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* Muslim parties in Sri Lanka to stage island wide protests on Friday condemning violence against them
Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 12:27 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 19, Colombo: The political parties representing Muslim community in Sri Lanka will stage island wide hartals on Friday (June 20) to condemn the recent attacks by the extremist groups on the Muslim people in the two coastal towns of Aluthgama and Beruwala in Kalutara district.

The organizers of the protest however, insisted that the hartals are not organized with the intention of creating another clash but to prevent similar incidents in the future in elsewhere in the country and to raise objection to the government apathy regarding the incident.

The organizers requested the general public to shed their differences and unite against racism to show support.

Meanwhile a full scale hartal observed Wednesday and today in the Muslim-dominated Ampara District brought the daily activities in the district to a standstill. All the schools, banks, all government and private offices remained closed and streets deserted.

Ampara District All Mosques Federation and Ampara District Jammiyathul Ulama organized the hartal in the Kalmunai, Sammanthurai, Sainthamaruthu, Maruthamunai and Nintavur areas of the Ampara District.

Police, STF and Army personnel were deployed on the deserted main streets. However there were no reports of troublesome incidents.

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