COLOMBO (Reuters) – A number of dozen folks threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned shops and a neighborhood man was overwhelmed within the city of Chilaw on Sri Lanka’s west coast on Sunday in a dispute that began on Fb, sources instructed Reuters.
Three weeks in the past in Sri Lanka Islamist bombers blew themselves up in 4 accommodations and three church buildings, killing greater than 250 folks. Since then Muslim teams say they’ve obtained dozens of complaints from throughout the nation about folks being harassed.
“A police curfew has been imposed in Chilaw Police space with instant impact till 6 a.m. tomorrow to regulate the tense scenario,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera instructed Reuters. The police later mentioned the curfew could be lifted at four a.m.
A screenshot of the alleged Fb alternate seen by Reuters confirmed a person had written in Sinhalese “It’s tough to make us cry” and added a neighborhood slur towards Muslim males.
A Fb person recognized as Hasmar Hameed, whom two locals mentioned was the person later arrested, replied in English: “Dont snicker extra 1 day u will cry.”
Authorities mentioned they arrested the creator of a Fb put up, figuring out him as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar. Locals in Chilaw, a majority Christian city, mentioned Hasmar’s put up was interpreted as menacing and an offended crowd beat him.
Reuters was unable to find out what the unique dialog was about or to contact Hasmar for remark.
“Later they pelted stones at three mosques and a few Muslim-owned retailers. Now the scenario has calmed down, however we’re frightened of the night time,” mentioned one native Muslim man who requested to stay nameless for safety causes.
One mosque suffered intensive injury, he mentioned. Video footage circulating on-line reveals a number of dozen younger males shouting and throwing stones at a garments retailer known as New Hasmars, which locals mentioned belonged to Hasmar.
Some communities say they’re fearful that the federal government, which didn’t act on successive warnings about looming Islamist assaults, has not caught all potential militants.
Every week in the past in Negombo, the place greater than 100 folks had been killed throughout Easter prayers, a violent conflict erupted between native Muslims and Christians after a site visitors dispute.
In contrast to after the Negombo clashes, the Sri Lankan authorities didn’t impose a ban on social media platforms on Sunday.
Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; enhancing by Jason Neely