CCTV of anti-Muslim violence in Kandy this month reveal Sri Lankan politicians and police officers joined mobs launching the attacks, Reuters reported after reviewing the images and speaking to witnesses.
"Victims and witnesses, whose accounts were partly backed by CCTV footage seen by Reuters, described members of an elite paramilitary police unit, the Special Task Force (STF), assaulting Muslim cleric and leaders," the news wire said.
One Muslim cleric who witnessed the attack told Reuters that the police "came to attack", beating the people it was supposed to be protecting.
“They were shouting. There was filthy language. They said all the problems were because of us, that we were like terrorists," he was further quoted by saying.
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