Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency after anti-Muslim riots Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena announced he is lifting a nationwide state of emergency imposed 12 days ago to quell anti-Muslim riots that left three people dead and over 200 Muslim-owned businesses, homes and vehicles set ablaze (Photo credit: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
SRI LANKA’S president announced Sunday (18) he is lifting a nationwide state of emergency imposed 12 days ago to quell anti-Muslim riots in which three people died and hundreds of shops were destroyed. Maithripala Sirisena said improvements in the security situation prompted him to end the emergency, under which security forces and the police had sweeping powers to detain suspects. “Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the state of emergency from midnight yesterday,” Sirisena said on Twitter as he returned to the island after a tour of Japan. Much of the anti-Muslim violence was concentrated in…
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