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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2680

Government urged to reign in on Bodu Bala Sena

Colombo, 13 July, (Asiantribunecom):

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has urged the Sri Lankan Government to reign in on organizations like Bodu Bala Sena which disseminate, provoke hate speech to pay the way for all religious communities to live in harmony as Sri Lankans.

Hilmy Ahamed the Vice President of the community portal in a press statement has out of the speech made by Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena demanding that Pope should apologize to the Buddhist.

The press release further said:

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka refers to recent media reports of a statement made by the Bodu Bala Sena Leader Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera demanding that His Holiness, Pope Francis should apologize to Sri Lankan Buddhists over the alleged atrocities committed by Christian colonialists.

Such insensitive statements while being an affront to the Holiness Pope and the Catholics in Sri Lanka has been made to further divide our motherland by alienating the Catholic community.

Venerable Gnansara’s verbal tirade as reported, mirrors the increasing intolerance; hate speech and violence that has gripped Sri Lanka. Venerable Gnanasara and the Bodu Bala Sena’s continued attack on religious minorities in the country has been a cause for serious concern to all communities, including the majority community who live in peace.

We are seriously concerned that the persistence by such organizations who disseminate, provoke hate speech as above which has gone unrestrained will create religious conflict in the country and urge the Government to reign in such organizations to pay the way for all religious communities to live in harmony as Sri Lankans,.
Hilmy Ahamed said.

- Asian Tribune -

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