Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Protests in Kandy: Buddhist monks demand sacking of 3 Muslim politicians

Kandy, June 3 (BAN/ AD): Sri Lanka’s pilgrim city of Kandy on Monday saw protest by thousands of people as Buddhist monks demanded the sacking of three top Muslim politicians over the Easter suicide bombings.

Kandy which is 115 km away from Colombo saw shops and offices shut.Two of the Muslim leaders stepped down from their posts as provincial governors, President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said. The governors of the Eastern and Western provinces, both Sirisena appointees, tendered their resignations which were accepted, the president’s office said in a brief statement.

Monk Athuraliye Ratana ended what he had called a “death fast” since the weekend after the two resignations. The monk was taken away in an ambulance for medical treatment. Monk Ratana who is also a member of parliament, had demanded the two resignations.

Political sources said all Muslim ministers were expected to step down from the government of the Buddhist-majority island en masse if Bathiudeen was forced out.

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