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Sri Lanka struggles to restore order after riots

A Sri Lankan army soldier guards a mosque in Sri Lankas capital Colombo on March 9, 2018, amid fears that anti-Muslim riots in the central region of Kandy could spread to other areas of the island. (Photo by: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

MOBS torched Muslim-owned businesses in a central Sri Lanka district on Wednesday (7) as hundreds of police and troops struggled to restore order after days of rioting. The soldiers poured into Kandy to reinforce police but arson attacks persisted even though the government has imposed a nationwide state of emergency and suspended the internet locally to quell attacks by mobs from the majority Sinhalese community. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said several arson attacks were reported from Kandy on Wednesday, and internet access curbed to prevent the spread of hate speech. “We have temporarily blocked several social media websites to prevent…

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