Buddhist nationalist groups complain Muslims are dominating businesses and conspiring to take over Sri Lanka demographically by increasing births and secretly sterilizing Sinhalese…. More than 20 mosques had been attacked since last year, said N. M. Ameen, president of Sri Lanka Muslim Council. Since September 2011 more than 30 attacks have been reported on Muslim-owned businesses.
There doesn’t yet seem to be the same level of hatred and violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka as there is in Burma, but distrust between communities is growing, and there are questions about whether the Sri Lankan police are really interested in protecting Muslim communities and discouraging attacks. Meanwhile, as the Sri Lankan economy suffers and citizens protest the rising cost of living, the government is accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian and cracking down harshly on dissent.[Sri Lankan para-military Special Task Force Commandos (STF) stand guard outside a vandalized mosque in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on August 11, 2013, a day after a mosque was vandalized in the area sparking religious tensions. Photo courtesy of Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images.]