Sri Lanka Joins The Muslim “Issues” Group

Somehow I’d never heard a peep about this until now. Even then, it was on some obscure foreign news, not US news. It seems Sri Lanka is having a bit of riots between Muslims and the other locals. “Why” gets a bit dodgy, but it looks like a Buddhist man was beaten in an “altercation” with a Muslim (and some other Muslims may have joined in) and he eventually died in hospital. Then things escalated. Trying to find an unbiased summary is “not easy”…

Has a nifty “cartoon” at the top of the article… MSM sitting on their bottoms while “Social Media” is adding fuel to the fire…

Update on Kandy and related incidents as at 06th March, 2018 (04.00 p.m.)
Key Developments after 10.00 am of 06th March 2018.

1. Further to the Key Update #04 on the previous situation report at 10.00am today, it is confirmed that 27-year old Abdul Baasith from Theldeniya area has died after mobs set fire to the building he was in. Cause of death is to be officially announced once the magisterial inquiry is complete. (

2. Police curfew which lifted at 6.00am today was re-imposed in Theldeniya & Pallekale Police Divisions in Kandy District around 11.00am, to be effective until 6.00pm today, due to continued volatile situation on the ground. It is expected that the curfew may be extended till tomorrow morning. (

3. Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara was quoted by Reuters “At a special cabinet meeting, it was decided to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country. He has said the Gazette notification announcing the same will be published today. Sri Lankan President promulgated a State Emergency a short while ago to redress the security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. “The Police & Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in the society & urgently restore normalcy,” according to a tweet by the President’s media division. (

4. Police announced that 24 suspects arrested for unruly behavior in Teldeniya and Digana areas have been remanded until March 19th by Teldeniya magistrate’s Court today. However it is unclear at this moment if the 24 people referred to here are the persons arrested initially on early morning of Monday the 5th of March immediately after peace was breached, and whose release was part of the original demands by the mobs which later became much violent as described in the previous update at 10.00am today. (

5. At the Parliamentary session today multiple speakers including the Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan,leader of JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem and MEP Leader Dinesh Gunewardena condemned the incidents and urged that government take immediate action to arrest the perpetrators. The Prime Minister responding noted that the Cabinet had discussed declaring a state of emergency if the situation persists. He also acknowledged that there were lapses in certain instances on the part of law enforcement officials and assured stern action against those who were found responsible. (

Key Updates:

1. Police curfew imposed in the Kandy administrative district, to combat a wave of racially motivated violence targeting minority Muslims unleashed by mobs following a personal dispute that resulted in the death of a Sinhalese man (on Saturday morning) was lifted at 6 a.m. today. Police Commandos (STF)/Military patrolling the area will continue according to police reports.

2. The Minister of Education had directed the closure of all schools in the district on 6th March.

3. Reports of dozens of houses, business establishments belonging to Muslims being burnt down and at least 3 Mosques (Muslim places of worship) being burnt by mobs that included Buddhist monks

4. One youth from Muslim community is reportedly dead, after mobs attacked his house and burnt the house while the individual was inside the house

5. Except for a statement issued late in the night of 5th of March 2018 by the Director General of Government Information Department, there has been surprising silence from both Prime Minister Wickramasinghe (who is also the Minister in charge of Police) and President Sirisena on the incidents.


* An altercation had taken place allegedly between a group of allegedly drunkard men (later identified as Muslims) and a 41 year-old Sinhalese man on 22 February, resulting in him being seriously injured. Though there are various claims of the actual reason for the altercation, none were related to any racial or ethnic motives.

* It is widely believed that the assault was due to a traffic incident. The assailants, residents of Ambagahalanda, Digana were arrested by the police, while a three-wheeler was also taken into custody.

* The victim, M.G.Kumarasinghe succumbed to his injuries at the Kandy hospital on Saturday the 3rd of March 2018 and his funeral was due to take place on the evening of 5 March.

* Immediately after the death at Hospital on the morning of Saturday the 3rd March, local Buddhist temple monks and Muslim community leaders along with a Senior Superintendent of Police had a meeting to “assure that the private affair resulting in a death did not end up as a racial issue”.

* It was unanimously agreed that community leaders from both sides will proactively work towards maintaining law and order, and until the night of Sunday the 4th of March, it was calm.

* Muslim community representatives on Sunday went to the temple in the village of the deceased and met with community leaders and handed over a monetary contribution towards funeral expenses and committed more donation to the family as a goodwill gesture. They also detailed how the community got together in making sure assailants surrendered to Police to enable legal process to begin in this killing.

