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 Post Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 7:05 pm 
Monks block president’s house


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@ SinhalaNet / BBC / AFP / Agencies

Police threw tear gas canisters, baton-charged and attacked the protestors with water cannons within a few hundred metres of the President’s House, today (June 10).

Hundreads of bikkhus marched from Viharamahadevi Park to the President’s House seeking a pledge from President to withdraw the proposed joint mechanism (JM) for tsunami reconstruction between the government and the Tamil Tigers.

Nearly two hundred Buddhist monks gathered opposite Lake House building after surrounding the official residence of President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Colombo.

Some others started a march to Kandy after they were forcibly dispersed by the police.

The monks, in a protest against a planned joint relief mechanism (JM) with the Tamil Tigers to distribute tsunami aid, have earlier crashed through a barrier at the president’s house.

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A monk was threatening to self-immolate unless they did not get a reply to the letter handed over to a senior official of the presidential secretariat.

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A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk sits on the road as policemen stands guard during a protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 10, 2005. Dozens of Buddhist monks and their supporters broke through a barricade to reach the home of Sri Lanka's president, threatening to set themselves on fire unless she backed off a plan to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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A Buddhist monk legislator called off a death fast, a day after Sri Lanka's president promised to consult the clergy amid growing opposition to her plan to share tsunami aid with Tiger rebels(AFP/Sena Vidanagama)


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President Kumaratunga was at the residence holding a meeting with Buddhist Mahanayakes (chief prelates) in a bid to defuse tension over the issue.

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protest in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday, June 10, 2005. Dozens of Buddhist monks and their supporters broke through a barricade to reach the home of Sri Lanka's president, threatening to set themselves on fire unless she backed off a plan to share tsunami aid with Tamil Tiger rebels. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Sanghanayakas, the Ven.Udugama Buddharakkitha Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Ven.Thibbotuwawe Sumangala Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, the Ven.Wewaldeniye Medhalankara Thero of the Ramanna Chapter and the Ven.Davuldena Gnanissara of the Amerapura chapter on Thursday issued a signed statement opposing the proposed mechanism.

The protesters, mainly Buddhist monks from Sinhala nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), oppose the plan to share relief aid with the LTTE saying it would help the Tamil Tigers to achieve their goal of creating an independent state.

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A Buddhist monk threatens police minutes before they were fired with teargas and water cannons in Colombo. Sri Lanka plunged into deeper crisis as a key coalition partner gave the president five days to back off from an aid-sharing deal with Tamil rebels and Buddhist monks threatened to set themselves on fire over the issue.(AFP/File/Sena Vidanagama)


Streets of Kandy were deserted on Friday as Hartal was observed in support of the fast.


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