Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka blocks Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram to stop anti-Muslim violence

Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to control violence targeted at the country’s minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island.

Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalizing Buddhist archaeological sites.

Some Buddhist nationalists have also protested against the presence in Sri Lanka of Muslim Rohingya asylum seekers from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, where Buddhist nationalism has also been on the rise.

Police clamped an indefinite curfew in the central highlands district of Kandy where the violence has been centered since Sunday following the death of a Buddhist youth in an altercation with a group of Muslims.

(Reuters)

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