Sri Lanka: Army rolls in as state of emergency declared after unrest

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency after days of violent unrest between Sinhalese and Muslim communities, as shown in footage filmed in Kandy on Tuesday. The special measures permitting soldiers to be deployed in civilian areas will initially apply for ten days, at which point the deployment would need to be ratified by parliament Arson attacks and riots have hit the central... Еще district of Kandy in recent days and there was similar violence in late February when mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and a mosque in the east. The violence in Kandy is understood to have been sparked when a group of Muslim men in Digana town were accused of killing a man belonging to the majority Sinhala Buddhist community, who make up about 75 percent of the population. Muslim-owned shops were set alight in response and the violence spiralled out of control after monks from hardline Buddhist groups Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) travelled to the town to negotiate the release of the accused men. Tensions between Muslims, who make up about ten percent of the population, and the majority Sinhala Buddhist community have existed for decades but have become more acute since the end of the civil war.

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