* However it is suspected that the status-quo changed as mobs came in buses from other parts of the country and coincidentally 4 prominent anti-Muslim extremists (BBS leader monk Gnanasara, Mahasohon Balakaya group leader Amith, controversial ‘activist’ Dan Priyasad and notorious monk Ampitiye Sumana from Batticaloa) went to Kandy on the night of Sunday the 4th of March 2018 onwards.
Additional Notes – Earlier last week violence was reported in Ampara in the Eastern Province:

* Four shops and a mosque were damaged and at least three persons were injured in a clash when a group went on rampage in the Eastern town of Ampara on the early morning of 27th of February.

* The violence which took a racial tone is said to have begun after a group of Sinhala youth alleged that “Sterilization Pills” were added to a meal served by a Muslim owned restaurant to a Sinhalese customer.

* Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe ordered an investigation on the conduct of the police in this matter as the suspects of the violence had been produced to courts and bailed without objection from Police.

Reactions and responses to Incidents in Kandy
– Government
* It was reported that President Maithripala Sirisena had directed the police and security sector to “hold an unbiased, independent investigation into incidents at Digana Kandy today”. It also said that President instructed government officials to start a “new special programme” with all responsible parties to create peaceful situation in the area.

* Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera taking to social media noted that “Enough is enough. Inciting racial violence must be made a non-bailable offence and politicians who give leadership to such violence should be deprived of their civic rights”.

* The Government of Sri Lanka “strongly and unequivocally condemns the recent sporadic incidents of violence that had sparked off in Ampara and Digana,” the Government Information Director Sudarshana Gunawardana noted in a statement on behalf of the government.

* Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Law & Order Minister has ordered another inquiry into the recent attacks on Muslim establishments in Ampara, as complaints of Police inaction have surfaced.

* The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) in a statement on 3 March noted that it was the responsibility of the Government to ensure that immediate action is instituted against all those who are responsible for the incidents. “We must learn lessons from the past and do all that is required to prevent a recurrence of those tragic times…. Let us not allow a small group of extremists to turn us back from our desired goal!”

Until Muslims lose their sense of self-righteous indignation and revenge, and decide to follow the rule of secular law, IMHO, this kind of event will continue globally.

It seems that wherever there are Muslims in a significant size, this soft of thing is the inevitable result. It is the only way I can explain the global pattern of disruption. At small single digit percentages, the Koran tells them to keep a low profile, and they do. At 50.x% they push to expel others and form a “Muslim State” with Sharia Law. At near 100%, they become a peaceful Islamic State (most of the time) but with sporadic corruption and an oppressed society. (See Egypt, Iran, Iraq – Sadam for example, and Saudi Arabia). Somewhere in between things become cranky and unsettled violence breaks out. That’s just observing what has happened historically (anyone else remember “Christian Lebanon” of the pre WW era into just post WWII?) and is not a judgement on any merit.

Somehow the idea that Sri Lanka could be in the same boat had escaped me. Images of peaceful Ceylon Tea plantations from too many commercials, I’d guess.

Do I know what to make of it, or where it’s headed? Nope. Only now just noticed it. Don’t even know who started it or why, really. Too much “noise” in the “news”.

There’s even two, not one, but TWO wiki articles about “anti-Muslim” riots in Sri Lanka in 2018 alone.,_Sri_Lanka

For the more recent anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka, see 2018 anti-Muslim riots in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Anti-Muslim Riots in Sri Lanka

The 2018 Buddhist-Muslim riots in Ampara were the religious and ethnic riots in February 2018 in Ampara in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Muslim citizens, mosques, hotels and other properties were attacked by a group of Sinhalese Buddhists, leading to 5 non-fatal casualties.


Since 2012, there have been a number of attacks against Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority by the major Buddhists. There have been tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in the Ampara District since 2017 as the Buddhist groups have been accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites. The racist incident was one of the major religious riots to have occurred against Sri Lankan Muslims since the 2014 Anti-Muslim riots.

On 26 February 2018 during the midnight time it was revealed that some group of youngsters went to a restaurant which is situated in the vicinity of temple junction in Ampara town (on the D.S Senanayake Street) and had ordered food items including Parotta for dinner. But the gang of youngsters have flared up after some tablets found in a meal served by a wayside restaurant. Later on the youngsters argued and quarrelled against the owner of the restaurant and the attack was launched by the specific mob further spreading the rumour that a Muslim restaurant in the Ampara town has been using sterilization pills continuously on the food items.

