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Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka!

Emergency Declared in Sri Lanka!

"At a special cabinet meeting, it was chose to declare a state of emergency for 10 days to prevent the spread of communal riots to other parts of the country", the spokesman, Dayasiri Jayasekara, told Reuters.

A police spokesman said earlier Tuesday hundreds of commandos from the police Special Task Force had been deployed to Kandy to restore order and enforce the curfew.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the declaration would "empower" the country's armed forces and police to respond to clashes in the hill town of Kandy. He said some people were instigating violence through Facebook and warned of tough action against them, according to Reuters.

"The government appeals to all parties and especially the general public to act with responsibility and remain calm", it said in a statement. This was the second serious incident of violence against a Muslim community in the country over the past week, following a similar attack in the eastern coastal district of Ampara on 26 February.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the visit was planned before the state of emergency was imposed.

Tires are set on fire on a road in Kandy, Central Sri Lanka, on March 5, 2018. Tension has been growing between the two communities over the past year, and it took the violent turn on Monday.

Five persons were arrested and police said investigations are on.

Muslims make up about 10% of Sri Lanka's population, while the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese population constitute almost three-quarters of the island state's 21 million people.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also ordered an investigation into alleged police inaction in handling the clash.

The Aluthgama riots in Sri Lanka were religious and ethnic riots in June 2014 in south-western Sri Lanka. Another 13% of the population are Hindus. One man was killed and dozens of buildings and vehicles damaged during clashes in the south of the country in November.

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