We were praying on the second day of Eid al-Fitr on Saturday afternoon when we heard yells, threats and insults coming from outside the mosque. They were yelling ‘you dirty Muslims, we’re going to kill you!’ They started throwing rocks at the building and broke many windows. There were dozens of them and they were honestly very threatening: aside from rocks, some of them were also carrying wooden and metal sticks, and some were even holding knives. Several attackers entered into the mosque and urinated on the carpets.
I think it’s obvious that this attack was planned and organised by Buddhist extremists: it started right after the bells of the nearby temple rang, which could have been a type of signal. The attackers arrived suddenly, as the footage shows, right as we were praying, which means there were as many people as possible inside the mosque. Also, several attackers are not from this neighbourhood, it’s like they came here with the intention of ransacking our mosque. I think they even could have been paid to do so: it’s happened before.
On Monday, the army made a ring around the temple to protect it against potential Muslim reprisals. But there were no tensions, I think the Muslims are well aware that they are a minority and that if they tried anything, it would hurt them in the end. So we are forced to go back to our old mosque, which is not suitable for us, but there’s no one else we can go.