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* Sri Lanka blocks social media as communal violence continues in central hills despite state of emergency
Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 08:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government ordered to block social media networks to stop fueling communal violence through the social media as attacks on Muslim targets by Sinhalese Buddhist mob continued in central hill country despite the state of emergency.

The police have imposed a curfew in the Kandy administrative district again today and the tri forces and the police have been given powers to arrest anyone inciting violence.

Police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that through the Police curfew, mobile and foot patrols and the assistance of the army, they have been successful in containing the situation.

However, it has been reported that several Muslim shops and mosques were attacked on Wednesday despite the curfew.

An area resident, who spoke to Associated Press on condition of anonymity fearing reprisal attacks, said two mosques and some Muslim-owned shops were attacked on Wednesday by Buddhist mobs in two towns in the central hills.

Police Spokesman said that the Security forces and the police have a legal responsibility to ensure that the emergency regulations are not misused. They are to be implemented with minimum disruption to public life and enforced with genuine intentions and to be enforced impartially regardless of their religious, ethnic or political affiliations, he said.

The Government requested all people in the Kandy administrative district to remain at their homes during the police curfew which has been imposed in the area while all government schools in the Kandy administrative district are also closed till further notice.

The public has been asked to inform the nearest Police station of any attempts to escalate violence.

 

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