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State Of Emergency Declared Over Buddhists And Muslim Clash In India

According to a government spokesman, President Sri Lanka has declared a 10 day state of emergency to rein in the spread of communal violence, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy. According to reports the disagreement between the two religious tribes has been on-going for over…”
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March 6, 2018 12:31 pm

According to a government spokesman, President Sri Lanka has declared a 10 day state of emergency to rein in the spread of communal violence, a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy.

According to reports the disagreement between the two religious tribes has been on-going for over a year where some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.

Some Buddhist nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim Rohingya asylum-seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has also been on the rise.

“At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country,” the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters.

“It was also decided to take stern action against people who are instigating violence through Facebook,” he added, referring to postings on social media.

The government sent troops and elite police to Kandy after a mob set fire to a Muslim-owned shop, imposing a curfew there on Monday to prevent clashes between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims.

 

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