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* U.S. Embassy expresses concern over disruption of meeting by Buddhist mob, calls on Government to enforce rule of law
Mon, Aug 4, 2014, 11:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 04, Colombo: The United States Embassy in Sri Lanka today expressed concern over the disruption of a meeting convened by the families of missing persons in Sri Lanka by a mob led by extremist Buddhist monks and failure of police to prevent the incident.

Issuing a statement Monday, the U.S. Embassy urged the Government of Sri Lanka to enforce the rule of law and permit all citizens to exercise their most basic human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

The Embassy said the meeting that included U.S. Embassy officials was interrupted by angry protesters, including a group of monks.

According to the Embassy the mob forced its way into the meeting on the grounds of a Colombo Catholic church, where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community.

"The U.S. Embassy is concerned that the initial reaction of the local police to this disruption appeared to be in support of the mob efforts to shut down the meeting, though after discussions with diplomatic officials the police did effectively calm the situation," the statement said.

"The mob shouted hateful slogans, made unfounded accusations, and behaved threateningly towards the families of the disappeared. These protesters were not exercising their right to peaceful protest, but rather were disrupting a peaceful gathering of conflict survivors, including children. The strong impression was that the protesters were seeking to intimidate and silence those in attendance," the mission noted.

The Embassy also called on the Government of Sri Lanka to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of families who had traveled from the North to attend this meeting, both in Colombo and upon their return home.

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