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Sri Lanka Declares Nationwide Emergency After Buddhist-Muslim Clashes

Sri Lanka Declares Nationwide Emergency After Buddhist-Muslim Clashes

Buddhist groups accuse Muslims of forced conversions, desecrating holy sites

Sri Lanka’s government imposed a nationwide emergency on Tuesday after days of clashes between Buddhists and Muslims across the country. Under the state of emergency, authorities can detain suspects indefinitely and deploy the military to clamp down on the riots.

The clashes intensified over the weekend “following the death of a Sinhalese [Buddhist] youth who had allegedly been assaulted by a Muslim mob,” Reuters news agency reported. The religious tensions began last year after Buddhist groups accused Muslims of forcibly converting locals to Islam and desecrating their ancient holy sites. Buddhists make up about 75 percent of the population, while the Muslims count for around 10 percent.

This is the first time the South Asian island nation has declared a nationwide emergency since 2009 when decades of civil war between the Sinhala Buddhists and the minority Hindu Tamils came to an end.

Sri Lankan daily Sunday Leader reported the imposition of state of emergency on Tuesday:

President Maithripala Sirisena promulgated a state of emergency to redress the situation in the country, the President’s Media Division said.

The President’s Media Division said that the Police and Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in society and urgently restore normalcy.

“President promulgated a state emergency a short while ago to redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. The Police and Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in the society & urgently restore normalcy,” the President’s Media Division said.

The conflict in the remote Asian Island must not be dismissed as a localized unrest, but seen in the context of conflicts emerging globally in the backdrop of militant Islamist resurgence.

The unrest in Sri Lanka becomes the second Buddhist-Muslim conflict to emerge in the span of less than two years. In 2016, conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar and the subsequent military action by the country’s army left thousands dead and led to the displacement of around 90,000 Rohingya Muslims.

The Buddhist minority in the neighboring Muslim-majority Bangladesh have been facing the wrath of jihadis of decades. In 2012, Muslim mobs in Bangladesh destroyed 12 Buddhist temples and monasteries. Many Buddhists have fled to Myanmar or India.

Since the early 1990s, Islamist terror groups have sprung up in South Asia and the Far-East with the declared purpose of carrying out jihad against the non-Muslims. The Islamist terror campaign in India has claimed ten of thousands of Indians in recent decades. Since 2014, Islamic State has extended its reach in Asia, fueling local jihads in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

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Searching for my shocked face…

Morning Sunshine | March 7, 2018 at 10:08 am

I keep seeing a common denominator here. Anyone else?

    Tom Servo in reply to Morning Sunshine. | March 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    yeah it is so strange – I keep looking for Jewish-Buddhist confrontations, or Christian-Buddhist confrontations, or Hindu-Jewish confrontations. But whenever there’s religious conflict anywhere in the world, one side is always the same. I wonder how that happens.

Religion of peace, so we are told, over and over, yet it is difficult to understand the peace they are talking about… or do they mean piece, as in we will be picking up the pieces of ourselves, if we are so lucky, after they blow us up and attack us?

Why is it that the left keeps pushing for more of these Islamic immigrants to be allowed in our country when everywhere they go there is nothing but unrest?

Yeesh. That photo of armed men in trucks is what the women of Europe have to look forward to in the near future if the madness of importing military age men, who hate their values and believe themselves to be Conquistadors, is not reversed.

Bitterlyclinging | March 7, 2018 at 11:12 am

The recent, bugeoning, science of DNA archaeology, the unearthing and study of ancient DNA, gives us clue to what will happen here.
Its seems as though that despite little change in pottery style, jewelry and tool artifacts unearthed at ancient sites, the change in DNA when site populations change is rapid and profound, explaining what likely happened to the mystery of the Neanderthal disappearance. Stoned, speared, stabbed, hung, burned or drowned.
The relatively recent fate of the Chinese populations that fell under Islam’s sway, the men were all killed, the women became concubines. conversion was complete in a single generation, appears to be the historical rule when populations change, rather than the exception,
As to that South African Solution where the whites are about to be dispossessed of their properties and possessions by legislative fiat, leaving in abeyance whether they will be killed then or at a later date, you have three guesses as to their fate. The first two don’t count.
Anyone ever try evicting squirrels when they’ve established residence in your domicile. Humans are likely to be much worse.

4th armored div | March 7, 2018 at 11:44 am

i believe in freedom of or from religion BUT
I-Slam is NOT a religion BUT a conquerors coda,
if we do not stop the influx of these killers, who have no regard for OUR civil rights, then we will get what we deserve –

    Amen to that. Islam is NOT a religion, it is a fascist, hostile political ideology invented by a bloodthirsty paedophile to control populations, which is disguised as a religion with enough pseudo-religious trappings to fool the Left and the feeble-minded, pardon the redundancy. Islam deserves none of the protections or privileges afforded religions, and we damn sure don’t need to be importing more of these 7th Century barbarians.

    Close The Fed in reply to 4th armored div. | March 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Fellas, fellas, fellas, fellas….

    Islam is a THEOCRACY. Am I the only person who remembers this word from elementary school?

    Theocracy: government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. 2. a state governed by a theocracy.

Wherever there be Muslims, there will be trouble. Truly a parasitic cult.

Buddhist groups accused Muslims of forcibly converting locals to Islam and desecrating their ancient holy sites.

Stop screwing around, and nuke ’em from orbit. It’s the only way …