Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sri Lanka Muslim Council expresses concern over the visit of the controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar

 Sri Lanka Muslim Council expresses concern over the visit of the controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar
Sat, Sep 27, 2014, 01:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 27, Colombo: It has been reported that the radical Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu has arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the Maha Sangha Council meeting of Sri Lankan Buddhist Organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on Sunday September 28.
The visit of the monk, labeled as the "Buddhist Bin Laden of Burma", for his violent anti-Muslim sentiments, to Sri Lanka has alarmed the Muslim community in the island nation.
The Sri Lanka Muslim Council has written to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa urging him deny visa to the controversial monk to visit the country.
In the letter, the Muslim Council says Ashin Wirathu thera has been responsible for hundreds of Muslims murdered by extremist Buddhists.
"The presence of such a person who has caused so much violence on the Burmese Muslims would be a real threat to peace and peaceful co-existence in Sri Lanka," the Council wrote.
"His presence and speech at the Sangha Council meeting may incite further violence against the Muslims similar to the speech of Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero made in Aluthgama which caused the rioting in Aluthgama and Beruwela in June 2014," the SLMC told the President.
The Council said in its letter if Ven. Ashin Virathu is granted permission to visit the country, the Government of Sri Lanka faces the possibility of being accused of tacit support to Buddhist extremist groups who are indulging in a hate campaign against minorities in Sri Lanka.
The Muslim Council urged the President to ensure that no visa is granted to Ven. Ashin Wirathu to visit Sri Lanka as he would pose a serious threat to peace in the country.

The BBS has confirmed that Ashin Wirathu thera has arrived in Sri Lanka Friday night. The group has dismissed the Muslim Council's concerns saying that Wirathu Thera is not a convict of any violence and no one could oppose the visit of a Buddhist leader.