Ultra-nationalist Buddhist rhetoric runs rife in Sri Lanka (Nursheila Muez, Jessica Yeo Jia Lin, East Asia Forum)

Muslim men pray at a ground after a mosque burned down following a clash between two communities in Digana central district of Kandy, Sri Lanka, 9 March 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte).

A recent road accident involving a Sinhalese truck driver and four Muslim men in the Kandy district of Sri Lanka quickly spiralled into violent conflict following news that the driver died of his injuries days later. Attacks by mobs on Muslim homes and properties soon after prompted the Sri Lankan government to declare a state of emergency. This recent spate of anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka is neither new nor random.

Ultra-nationalist Buddhist rhetoric runs rife in Sri Lanka

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