Sri Lanka unrest: Social media ban to be lifted by this week

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 14, 2018, 07:15 AM(IST)

Sri Lankan army patrol on the streets of Katugastota, a suburb of Kandy on March 8. Photograph:( AFP )

Sri Lanka has decided to lift a ban on social media reportedly by this week.

The decision was announced by a Sri Lankan government minister, Reuters news agency said.

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The internet services have been suspended from past several days as measures to control communal violence in the region as authorities were reported of social media being used for coordinated events is banned as a measure to control communal violence in the region.

The government declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as the unrest escalated when a Muslim man was found dead in a burnt-out building, a day after a Sinhalese man died of injuries sustained in an attack carried out by Muslim men.

So far at least three people died and 20 people have been wounded.

More than 200 Mulism owned businesses and homes were also torched in the four days of riots which died down on Thursday.

President Maithripala Sirisena also appointed a three-member commission to probe the communal clashes in Kandy. 

The nationwide declared emergency was lifted on 10th of March.

Police said on Saturday nearly 150 people, including the main instigator, have also been arrested over the unrest. 

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