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WoT Facebook, Whatsapp blocked as Buddhists attack mosques in Sri Lanka
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  1. #1
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    Jan 2012

    Facebook, Whatsapp blocked as Buddhists attack mosques in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka has blocked access to social media networks including Facebook and Whatsapp as religious violence continues despite a state of emergency. The ban is set to last three days.

    The state of emergency was imposed after Buddhists attacked mosques and Muslim-owned businesses in the central highlands district of Kandy. On Wednesday the government asked internet service providers to shut down access to social media sites following reports of Facebook posts calling for attacks on Muslims.
    Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard a road after a clash between two communities in Kandy. © Stringer / Reuters

    Telecommunications companies have also restricted general internet access in Kandy following instructions from the TRC, Lanka business daily report.

    “The director general (of TRC) will inform all the subscribers about blocking Facebook, Viber, and Whatsapp for 72 hours,” a TRC official told Reuters. Outage Report’s live map shows numerous complaints highlighting a lack of access to Facebook.
    © Outage Report.

    Approximately 70 percent of people in Sri Lanka are Buddhist while about 10 percent are Muslim. Tension between the two communities have escalated over the past year, with some accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising important Buddhist sites.

    Police imposed the indefinite curfew for 10 days on Tuesday but disturbances have continued. Seven people were arrested on Tuesday night following attacks on mosques and businesses. Information on civilian injuries has yet to be released.

    A senior government minister said the violence in Kandy is being stirred up by people from outside the area. "There is an organised conspiracy behind these incidents,” Sarath Amunugama told reporters.
    Proud Infidel...............and Cracker

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  2. #2
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    Sep 2004
    You know Islam is a screwed up religion when even the "moderation in all things/ 8 fold path" Buddhists have had it up to here with Islam.
    Go Buddhists go!
    Yay Buddhists!

    Hell, I bet moslems could even drive an ultra non violent practitioner Jainism to violence.
    "When you're dead, you don't even know you're dead.
    It's difficult only for others.
    It's the same when you're stupid."

  3. #3
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    Mar 2007
    West Virginia
    Islam is about conquest and taking over, making everyone a slave to their way of of life.

  4. #4
    Good. Hopefully they kill them all. The only thing better than a live goat humper is a dead goat humper.
    Repeal the 15th
    Rewrite the 14th
    We Must Secure the Existance of Our People and a Future for White Children
    Make America Confederate Again
    2020 Is Going To Be A ClusterF*ck

  5. #5
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    Oct 2014
    'murKKa - FEMA region IV
    when the BUDDHISTS start kicking ass you know it's been a long dusty journey to the end of tolerance road
    “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” REV 3:16

    Raging Deplorable - we do NOT forget; we do NOT forgive; we are LEGION

  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggedyman View Post
    when the BUDDHISTS start kicking ass you know it's been a long dusty journey to the end of tolerance road
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  7. #7
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    Genghis Kahn and the mongols made a trip to the Middle East to put a big dent in the muslims plan. I Wonder if China is figuring it is time for a return visit.
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  8. #8
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    May 2001
    Nice to see the moslems on the receiving end of the stuff they do to others. Brings a smile to my face.
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  9. #9
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    Mar 2003
    North of Cincinnati
    Quote Originally Posted by Raggedyman View Post
    when the BUDDHISTS start kicking ass you know it's been a long dusty journey to the end of tolerance road
    THIS. That was one shocking thread title...
    Somewhere in the clouds, Your peak is shining, Have courage and go

  10. #10
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    Dec 2017
    Swimming in sea quarks
    [QUOTE]some accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising important Buddhist sites.[quote]

    Jacking with heritage and religious sites/artifacts there is a surefire way to bring on street mob violence. I witnessed that directly.
    Facts?? We don't need no stinkin facts...

  11. #11
    Sri Lanka blocks social media as anti-Muslim rioting flares

    By Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press
    MULLEGAMA, Sri Lanka — March 7, 2018, 8:15 AM ET

    Religious violence flared anew in the hills of central Sri Lanka on Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims barricaded inside mosques.

