Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media Platforms

Social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and many more have been blocked in Sri Lanka. Christian groups attacked Muslim-owned shops in a sign of the continued religious tension in Sri Lanka since the April 21 attacks by jihadist suicide bombers on three hotels and three churches which left 258 dead.

Moreso,  state of emergency has been in place since the bombings which the Islamic State group claims to have helped  and security forces have been given sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects for long periods.

In the consequences of the above, police said a mob targetted shops in the north-west town of Chilaw on Sunday in anger at a Facebook post by a shopkeeper. Security forces fired into the air to disperse the crowd, but the violence spread to nearby towns where Muslim businesses were also attacked.

It can be seen that a motorcycle gang attacked shops in nearby Kuliyapitiya and four members were arrested, officials said. However, dozens of people laid siege to the police station and forced their release. Despite a night curfew, a mosque was vandalised, local residents said.