Colombo Telegraph

In Sri Lanka, Muslims Replacing Tamils As Perceived Enemy

By Rosie Dimanno

Rosie Dimanno

Attacks on mosques stir anew religious tensions in Sri Lanka, where about 9 per cent of the population — 1.4 million — practise Islam.

Cellphone cameras captured the ugly scene: Muslims being chased through the streets by maddened Buddhists.

The vandals had just attacked a mosque in the Grandpass neighbourhood on the capital’s outskirts, falling upon Muslims at Friday prayers, smashing windows, then pursuing the worshippers with clubs, hurling stones. At least five people were hospitalized.

That was in early August and stirred anew religious tensions in this country, where about 9 per cent of the population — 1.4 million — practise Islam. Most are known as Moor Muslims, descendents of Arab traders who plied their trade along Sri Lanka’s coast as far back as the eighth century.

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