Sri Lanka: Muslim community reacts to Easter bombings and police crackdown
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Members of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka reacted to the increase in Islamophobia and increased police presence in Colombo on Saturday in wake of the deadly Easter attacks the took place in the country's capital last week.
“They look at the Muslims as all the Muslims are terrorists, or that they are really doubtful, they do not know whom to believe, or they should not believe,” Islamic Scholar Ash Sheik Arkam Nooramith said, adding “so far, there has not been any psychical attack on us. But we have some fear. There is a lot of hate speech on us available in social media.”
“We are willing to support the secret officials and the arm forces to eradicate that. And we can see that the government is doing that. Government is going house by house, and when there is any suspicion, they are clearing it out. So we are really grateful, but things are not as settled and calm. We are still living in fear,” he said.
“Sri Lankan army, police [inaudible] difference mechanism has to do their job. But they should be mindful, without harassing the innocent people,” Excom Member media spokesperson Ash Sheikh M. Fazil Farook said.
At least 253 people were killed and a further 450 were injured on April 21, in eight seemingly coordinated explosions which rocked hotels and churches across the country.
Six blasts took place in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo while two further explosions occurred in the western city of Negombo and the eastern city of Batticaloa.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced that there would be changes in the top ranks of Sri Lanka's security forces "within 24 hours" while speaking at a press conference in Colombo on April 24th.
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