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Unite As Sri Lankans, Don’t Give Into Divisive Political Agendas: Kumar Sangakkara’s Appeal in Wake of Anti-Muslim Riots

"If we lose ourselves in violence, racism, thuggery and hatred we lose our country," he wrote.

Former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Kumar Sangakkara, appealed to the nations citizens on May 14 to maintain peace and not give into divisive political agendas.

Sangakkara tweeted in response to anti-Muslim riots breaking out in the country. “If we lose ourselves in violence, racism, thuggery and hatred we lose our country,” he wrote, urging Sri Lankans to unite and to “be peaceful, keep each other safe.”

He further appealed to people to not give into “shameful, divisive political agendas.”

A Muslim man was slashed to death in Sri Lanka Monday, the police said after imposing a nationwide curfew to contain a violent new backlash against Easter suicide bombings.

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Homes and mosques were also vandalised by large groups of people armed with sticks and blunt weapons, police said.

The unrest was concentrated in three districts north of the capital, but a night curfew was imposed across the country to prevent the spread of violence, police said.

The rioting came three weeks after a string of suicide bomb attacks against three Christian churches and three luxury hotels, leaving 258 people dead and nearly 500 wounded.

(With PTI inputs)

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