Articles

Veeramunai Riot

April 18, 1954: A drunken Tamil New Year brawl morphs into a full-fledged riot leading to the displacement of hundreds of Tamils and tensions that simmer for decades after.
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January 8, 1966 Strike – Part I

January 8, 1966: An opposition-led, one-day strike against the government’s Tamil language regulations turns violent when protesters go on a rampage.
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1958 Coup Scare

September 1958 – February 1959: Fear grips the government over whispers of a coup being plotted.
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1950 Gal Oya Riot

October 15-17, 1950: Gal Oya experiences a riot against Muslims after the chief Buddhist monk at Deegavapi is shot dead.
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Padaviya Tangle

September 9, 1957: Political debate over the Padaviya scheme erupts when Sinhalese allottees in the Western Province are unable to arrive owing to their train being cancelled.
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Bandarawela Riot

August 25, 1963: An attack on attendees of a Ceylon DMK meeting turns into a riot at Bandarawela.
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Bogawantalawa Riot

April 2-4, 1958: A police firing on Malaiyaha Tamil labourers at Bogawantalawa results in a riot against Sinhalese.
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