Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka!

Sri Lankan authorities on Monday imposed a curfew in the town of Kandy, following a series of anti-Muslim attacks targeting mosques, shops and homes.

The Cabinet chose to declare the state of emergency to "prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country", government spokesperson Dayasiri Jayasekara was quoted as saying.

The government says it strongly and unequivocally condemns the recent violent incidents in Ampara and Digana, creating communal disharmony, where some places of worship, residences and businesses have been damaged. "It was also made a decision to take stern action against people who instigate violence through Facebook", he added, referring to postings on social media.

The government called on the local population "to act with responsibility and remain calm". Moreover, there had been riots and arson attacks since the weekend in Kandy district.

The state of emergency is for 10 days to control law and order in the country, following the violence against the minority community in Kandy district over the last two days. The website further added that the gazette signed by President Maithripala Sirisena declaring a State of Emergency will be issued today, the Minister added.

Five persons were arrested and police said investigations are on.

Nidahas Trophy 2018 is a cricket tournament that is played to celebrate Sri Lanka's 70th year of Independence.

Muslim-Buddhist fallout: Some 75 percent of Sri Lanka's 21 million residents are Sinhalese, while around 10 percent are Muslim.

Feltman, the United Nations under-secretary-general for political affairs, will arrive Friday for three days of talks with Sri Lankan leaders and is expected to visit Kandy where two people were killed in the violence. Another 13 percent of the population are Hindus.

  • Jon Douglas