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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2251

Campaign against Muslims and Islam: List of recent attacks

Colombo, 22 February, (

A well-orchestrated campaign against Muslims and Islam is being continuously carried for the last few months.

What is alarming now is the increase in the intensity and frequency of various incidents affecting the peaceful life style of the Sri Lankan Muslims. It appears that some extreme elements as well as some sections of the electronic media are being funded to create problems once again in this country, while tarnishing its image very badly.

There seems to be no action what so ever against the perpetrators of violence by the law enforcement agencies. Hence they seem to be getting tacit encouragement and support by these agencies. These unabated activities of the extremists among a small section of the majority community - the Sinhala, are shaking the very foundation of the Freedom and Independence Sri Lanka Government under the able leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government obtained after three decades -

The campaign seems to target:

• Mosques

• Muslim Business Houses

• Muslim Individuals and

• Muslim Life Style

We give below some recent incidents which has occurred up-to-date in February 2013, that is, during the last nineteen days, for your information and action.

Action Against Mosques

• Gandara - Matara Mosque was a attacked in the night- 9.2.2013

Action against Muslim Business Houses

• 4 shops were attacked in Kuruvikotuwe Pahamune - 13.2.2013

• BBS at Kandy - Declaration of Halal Boycott Year 2013 -9.1.2013

• Dehiwela - Bathiya Mawatha - 53A, shop and a house occupied by Muslims, forced to vacate by the Sinhala landlord.

Action against Muslim Individuals

• A boy coming from Masjid in the Hill Street, Dehiwela was attacked and taken to the police for a false allegation. particular boy’s mother also attacked. Victims didn't want to disclose themselves as they are in fear. 6.2.2013

• 2 Muslims were attacked in Horambawa while waiting for a bus -11.2.2013

• 1 Retired teacher was attacked in Horambawa while going for Morning prayers 11.2.2013

Other Serious acts against Muslims Lifestyle

• Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS) on TNL 5.2.2013 - Insulting Quran and misinterpretations Quranic verses

• BBS on Max TV 9.2.2013

• The name board of Sithy Lebbei Mawatha, in Kandy was forcefully changed as Vidyartha Mawatha and some threatening words were written on Kandy Meeramakam Masjid wall.3.2.2013.

• Protest in Warakapola 09.2.2013

• Handbills distributed threatening Muslims in Narammala - 11.2.2013

• JHU's Media Conference against Muslims- 14.2.2013

• Maharagama rally and the Declaration - 17.2.2013

• Medical camp in Ratmalana organized by a local group didn't allow Muslims with Abaya and hijab - 18.2.2013

• Handbills and notices are being circulated among tuition centres and public places against Muslims.

• Navamani Reporter Ahamed Roomy was harassed and detained by Police - BBC correspondent threatened by BBS - 17.2.2013

- Asian Tribune -

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