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Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Muslim-Buddhist communal violence  Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after communal violence
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  The state of emergency hopes to counter a wave of violence between Muslims and Buddhist Sinhalese
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  Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide 10 day <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-communal-violence">state of emergency</a> to "take stern action" against people instigating communal violence, according to a government spokesperson.
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  The measure follows days of violence between Sinhalese and Muslim communities in the central district of Kandy. The violence is understood to have begun when a group of Muslim men were accused of killing a Sinhalese business owner.
<p style="text-align: center">Sri Lanka has today imposed a 10 day state of emergency after a clash between Sinhalese Buddhists(majority) and Muslims(minority). The 41-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after being assaulted by a group of Muslim youth, who were reportedly under the influence of alcohol.
The clash left several persons dead and mosques, shops and homes damaged. Tensions between Muslims and Buddhist have existed from decades but now have become severe.</p> In the violence that followed, Muslim shops were burned to the ground by Sinhalese rioters. Mobs have also attacked Muslim homes and mosques.
<p style="text-align: center">The state of emergency is imposed after 7 years in Sri Lanka. Troops and elite Police commandos have been deployed in streets, who hold the right to search and arrest without warrant.</p>  
  Muslims account for 10 percent of the 21 million population of Sri Lanka; Buddhist Sinhalese make up nearly 75 percent. Another 13 percent of the population are Hindus.
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