Sri Lanka: Buddhists attack mosque

(I would be interested in seeing any BBC coverage of the massive and lethal attack on Hindus yesterday in Kashmir, or recently when Muslims in Bangladesh destroyed Buddhist temples etc. Any links appreciated)

H/T M

Aug 10 2013

1. Sri Lanka Buddhist mob attacks Colombo mosque BBC:

Sri Lankan Muslims wait out side a vandalized mosque as police commandos stand guard Police were drafted into the area to quell unrest after the attack

A Buddhist mob has attacked a mosque in the Grandpass area of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, leaving at least five people injured.

Buddhists and Muslims clashed after the attack, and police imposed a curfew in the area.

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2. Before Attack Govt. Asked Muslim Ministers To Shut Mosque Till After CHOGM

Details are now emerging of a top cop approaching two senior Muslim Ministers last afternoon (10 August) to request them to close the new makeshift mosque in Grandpass until after the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place in Colombo in November, Colombo Telegraph learns.

DIG Anura Senanayeke

Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayeke had made the request although the motive of the senior police official is not clear. CLICK TO STORY:

3. Update: Grandpass Muslim Prayer Centre Attack: Police Curfew Imposed

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Police curfew imposed in the Grandpass area until 7 am tomorrow after two groups clashed in the area following an attack on a Muslim prayer centre in the area.

Armed forces have been deployed in Grandpass after a well known masjid or Muslim prayer centre in the area was attacked this evening.

(Damn you have to love those Buddhists!)

4. Update: Buddhist Monks Led Mob Attacked Muslim Prayer Centre: Bells In The Nearby Buddhist Temple Rang Out Before The Attack

Residents say the temple bells in the nearby Buddhist temple rang out before the Grandpass Muslim Prayer Centre attack took place this evening. The residents said the crowd of about 10 monks and at least 50 people gathered at the temple. Ravana Balaya has denied involvement in the attack and residents claim many of the monks were from the area temple.Upto five people injured including two policemen so far.

The Ravana Balaya group called for its relocation within one month.  Security forces personnel have now been stationed around the mosque to assist the police to keep calm.

5. Grandpass Muslim Prayer Centre Attacked, Armed Forces Deployed

Armed forces have been deployed in Grandpass after a well known masjid or Muslim prayer centrein the area was attacked a short while ago. Upto five people injured including two policemen so far, according to reports onsite.

Sihala Ravaya exchanging words with members of the Muslim community in Grandpass last week.

According to eyewitnesses about 10 Buddhist monks suspected to be from the Ravana Balaya group, allegedly attacked the mosque despite the police guard.

The area remains tense after a few houses were also attacked on the Swarna Chaitya road in Grandpass where the mosque is situated.

The attack took place soon after Maghrib or evening prayers, sources told Colombo Telegraph.

 

The Ravana Balaya group called for its relocation within one month.  Security forces personnel have now been stationed around the mosque to assist the police to keep calm.

 

Muslims and Buddhists clash in northern Myanmar

H/T M

Yahoo News:

YANGON (Reuters) – Muslims and Buddhists clashed in Myanmar’s northern city of Lashio on Tuesday, witnesses said, as a wave of sectarian violence reached a mountainous region near China’s border.

Phone lines were down in the city of about 131,000 people and the extent of the violence was unclear. Witnesses reported several large fires and said a mosque and Buddhist monastery appear to have been torched.

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Burmese Muslims given two-child limit

Its amazing how creative you can be when you actually want a solution to a problem.

H/T U.K Pete

Guardian:

Rakhine state officials say limit on children will help ease tensions with Buddhists, whose population is growing at slower rate

A pregnant Rohingya Muslim woman
The two-child policy will be mandatory in Buthidaung and Maundaw provinces, Photograph: Damir Sagolj/ReutersMuslims in a province of Burma have been ordered not to have more than two children in an attempt by the government to stop Buddhist attacks on Muslims.

State officials said the two-child limit in the state of Rakhine would ease tensions between Buddhists and their Muslim Rohingya neighbours.

Local officials said the new measure was part of a policy that will also ban polygamy in two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and have the highest Muslim populations. The townships, Buthidaung and Maundaw, are about 95% Muslim.

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If we must be multicultural, I say we adopt more values of the Japanese.

H/T Tundra T

Jewish Press:

The Land without Muslims

The Japanese do not feel the need to apologize to Muslims for the negative way in which they relate to Islam.
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Latest update: May 20th, 2013

Japanese Muslim
There are countries in the world, mainly in Europe, that are presently undergoing significant cultural transformations as a result of Muslim immigration. France, Germany, Belgium and Holland are interesting examples of cases where immigration from Muslim countries, together with the Muslims’ high fertility rate, effects every area of life.

It is interesting to know that there is a country in the world whose official and public approach to the Muslim matter is totally different. This country is Japan. This country keeps a very low profile on all levels regarding the Muslim matter: On the diplomatic level, senior political figures from Islamic countries almost never visit Japan, and Japanese leaders rarely visit Muslim countries. The relations with Muslim countries are based on concerns such as oil and gas, which Japan imports from some Muslim countries. The official policy of Japan is not to give citizenship to Muslims who come to Japan, and even permits for permanent residency are given sparingly to Muslims.

Japan forbids exhorting people to adopt the religion of Islam (Dawah), and any Muslim who actively encourages conversion to Islam is seen as proselytizing to a foreign and undesirable culture. Few academic institutions teach the Arabic language. It is very difficult to import books of the Qur’an to Japan, and Muslims who come to Japan, are usually employees of foreign companies. In Japan there are very few mosques. The official policy of the Japanese authorities is to make every effort not to allow entry to Muslims, even if they are physicians, engineers and managers sent by foreign companies that are active in the region. Japanese society expects Muslim men to pray at home.

