Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

Colombo - The government lifted the ban on social media earlier this week.



By Reuters

Published: Sun 18 Mar 2018, 6:02 AM

Last updated: Sun 18 Mar 2018, 8:09 AM

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday he had lifted a nationwide state of emergency imposed on March 6 after communal clashes.
"Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday," Sirisena said on his Twitter feed.
He declared a state of emergency to rein in the spread of communal violence after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island's central district of Kandy.
Two people were killed and hundreds of properties and more than 20 mosques were damaged, media reported.
The government lifted the ban on social media earlier this week.
 


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