslim man had attacked a Buddhist monk in the area.

Alan Keenan, a Sri Lanka specialist with the International Crisis Group, said radical Buddhist groups had been attacking Muslims with “a significant degree of regularity” since 2012 and especially since last April.

“One of the key underlying elements is the sense that many Sinhalese and Buddhists have is that Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese and Buddhist island and other community, Muslims and Tamils, are here on the sufferance of the majority,” he said.

Sri Lanka’s army soldiers stand guard a road after clashes.
Sri Lanka’s army soldiers stand guard a road after clashes. Photograph: Reuters
Keenan said the previous president, the staunch Sinhala nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa, had condoned instances of anti-Muslim violence and hate speech. The renewed violence in past months could be related to the growing strength of Rajapaksa’s opposition movement, he added.

Last month Rajapaksa’s party swept to victory in municipal elections in the country in his strongest electoral performance since he was defeated in the 2015 presidential elections.

“Many have argued that it [the inter-communal violence] is a product of the search for a new enemy to replace the Tamils, unite the Sinhala and win votes by cultivating a sense of Sinhala Buddhists under siege,” Keenan said.

“This is a small number of Sinhala Buddhists playing on more widely held fears and myths and concerns.”

Amnesty International called for Sri Lankan authorities to “end the impunity” for hardline Buddhist groups accused of inciting or carrying out violence.

“The failure to hold to take action against these groups has only emboldened them further and plunged minorities in a deeper state of fear,” said Dinushika Dissanayake, the group’s deputy south Asia director.
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

Ye lo. All these days Lanka Sarkar was pandering to Pak, which in turn was against LTTE.
Finally they get a taste of peace.
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

Sri lanka for some time had visa free travel for pakis. Lots of pakis flew to sri lanka and claimed political asylum. This communal violence surely has some paki influence.
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

More riots

https://m.timesofindia.com/world/sou...w/63202709.cms
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

that news article makes it sound as if Muslims are completely innocent victims.... is that true or is there another balanced article?
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

Nowadays, whenever there is internal strife in any country, rest assured one side is the Muslims.
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

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Nowadays, whenever there is internal strife in any country, rest assured one side is the Muslims.
No no no... you are saying it wrong. One side is always innocent peaceful people. Now, that is the politically-correct way of saying it.
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Re: Violence between Buddhists and Muslims rocks Sri Lanka

So Buddhists in Burma Sri Lanka and Thailand are now against peacefuls.

https://m.timesofindia.com/world/res...w/63263720.cms
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