From People of Shambhala. Over 1,000 protesters in the area of Dambulla, Sri Lanka, have rallied against the Masjidul Khaira mosque, which they claim did not obtain the proper planning permission.
The protesters, led by Ven Inamaluwe Shri Sumanagala, included a large number of Buddhist monks, who waved the international Biddhist flag and carried placards.
The issue of planning permission does not seem to be the real objection to the mosque, however. According to the Ceylon Times, Akmeemana Dayarathna Thera, one of the monks on the rally, said, “We asked them to remove the mosque as Dambulla was declared a holy city with a sacred temple.”
According to the International Business Times, the mosque was firebombed the evening before the demonstration. The Army, Police and the Special Task Force (STF) were deployed to protect it, and Muslim worshippers, from attack when a large group of Buddhists surrounded the building during… read more.