26 May '13, 9am

Immolation monk's last rites spark Sri Lanka protest

COLOMBO: About 200 Sri Lankan Buddhists blocked traffic in the capital Colombo on Sunday to protest after authorities rejected a state funeral for the country's first ever monk to self-immolate. Bowatte Indaratna, 30, succumbed to his burn injures Saturday after calling for an end to cattle slaughter and proselytisation in the nation. "We staged a sit-down demonstration near Temple Trees (the official resident of President Mahinda Rajapakse) demanding a state funeral at Independence Square," monk Akmeemana Dayaratne told AFP. "But, we did not get it." He said they decided to disperse, but vowed to keep up pressure on the government to stop the slaughter of animals and ensure there were no unethical religious conversions. The protesters, including dozens of saffron-robed Buddhist monks, blocked traffic on the main road opposite Rajapakse's residence, witnesses said. There w...

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