Sri Lanka: Worshippers attacked and beaten as violent intimidation of Christians continues

October 17, 2019

Persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka: The failure of authorities to act decisively in the wake of attacks such as the Easter bombings last year only encourages more persecution of Christians. This article is positive proof of that. After the bombings last year, many Christians in Sri Lanka were afraid to go to church. That situation has not improved; this incident only reinforces that fear. The Order hopes that the Sri Lankan government will begin to be more proactive than it has been up to now, and act to provide protection for that nation’s Christians. Indifference, however, seems to be the international order of the day when it comes to Christians suffering persecution.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka at, see here.

“Worshippers attacked and beaten in Sri Lanka as violent intimidation of Christians continues,” Barnabas Fund, October 8, 2019:

Six Christians on their way to church in Batticaloa district, Sri Lanka were attacked and beaten with sticks by around ten villagers on 21 September, in one of a series of incidents of intimidation and harassment targeted at believers in less than two weeks.

Five of the Christians were so badly injured that they were admitted to hospital. Local sources said the pastor and congregation have faced continuous harassment this year from the same group of villagers in Kalkudah.

Two of the mob of attackers were arrested and appeared before a magistrates’ court the following day….

In August, Bishop Asiri Perera, the president of Sir Lanka’s Methodist Church, said Christians in Sri Lanka were not being treated as equal citizens in their own country, when he raised concerns about police inaction following an attack on a Bible college student by Buddhist monks.

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