Sri Lanka riot: Protest outside police station demanding release of detained Buddhists

Sri Lanka riot: Protest outside police station demanding release of detained Buddhists

The expansion of hatred between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has caused stir in Sri Lanka on Tuesday when Colombo declared a State of Emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence in some parts of the country. Similar violence occurred last month when mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and a mosque.

Over the course of few days, arson attacks and riots hit the central district of Kandy, gripping the region with violence since late February, after the mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and a mosque, the Guardian reported.

A police official told Xinhua the curfew would remain in place till Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Sri Lankan police on Tuesday re-imposed a curfew in parts of Kandy city after clashes triggered by racial violence erupted between two groups.

He said in a statement that those who violated law and order would face stern action.

The decision comes after the government deployed elite police to quell communal violence in the center of the country. The unrest in Kandy began on Sunday after the funeral of the Sinhalese truck driver, the government said. Action could have been taken sooner to prevent clashes.

"The damage is unimaginable".

Before the attacks, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse people including Buddhist monks who had gathered near a local police station.

He alleged that instead of arresting the Muslims and filing a criminal case in court, the police were allegedly negotiating with the assailants.

Last week, there were anti-Muslim riots in Ampara district in South Eastern Sri Lanka, following a rumor that the Muslim eateries there were adding a chemical pill which will make men impotent. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim community against these attacks and pledge to work together to resolve matters of inter -ethnic tensions and ending the cycle of impunity that enables this violence.

Muslims make up about 9 percent of Sri Lanka's 21 million people. The island nation was under a state of emergency for almost three decades as government forces battled Tamil rebels in a civil war that ended in 2009.

It is the first time in seven years Sri Lanka has resorted to such a measure.

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