Muslims react strongly against Buddhist mob attack on Mosque in Colombo

[TamilNet, Sunday, 11 August 2013, 21:22 GMT]
“There is a limit to our patience, there is no point regretting if this breaks out into a major clash. But some fools do not understand this,” Mohamed Miflal, a Muslim community worker, told Associated Press, following the Buddhist mob attack on a mosque in the Grandpass area of Colombo on Saturday resulting in over a dozen people getting injured and a police curfew being declared in the capital. A few individuals praying in the mosque have reportedly been hospitalized. There were also clashes between Muslim youth and the Buddhist mobs after attack.

Buddhist monks, mostly led by the chauvinist organization Bodu Bala Sena, have been protesting against the presence of the three-storey mosque in Grandpass area, but had reportedly given “permission” to the Muslims to continue using the structure till the end of Ramadan.

This brutal attack on the mosque is yet another flashpoint in the growing anti-Muslim sentiment among Sinhala nationalists.

Rilwan, member of the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamath, a socio-religios organisation for Muslims, told The Hindu that they have little hope in the political class. "We have lost faith in those in power,” he said adding that their community “does not have a leadership that can challenge this government.”

Condemning what he termed “majoritarian dominance” in Sri Lanka, Mr. Rilwan further added “Earlier it was the Tamils, now they are clearly targeting us.”

Separately, the American Embassy in Colombo in a release condemning the attack said "Targeting any place of worship should never be permitted and we urge calm from all sides."

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.10.19 23:31  
Pentagon steps up maritime defence trade with India, UK seeks IOR opportunities
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36550