Sri Lankan government does not endorse the views of the extremist Buddhist group – Minister

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government, downplaying the views expressed by the extremist Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, stressed that the Government stands for co-existence among all communities.

Addressing the Cabinet Press Briefing held in Colombo yesterday (30), Minister of Mass Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said the Government did not endorse the views of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization expressed at a conference in Colombo recently.

The BBS at its national convention held in Colombo on Sunday (September 28) with the guest participation of Myanmar’s radical monk, the leader of the anti-Muslim 969 movement, Ashin Wirathu, demanded radical constitutional changes to promote Buddhism and the Sinhala community to save the country from the ‘jihadists’.

The Minister said if any group or individual is felt threatened by the extremist Buddhist group’s demands, there is a legal system in place in the country to address such concerns.

The hardline Sri Lankan Buddhist group said yesterday that they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.

The group issued an ultimatum to the government, saying it would not hesitate to push for a change of government if the government failed to address what it says was a threat faced by Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

The BBS and the leader of the 969 movement, which is responsible for the anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar, agreed to work together to “derive practical and meaningful ways to address these burning issues which cannot be left for politicians to deal with.”

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