ucanews.com reporter, ColomboPublished: November 28, 2016 06:59 AM GMT
Extremist Buddhists attacked Muslims and set fire to their properties and vehicles in Aluthgama in 2014. (ucanews.com photo)
Despite the war between the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamil dying down in 2009, embers of sectarian and religious conflict remain, according to rights activists and church officials.There are a number of groups who promote poisonous ideologies via poster campaigns, hate speeches and online, according to local media. It has flared up in several high profile incidents.The chief Buddhist monk of the Mangalaramaya temple verbally abused a Tamil government official in front of a police officer but no action was taken, according to a video released on Nov.12. reports from the area, the monk had also been preventing the police from evicting the encroachers. "There were police in the vicinity and they were afraid to take steps because of a recent incident in the north when policemen were arrested," he said.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe urged the police to take action against extremists on Nov. 20 and said that everyone had the right to take pride in their race and religion.
Some 10,000 Muslims were displaced after the riots in Aluthgama in 2014. (ucanews.com photo)
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