Hundreds of Buddhist monks rally in Colombo against anti-Muslim riots as calm begins to return to violence-hit areas.
Hundreds of Buddhist monks and activists have rallied in Sri Lanka‘s capital against anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and forced the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency.
The National Bhikku Front said on Friday they organised the silent protest against what they called “communal clashes destroying national unity”.
Moderate Buddhist leaders and cricketers have denounced the violence which occurred in and around the central city of Kandy, and several Sri Lankan social media users also posted photos on Twitter of Buddhist monks visiting mosques during Friday prayers to express solidarity.
Yet, barely five years later in 2014, Singhalese- Muslim riots spread almost all over the country. … spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, urging Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to cease violence towards the countries’ Muslim minorities in the past have not stopped the anti–Muslims attacks. [………]
Religious riots targeting Muslims began in the Sri Lankan town of Ampara on 26 February 2018, and had started in Kandy District by 2 March. Muslim citizens, mosques and other properties were attacked by mobs of Sinhalese Buddhists, and mobs of Muslims performed attacks on Buddhists Temples and Sinhalese citizens. […….]
In 1938, anti–Muslim riots again broke out in Burma. Moshe Yegar writes that the riots were fanned by anti-British and nationalistic sentiments, but were disguised as anti–Muslim so as not to provoke a response by the British. Nevertheless, the British government responded to the riots and demonstrations. The agitation ..[…….]