3000 Sri Lankan Muslims protests in London – PHOTOS

18th June 2014 // 0 Comments

More than 3000 Sri Lankan Muslims protested today outside the Prime Ministers house in London today. The Protests was against the Sri Lankan government sponsored riots on the Minority Muslim community. Four people were killed and nearly 80 seriously wounded, while dozens of homes, businesses and vehicles were torched, with violence spreading to Beruwala.  Protesters urged authorities to investigate and take action against those responsible. Large number of Muslim Women and Children took part in the protest. The attacks are the latest in a series of religious clashes to hit Sri Lanka following unrest in January and last year, when Buddhist mobs attacked a mosque in the capital Colombo. Muslims make up about 10 percent of the 20 million population, but are accused by nationalists of […]

12 BBS Members were arrested and released on orders “from the top”.

18th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Three Muslims have been arrested this afternoon while reportedly attempting to torch a Sinhalese business establishment in Darga Town, with no arrests being made as yet on the mob which caused mayhem in theAluthgama and surrounding area during the past two nights. Reports said that the youth had been arrested with two petrol bombs, while one youth had been arrested while attempting to flee. The Colombo Telegraph reliably learns, that 12 persons who were the ‘main brains’ behind the riots, belonging to the BBS or its affiliations were arrested and released on orders “from the top”. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior defence official told Colombo Telegraph that the 12 persons played an integral role in the riot, but were released due to orders. Meanwhile, a Bodu […]

President Mahinda Rajapaks has allowed Buddhist chauvinism to get into “direct action” against Muslim minority

18th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By R Hariharan – “Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero addressing the rally in Aluthgama yesterday, referred to Muslims in derogatory terms and accused sections of the Government of being in collaboration with the Muslim Community. “They keep calling us racist and religious extremists. Yes, we are racists,” he charged as the crowd cheered him on. “This country still has a Sinhala police a Sinhala army. If a single Sinhalese is touched, that will be the end of all them,” he screamed.” – From Dharisha Bastiyan’s report in the Sri Lankan online portal Daily FT on June 16, 2014 The above media quote provides the simple answer to question “Why violent attacks continue against Muslims in Sri Lanka? The words quoted above are from the speech of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)’s founder leader […]

Government so insecure with its isolationist policy that it wishes to share the blame with Parliament

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By R. Sampanthan – I wish to make a statement to place on record the position of the Tamil National Alliance regarding the Motion that has been put forward for debate and related matters of public importance. It is indeed ironic that the government now at this late stage seeks the imprimatur of Parliament for its own dire failings. This government, which has so brazenly turned Parliament into an object of ridicule – by enticing unscrupulous members of the opposition to cross over for personal gain and by providing executive posts to almost half the members of the house – now turns to Parliament on a question of fundamental importance to the country. It is plainly clear to the entire country that this turn to Parliament is […]

Police officer in Sri Lanka lodges a complaint against Deputy Minister over obstructing duty

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan traffic policeman who works on the Southern Expressway today lodged a complaint in the Human Rights Commission against a Deputy Minister for obstructing his duty at the Kottawa interchange of the Southern Expressway. Police constable Suminda Saman last month issued a spot fine to the driver of the Deputy Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Hemal Gunasekara for speeding on the expressway. A heated argument has ensued after issuing the spot fine and both the Deputy Minister and the police officer complained to the authorities against each other. Following the incident the police officer was immediately transferred to another interchange on the expressway. Two weeks later he was attacked by an unknown gang and his vehicle was set on fire. The Deputy […]

The Canadian Tamil Congress Strongly Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

For Immediate Release  June 16, 2014  The Canadian Tamil Congress Strongly Condemns Attacks on Muslims in Sri Lanka June 16 2014 – (TORONTO) The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) condemns in the strongest manner possible attacks on Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Several people have been killed and more than 78 people injured after the most recent horrendous attack near Aluthgama and Beruwala in Sri Lanka yesterday. These targeted attacks by Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist groups have grown in numbers in the past few years, and as is habitual in Sri Lanka, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice. “The lukewarm and ineffective measures taken by law enforcement and government officials has emboldened the extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization and the attacks have kept growing”, said David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress. […]

GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 17 June 2014  GTF joins international condemnation of inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka lobal Tamil Forum joins the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, and many others in condemning the communal violence targeting the Muslim community in south-western Sri Lanka over the past couple of days. More than 78 people have been seriously injured and at least three have been confirmed dead following violence predominantly aimed at the Muslim population in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala.  On Sunday 15th June, a rally by the extremist, Buddhist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation, descended into chaos as the BBS and its followers moved through predominantly Muslim areas chanting anti-Muslim slogans and inciting hatred. Mosques and tens of Muslim-owned local businesses and homes […]

TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

TIC PRESS RELEASE  – DATE: 16 June 2014  TIC urges Government to end violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) condemns the continuing attacks on the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. Today’s attack against Muslims  in the south-western coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela, by a Buddhist mob is the worst anti-Muslim violence in decades, and fears are growing that the situation could become worse. The latest reports indicate that at least 7 persons were killed and over 50 injured. Three mosques were attacked and set on fire and many more Muslim-owned houses and businesses were also burned.  Reports also claim that many injured were not able to access medical care because of a curfew. The violent chain of events began in […]

What is there to promise afresh to PM Modi? The President must implement the 13th amendment of the Constitution in full but will NOT do it so he can stay in power.

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Niranjala Ariyawansha Leader of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka and Minister of Human Resources, D.E.W. Gunasekera, believes differences between the political cultures of India and Sri Lanka are crucial when it comes to resolving the country’s ethnic problem. He pointed out that the Indian political culture is symbolized by the act of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the former Premier Manmohan Singh with a bouquet of flowers, immediately after being sworn-in as Prime Minister of India. “Will our President ever go to Ranil Wickremesinghe like that?” Minister Gunasekera inquired, during an interview with Ceylon Today regarding devolving police and land powers to the provincial councils, under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. A new round of dialogue, regarding implementing the 13th Amendment in full, commenced […]

crimes of bigoted Buddhists against Burma’s Muslim minority and a rising tide of violence against the Muslims of Sri Lanka

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

As usual President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is famous for ‘Promising to investigations’ which will never bring any outcome, has expected ”Promised an investigation into the violence”.  The culprits in the BBS are of course well known to the President and a close associates of his Brother Gotha who is feared more powerful than Mahinda locally in Aluthgama, hence Muslim community leaders are not hopeful that any criminal charges will be laid against them. Interestingly there are Muslim leaders who are Ministers in the Mahinda Government, They are known to be puppets of the President Mahinda and has NO Official powers but enjoy all financial benefits of the Ministry they hold. It is believed that their only job is to lobby the Muslim world leaders to […]

Buddhist radicalism has been increasing in Sri Lanka just as it has in Myanmar

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 Buddhist-Muslim Unrest Boils Over in Sri Lanka ALUTHGAMA, Sri Lanka — In some of the worst religious violence in Sri Lanka in decades, three people have been killed and 78 injured in riots between Buddhists and Muslims in this southwestern coastal town after months of rising tensions, officials said Monday. The riots on Sunday followed a protest march by a hard-line Buddhist group, Bodu Bala Sena, which is led in part by monks. Its name roughly translates as Buddhist Power Force. Shops and homes in the area, many of them owned by Muslims, were set ablaze and vandalized in violence that continued throughout the night. Mobs shouting anti-Muslim slogans and hurling gas bombs and stones advanced on a Muslim part of the village of Welipitiya, […]

Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Widespread condemnation as religious tensions kill three; injure over 70 Police curfew in force since Sunday; uneasy calm in Aluthgama and Berwela Houses, shops and mosques attacked in riots Police forensic teams deployed amidst tight security in the area By Dharisha Bastians Police curfew remains in force in Aluthgama and Beruwala as sporadic incidents continued in the area throughout Monday and Police and religious leaders appealed for restraint from all sides. Police fired tear gas to disperse crowds about 300 strong in Welipanna late last night, reports from the area said. Religious clashes in Aluthgama on Sunday night claimed three lives and injured more than 70 people, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem and residents confirmed yesterday. However, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana maintained that only two persons had been […]

Refusing to Allow UN team to visit Sri Lanka – Cheating the World again!

17th June 2014 // 0 Comments

War Criminals Rajapaksha’s who ordered the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians have 2/3 Majority in the Parliament. Playing Politics against the UN with the support of China and Russia. The government wants Parliament to oppose a UNHRC war crimes probe against Sri Lanka. What it really seeks is parliamentary endorsement for a fait accompli in the form of a resolution. Opposition parliment parties UNP and JVP are highlighting the human rights violations by the Government during the last few years and calling upon the government to investigate them before seeking the Opposition’s support for its resolution. UNP Sajith Premadasa has warned that the UNHRC probe will lead to economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. The government’s concerns about the UNHRC war crimes probe need to […]

“Muslims should be finished”

