2nd Lead (Adds photo)

Monks disrupt Parliament over Trinco statue

[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 May 2005, 08:00 GMT]
The hardline monks’ party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Thursday condemned a Magistrate’s judgement ordering police to temporarily remove the controversial Buddha statue erected in Trincomalee town bus stand.

JHU Parliamentary Group leader Athuruliye Rathna Thera took up the matter in Parliament and thereafter, other JHU MPs, all of whom are Buddhist monks, protested in the house, disrupting proceedings, sources said.

Monks protest
Parliament Speaker Mr. V. J. M. Lokku Bandara told the protesting monks there is no remit to condemn the Magistrate judgement in Parliament, and urged them to cease their condemnation of the judgement.

In his speech Athuraliye Rathna Thera, claimed the Tamil Tigers and the main cause for the removal of the statue and the magistrate’s order.

MPs critical of the monks’ protest pointed out that the Magistrate had in fact instructed police to take legal steps against unauthorised temples of all faiths in the east port town after a careful review of registered complaints, many of which were against unauthorised Hindu temples.

Tricnomalee has been the site of simmering communal tension in recent days. Lawyers appearing on behalf of the Trincomalee Urban Council had told the court that they revered Lord Buddha and are not against the Buddhist religion, but they suspected political motives behind the erection of the Buddha statue at the bus stand.

After their protest in Parliament Thursday, the monks walkout of the chamber and shouting slogans, march through Parliament Road Jeyanthypura Junction, Borrela, Maradana and until they reached Colombo Fort, where they are reportedly observing ‘Satyagraha’ protest, sources said.

Monks protest in Colombo.


Latest 15 Reports
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
27.09.20 12:05   Photo
Tamils unify to mark Thileepan Remembrance, brave Colombo's suppression of memorialisation
26.09.20 09:10   Photo
Commemorating sacrifices of Tamil struggle is an inalienable right, not a subject for ‘SL permission’
Find this article at: