Muslims block roads demanding greater say in Sri Lanka aid-sharing deal

Minority Muslims set fire to tyres and blocked main roads in eastern Sri Lanka Monday to demand a greater say in the government’s controversial deal to share tsunami aid with Tiger rebels. Minority Muslims set fire to tyres and blocked main roads in eastern Sri Lanka Monday to demand a greater say in the government’s controversial deal to share tsunami aid with Tiger rebels. Traffic in Muslim-dominated towns in eastern coastal regions came to a standstill as crowds blocked roads and forced the closure of shops, a police official in the area said by telephone.

“They want their political leaders in government to resign,” said the senior official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Muslim National Unity Alliance said Sunday it would quit the ruling coalition in two days unless the president drops the aid deal clinched with the Tigers last Friday to distribute billions of dollars in foreign aid.

The main Marxist party, the JVP — or People’s Liberation Front, which quit the coalition earlier this month protesting the deal filed action in the Colombo district court seeking the squashing of the pact.

Court officials said a junior JVP member filed action against the