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Barbarism Of Sinhala Buddhist Extremist Forces Against Muslims By Eastern Muslim University Teachers’ Association for Human Rights – The Eastern Muslim University Teachers’ Association condemns the outrageous barbarism unleashed against the Muslims of Sri Lanka by the Sinhala Buddhist extremist forces like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) aimed at resurrecting another pogrom of 1915 or 1983…………. READ MORE Horror In Aluthgama: Their Crime; Our Shame By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “In this country we still have a Sinhala police; we still have a Sinhala army. After today if a single Marakkalaya or some other paraya (alien) touches a single Sinhalese…..it will be their end.” – Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara Thera (Aluthgama – 15.6.2014)[i] “Call him a Bikkhu who controls his hand, also his feet; who is well controlled, who is happy within himself; who is […]

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to remain with the UPFA government, despite killing of Muslims

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Government should be held responsible for everything says Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem Leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem has visited Dharga town in Aluthgama, a short while ago. Hakeem is accompanied by several senior officials of the Sri Lanka Mulim Congress.  Although the situation is now tranquil in Beruwala and Aluthgama, uncertainly still looms large over the area with Police confirming two deaths due to last night’s clashes. Many Muslims in Aluthgama, who gathered in mosques last night due to fear of being attacked, are yet to return to their homes.  Speaking to BBC this morning, Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said he was seriously considering retirement from his position as a result of yesterday’s clashes. Justice Minister, in an interview […]

The curfew is only for Muslims, not for the Buddhist rioters.

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

”Government prevents even a trade union or student protesters going to protest marches” says Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem. Well-coordinated violence against Muslims and Christians appears to have tacit state backing  “We still have Sinhala police in this country, still we have a Sinhala military. From today, if any Muslim mishandles any Sinhalese, that will be the end of them, “The curfew is only for Muslims, not for the rioters Police broke into the shop and an adjoining mosque, Another group followed and torched both buildings. At least three Muslims were killed and 75 people seriously injured in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in southern Sri Lankan coastal towns best known as tourist draws, with Muslim homes set ablaze, officials and residents said on Monday. There […]

Three killed, 75 injured, houses set ablaze in Sri Lanka ethnic clashes & No Buddhist Monk Has Been Killed In Aluthgama

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

No Buddhist Monk Has Been Killed In Aluthgama IGP N.K. Illangakoon, issuing a special media statement, has stated that no Buddhist monk has been killed in the Aluthgama clash last night. He urged the public not to be misguided by rumours and unsubstantiated stories. The IGP also seeks the assistance of the public to ensure law and order in the area. However, no explanation has been given so far by Police as to why it allowed the Bodu Bala sena to stage a protest in Aluthgama, paving the way for a clash. Meanwhile, a crucial meeting in this regard is now being held at the AGA Office in Kalutara, with Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the chair. SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena, Senior Minister […]

Video: “This Will Be The End Of All Muslims” Buddhist Monk Gnanasara Says Prior To Riots

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara in an inciteful and fear mongering speech earlier today in Aluthgama prior to the riots said that “if one marakkalaya ( Muslim) lays a hand on a Sinhalese that will be the end of all of them” to a rousing and cheering crowd. The crowd were visibly moved and kept cheering each inciteful statement made by Gnansara prior to launching their attack on the Muslims. “The police have turned their bayonets against us that is wrong. The Police should know what is happening in this country. We are asking the Defence establishment if the Sinhalse and the Bikkhus have ever raised a hand to one business establishment?. But this is enough. We haven’t raised our hands ( against them), not because we can’t… its not […]

The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew + Videos

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The extremist Buddhists led by Bodu Bala Sena attacked Muslims and are still in the area despite curfew Police use tear gas and enforce curfew in two coastal towns to end fighting between Muslims and Buddhists. Sri Lankan police have fired tear gas and enforced a curfew in two coastal towns popular with tourists in an attempt to end clashes between Muslims and Buddhists that threatens to set off wider religious violence. “Several Muslim-owned shops have been burned and homes attacked,”  “Some Buddhists are deliberately targeting Muslims. But unfortunately police have not been able to protect the minorities,” Hilmy Ahmed, spokesperson of Muslim Council of Sri Lanka All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) issuing a special statement has requested Muslims across the country to remain calm. It also requests all parties, including […]

Sri Lankan Muslim Minister trapped by ethnic clashes

16th June 2014 // 0 Comments

At least 40 people were injured and mosques and 10 shops were damaged in clashes that started at a protest march led by hardline Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or the “Buddhist power force”.  There has been increasing violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka since 2012, mirroring events in Myanmar, which has seen a surge of attacks by members of the majority Buddhist community against Muslims. Many independent analysts say well-coordinated violence against Muslims and Christians appears to have tacit state backing as those involved in previous attacks have yet to be punished. BBS Group is backed by Gotha Rajapaksha who is feared more powerful than President in Sri Lanka and is suspected of using the racial groups support to take over from Mahinda as President. […]

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