Overview of coverage
Exactly one month ago, Aluthgama and Beruwela witnessed the worst anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka for many years. Incredibly, for days, there was no official response to the rioting from the Government of Sri Lanka, with the President out of the country getting, ironically, an award for his contributions to peace. To date, not a single official word of regret or condolence over the lives and livelihoods lost, or a single word condemning the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) from the Government, which is unsurprisingly pre-occupied with containing and censoring, if need be, the political fallout of the riots.
From when the violence was taking place and over the past four weeks, Groundviews published security camera video footage, compelling photographs (that have been re-published in mainstream media), long-form journalism, articles, eye-witness accounts, hundreds of tweets and Facebook updates on the unrest and its social, political and economic impact. This content has flagged, inter alia, the Government’s outrageous silence, the delay in any kind of official response, the blatant falsehoods and thinly veiled racism by constituent members of government like the JHU as well as posed hard questions for the Muslims in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the violence.
The site has also curated a comprehensive collection of official statements around the violence on the web by domestic and international voices.
- Aluthgama riots and deaths: Vital updates
- Horror in Aluthgama: Their Crime, Our Shame
- The Limits of Tolerance
- IS THE BBS THE BOSS?
- How must we respond to religious extremism and incitement to violence?
- Aluthgama violence: Where was Sri Lanka’s President?
- Wake up and go to sleep: The tale of the two tweeterings
- Statement on Aluthgama violence by Rt. Revd Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo
- Some Civil Society Questions for Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)
- The Politics of ‘Aluthgama’
- The Muslims of Sri Lanka: A community under siege?
- From Black July ’83 to Dark June ’14: A violent peace in Sri Lanka
- Sri Lanka redefines “curfew” in Beruwela
- The aftermath: Aluthgama two weeks on
- The Aluthgama Atrocities: Lessons for Religion-engagement or estrangement
- The Riots of June 2014 and Pogrom of July 1983
- Proud Inheritors or Petty Contractors? Understanding the BBS phenomenon in Sri Lankan politics
- Stop blaming the victims
- Responding to Aluthgama
- Photos around questions I couldn’t answer: Four days after the riots
- Is BBS the new face of Buddhist revivalism?