    The government ordered popular social media networks blocked in an attempt to stop the violence from spreading, and thousands of police and soldiers spread out across the worst-hit areas.

    The police also ordered a curfew across much of the region for a third straight day, trying to calm the situation.

    Hundreds of Muslim residents of Mullegama, a village in the hills of central Sri Lanka, barricaded themselves inside a local mosque after Buddhist mobs attacked their homes Wednesday morning accusing them of stealing the donation box of a nearby temple. At least 20 Muslim homes appeared badly damaged and flames engulfed one two-story home.

    The Muslims hiding in the mosque, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals, said police prevented them from saving their property and did nothing to stop the attackers.

    One Sinhala Buddhist man who was part of the attack died in an explosion and another man was injured, according to the men in the mosque. A local Buddhist man said the Muslims were using improvised explosives, which the men in the mosque denied.

    The police officials said they could not immediately identify what caused the explosion or who was responsible.

    Mullegama Piyaratana , a Buddhist monk at the temple, said the attacks on the Muslim homes took place after some people pelted the temple with rocks late Tuesday. He would not identify who attacked the temple.

    In the nearby small town of Katugastota, Ikram Mohamed, a Muslim, stood outside the wreckage of the textile shop where he worked, after Sinhalese

    Buddhist mobs set it on fire. He and the owner had closed the shop Wednesday morning when police announced the curfew. They returned to find it destroyed, and clothing and dressmaker dummies smoking in the ruins.

    "There are many good Sinhalese people," he said. "This is being done by a few jealous people."

    Muslims own many of the small businesses in Sri Lanka, a fact that many believe has helped make them targets as Buddhist-Muslim relations have worsened in recent years amid the rise of hard-line Buddhist groups, which accuse Muslims of forcing people to convert and destroying sacred Buddhist sites.

    Area residents said mobs swept through at least two towns in the central hills Wednesday, attacking two mosques and a string of Muslim-owned shops and buildings.

    An internet company official, meanwhile, said the government had ordered popular social media networks blocked in areas near the violence, and slowed dramatically across the rest of the country.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity under company policy, said the order was for Facebook, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp. Some of those networks appeared to be blocked in Colombo, the capital, while others worked sporadically and very slowly.

    President Maithripala Sirisena declared the state of emergency on Tuesday, though a day later details of the decree remained unclear. While the hills were flooded with soldiers and policemen ordering people off the street, little, if anything, appeared to have changed elsewhere in the country.

    While government officials have not directly accused Buddhist extremists of being behind the violence, many comments appeared aimed at them.

    The government will "act sternly against groups that are inciting religious hatred," Cabinet minister Rauff Hakeem said Tuesday after a meeting with the president.

    The emergency announcement came after Buddhist mobs swept through towns outside Kandy, burning at least 11 Muslim-owned shops and homes. The attacks followed reports that a Buddhist man had been killed by a group of Muslims.

    Police fired tear gas into the crowds, and later announced a curfew in the town.
    The U.N. office in Colombo condemned the violence.

    "The United Nations urges authorities to take immediate action against perpetrators and to ensure that appropriate measures are swiftly taken to restore normalcy in affected areas," it said in a statement Wednesday.

    Denmark and Norway warned their citizens in Sri Lanka about the state of emergency, saying they should be "cautious, stay away from large crowds and demonstrations, follow media and listen to advice from local authorities."

    The Norwegian foreign ministry urged people "to stay in touch with family and relatives in Norway."

    Sri Lanka has long been divided between the majority Sinhalese, who are overwhelmingly Buddhist, and minority Tamils who are Hindu, Muslim and Christian. The country remains deeply scarred by its 1983-2009 civil war, when Tamil rebels fought to create an independent homeland.

    While the rebels were eventually crushed, the Buddhist-Muslim religious divide has taken hold in recent years.


    Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.
    Last edited by northern watch; 03-07-2018 at 03:17 PM.


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