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Protesting monks teargassed: President calls for probe

19 November 2018 05:03 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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President Maithripala Sirisena today called for an investigation into the case where teargas was fired on a group of Buddhist monks holding a protest near the presidential secretariat.

The presidential media division said the President expressed regret over the incident where the monks were teargassed when they arrived to hand over a letter.

The Police fired teargas during a protest by some Buddhist monks calling for the release of the Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera.

They also used water cannons to disperse the protesting monks. The PMD said the President had not been notified about the monks' arrival at the presidential secretariat.

After the incident, the monks met the President for a discussion where they handed over a letter requesting the release of Gnanasara Thera who was jailed after he was found guilty of contempt of court.

  Comments - 10

  • Worse case and double game player Monday, 19 November 2018 05:39 PM

    This is a double game. HE is a big liar and cheating entire nation and spoiling everything in this country day by day

    Bogoda Monday, 19 November 2018 05:39 PM

    Another Trump about to come?

    Worst president Monday, 19 November 2018 05:49 PM

    They did not just come to hand over a letter sir! They protested on behalf of the racist who spread hatred between the religious communities. Your secret support to these racists is clear to us. We can't wait for the next presidential election. You'll see what we think About you!

    ANTON Monday, 19 November 2018 06:01 PM

    WHY ??? MONKS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO CRY ???

    Arnold Monday, 19 November 2018 06:19 PM

    Just a reality show as a prelude of the release of the monk in question.

    podipuththa Monday, 19 November 2018 07:16 PM

    so many things happened last few weeks he didnt do any probe.now he want a probe for this thugs. he is showing he is the care taker for Buddhist.cheap fireworks.

    Shelley Tuesday, 20 November 2018 02:46 PM

    And say that Ranil objected when he wanted to release the thera earlier.

    Cynic Tuesday, 20 November 2018 03:47 PM

    Please report the whole story DM! They were BBS monks demanding the release of incarcerated BBS monk Gnanasara Thera. Why he has not been excommunicated is beyond me and why these monks think they are above normal people is also beyond me.. people are fools to worship these guys. They are not gods, they also have to chose the difference between good and evil.

    Premalal Tuesday, 20 November 2018 05:15 PM

    MS is the enemy of the nation.

    opatha Wednesday, 21 November 2018 08:59 AM

    It seems that there are two Executive Presidents too..


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