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10-day Emergency declared in Sri Lanka after communal clashes

Sri Lanka declares emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes 10-day Emergency declared in Sri Lanka after communal clashes
Tamara Craig | 07 March, 2018, 00:28

The government's spokesman and Minister of Sport Dayasiri Jayasekara, told journalists "At a special cabinet meeting, it was chose to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country".

Members of the Buddhist community held a protest outside a police station in Sri Lanka's Kandy and demanded release of Buddhists, who were arrested in connection to riot on Tuesday.

Sri Lankan authorities on Monday imposed a curfew in the town of Kandy, following a series of anti-Muslim attacks targeting mosques, shops and homes.

Some people were instigating violence through Facebook, the government said, warning of tough action against them.

Muslims in Sri Lanka are generally known as Moors are the minority ethnic group comprising 9.3% of the country's total population.

Hakeem said the riots were concentrated in Kandy - home to famous tea plantations and Buddhist relics - but the government wanted to send a strong message given outbreaks of communal violence elsewhere recently.

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Timely arrest and prosecution of the murderers of a Sinhalese lorry driver on February 22 would have prevented the on-going anti-Muslim rioting in Sri Lanka's Kandy district, observers say. The body of a Muslim youth was found in a burnt-out house early on Tuesday, police said. "The government is taking all possible measures to protect the people, especially Muslims", Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament.

"I am ashamed as a Buddhist and we must apologise to the Muslims", he said. But many believed that their presence, amid the tensions, fueled the violent backlash against the Muslims.

In the violence that followed, Muslim shops were burned to the ground by Sinhalese rioters. Muslims are mainly concentrated in Ampara, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts.

Commenting on the incidents, the National Peace Council (NPC) said: "Incidents of violence against the Muslim and other minority communities are both political and systemic".

The government said in a statement that police were put on alert to prevent the violence from spreading and asked the people to "act with responsibility and remain calm".

The emergency is a result of the clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka.

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