Communal riots broke out in several cities of Sri Lanka on Monday. Given this, the Govt. imposed a curfew in the country, which will be applicable from 9 am to Tuesday morning at 4 a.m. Police have also banned many social media sites, including Facebook, Whatsapp. The controversy started after a Facebook post in the city of Chilau Sunday. Local people threw stones at three mosques.

A screenshot of the alleged Facebook exchange seen by Reuters showed a user had written in Sinhalese “It is difficult to make us cry” and added a local slur against Muslim men.

A Facebook user identified as Hasmar Hameed, whom two locals said was the man later arrested, replied in English: “Dont laugh more 1 day u will cry.”

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