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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that it would not let the Government close the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara Complex or any other temple in the country using any international laws.

Addressing the media at the BBS head quarters at Rajagiriya today, its Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Withanage said the Archeological Act was created by foreigners to not to protect our archeological sites but to ruin them.

“Most of the acts were created to ruin our heritage,” he said.

“We will not let Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam to bend the law as he wants and we will give our full support to battle of the Mahanayake Theras against closing the temples,” he said,

Meanwhile, Sinhala Ravaya General Secretary Magalkande Sudaththa Thera said that Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara was not a monument to close for visitors and the Minister had not even requested the permission of the trustees of the Temple Ven. Ambagaswewe Rahula Thera.

“We are glad to hear the decision taken by the Archeological Advisory Committee on immediate conservation measures of the statues and paintings at the temple. But there is a proper procedure for that and there is no need to close the entire temple complex,” Ven. Sudaththa Thera said.

“The Government is trying to take revenge on the Asgiri Chapter including the working committee of the Sangha Sabha by closing the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara Complex,” he said.

“We have received information regarding the closure of the Dambulla Raja Maha Vihara Complex forcibly. The Vihara is first a heritage of Buddhism and secondly a heritage to the world. The

The Thera requested the Prime Minister and the Education Minister to protect the Buddhist heritage instead of protecting world heritage. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Sofia Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:00 PM

    It is normal sri lanka law being applied here - as it has been for a century and now to say "using any international laws" is a lie. There is a need for govt to explain this fully instead of allowing anti=govt forces to spread falsehood.

    Dee Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:36 PM

    Yes. Please don't allow it to be conserved. We look forward to show our children the 'ruins of the ancient Dambulla Vihara' in a few decades

    Sohan Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:29 AM

    I get the feeling that the govt is creating unwanted issues to divert attention from its signing of Disappearances Act

    De Silva Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:34 AM

    Govt should wash their habds off from this issue and allow them to do anything they wish and face the risk of loosing World heritage Status

    nick Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:52 AM

    I was wondering these fellows didnt make any news recently here we go with yet a another nonsense via DM Android App

    ceylon Thursday, 13 July 2017 05:17 PM

    colose down the anty buddhist bbs. via DM Android App

    Shukri Thursday, 13 July 2017 05:29 PM

    Please don't close since its attracting tourist and it would generate revenue for our country. I will support BBS, in this case, tho I m not agree with their sectarian attitude.

    Park Thursday, 13 July 2017 09:57 PM

    Why is the President tolerating these thugs>


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