All of Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers and their deputies have resigned from their portfolios after accusing the government of failing to guarantee the security of the nation’s minority Muslim community amid fears of attacks following the Easter suicide bombings.
The decision comes after hardline Buddhist monks, including firebrand monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera, set a deadline to the government to fire Muslim provincial governors.
Gnanasara, who has long been accused of instigating hate crimes against Muslims, was released from jail on a presidential pardonlast month.
The resignations of nine central ministers and two provincial governors come after thousands of people led by Buddhist monks began demonstrating this morning in Sri Lanka’s central city of Kandy, 115km east of the capital Colombo.
Three weeks ago, mobs swept through Sri Lanka’s North Western Province, destroying hundreds of Muslim’s properties and killing one in apparent reprisal for the April suicide bombings in the island nation – a popular tourist destination.