Spreading Fear

Mar 25, 2013 (LBO) – Mob violence in Sri Lanka against Muslims and Christians and emerging attacks and humiliation of Muslim girls for their dress by Buddhist nationalists, was spreading fear among minorities, Friday Forum, a citizens group said. “The failure of the police to act swiftly and effectively in enforcing the law has encouraged individuals and groups of people to take the law into their own hands,” the Friday Forum said.

“The environment of impunity has provided opportunities for gang and mob violence and caused a growing sense of fear and personal insecurity.”

There were also reports of more organized activity which analysts say resemble German ‘brownshirts’ or Sturmabteilung style activity, starting up.

“Some monks have joined groups of persons who have sought to assume the role of law enforcement agencies, engaging in a dangerous trend of “policing” supposedly in the interest of the majority Sinhala Buddhist community,” the Friday Forum said.

Among the early acts of the German brown shirts was helping enforce a boycott against Jewish business (Judenboycott)

In addition to attacks against Mosques and Churches, nati