Police fire tear gas, impose curfew as violence erupts in Kandy

The Police fired tear gas and later imposed a curfew as violence erupted in Kandy today.

An angry mob attacked Muslim owned shops and at least one mosque in Digana following a protest.

The Police used tear gas to disperse the mob but the tensions continued.

Meanwhile, in Theldeniya the Police fired tear gas after an unruly mob, including monks, gathered outside the Theldeniya Police station.

The violence erupted after a man was killed in the Kandy area resulting in several racially motivated incidents.

The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara thera, was among those who visited the house of the victim last night.

The mob which gathered outside the Theldeniya Police station today demanded that a group of suspects arrested over the racially motivated incidents be set free.

As the situation got out of control a Police curfew was imposed in the Kandy administrative district till 6am tomorrow.

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The latest violence comes just weeks after similar violence erupted in Ampara. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. This monk, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, needs to be disrobed and arrested and jailed immediately for inciting riots and violating civil rights.

    He is inflamming hatred, resentment amongst people in complete violation of the Vinaya, code for monastics.

    In fact any monk that is engaged in political parties is violating the Vinaya and needs to disrobe.

    If we don’t take action soon, this country is headed for a much worse conflict than the 30 years war.

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