Aug 26, Colombo: A mob of protesters led by Buddhist monks staged a demonstration today in the Sri Lankan capital against the visit of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay to the island on a fact-finding mission.
The police used minimal powers to disperse the mob that attempted to break into the United Nations office in Colombo.
Carrying placards and shouting slogans a small group of the extremist Buddhist Ravana Balaya (Power of Ravana) organization staged the protest in front of the UN office in Colombo against Pillay's visit.
The violent mob comprised less than fifty people and they were easily overpowered by several hundred police force guarding the UN complex.
Pillay arrived in the island Sunday on a week-long mission to review the progress of the country's human rights situation before the next session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Pillay is expected to present a report on her visit to the session mext month.
The general secretary for the Patriotic National Movement, Dr. Vasantha Bandara who backed the protestors told a local radio station that they wanted to call on the government to prevent any NGO group from meeting or holding discussions with Pillay.
The group handed over a petition to a UN official promising more organized protests if the UN official tries to "fabricate lies" against the country.