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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Muslims agitating to take up arms for their protection

[b]Muslims agitating to take up arms for their protection[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 13 December, ([/b] Muslim youth in the Eastern province are agitating to take up arms for their protection, following the recent spate of attacks against their community in the East, allegedly by the LTTE.

During a series of meetings between Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Parliamentarians and Muslim villagers from the East, the youth had requested the MPs to make representations to defence authorities and secure positions as even home guards, so that they can safeguard their community in their respective areas.

These Muslim youth pointed out that, the Army, or the STF come to their areas only after an incident and depart no sooner tensions get defused.

The Muslim villagers noted that "there is no one to provide protection to them round the clock, thus their vulnerability also increasing," sources noted.

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