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Sri Lanka: Muslim-owned businesses attacked in Kuliyapitiya

Sri Lanka, Kuliyapitiya
May 13, 2019 at 16:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Sri Lankan government blocked access to some social media sites and police imposed a curfew after a mosque and shops owned by Muslims were attacked, in Kuliyapitiya, Kurunegala District, on Sunday and Monday.

Footage from Sunday night shows a shack that reportedly belonged to Muslim residents on fire, as well as men on site arguing and shouting as police tried to control the situation.

Footage from Monday shows an increased police presence on the ground as well as a shop that was reportedly vandalised during the unrest.

The social media ban was reportedly put in place on Monday, blocking access to networks and messaging apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, after a dispute between Christians and Muslims started online.

A curfew was imposed on Sunday until the early hours of Monday morning as a precaution to avoid further attacks. According to reports, extra security forces were also deployed in the city.

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The Sri Lankan government blocked access to some social media sites and police imposed a curfew after a mosque and shops owned by Muslims were attacked, in Kuliyapitiya, Kurunegala District, on Sunday and Monday.

Footage from Sunday night shows a shack that reportedly belonged to Muslim residents on fire, as well as men on site arguing and shouting as police tried to control the situation.

Footage from Monday shows an increased police presence on the ground as well as a shop that was reportedly vandalised during the unrest.

The social media ban was reportedly put in place on Monday, blocking access to networks and messaging apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, after a dispute between Christians and Muslims started online.

A curfew was imposed on Sunday until the early hours of Monday morning as a precaution to avoid further attacks. According to reports, extra security forces were also deployed in the city.

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