Sri Lankans Appeal for Peace on Twitter Amidst Communal Violence

Sri Lanka has been in a state of turmoil for over 3 weeks now, since the 21 April suicide terror attack that targeted churches and hotels. Amidst the rising communal tensions in the country, citizens of Sri Lanka appealed for peace to avoid a repeat of the 1983 riots that sank the country into a civil war that lasted for 26 years.

Parts of the country were put under indefinite curfew on 14 May after violent backlash against Muslims, in which 1 man was reported killed.

But people of Sri Lanka seem determined not to let communalism tear the country apart again.

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‘We Heal and Rise Together as One’

Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has urged his fellow citizens to “Stop. Breathe. Think. Open your eyes.”

‘Racism Kills the Lion’

A cartoon which was tweeted by Groundviews, a local civic-media organisation last year, during the violence in Digana still holds true today.

Drawn in the aftermath of the violence in #Digana last year, this work by Gihan de Chickera holds true.

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3. ‘Do You Not Realise You are Destroying Your own Country?’

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Other citizens tweeted seeking to ensure safety of fellow Muslim citizens.

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6.‘We Are All Equal’

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