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* Sri Lankan Prime Minister apologizes to Buddhist monks
Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 11:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 08, Colombo: Amid calls for his resignation from protesting Buddhist organizations over his remarks on a monk leader, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne today apologized to the country's Maha Sangha for his insulting comments.

Prime Minister's Coordinating Secretary delivered a letter of apology from the PM to the activists of the Buddhist organization Sihala Ravaya protesting outside the PM's office in Colombo.

The Prime Minister has apologized for calling the Buddhist monks "some persons in yellow robes".

The Sihala Ravaya staged a protest today in front of the Prime Minister's office demanding an apology to the Maha Sangha for his insulting remarks.

The group also demanded the PM to resign from his post of Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs over the heroin scandal

The protest turned ugly when the protesters removed barricades and attempted to scale the wall of the PM's office to enter the premises and the police thwarted the attempt. During the skirmish a monk was injured and admitted to the hospital.

Following the incident the PM's coordinating secretary of handed over the PM's written apology to the protestors.

The protestors dispersed after the Sihala Ravaya President Akmeemana Dayarathana read the letter to them.

Earlier in the week, activists held a protest in Embilipitiya against the PM for insulting the leader of the Sinhala Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero who has asked the PM to resign from the post of Minister of Buddhist Affairs over his office's involvement in smuggling over 150 kilos of heroin, hidden in a container, in to the country.

The PM has allegedlysaid that Sobhitha Thero was against him since he rejected the nomination of a close female associate of the JHU leader to contest the Gampola Pradeshiya Sabha.

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