Sri Lanka has over the past few years seen a resurgence in Sinhalese and Buddhist chauvinism particularly targeting the Muslim populace of the island nation.
Anxiety over halal meat doesn’t only affect Islamophobes in the West. Groups in Sri Lanka, such as Sinhala Api (We are Sinhalese) are also hoping to transform the subject of “halal meat” into a broader culture war.
In a recent protest led by We are Sinhalese, demonstrators shouted anti-Islam/Muslim slogans and carried effigies of a pig with the word “Allah” and “Halal” written on it in Arabic which they later burnt. (h/t: msmrishan)
There was a protest held by “Sinhala Api – We are Sinhalese Group” against Halal, the day before yesterday (24/01/2013) at Kuliyapitiya Junction, Kurunegala district. This group marched from Assedduma Shasanalankara temple to Kuliyapitiya Ashoka Buddhist Centre. They marched with banners and cut-outs written against Muslims and Halal.
After they had come to the clock tower of Kuliyapitiya Junction, the chief member of “Sinhala Api” organisation, “Mathale Weda Thero” and “Thalkole Piyadassi thero” addressed the meeting.
In this protest, the cut-outs and banners read:
“Sri Lanka is not an Arab country for making halal foods.”
“Halal is a death trap to destroy the Sinhala nation.”
One of cut-out had a picture of a pig with “Allah” written on it.
And they burnt an effigy named “Halal.”