Protest in Ampara over mosque issue

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The people in Kalmunai, Samanthurai, Akkaraipattu, and Saindamaradu areas in the Ampara district closed shops today to protest the prevailing crisis over the mosque in Dambulla sacred area.

All activities in government institutions and banks came to a halt and business establishment put up shutters.

The breakdown of public transport services resulted poor attendance in government institutions in the Ampara town as well. Police stepped up security in the area, but no incident of violence was reported. (Pix and Tex byWasantha Chandrapala)








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  • az Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:34 AM

    ask the Saudi Gov.

    didymus Friday, 27 April 2012 10:08 AM

    If Salman Rushdie came to LK, would you hunt him down?

    idroos Saturday, 28 April 2012 03:52 AM

    Mr lal Thank you and i salute u
    .Indeed we are all sri lankans who should rise beyond these differences to look at other things beneficial to our country.

    Indeed all religions are there to be used to inculcate discipline in us and not to fight against each other .we are all sons of one mother and father .Lets leave which is right or wrong aside .Indeed lord buddha has spoken about the last coming of the great " maihtree " prophet muhammed the great and has told us to foilow his instructions.

    Even some muslims glorify him which is not what he insrtucted he instructed that we are all the creation of one and only creator who befits glory and praise.

    Also religions had preached to respect others view points too
    so lets us all stand for it

    Fusion Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:43 AM

    Dude, this Sri Lanka, not Saudi Arabia.

    Mervyn Szilvah Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:26 AM

    Of course they will be allowed IF there were Saudi Buddhists.

    Pristine Beauty Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:17 PM

    Can if there is a buddhist citizen in that country.

    Ashad Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:08 PM

    Sri-Lanka is a Buddhist country. others have the freedom of worship, ok make a peacefull protest. thats all.Be in harmony.

    Ahmad Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:37 PM

    Saudi government will fulfill your requirement after a Saudi national convert into Buddhism. There is no rights in Saudi for expats or slaves.

    jf kamila Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:54 PM

    most muslims proved, that they have backbone not like one muslim politician, in east.goodjob!

    Anfaz Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:29 PM

    Is the any buddisht in Saudi ? b4 ask Saudi govern

    Lal Pathirana Friday, 27 April 2012 06:22 PM

    Dear people we should refrain from abusive and poor use of language . Yes, Sri Lanka is not either a Sinhalese nor a muslim country , see that's why

    its called the ' Democratic socialist republic of Sri lanka" , by no means does it serve one religion or race .

    Hence we should seek to rectify things in a peaceful manner, and find the true culprit who initially master planned such a conflict !.

    piyal Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:48 PM

    correct.. we sinhalees don't have that when Kurugala and pothuvil muhudu viharaya was destroying...

    Harshani Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:49 PM

    Non So called Muslim government do not tolerate any other religion. We tolerate other religions. You can build mosque but not in our holy places.

    Robin Friday, 27 April 2012 12:04 PM

    I wish all the Sri Lankans were wise like you.

    A Sri Lankan Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:12 AM

    A peaceful reaction

    Mohamed Marzook Friday, 27 April 2012 08:59 AM

    Bro. Naim, I agree with all what you have said, excepting that this is not the only isolated incident. There have been many of such incidents after the massacre of Muslims in 1915. There is insufficient space here to write all those. The real situation is that the small number of Sinhala-Buddhist extremist elements have taken control of the country and they dictate terms to the majority to the Sinhales and the Govt. and totally disregard their own Buddhist Principles and the Laws of the country. For their own advantage they easily provoke the majority Sinhalese to act against others communities. So it is necessary that through peaceful demonstrations we highlight the truth and make the majority Sinhalese aware to the threat posed by the extremists to the peace of the country.

    idroos Friday, 27 April 2012 08:35 AM

    To Nihal no temples nor churches in mecca its purely only for worship of one true god.Even muslims are jailed and banned to limit this place only for visit and time passing

    Jawfer Thursday, 26 April 2012 02:46 PM

    Where you all last 60 years not claiming holy place

    nihal Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:51 AM

    can we build a temple in mecca ??

    Mohamed Naim Thursday, 26 April 2012 03:18 PM

    Dear Sinhalese and Muslim brothers,
    Please stop this hatred arguments. Dear Muslims, don't blame the Sinhalese. This is an isolated incident caused by few. I am sure 99% of the Sinhalese will not approve this incident and they will not approve the behaviour of the Monks involved. This is not teachings of Budisum. Muslims should accept the fact that we have been given enough freedom to practise our religion in Sri Lanka. Islam says to respect other religions and their leaders. Please follow prophet's way by performing pryers, supplications and fasting. The Hurtals and demonstrations will do any thing.

    dev Thursday, 26 April 2012 03:13 PM

    SL is a multy ethnic Country. this is not saudi

    Unbiased Friday, 27 April 2012 09:11 AM

    All the ppl who have commented about Arab countires not tolerating any other religion, please note: There are so many churches in Dubai, where I live. They even let us build a big church in the heart if the state in Deira. People here come from so many countries and they practice so many religions and respect one another. I wonder why Lankans are so blind and wanna harrasse people with regard to their religions. We are "Lankan Lions" not Sinhala Lions or Muslim Lions or Tamil Lions!! Pathetic... indeed!!

    bernard Friday, 27 April 2012 02:11 PM

    all drama

    Salman Thursday, 26 April 2012 03:50 PM

    We should give due respect to all Religons and live in peace. refrain from bad comments, as a muslim I really appriciate the freedom we enjoy in Sri Lanka.

    chamith Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:09 AM

    2maro after pray, u can see the real peace

    Freehi Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:43 AM

    Good move. take immediate action without allowing another war to start in our country..

    Hamdan Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:27 AM

    Well now that's a perfect protest.

    Adam Brown Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:42 AM

    Unlike some protestors who claim to be monks and act like thugs... they say they serve God! disgraceful!

    Patriot Friday, 27 April 2012 04:44 AM

    that is why this much of problems arise....


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