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Friday, October 05, 2012

Bangladesh embassy in SL stoned during monks’ protest

The Sun, Dhaka, page 1
Sept 5, 2012’-protest_282_1_1_1_5.html

COLOMBO: Protesters threw stones at the Bangladeshi embassy in Sri Lanka on Thursday as saffron-robed monks demonstrated against Muslim mob attacks on Buddhist temples in Bangladesh.

A crowd of about 500 monks and supporters marched to the Bangladesh High Commission (embassy) and handed over a petition condemning Sunday’s attacks against Buddhist temples in the coastal region of Cox’s Bazaar, witnesses said.

Windows of the mission were smashed before police moved in to disperse the protest, which blocked several road junctions in the capital Colombo.

One man was arrested for criminal damage, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said, adding that monks were not involved in the attack.

“We were tolerant, but day by day we notice great injustice caused to Buddhists by Islamic extremists,” Buddhist monk Galagoda Gnanasaara said in a statement. “We can no longer be patient.”

The violence in Bangladesh began on Saturday night in the southeast of the country and spread to several towns and villages after claims that a young Buddhist man had posted Facebook photographs defaming the Islam .

At least 11 temples in Cox’s Bizarre were torched and seven were damaged or ransacked.

Bangladesh Interior Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir has blamed radical Islamists for the violence. Monks in the Thai capital Bangkok also held a protest on Wednesday. — AFP

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