Attempt to expel 23,000 Muslims from Dehiwela - UNP June 5, 2012, 10:27 pm by Zacki Jabbar The UNP yesterday questioned if the latest project of an extremist group in the government issuing ultimatums to religious institutions, including mosques and churches, to shut down, was to evict over 23,000 Muslims from Dehiwela. Senior UNP MP, Ravi Karunanayake said that there were over 23,000 Muslims residing in Dehiwela and it had been their home for generations, but a constituent political party in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, had gone berserk and was on a mission to close down places of religious worship that did not conform to its ideals and beliefs. MP Karunanayake said that the extremist mob had on a Friday, which was a very holy day for Muslims, when a large number of devotees gather for the ‘Jummah’ sermon’ threatened the Dehiwela Mosque officials to stop conducting prayers, which was a clear message to the over 23,000 Muslims residing in the electorate to get out or face the consequences. When verbal threats were ignored, the mob had returned three days later and thrown beef into the Mosque compound, in an obvious attempt to provoke the congregation into a violent conflict, the MP said, adding that incidents of this nature close on the heels of a Mosque in Dambulla being damaged, was a disturbing trend and would lead to communal and religious disturbances, which was the objective of the extremist elements. With the end of the war, one would have expected the government to ensure peace, harmony and protection for all Sri Lankans, but repeated threats and attacks on religious institutions indicated that those who wielded power, wanted to create a crisis to cover up their failure to deliver on election promises and rampant corruption at the highest levels, MP Karunanayake said. www island.lk UPALI NEWSPAPERS (PVT) LTD Copyright © Upali Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
onsdag 6. juni 2012
Over 23,000 Muslims residing in Dehiwela and it had been their home for generations, but a constituent political party in the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, had gone berserk and was on a mission to close down places of religious worship that did not conform to its ideals and beliefs.!!!
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