Maha Nayaka Thera of the Malwatta Chapter Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera today told a group of European Union Ambassadors that it was not justifiable to label the violent incidents occurred in Theldeniya as communal violence.
The group of EU Ambassadors including Switzerland Ambassador Heinz Walter Nederkoorn, Romanian Ambassador Victor Chiudea and headed by EU Ambassador Tung-Lai Margue called on the Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters today in the aftermath of the Kandy violence.
Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera went on to say that Buddhists follow the concept of non-violence and that they are not barbarians to oppress Muslims.
“These incidents are no way a result of communal violence. Racism is not only in Sri Lanka but everywhere in the world including the US, Europe and even in India,” the prelate said.
Meanwhile, the Registrar of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Medagama Dhammananda Thera said Muslims religious centres had been established even within the lands owned by Buddhist Temples.
“There is no communal violence between these two groups but some are attempting to create issues,” he said. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara)
Keyzer Sose Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:25 PM
This statement makes Mahanayake Thera to be in the Parliament and not in the temple.
Rohan Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:19 PM
The faces of the Ambassadors in the picture say clearly they believe the Mahanayake Theras
Srilankan Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:27 PM
POKIES. I really thought the monks learn and preach Dharma
Shameer Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:43 PM
Better to say the truth even if it's bitter. Layman or the clergyman.
Lankan Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:53 PM
This is not going to help anyone, when attackers came from one community alone to attack another, it is communal!.The same old excuses, even during the civil war, it was claimed "humanitarian" operation!
mike Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:07 AM
the war was terrorism . its right to say humanitarian op as all tamils who were held hostage
VJ Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:30 PM
The priest admits racism exists in Sri Lanka. The initial incident was violence, what followed was a well planned attack against a minority community.
Dee Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:31 PM
No. It was just a friendly brawl.
DJ Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:44 AM
The more you deny it the bigger the issue will be the outcome
MR Nimal Rupasinghe Wednesday, 28 March 2018 01:32 AM
These ambassadors must be wondering what the heck the mahanayake is talking about. These ambassadors are highly educated people. It's a pity that we are making a fool of ourselves by carrying out distorted talks. Rupasinghe
Dr Kandiah Wednesday, 28 March 2018 01:39 AM
No,you have to admit the truth. Buddhists in Sri Lanka have used targeted violence against both minorities since the Independence.There is no virtue in denying the fact what happened in Kandy is only the latest in the sequence of communal riots started by angry Buddhists and this time against the Muslims.
rajitha7 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 06:10 AM
Most of the translators in the Embassies are Tamil. What gets said and what others hear gets are probably poles apart.
Thomas Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:55 AM
You mean to say the Foreign Ambassadors none of them know English. Agree they do not know Sinhalese or TamilYou are talking like a racist
Asian citizen Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:03 PM
You are real liar, may be following the traditional way.
shairaz Wednesday, 28 March 2018 06:46 AM
Yes it's not a communal vialance. Master minded ethnic cleansing..
HARD TO SWALLOW Wednesday, 28 March 2018 07:06 AM
TELL THE MARINES
karthik Wednesday, 28 March 2018 07:17 AM
There are politicians in all communities to make capital out of communal politics. If this country has to prosper the leaders of all political parties must work as statesman.
Arnold Wednesday, 28 March 2018 07:17 AM
Rather than looking at countries where racism is rampant, why not follow the example of countries like Singapore where racism has been fully controlled.
mnsmart Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:09 AM
Yes of course non of the Muslim owned property were damaged or set on fire.
Mohamed Ameer Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:19 AM
Uneducated talk .
sobers Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:47 AM
The respected Thera, tries to cover up the embarassment caused by a few rowdy Buddhists, majority of The Buddhists are against racism and violence, The hate talks always start in the parliament. Hence, The mahanayake should correct the wrong doings of the Politicians. The normal man doesn't have much of animosity. Remember, Racism has bought disaster to the country, we are not self sufficient in any thing, If Embargo's are introduced, we are no where! This is country which has been ruined by no one else but simply politicians, for their survival.
Thomas Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:48 AM
What happened in Kandy area is purely communal violence instigated by interested parties
Sammy Wednesday, 28 March 2018 08:54 AM
What he is trying to say is, it is not communal violence but racist violence. What's the difference? Even a small section of a community, attacking another on communal or racial grounds and supported by political powers, is still communal or racial violence.
adam Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:31 AM
ok, then what do you call it? terrorism
alex Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:33 AM
why the hell do these diplomats visit these monks. Utter waste of time
LEVELS Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:35 AM
They are seated in the same level as the monks. - we sri Lankans sit on chairs/stools at a lower level . WHY ?
Muhammad Wednesday, 28 March 2018 09:44 AM
Same thing happened in burma too , finally she lost the noble prize, non of these theras came on public to request to stop the violence in kandy, this is pure jealousy on other community, they have demonstrated same by burning down the library in jaffna during tamil riots, srilanka will remain as 3 world country for long time unless people's attitude does not change,
nihal j Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:03 PM
Communal viloance every where even in Muslim countries against minorities.
Triple X Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:09 AM
So you agree some of your yellow robed from the mob are actually thugs .
Lankan Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:24 AM
Since independence, it is an unwritten policy to harass minorities. They succeeded in driving out thousands of Tamils out of the country and now targeting Muslims!
Ad Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:21 AM
This shows value of thero's Buddhist values. Diplomats are well trained to judge communal-ism. Thero has proved that he too is part of communal-ism. His inability to understand this shows what kind of clergy are leading the Buddhists.
Ceylon Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:52 AM
Sinhalese attackrd tamils and million plus went out of country.now they are citizens of usa,canada,australia,germany,france etc.they come now as tourists to see their attackers how begging on roads without food,without shelter.
Soam Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:55 AM
These monks are the cause of the problem in Sri Lanka. Most of them are political illitrate and any statements should be confined within the walls of the temples, they seek shelter in the name of Buddhism. Utter shame on a Sri Lankan.
nihal Jayawickrama Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:02 PM
Not only in Buddhist countries and it happens in Middle Eastern, Pakistan and even B'desh where the majority Muslims persecute minority communities like Hindus / Buddhist and Christians daily basis. EU is mum about it . These rascals inquire only about SL. What an irony.nj
Geo Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:27 PM
CITIZEN Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:06 PM
Very true! It was only violence after Big Match!! How good, our Prelates also know something!!!
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