Tablets found in food? Would be useful to have some documentation that it really happened.,_Sri_Lanka

The 2018 Buddhist-Muslim riots in Kandy are religious and ethnic riots that are ongoing in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, beginning in Udispattuwa and Teldeniya, later spreading to Digana. The attack stemmed from an assault related to a road accident (and the death of a victim of the assault) which later turned into a sectarian incident. Following a spate of racially-motivated altercations between Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims in the country in the days preceding it, the riots prompted the Government to declare a State of Emergency for a period of ten days- the first such instance in seven years. This followed a curfew imposed on the areas immediately following the incident, which saw widespread property damage and destruction.


At 2AM on 22 February 2018 a Sinhalese lorry driver from Ambala, Medamahanuwara was subjected to an assault by four Muslim youth in Karaliyadda, Teldeniya. The victim was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kandy General Hospital and died on the night of 2 March from his injuries. The victim’s assistant (also traveling in the lorry) was assaulted, admitted to hospital, and later discharged after treatment.

The motive behind the attack has not been clearly established, with some reports stating it stemmed from an auto accident where the trucker had damaged the wing mirror of an auto rickshaw the assailants had been travelling in while attempting to overtake it; all four suspects were reported to have been intoxicated. The suspects were arrested by the Sri Lanka Police on the day of the attack and remanded until 7 March.

This link:

Gives the Muslim percentage as about 9.7% now “2012 census”, (up from 7% in 1971 census). As usual, the “war of the womb” being run for slow population replacement. It looks like about the 10% to 20% level is where “issues” start to kick in. Getting dramatic in th 30% to 40% range, then with overthrow of secular government at the 50%+ level (given the history of other nations, in particular “Christian Lebanon” as it crossed over the 50% line, had a civil war, and became the Muslim Lebanon of today).

Does anyone know of a 40% Muslim nation without Muslim “issues” or a 50%+ Muslim nation with peaceful rule of secular law and religious tolerance? I think Jordan might qualify, but I’m not really familiar with their full history. I’d like to have a counter example to the pattern that I’ve seen in my observed history (mostly filtered through the media so who knows the veracity).

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18 Responses to Sri Lanka Joins The Muslim “Issues” Group

  1. Robert says:

    Malaysia would have to be the closest thing to a tolerant Muslim country. 60% Muslim, lots of Buddhists, Christians and Hindus.

  2. John F. Hultquist says:

    Why does this bring Soros and Merkel to mind?

  3. philjourdan says:

    60% could be the upper threshold – in other words, they have all the power so they can tolerate the unbelievers.

    But it does seem to be about 20% for outright rioting. 10% is the sniping and terrorist activities. Europe is in the 10% range even though it has not reached that level yet. And that is due to the leaders outright stating they will abide any violence in the name of diversity (not those words, but that is what they mean). Hence why John thinks of Merkel and Soros.

    Antifa is the same way. Basically an oxymoron that practices violence to subvert any opposition.

  4. catweazle666 says:

    The seventh century pre-medieval “religion” of Islam is incompatible with twenty-first century socially liberal democratic civilisation.

    Simple as that.

  5. beththeserf says:

    Kinda’ like renewable technology. ‘Four wheels good, two wheels better.’

  6. I recently lived in Sri Lanka for ten years and always found the Moslems there to be delightful people although no doubt every cart has a few bad apples. Sri Lankan friends of mine (of all persuasions) in SL today, rightly point out that extremist Buddhist monks were largely responsible (supported by ultra nationalist Sinhalese politicians like ex President Rajapakse) for stirring up trouble, be it previously with the Tamils or currently the Moslems. They claim to ‘suffer’ (or just about putting up with) minority groups, which says a lot about their attitude, but the really obvious flaw in this account is that the Moslem mob were allegedly all drunk. Total garbage. They don’t drink, period! Especially not in their own communities. I love Sri Lanka, my daughter was born there and we go back frequently but there is a serious shortage of love and respect for others from an extreme section of the often illiterate Sinhalese majority.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    Yes, the notion of a drunk band was a bit of a flag for me, too. However, I’ve known muslims who did drink sometimes, but more importantly, smoking weed is not forbidden. Mix with young and male and it becomes a possible. FWIW, muslim infiltrators / spies / cells are specifically trained to say they “even drink wine” and sometimes join in with westerners as a way to “blend in”. I’ve had specific experience with folks doing exactly that. So saying “never” is, er, hyperbole…

    There’s also plenty of history of muslim mobs beating people up and killing them. Just like there is plenty of history of quite peaceful muslim families. The problem is the volatility that suddenly switches one to the other… (The extreme case of this being the break up of India into India and Pakistan…)

    The simple fact is that Islam is strongly “clanish”, and promotes a superiority idea vs others, trains youth to hate the infidel, and works to expand to world domination via driving the infidel out or converting them to Islam. ( It’s in the Koran. I’ve read it…) It is NOT a “religion of peace” other than promoting peace via everyone being a muslim. Yet even there, despite specific prohibition on muslims killing each other, we gets lots of muslim vs muslim wars. (Shia vs Sunni for example). So the notion of a world filled with peaceful non-violent muslims is just as broken as the notion of a drunken mob of muslims.

