Sri Lanka imposes state of emergency

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Sri Lanka's army soldiers stand guard near a burnt house after a clash between two communities in Digana, central district of Kandy, Sri Lanka March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days yesterday to stop the spread of communal violence after clashes erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the Muslim community. Government spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekara said the decision was made at a special cabinet meeting. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam. Mr Jayasekara warned of tough action against people instigating violence through Facebook. The unrest in Kandy district began after the funeral of a Sinhalese Buddhist truck driver who died days after he was involved in an altercation with four Muslims, the government said.

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