Buddhism Vs Islam In Sri Lanka: Emergency Declared In The Country

by Garry Watts Марта 7, 2018, 6:51
Buddhism Vs Islam In Sri Lanka: Emergency Declared In The Country

Sri Lankan Police, on Tuesday re-imposed a curfew in parts of Kandy, in Central Sri Lanka after violent mobs took to the streets on Monday burning homes and businesses in the latest spate of communal violence to hit the island country.

The Sri Lankan government, in a statement, strongly condemned the violence in Kandy and warned to take stern action against those inciting racism.

The emergency declaration was made after a special cabinet meeting with President Sirisena. The country was under a state of emergency for almost three decades when the government fought Tamil rebels in the civil war that ended in 2009.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the declaration would "empower" the country's armed forces and police to respond to clashes in the hill town of Kandy.

"We are obviously concerned over reports of the ongoing communal violence and we welcome the government's commitment to addressing the tensions and achieve reconciliation", he said.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also ordered an investigation into alleged police inaction in handling the clash. Local officials said more than two dozen suspects had been detained by police in connection with the spate of arson attacks, while senior officers also launched an investigation into the conduct of the police.

Mobs set fire to Muslim owned businesses and attacked a mosque in the east of the country last week after a Muslim chef was accused of adding contraceptives to food sold to Sinhalese.

Nidahas Trophy 2018 is a cricket tournament that is played to celebrate Sri Lanka's 70th year of Independence. At least one mosque was damaged overnight.

The ultra-nationalist group Bodu Bala Sena, led by monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, was found to be responsible for the violence against the Muslims.Buddhists make up almost 70 per cent of the total population of Sri Lanka while only 11 per cent are Muslims. Another 13 percent of the population are Hindus.

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