The violence erupted after the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority last week. To rein in communal violence, a state of emergency has been imposed by the Sirisena government. "They were arrested for inciting communal violence and hate speech," he said. Yesterday, the President visited riot-hit Kandy and ordered security forces to use the full force of the law against troublemakers. Tensions between Muslim groups and the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community in the country have escalated since the end of the civil war in May 2009.
Source: dna March 08, 2018 18:11 UTC