COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka is readily blockading some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, it said on Monday after assaults on mosques and Muslim-owned corporations in the worst unrest since Easter bombings by Islamist militants.
Several dozen other americans threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a person became once beaten in the Christian-majority town of Chilaw on the west wing on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources told Reuters.
Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook put up, is belief as 38-One year-worn Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar, whose online comment “1 day u will bawl” other americans said became once interpreted as threatening violence.
Later on Sunday and early on Monday authorities arrested a bunch of fellows in the nearby Kurunegala district for allegedly attacking Muslim-owned corporations, a police offer told Reuters.
Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said other americans in the largely Buddhist district then demanded the arrested men’s open.
“To withhold watch over the problem, a police curfew became once imposed for the length of the night,” Atapattu said.
Several mosques and Muslim properties had been broken in the assault in the district, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said, nevertheless the remark extent of pain and the sequence of arrests became once now not all of a sudden sure.
The flare-up is the worst violence in the three weeks since Sri Lankan Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four resorts and three churches, killing bigger than 250 other americans.
Since then, Muslim groups bid they’ve bought dozens of complaints about other americans being careworn. Diversified communities bid they difficulty the govt., which did not behave on successive warnings about looming Islamist assaults, has now not caught all capacity militants.
Sri Lanka has oldschool transient bans on social media in a expose to discourage misinformation and rumors.
“Social media blocked again as a brief measure to protect peace in the nation,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, director overall of the govt. recordsdata department, told Reuters on Monday.
On Twitter, Sri Lanka’s main mobile mobile telephone operator Dialog said it had also bought instructions to dam the apps Viber, IMO, Snapchat, Instagram and Youtube until additional ogle.
A violent conflict between Muslims and Christians erupted per week in the past in Negombo, killing bigger than 100 other americans for the length of Easter prayers, after a visitors dispute.
The govtalso imposed a ban on social media after that conflict.
Extra reporting by Omar Rajarathnam; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Paul Tait and Clarence Fernandez