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    Posted June 15, 2014 by
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    aluthgama, Sri Lanka

    Stirrings of another Black July

     
    With an increasing recurrence of clashes between the Bodu Bala Sena(BBS), a Buddhist nationalistic monastic organization and the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, one wonders if this is another stirring of a Black July that triggered a 30 year civil war in the country.
    Following a BBS meeting held in the Aluthgama region on the 12th of June, a holy 'poya' day that is considered sacred by the Buddhist majority in the country, and another meeting held on the 15th of June, these attacks on the Muslim community are said to be in retaliation of claims of attacks on a Buddhist monk by the Muslims in the region while some state that it was a mere argument between the driver of the said monk and 3 Muslim youth. However, the resulting clashes between the two ethnicities have resulted in major damages to property and currently the majority of Muslims are seeking refuge in the mosques in the region.
    The authorities have declared a state of curfew in the regions of Aluthgama, Kaluthara and Beruwela where civil unrest is increasing yet civilians claim that the state of curfew has done little to control the tense situation.
    Firings and petrol bomb attacks targeting business premises and households have resulted in severely damaging the property of the Muslim community in the region, though no loss of life has been reported so far.
    The occurrence of such an incident is ironic, specially when the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently being recognized for his contribution to peace and democracy in Bolivia at the Group of 77 summit.

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