At least three were killed and 75 severely wounded in clashes in a tourist community in southern Sri Lanka. The mob torched the homes of Muslims, and clashes occurred in the towns of Aluthgama and Beruwela. Muslims suspect collusion with local authorities. Rauf Hakeem, leader of the country’s largest Islamic political party said
I just can't understand a government which prevents even a trade union or student protesters going to protest marches ... allowing the BBS to conduct the meeting.
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is translated as “Buddhist Power Force” and terrorism experts give weight to Hakeem’s claim of government support. The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium states in its fact sheet
about the BBS:
Allegations persist that the BBS enjoys a close relationship with the Sri Lanka government and has seemingly been immune from prosecution. These allegations mainly relate to the Sri Lankan President’s brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is regarded as a patron of the BBS. During March 2013, he officiated at the opening of a BBS cultural centre at the port city of Galle, currently used as training centre by the BBS.
The government has established a curfew in the communities hit by the violence, even though it is unlikely that the attackers came from the Muslim dominated areas. Many see this as punishing the victims. Hakeem has threatened to resign in protest over the government’s handling of events. One resident of the area said
We pleaded with the police to come and stop the mob attacking our houses but the police did nothing.
that nine shops, forty homes, and three mosques were attacked. Sri Lankan Muslims are seeking the assistance of humanitarian organizations and have started a petition
calling for human rights activists to intervene.
It should be noted that the BBS represent a small minority of the Buddhist population and that the first precept of Buddhism is "Avoid killing, or harming any living thing."