8th March 2018

The continued failure to make arrests of well-known Buddhist agitators

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‘Islamophobic narratives’ inflame Sri Lanka communal tensions Violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have forced Sri Lanka to impose a state of emergency. Despite the move, the government appears uncertain about how to respond to the violence, says analyst Alan Keenan. The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean nation’s central district of Kandy. On Wednesday, the government also shut down social messaging networks, including Facebook, to control the violence. The unrest casts a spotlight on the underlying communal tensions in the South Asian country. In a DW interview, Alan Keenan, Sri Lanka analyst at the International Crisis Group (ICG), talks about the current volatile […]

Stand together, be wise: Cricket legends request

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Cricket legends Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara today condemned the recent acts of violence reported in the country and requested the people to stay together and to stand strong at tough times. Cricket star Kumar Sangakkara in a tweet said there should be no place for racism and violence in the country. “No one in Sri Lanka can be marginalised or threatened or harmed due to their ethnicity or religion,” he tweeted. “We are one country and one people. Love, trust and acceptance should be our common mantra. No place for racism and violence. Stand together and stand strong,” he tweeted. Former star cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya requested the people to act in a wise manner and to stand together at tough times. “Disgusting […]

Those involved in violence identified but will not be charged.

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The government says those involved in the unrest in Digana and Teldeniya have been identified. But it is said that none of them will be charged because of there close links to a VIP of the new party and involvement of Buddhist monks. Speaking at the weekly cabinet decisions media briefing, co-cabinet media spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said those involved in the clashes belonged to a political party but refused to name the political party due to pressure from a government VIP. The Minister said of the four individuals involved in the incident in Digana, two were newly elected at the recent Local Authority Election, another was a Head of the party and a district organizer and the other was a monk involved in the […]

Buddhist mobs sweep through Sri Lanka’s Muslim’s who helped them to Kill thousands of Tamils

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Buddhist mobs swept through Muslim neighbourhoods in Sri Lanka’s central hills, destroying stores and restaurants and setting homes on fire despite a curfew, a state of emergency and a heavy deployment of security forces, residents said Thursday. In the small town of Pallekele, mobs ignored the curfew that was supposed to keep them off the streets and used gasoline bombs to burn four homes, said Mohamed Nazar. An angry crowd gathered around Nazar’s house around 8 p.m. Wednesday, throwing rocks and shouting, so the family turned off the lights so no one could see inside. “Then a large flame came and the house caught fire,” Nazar said.  His father hid under a sofa as the flames took hold, but Nazar grabbed him and they ran […]

The Beast Rides Again

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…they can hate so much they’ll tear the world to pieces.” Arthur Miller (All My Sons) Even as I write these words, Kandy is burning. Muslims, their homes and their properties are being targeted in the name of Buddhism, within shouting distance of the Temple of the Tooth. If the custodians of the Tooth Relic, the chief prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya, look out from their windows, they’d probably see the smoke from the fires, if not the fires and the fire-makers. There is no greater perversion of Buddhism than killing in the name of Buddhism. In the Buddha’s teachings there is no place for any kind of violence, no concept of holy war or just war, no room for revenge, whatever the crime. It […]

There was no proper rule by successive governments (including the present one) to treat all citizens equally/fairly

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1. Look at this tweet – watch the youtube Sarinda Perera‏ @sarindaperera 2h2 hours ago More Sarinda Perera Retweeted Dinouk Colombage Admiral Wijegunaratne says Muslim community members led #lka military intel ops during war, says those who harm Muslims are traitors. Sarinda Perera added, Dinouk Colombage @Dinouk_C The Chief of the Defence Staff calls out the perpetrators of the riots for what they are https://youtu.be/mfaV3xkY_WI  #lka 0 replies 2. https://www.facebook.com/guruparank/posts/10159931123565251?pnref=story முஸ்லிம் சமூகம் தொடர்பில் தமிழ் மக்கள் மத்தியில் பரவும் வெறுப்பு உணர்வு தொடர்பில் நான் தெரிவித்து வரும் கருத்துக்கள் தொடர்பில் சிலர் எரிச்சலடைகின்றனர். அவர்களுக்கானது இந்தப் பதிவு/ விளக்கம்  …………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………….   3. http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/58171 Jathika Hela Urumaya’s Champika Ranawaka’s Role in Promoting Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalism andthe Launching of ‘Islamaphobia’ as an Ideological and Political Weapon

Tamil Canadians Condemn Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

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The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) unequivocally and strongly condemns the targeted anti-Muslim violence being instigated by extremist groups in the central and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.  Over the past few weeks, Muslim homes, business and mosques have been destroyed by orchestrated mobs.  “Tamil Canadians are deeply disturbed by the rise in targeted violence directed at Muslim communities in the Central and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka” said Dr. Vadivelu Santhakumar, President of the Canadian Tamil Congress.  “The government of Sri Lanka must take decisive and swift action to protect Muslim communities across the entire island from extremist violence and threats to their safety, “said  Danton Thurairajah, Executive Director of the Canadian Tamil Congress.  “Government inaction to protect its citizen and uphold the rule of law […]