Catholics, Buddhists and Muslims Jointly Protest Against Religious Violence

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Original Chinese Language Article By: Melani Manel Perera (30.4.2013)

(Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD)

Thousands of young people took to the streets to protest about inter-communal, ethnic and religious violence, and the loss of freedom this violence entails.  Such a protest is particularly poignant at this present, due to the upsurge in extremist Buddhist violence in Sri Lanka, which has spread fear of persecution throughout the country.

These events in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was covered by AsiaNews on the 24th of April, 2013, and saw thousands of Catholics, Buddhists and Muslims come together in solidarity to reject extremism, intolerance and violence, and to call for peace in every community in the country.  This action has followed recent inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka, believed to have been initiated by extremist Buddhist groups, that has unsettled every community.  This protest denounced religious bigotry, intolerance, persecution, and violence, stating that coming together in peace should be the answer.  It is believed that this protest was unplanned and spontaneously developed on the streets as people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds came together out of mutual respect.

A Catholic representative named De Silva stated that Sri Lanka has just recently emerged from the shadows of a long civil war, and that he has personally witnessed the growing of hatred – day by day – within society.  He said that is the young people who have the burden of expelling hatred from society – it is their shoulders this task has fallen upon.  He continued that it was early days for the peace movement, (even with Buddhist monks present) and that he thought the road might be long.

Buddhist monks from the younger generation participated in the protest and acknowledged that certain Buddhist groups had adopted a racist and nationalist agenda that put the Sinhalese people before everyone else.  These ‘extremist’ Buddhist groups had been a thorn in the side of the Christian and Muslim communities.  This, they said, was incorrect, and added that hatred and racism has no place within genuine Buddhist practice.

©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2016.

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

http://www.asianews.it/news-zh/天主教徒、佛教徒和穆斯林联合抵制宗教不宽容-27797.html

天主教徒、佛教徒和穆斯林联合抵制宗教不宽容

数以千计的青年参加示威游行,强调让国家摆脱种族和宗教仇恨的自由愿望。近来部分佛教极端势力的暴力和迫害令公众担心

科伦坡(亚洲新闻)-四月二十八日,斯里兰卡数以千计的天主教徒、佛教徒和穆斯林走上街头示威,充分展示制止种族-宗教不宽容、重申多元化喜乐;以示抗议近期部分佛教极端势力的暴力行径和迫害。这次示威是自发的和平行动。天主教徒,本次活动组织者德席尔瓦向本社表示,”我们仍在缓慢地走出漫长内战的阴影,但我们却看到社会内日益增长的仇恨。作为这个国家的青年,我们深感肩负着建设摆脱仇恨的斯里兰卡的责任。这是我们的第一步,但我们的路还很长”。

参与示威的有佛教僧侣,他表示对”新一代努力铲除种族主义的努力感到高兴,我降福他们”。近几个月以来,极端势力佛教团体将基督徒和伊斯兰团体视为眼中钉。他们的主要目的就是要保护佛教徒、保护僧加罗人和他们的宗教。

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