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* Monk organization accepts responsibility for the protest at MTV against Akon concert in Sri Lanka
Wed, Mar 24, 2010, 11:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: A Buddhist monk organization called "Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya" (National Sangha Conference) has accepted responsibility for the protest held against MTV media

Addressing a media briefing at the Media Center for National Security today, Director General of MCNS Lakshman Hulugalle said the Police are conducting investigations on the incident.

Reportedly, the protesters have pelted stones at the MTV offices and MTV staff has retaliated the attack escalating the confrontation and leading to property damages. Four people have received minor injuries.

Hulugalle said the National Sangha Conference has already issued a statement to the media that it was they who organized the protest against Sirasa. He condemned the efforts by certain groups to drag the government into the controversy saying that they were exploiting the incident to embarrass the Government.

Several suspects for the attack have been interrogated and released on police bail, Hulugalle added. Responding to questions he said the government totally denies any involvement and this is purely a confrontation between an organization and the media institute.

The government yesterday decided to cancel the visa for the R&B singer to enter the country saying that his latest video insulted the country's main religion Buddhism.

The video, 'Sexy Chick' with bikini clad women dancing in front of a Buddha statue sparked protests in the majority Buddhist country from people saying the video desecrated the religion.

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