HEADLINE Sri Lanka declares state of emergency for 10 days

HEADLINE

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency for 10 days

By Yuan Jirong | People's Daily app

23:09, March 06, 2018

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Signs advertising the services of lawyers in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, September 4, 2017. (Photo: IC)

New Delhi (People's Daily) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has declared a state of emergency for 10 days following violence in some parts of the country, reports said.

The president could decide at the end of the 10 days to extend the state of emergency, the report added.

Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes, India’s The Economic Times reported. Buddhists and Muslims recently clashed in the Central district of Kandy.

Tensions have been rising between Buddhists and Muslims in the past year. Some hardline Buddhist groups accuse Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and destroying Buddhist archaeological sites. 

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