Sri Lanka: Despite anti-Muslim riots, anti-Muslim riots mount, block on social media
Colombo, Despite the Emergency, anti-Muslim riots broke out in Central Sri Lanka. The government has banned social media to stop this. Police continued the curfew in the area under an attempt to control the situation. A resident of the area told that the situation here is quite frightening. Told that two mosques and many Muslim shops were targeted on Wednesday. The charge of this attack is being imposed on the people of the Buddhist community living in this area.
The damage done in the violence has not yet been assessed. In the same way as in Myanmar, there has been a growing tension between Muslims and Buddhists for a long time. Here Sinhalese Buddhists see the minority Muslim community as a threat.
An internet company has told that the government has instructed to block popular social media networks in the areas of violence. The company’s official said that this order was mainly for Facebook, Instagram, Viber and Whatsapp. It is being told that some of these networks have been closed in the capital Colombo. While other areas of the country have been asked to slow down their service.
Let me tell you that during the communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka, an emergency was announced for 10 days. This violence started in Kandy district of Sri Lanka. However, government officials have not directly held responsible people of the Buddhist community for this violence. After meeting the President, Cabinet Minister Rauf Hakeem said that strict action would be taken against those responsible for the violence.