    The bottom line is that the non-muslim kid died. Nobody disputes that. He was beat up by a group of muslims. Nobody disputes that. We’ve seen this movie a few thousand times now… Folks eventually get tired of the ending and take action to change it.

  8. Know Sri Lanka we’ll do you Mr Smith? No I didn’t think so!

  9. Larry Ledwick says:

    Clearly not all in Sri Lanka are peaceful. This delightful story of Sri Lankan’s attacking another Sri Lanka national in a Paris restaurant with machete and sword to settle some squabble in their community.

  10. E.M.Smith says:


    Starting to resort to “insult to the person” I see. Realize that tactic is banned here. You get a warning or two, then moderation. Resist the urge to insult folks or be involuntarily restrained.

    Per Sri Lanka in particular:

    Re-read what I wrote. Things like poor media coverage and “Trying to find an unbiased summary is “not easy”…” and “I’d like to have a counter example to the pattern that I’ve seen in my observed history (mostly filtered through the media so who knows the veracity).”

    Not exactly claiming omniscient knowledge. (IF you wish to assert such godlike skill, feel free. It will enlighten as to your nature.)

    What I can speak to with authority is my own experiences and observations (noting when they come via media, which I have.) There is also extant a long and clear history (that is available to all to read) of Islamic conquest. The Koran says to do so, many times. Of oppression of “the infidel” and to attack and slay them where you find them. This is taught as the immutable literal word of God. (Not my interpretation. It’s their book and hadith.) It also says to keep a low profile until you can dominate and that lying to the infidel is just fine. Again, it is in the Koran. Don’t argue at me about it if you have not read it.

    Now all I’ve done is to observe the news and note that what we see is exactly in keeping with the dictates of the Koran. Peaceful quite “go along to get along” until critical mass is reached. No “assimilating” into the dominant culture. Eventual increasing violence as the 50%+ point is reached. Intolerance of The Infidel.

    Then, in this case, noted that perhaps the majority locals were tired of this game and decided to say “NO!” this time (but that coverage was spotty and not clearly verifiable).

    You seem to want me to go all “kissy face” with Islam and blame the Buddhists because you had a nice experience there. Sorry, not going to happen. I had a nice experience in Japan, but that doesn’t mean W.W.II didn’t happen. I had a great buddy at one work place (who was married to a Filipino woman) He happened to be very black. Doesn’t mean I’m going to wade into a riot in Baltimore when “Get Whitey” is in the air. See, personal anecdotes do not generalize to the whole world. They are specific to a place, a time, and the people involved.

    Long term historical trends are what generalizes.

    So on Sri Lanka:

    I’m still waiting for some actual evidence as to what really happened. WAS it a “drunken mob’? Or high on weed? Or just the usual Friday-After-Prayers go get The Infidel? Or maybe “road rage”? No clue. You’ve not presented one either.

    What is clear is that the kid was beaten to death, and now revenge is in the air. Like it or not, your pristine pure and peaceful Sri Lanka is the land of burned shops and beaten bodies at the moment. Not exactly supportive of your picture of a pastoral land of peace and honey.

    Who’s to blame? Got me. But don’t say it didn’t happen, nor insult me because I’m pointing out it has happened and asking What? and Why? (AND refusing to accept the canned PC answers un-examined…)

    Now I am somewhat biased by the historical facts of Islamic Invasion and Abuse of The Infidel. While sometimes there are periods of “getting along”, and while I’m hopeful that Islam can quash its radical streak and have a reformation; that does not erase the facts of history. The destruction of the Byzantine Empire, invasion of Greece, conquest of Spain, Barbary Pirates, killing Coptic Christians and blowing up churches, slaving, piracy and much much more. To ignore that is stupid. I don’t do stupid well. (Yes, Christianity has similar deeds. It is a non-sequitur to point at it as one crime does not forgive another). So I look at the history while seeing the present. It is the only rational thing to do.

