Sri Lanka’s President has declared a state of emergency for 10 days to rein in the spread of communal violence after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community.
Buddhist groups accused Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist sites
Buddhist nationalists have protested against Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers
Muslims make up 9 per cent of Sri Lanka’s 21 million people
Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.
“At a special Cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots,” spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekara said.