Sri Lankan minister briefly trapped by ethnic clashes

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DPU wrote:

There is no denying that the tense situation that arose in Aluthgama and Beruwala was a very unfortunate incident and was primarily caused by growing fundamentalism fostered by Buddhist monks. It must be noted with equal emphasis that Muslims are by no means innocent and mosques do play a major role in fostering fundamentalism though behind closed door unlike the monks. I use” monks” because despite media speech, the Chief Incumbents have done nothing to prevent hate speech and campaigns shamelessly delivered and carried out in the public like in barbarian times and nor have they come forward with force to bring sense to the growing racism fuelled by their fellow monks.
However it must be noted including this report international media have taken a lot of effort to victimize Muslims without question and carnivorized Sinhalese Buddhists flat out.
Taking the riots out of context is will bring no peace. Truth is Muslim dominated areas have been under racial pressure. Being a resident from the area myself I know Dharaga Town and Beruwala have been like Muslims’ personal possession, everything should happen their way including road constructions, community services. There have been incidents where muslins spat at the sight of monks thus nonviolent retaliation has always been there, making the area susceptible to major clashes at the drop of a hat.
In this context, a monk gets allegedly attacked on the Poson Poya Day by Muslim youth which becomes the auspice for the BBS rally on last Sunday. There is no denying this was adding fuel to fire and the hate speech delivered by BBS leader monk out in the open without any repercussions (which has been the case for the past year or so where BBS’s vandalism and attacks went beyond legal framework) and no precautionary actions had been taken neither by the government or the Police given the already prevalent susceptibility to violence.
If you have seen the particular video, BBS supporters were seen marching the streets where Muslims were watching on the roadside with a few elderly Muslims begging those standing by not to act violently. However one of the Muslims throws a stone to which the supporters were immediately reacting by pelting stone back at them which they had been carrying all along. This is how the violence escalated and that was by no means one way racism.
Who had the most damage is not known yet but Muslims have become the only victims which is not the case. Violence escalated with equal participation by Muslim mobs which nobody talks about thus both parties are to blame and it’s up to them to put two and two together to return to normal life.

Jun 17, 2014 12:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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