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Myanmar Charges 6 Muslims With Sectarian Violence

H/T M

ABC News:

By AYE AYE WIN Associated Press
YANGON, Myanmar May 7, 2013 (AP)
A court in Myanmar has charged six Muslims with murder for their alleged role in an outbreak of sectarian violence that shook the country in March, authorities said Tuesday, as a rights group raised concern over a judicial system that has so far failed to prosecute Buddhists who brutally hunted Muslims down in the streets and torched whole neighborhoods.

The charges issued Monday are the latest legal action against minority Muslims in the central city of Meikthila, one of several recent flashpoints for anti-Muslim violence that the New York-based group Human Rights Watch said included an organized campaign of “ethnic cleansing” in the Buddhist nation.

At least 43 people were killed and 12,000 displaced during several days of unrest in Meikhtila, which descended into anarchy as Buddhist mobs rampaged through the town and police stood idly by. Most of the victims were Muslim. Since then, authorities have detained 50 people, including members of both religious groups, but so far no Buddhists have been formally charged with serious crimes.

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More here as well

Russia’s FSB round up 140 people on suspicion of ‘extremism’ (read being good muslims)

H/T M

From RT YT page:

Federal Security Service of Russia in Moscow and the Moscow region conducted an operation to identify the persons involved in the activities of Islamic extremist organizations in the Russian capital. As a result, 140 people were arrested and more than 30 of them – the citizens of other states. To identify the detainees brought to the local ATS Southern Administrative District of Moscow.

Hindu refugees in India protest Pakistani atrocities

People of Shambala:

About 100 Hindu refugees in India protested atrocities committed against the minority faith in Pakistan today. The protest, arranged by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (Word Hindu Forum), was held outside the United Nations headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“We have appealed through the UN that Hindus in Pakistan should be allowed to live with dignity,” VHP spokesman Vinod Bansal said, ”and those who have left the country due to atrocities must be given proper rights wherever they are. Those who have arrived in India must be given citizenship because they are part of the country.”

Rajiv Gupta told News Track India that the organization had submitted a memorandum to the UN, requesting the body to ”provide relief to the Pakistani Hindus as they are being attacked and tortured there.”

pakistani_hindus_protest_un_2013Hindus make up approximately 2.5 percent of the population of Pakistan, which is officially a Sunni Muslim state. However, Hindus, as well as those of other minority faiths — including Christian, Ahmadiyya, and Shi’ite Muslims — face serious discrimination and violence. Shi’a Muslims are regularly attacked by militants, and are especially vulnerable when traveling on pilgrimages. In March, in one of the worst attacks on the Shi’a minority, Sunni militants detonated explosive devices, killing at least 45 and wounding over 150.

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Burma sentences 3 muslims to time for ‘sectarian violence’

H/T Magic Martin:

Myanmar sentences 3 Muslims for sectarian violence

A court has sentenced three Muslims to 14-year prison terms for their role in an outbreak of sectarian violence that shook Myanmar last month, an official said Friday.

The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar —

A court has sentenced three Muslims to 14-year prison terms for their role in an outbreak of sectarian violence that shook Myanmar last month, an official said Friday.

The convictions issued Thursday are the first reported since several days of anti-Muslim unrest in the central city of Meikhtila left more than 40 people dead and more than 12,000 displaced, most of them Muslim.

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Nearly 400 People Detained in Immigration Raid in Russia

H/T Magic Martin article and video

NYT:

By ANDREW ROTH
Published: April 11, 2013

MOSCOW — Russian security services and immigration police raided a market in the center of St. Petersburg on Thursday and detained 378 people, many of them migrants from Central Asia and the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

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The arrests followed an armed melee at the gates of the market early Thursday morning in which one man died of a knife wound. Local news reports said he was from the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic of the North Caucasus.

In a statement, St. Petersburg police called the follow-up raids a preventive measure and said that immigration police were reviewing residency permits for 330 of those detained. The statement said that 26 people had been charged with hooliganism and 19 people were being investigated for participating in the fight.

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Explanation for attacks on muslim shops in Sri Lanka

While the BBC is busy calling rape victims Nazis for defending themselves, at least the Sri Lankan media is bothering to offer an explanation for these events.

H/T Magic Martin

Sunday Leader:

By Raisa Wickrematunge

Clothes from the store were strewn on the ground and The mob shattered glass, and Army personnel were deployed to defuse the tension

This week saw a storm of controversy as Pepiliyana was struck by a couple of attacks on Thursday (28) night.
The Emerald Trading Company was subject to a sudden arson attack when a domestic matter spiraled out of control. Emerald Trading, which is a car salesroom, is owned by partners Murshid Sadun and Amjad Sathik – who also happens to be a captain at the national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines.

A domestic issue had arisen regarding one of Emerald Trading’s employees, a Muslim boy, who had been in a relationship with a Sinhalese girl. The issue was quickly resolved. However, the girl’s father had complained to a monk about the issue. Following the complaint, an eye-witness saw a monk leaving one of the temples in Pepiliyana followed by a group of youths, mostly under 25 of age. The group carried stones and, people were later to discover, kerosene.

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Daily News:

[…] love affair between a youth and an underage girl had been the reason for the attack on this reputed textile store in Pepiliyana. A violent group attacked and pelted stones at the popular clothing store causing severe damage to the premises and merchandise.

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