24 March, 2018


Anti-Muslim Assaults: PM Offers Situational Report With Vague Reference To Incidents

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe issued a special statement a short while ago stating that Police Curfew has been reimposed in the Kandy District with effect from 4.00 pm this afternoon and that a State of Emergency has been declared covering the entire island for a period of 10 days.


Wickremesinghe dismissed as false reports that attacks had been carried out against members of the clergy whose denomination he did not reveal. He acknowledged however acts of arson had been carried out in and around Katugastota and that a hand grenade in the possession of someone among an unruly crowd in Ambatenne had exploded.

Whereas in a Parliamentary address the Prime Minister referred to the identities of those who attacked and injured an individual who later succumbed to his injuries and thereby creating tension, in this instance his references are general and vague. The Prime Minister said that this incident is under investigation.

The Prime Minister stated that additional forces of the Army had been deployed in the Kandy District to respond to any unruly situation.

‘Social media platforms have been blocked temporarily,’ he said in order to combat the dissemination of misinformation that could mislead the people and feed anger and hatred.

He finally appealed the people of all communities to support efforts to bring back normalcy.

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