Sri Lanka: State of Emergency lifted

The government of Sri Lanka has lifted the nationwide State of Emergency which was imposed due to violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in the central district Kandy.

The clashes had led to fears of spreading of violence to other parts of the country. President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the Emergency has been lifted after an elaborate assessment of the security and safety situation.

Two people had lost their lives followed by the torching of scores of Muslim properties and businesses. As many as 20 mosques were also damaged. The violence is said to be the culmination of tensions between the communities which had been brewing for over a year as the Buddhists accused the Muslims of trying to force conversions to Islam and also held them accountable for defacing and damaging archaeological sites of Buddhists.  Buddhist monks in the Island nation have however denounced the attacks on Muslims.

 

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