Lingering concerns over anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka

Mar 13:A nationwide emergency was imposed in Sri Lanka after anti-Muslim attacks erupted in Kandy in the central highlands.
Several mosques, shops and homes were set on fire earlier this week.
The riots followed the death of a 41-year-old man from the majority Sinhala community, after he was beaten up by a group of Muslim youth in what appears to have been a road-rage incident. The suspects were later arrested.
The subsequent violence targeting mosques, Muslim-owned shops and homes, has sparked anxiety and insecurity among Muslims in Sri Lanka, especially coming just a week after similar arson attacks in the eastern town of Ampara, and another last November n Galle (pronounced Gaul).
The incidents also bring back disturbing memories of anti-Muslim riots in 2014 in Aluthgama, about 60 km south of Colombo, that left at least four persons dead and injured as many as 80. Early signs of resurgent Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism in the country emerged in 2012, three years after the island's civil war ended. The reactionary forces among the island's Sinhala majority community had found a new enemy now - the island's Muslims.
A young and hard-line Sinhala-Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena sought a ban on halal certification, and later spoke of launching a campaign against the niqab worn by some Muslim women. Agencies
Source: Agencies



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