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* Sri Lanka's controversial monk denies inciting violence
Sun, Jun 22, 2014, 12:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 22, Colombo: In press conference held yesterday but not widely covered by the local mainstream media, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the secretary of Sri Lanka's Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) said that they had stopped violence and urged the Muslim extremists also to stop.

He urged the Sinhala Buddhists not to be misled by rumors since the clashes only benefited the elements that are against the nation.

The vociferous Buddhist monk rejected that the BBS had any connections to the communal violence in Beruwala electorate and other places and said that the controversial rally in Aluthgama town was not organized by them but by the Sasanarakshaka Balamandala of the area.

He pointed out that he used psychological tactics in his fiery speech and at the tail end of it urged the people to disperse and not to demonstrate across Dharga Town.

But in his speech, widely circulated in social media, Gnanasara Thero says the Moors would see their end if they set their hands on any Sinhalese and the shops in the area would be vandalized.

Gnanasara Thero also rejected allegations that the BBS was handled by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He said the BBS had not carried out anybody's contracts.

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