Sri Lanka emergency: Buddhist mob torches Muslim shop, curfew in Kandy The Sri Lankan govt imposed a 10-day emergency to quell the spread of communal riots on Tuesday. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa slammed Maithripala Sirisena's United National Party for inaction
A Buddhist mob set ablaze a Muslim man's shop and attacked a Mosque in Ampara, as violence continues unabated in Sri Lanka despite an emergency. United Nations under-secretary-general Jeffery Feltman will visit Sri Lanka to take stock of the situation in the island country after the president, Maithripala Sirisena declared an emergency. He will meet religious leaders there this week, a UN spokesperson said. Sri Lankan parliament's Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake has hit out at the government, saying that the emergency is a tactic to divert people's attention from more pressing issues and to suppress people's fight for their rights. However, the presidential decree hasn't been able to stop all violence as a mosque and a Muslim shop have been burnt. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected suggestions that the clashes could be a result of some political conspiracy and rested the blame for the situation entirely on the United National Party's (UNP) 'inaction'.
Here are the top 10 highlights surrounding the emergency and the violence in Sri Lanka: 1. State of emergency: Following the imposition of the emergency, the police and tri-forces have been given extraordinary powers. The force can arrest anyone who creates violence or disturbs communal harmony and sentence them to 20 years of imprisonment or even life imprisonment. ALSO READ: Sri Lanka declares emergency, Buddhists burn Muslim shops: 10 highlights 2. President Sirisena's response The Sri Lankan government has said that it would not hesitate to take strict measures in order to quell the communal tensions. President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday said that the countrymen are well aware of the value of peace after suffering a brutal civil war that lasted for over three decades. The civil war, that ended in 2009 with the death of LTTE chief Prabhakaran, started as a rebellion by the minority Tamil community against what they believed to be the tyrannies of the majority Sinhalese community. 3. Kandy, the epicentre of the riots: More than two dozen arrests have been made so far, following the violence against the minority Muslim community in Kandy district which claimed two lives. Members of the Buddhist community held protests outside a police station in Kandy demanding the release of its people who were arrested in the riots. The police have said that the special security arrangements put in place in the areas will continue and the country's Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to maintain peace. 4. Mosque, shop burnt: At around 11:30 PM on Wednesday, hours after President Sirisena declared an emergency, a mosque and a shop were burnt down in Central Sri Lanka according to news website Al Jazeera. A local news website called Groundview shared photos of a shattered glass door, broken chairs and an audio clip from a man who said he was inside the mosque when the attack happened. Click here to read â†’ Sri Lanka declares emergency
Published on Mar 7, 2018
Published on Mar 7, 2018
Sri Lanka emergency: Buddhist mob torches Muslim shop, curfew in Kandy on Business Standard. The Sri Lankan govt imposed a 10-day emergency...