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Mar 9, 2018

Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

An escalation in violence is being expected between Sri Lanka's Buddhists and its Muslim minority. For some, echoes of the civil war are unavoidable.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

The government of Sri Lanka has declared a 10-day state of emergency after a a new boil-over of communal violence between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims.

Sinhalese make up around two-thirds of the population of Sri Lanka, with Muslims comprising around 9%. Hindu Tamils make up around 14% of the island-state’s population, with smaller groups comprising the rest.

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2 thoughts on “Religious violence escalates in Sri Lanka

  1. Di Keller

    Every time I see “Hardline Buddhists” I do a double take .

  2. Woopwoop

    It’s strange how “identity politics” is strengthening in so many different cultures – with shocking results here.

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