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Sri Lankan Muslims Protest Rally at Toronto

19 May 2019
Sri Lankan Muslims Protest Rally at Toronto

Jawed Anwar
Toronto: Sri Lankan United Muslim Community in Canada organizes a rally here today at Dundas Square area. Several hundred people; men, women and children gathered at the square to protest against burning Muslim homes, businesses and place of worship in Sri Lanka.
They were carrying placards; "Stop Burning Muslim Homes, Businesses, and Mosques", "We Condemn Easter Sunday Attack" "Curb Hate Speech at Social Media," "We condemn all Forms of Terrorism," etc. and chanting slogans; we want peace, Justice, and human rights restoration in Sri Lanka.

 


In the anti-Muslim unrest in Sri Lanka started Sunday, mobs moved through towns in Sri Lanka's northwest. They ransacked Masjids, burning Qurans and attacking shops with petrol bombs.
Sri Lankan authorities said that Buddhist groups were likely to blame for a wave of anti-Muslim riots that swept the island this week in apparent retaliation for last month's Easter bombings.
According to Al Jazeera, authorities have arrested dozens of suspected rioters, including three described as Sinhala Buddhist hardliners who had been investigated for similar actions in the central province of Kandy last year.
"These are organized attacks on Muslim business houses and premises," Navin Dissanayake, minister of plantation industries, said during a government news conference on Wednesday about the security situation.
Asked who was organizing the attacks, Dissanayake said: "I think these organizations that Amith Weerasinghe, Dan Priyasad, and Namal Kumara (are heading)," referring to the three Buddhist hardliners arrested on Tuesday.
Muslims' population in Sri Lanka is nearly 10 percent of the total population of 22 million, which is predominantly Buddhist. The Indian Ocean island was torn for decades by a civil war between separatists from the mostly Hindu Tamil minority and the Sinhala Buddhist-dominated government. The government stamped out the rebellion about ten years ago.

 Muslims in front of a Masjid in Kiniyama, Sri Lanka, after a mob attacked it.Credit  

Muslims in front of a Masjid in Kiniyama, Sri Lanka, after a mob attacked it.

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