Sri Lanka citizen group calls for halt to anti-Muslim nationalism

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Mar 08, 2013 (LBO) – Friday Forum, a Sri Lankan citizen’s group has asked the administration to take steps to stop rising fascist-nationalist actions directed at the island’s Muslim community. “The Friday Forum urges you to act immediately and decisively to counter the increasingly venomous and strident anti-Muslim hate campaign launched by a few extremist groups claiming to represent the majority Sinhala community,” the Friday Forum, said in a letter addressed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“As you are aware, this campaign has intensified over the past several months.

“The country has witnessed attacks against mosques, and the circulation, on social media, public posters and web-sites, of obscene and vituperative messages that are offensive to religious beliefs.

“It has witnessed anti-Muslim public rallies and processions, including a call to boycott Muslim business establishments.”

An extreme nationalist organization called ‘Bodu Bala Sena’, had been at the forefront of anti-Muslim activity in the island.

The call to boycott Muslim businesses is similar to the Judenboycott of Germany. Sri L