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Sri Lanka arrests Buddhist monk after protest against Rohingya Muslims

Sri Lanka arrests Buddhist monk after protest against Rohingya Muslims
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COLOMBO, Oct 2 : A Sri Lankan court remanded a Buddhist monk in custody on Monday after charging him with leading hardline nationalists in a protest against 31 Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers last week, forcing the refugees to flee a UN safe house, police said.
The police have so far remanded seven people on several charges including creating communal disharmony, attacking police and damaging property, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told Reuters.
The monk, Akmeemana Dayarathana, and colleagues are accused of storming into the safe house chanting “Rohingyas are terrorists”.
President Maithripala Sirisena’s government condemned the attack on the refugees as “shameful” and urged police to hunt down those responsible.
The refugees, who were arrested in April along with two suspected Indian traffickers in a boat in Sri Lankan seas, were taken into protective custody and then to a detention centre outside Colombo following the protest on Tuesday.

Agencies

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