    And what I see is yet another example of muslims not playing well with others. Pretty much that way all over the planet when the percents exceed the “keep quiet and blend in” levels in the Koran sense. I doubt strongly that is the fault of every other culture on the planet. Occam’s Razor strongly says it is the one common factor. Now that does not mean I like that answer or want it. I long ago stopped wanting at reason. Logic just is and it cares not for my wants and likes. So insults “to the person” are always misguided. “It isn’t about me. -E.M.Smith”

  11. I’m not going to waste my breath. I didn’t insult you (unless you are exceptionally thin skinned,) just thought you sounded like a Muslim basher like so many others. I haven’t finished your diatribe and won’t be doing so as I have a life to lead in the real world, but I did notice you suggested that I think SL is a peaceful paradise which I never said nor would. That’s it, I’m off, argue with someone else.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    Asserting someone is ignorant is also an insult. I’m not thin skinned at all (another negative comment “to the person”) just have run a blog a long time and know that rule works well, but must be applied early to prevent flame wars.

    BTW, I don’t like arguing, so avoid it where possible; preferring polite exploration of data and logical extrapolation. That’s a major reason for the “no insults to the person” rule. It isn’t about the person, it is about what can be known.

    I’m also not a muslim basher (yet another negative “to the person”). I’ve worked in muslim owned companies, with muslim staff, and generally like the folks. BUT that does not change history nor “what just is”. In minority populations they seem more restrained. In masses with hard core leaders, shit happens. Those who will not observe that will die from it via some imagined insult to the faith or just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. So I observe it, but without it coloring my interactions with any particular person. (Just like knowing not to be a white guy in a “get whitey” riot doesn’t get in the way of my having black friends, nor them knowing not to go to klansman meetings doesn’t stop them from being my friends.)

    So, OK, you don’t want to make your case without comments “to the person”, fine with me. I not only have a real life too, but have a blog to run and a need to “keep a tidy mind” (so keep out emotional clutter and mis-directions along with bad data where possible).

    Add to that the “cat herding” of keeping folks from insulting each other and identifying probable professional trolls and containing them; well, it is an imperfect art but necessary and it takes time to. (Yes, there are professional agitators, especially from “the left” and in “climate science – see The Alinsky method and the Antifa antics along with Soros’ $Billions to fund crap. All another reason for the “no insults to the person” rule.)

    So am I too strict about it? Too fast on the trigger? Well, I started out not doing it at all. That was a mistake. Then slowly ramped up application until it worked OK. So again “it’s not about me”; just about what level of response was needed to keep things polite and shut down insults at an early stage of starting.

    Sometimes it may rankle a person who feels falsely accused. I’ve not found a way yet to say “this is the rule and you are approaching it” without some folks getting rankled. The basic problem is that detailed data on personality and motivation are not in evidence. All that can be seen is commentary about another person and does it have a negative angle. IF you can’t accept observation of how comments are seen, well, frankly, not my problem; but it does have two parts: your intent and my interpretation. I accept that my interpretation can be flawed (written language is highly limited). But that doesn’t help the problem. Warning of the rule must still happen early to catch the trolls and anger prone folks early. This was learned by long trial and adjusting. If you are in the collateral damage “good folks” group, my apologies, but it doesn’t change what is necessary to “be the good cop”. Folks rarely feel happy when the cops point out the rules. Even nice cops.

  13. I told you I wouldn’t read any more and I haven’t. Don’t waste your time. Sincerely…

  14. philjourdan says:

    And Michael thomas lies. Big surprise.

    Why is it that some folks cannot discuss. Only attack.

  15. Back off. I’m on holiday

  16. philjourdan says:

    Stop whining and lying. You said you were not reading. Be honest for the first time in your life.

    And I do not care if you are on the moon. My statement stands as you just punctuated.

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    @Michael Thomas:

    I really don’t care if you read, or not. I’m stating my positions. As much for you (should you chose) as for the 1000 others who read this thread and wonder.

    I’ve stated the reasons why it is important to keep things polite and prevent insults “to the person”. You may chose, or not chose, to know them. Not my problem. You may chose whatever level of information, or ignorance, suits your person.

    With that said:


    Please refrain from saying “you lie”. While that may or may not be true, it looks a lot like an insult “the the person”. Might I suggest instead saying “Why, here you are again when you said you would not be reading”. A simple statement of fact. It implies a lie behaviour, but does not insult “to the person” and allows for some other explanation (like “came back to toss snark but didn’t bother to actually read any reasonable explanation of why snark was a stupid thing to do”.)

    While I appreciate the support, I’d rather not have food fights, even in support of me.

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