Tensions in Mullaitivu: locals angered by attempts to build Buddhist vihara

There was a tense situation in Mullaitivu today after locals were angered by police inaction against the attempt to build a Buddhist vihara by a group of Sinhala people, including Buddhist monks. The group were caught by locals and handed over to Oddusuddan police today. Despite a pledge to ensure the suspects would be produced before court, the police later released the monks. Locals state the Sinhala Buddhist group intended to build a vihara on Kurunthur mountain, in Kumulamunai, Thannimurippu, arriving in two vehicles with a Buddhist statue and other…

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Tamil villagers lay siege to intruding monks, expose ethnic bias of SL Archaeology Department

[Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 23:14 GMT] The villagers of the ancient Tamil village of Kumuzha-munai in Karai-thu’raip-pattu division of Mullaith-theevu district on Tuesday evening laid siege to a 16-member group of Sinhala Theravada Buddhist extremists from the South, who had come with a Buddha statue, which they wanted to erect at Kurunthoor-malai, a place with traces of ancient heritage in the country of Eezham Tamils. The group, led by two young monks, consisted mostly of Sinhala youth. The SL Forest Department guards also assisted them. The villagers alleged SL military…

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Sinhala voters flock to Rajapaksa led rally

Thousands of Sinhala voters took part in the Joint Opposition rally in Colombo, led by the former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing his Sinhale supporters, Rajapaksa spoke of toppling the Government to bring an end to what he termed as the Government’s “separatism policies”. Rajapaksa, accompanied by his brother, Gotabaya and son, Namal waved at the crowds and pledged to continue the rally until dawn. This protest was seen as a protest to promote his family members who are being investigated of fraud and abuse of power during Mahinda…

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JO protest ends with one man’s death, several taken to hospital – Namal says sorry from 5* Hotel

Joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa apologised to the public for any inconvenienced caused as a result of the joint opposition protest staged in Colombo yesterday. However he says they had no choice but to stage the protest to show the Government the people want change.  “I also want to apologize to the public if this protest was any kind of hinderance to you. We had no choice but to truly show the Govt. how much the people in this country long for change. Our fight will continue until we secure their right…

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Failed protest – ”Claim of Laying Overnight Siege of the City”

“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City The “Jana Balaya Kolambata” protest campaign has seemingly come to an end despite claims by Joint Opposition MPs to protest overnight and lay siege to the capital city. JO activists started cleaning up the Lake House roundabout and the roads leading up to the area indicating that they had no plans to continue. The Colombo Municipal Council members of the SLPP and youth wing of the party were…

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Mahindas Protest turns to carnival

Papare bands, ice lolly bikes to keep supporters entertained: Protestors disperse by 7PM, no overnight occupation of the city: With no political epicenter and speeches, demonstration descends into chaos: This is a democratic government and we proved it today – they came, they protested and they left. Tomorrow we get on with business: Kabir Hashim: Thousands surround Lake House round-about: Rally was set up to be launch-pad for Namal: Full of sound and fury, the Joint Opposition-Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Janabalaya demonstration reached Colombo Fort yesterday, but the protest took…

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Mahinda plays Racist card to topple Government.

By Chathuri Dissanayake Nearly 3,000 loyalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday occupied the Lake House Roundabout in Fort and held a ‘sathyagraha’ after the ‘Janabalaya Colombata’ protest march organised by the Joint Opposition (JO) was wrapped up. The Government members discredited the campaign as unsuccessful as it had failed to garner support from the wider public. Addressing his supporters amidst loud cheering, Rajapaksa spoke of toppling the Government to bring an end to what he termed as the Government’s “separatism policies”. He also criticised the “sale of national assets”…

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