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* Sri Lanka's Buddhist movement says it does not promote anti-religious activities
Tue, Jan 29, 2013, 09:03 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 29, Colombo: The Buddhist monks-led activity group in Sri Lanka, Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) movement, that is allegedly involved in a campaign against Muslims in the country, denies any involvement in such a campaign.

Executive Committee member of the Bodu Bala Sena, Dilantha Withanage has told a local English national newspaper that the organization would not promote anti-religious activities.

The Bodu Bala Sena organization is accused of inciting and organizing violence against Muslims in the country and has been criticized by moderate Buddhist organizations and leading Buddhist monks in the country.

However, they claim that other extremist groups create violence using the organization's name for their own political agenda and the Bodu Bala Sena does not condone such acts of belittling other religions and inciting violence.

The organization has reportedly lodged a complaint with the police saying some groups were using the name of the organization to create a rift between Buddhists and Muslims.

Withanage has said that the logo of the organization had been used in protests held recently in Kuliyapitiya and Maharagama.

"Our fight is only against unethical elements," he has said.

According to Withanage, the main goal of the Bodu Bala Sena is to strengthen Sinhalese and Buddhism and not attack any religion.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he met the leaders of the Bodu Bala Sena movement last Saturday urged the group not to arouse any discord among communities and to carry out their work without creating conflicts with other religions

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka President asks Buddhist group not to arouse ethnic tensions in the country



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