Global terror groups are relying on the power of online networks to drive discussions and shape opinions - often without any inkling of their real motives.
Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is a man whose words lead to action. When he threatens Muslims in a speech, mobs ransack Muslim neighbourhoods. And people die. Off the podium, the Buddhist monk remains the ultimate showman.
Violent attacks against Muslims have been on the rise since 2012. Hardline Sinhalese Buddhist groups are widely believed to be responsible and social media has also played a role.
The decision comes days after a failed no-confidence motion attempt against the prime minister and the defection of several ministers forced a cabinet reshuffle.
Muslims have been in Sri Lanka for centuries, and for centuries they lived alongside the Sinhalese people in peace and harmony. But an ultra-nationalist ideology led by hardline Buddhists is now putting this relationship in peril.
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe faces a no-confidence motion that could go down to the wire and lead to political instability in the island nation, even if the government manages to scrape a win.
Over 300 people have been arrested in connection with the riots in the central district of Kandy in the first state of emergency imposed in Sri Lanka since the end of a decades-long Tamil separatist war in 2009.
Sri Lanka's Kandy district had been rocked by communal clashes since Sunday, following attacks on members of the minority Muslim community by nationalist crowds from the Sinhalese majority. At least two people were killed.
Police had been placed on alert in the central hill station town following unrest that saw a man killed and Muslim businesses set alight.
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