Connect with us


What Ignited the Anti-Muslim Riots in Sri Lanka by Buddhists?



What Ignited the Anti-Muslim Riots in Sri Lanka?  In a shocking incident, rampant anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka were reported, following which the government decided to block social media channels to curb the spread Anti-Muslim Riots in Sri Lanka. 

Mullegama, a city in the hilly region of central Sri Lanka, witnessed enraged anti-Muslim riots, even after the declaration of a state of emergency. The religious tiff between the Buddhists and the Muslims led to the violence, turning into the burning down of Muslim owned businesses and houses and victims confined to mosques. Unfortunately, the violence reached social media platforms and started to spread.

The Cause of the Social Media Curfew and Anti-Muslim Riots in Sri Lanka

In an attempt to curb the spreading of violence the Sri Lankan government blocked popular social media channels. Large troops of soldiers and police officials were immediately deployed to the region too. The region has been under a curfew for three consecutive days.

The root cause of the riots and the blocking of social media has been ruled out to an accusation by the Buddhist mobs for stealing a donation box from a temple in the region. The victims have stated that authorities did not take action to protect them, in fact, stopped them from preventing the damage to their properties. The riots took a vicious turn after an explosion killed a Buddhist and another was injured. The anti-Muslim riots reached the small town of Katugastota too.

Read on EurAsian Times: War-Torn Northern Syria put US-Turkey at Loggerheads?

While no official statement states Buddhist extremists as the cause of the violence, comments made by officials hint at the same.

Buddhist-Muslim Religious Divide Shuts down Social Media

The Buddhist-Muslim religious divide has plagued Sri Lanka for years now. The 1983-2009 Sri Lankan civil war has left a great impact after the Tamil rebels demanded an independent land. The country is divided between the Buddhist Sinhalese and the minorities from Tamil that includes Muslims, Hindus and Christians.

An official from an internet company stated that the government had taken quick measures to completely block social media platforms in the region, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Instagram. The capital city of Colombo also faced the social media block, while other regions experienced slow and disturbed networks too.

Other News at EurAsian Times




Featured34 mins ago

Both Saudi Arabia & Iran ‘Shot-Down’ Pakistan’s Proposal On Kashmir; Reaffirm Support To India

Once again, Pakistan has failed to place its rhetoric on Kashmir among its “key allies” after Saudi Arabia and Iran...

macron-erdogan macron-erdogan
Europe59 mins ago

French Macron vs Turkish Erdogan: Clash of Personalities, Ambitions or Civilizations?

The French government has called for a crackdown on “radical Islam” following the beheading of a history teacher for showing...

Featured1 hour ago

Did NASA Accept That Sanskrit Is The Best Suited Language For Computer Programming?

Social media is abuzz with hailing Sanskrit as the “best language” for computers, citing a National Aeronautics and Space Administration...

Karot-Hydropower-Project Karot-Hydropower-Project
Featured2 hours ago

Crack Appearing In Pakistan, China Relations As Beijing Demands Higher Interest Under CPEC?

Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) hailed by Pakistan and supported through the China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) has reportedly hit a...

Americas13 hours ago

Outstripped By Russia & China, US To Adopt Chinese Model In Developing Hypersonic Weapons

After vehemently criticizing China for its civil-military fusion model, Pentagon has now decided to follow China’s lead by awarding a...

XB-51 XB-51
Americas13 hours ago

Watch – The Historic US’ XB-51 Attack Aircraft That Was Shelved For Its Weird Looks & Unorthodox Features

Long before the dawn of modern aircraft like the F-35s, F-22 Raptors, the Nighthawk, and even the Blackbird, the United...

Featured14 hours ago

World’s Busiest Airports – French CDG Beats London Heathrow, Beijing Airport Hit The Hardest

The air travel industry saw its darkest months as traveling was restricted around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Beijing...

qatar-saudi qatar-saudi
Featured15 hours ago

US Warns Its Citizens Of An Imminent Suicide Drone Attack On Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Scores of nations across the globe led by the likes of the United States, Israel, Turkey, China, and the United...

Americas18 hours ago

US Air Force Scrambles F-16 Jets Over A Donald Trump Rally; Fires Warning Shots – WATCH NOW

The audience at a Trump campaign rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, were caught by surprise when a US Air Force...

Terrorism-Pakistan Terrorism-Pakistan
Featured18 hours ago

France Knife Attack: Another Person Beheaded In France; Officials Calls It Terror Attack

Three people have been killed in a knife attack in the French city of Nice, according to the latest reports....