A Sad Example Of Mob Violence Fomented By Buddhist Zealotry
© Suni Perera ~ Frontiers For Religious Tolerance for LankaWeb
It has been reported by the National Christian Evangelical Alliance Sri Lanka(NCEASL) and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a human rights organisation which specialises in religious freedom around the world, that the mob fiercely attacked the home, following which, they climbed to the roof and planted a Buddhist flag on the roof in a primitive and uncivilized manner in an attempt to assert their religious superiority which in Sri Lanka a predominantly Buddhis nation seems totally unnecessary.
Prior to the the attack the group responsible led by certain radical Buddhist monks in the area are purported to have put up posters demanding that the Dutch Reformed Church cease renovation work on the orphanage. The building was under renovation at the time of the attack, and no children were present. According to a report from the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), the staff of the children's home were warned that if they did not leave the premises, they would be "burned alive".
The house parents who managed the home fled on Sunday night.This has been confirmed by the CSW report who said that the mob had forced their way into the children's home at a time when renovations were being carried out and assaulted staff and threatened to kill the "house parents" who had fled as a result of the attack in fear for their lives. The violent mob had stoned the house and broken roof tiles and rainwater gutters. The fence surrounding the property has been completely destroyed.
The incident has been reported to the police.The NCEASL said: "It is imperative that the Sri Lankan Government take immediate action to prevent such acts of violence and intimidation."
Tina Lambert, Advocacy Director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide
(CSW), said: "We are extremely concerned about the continuing
violence against Christians in Sri Lanka. This latest incident, in
which child care workers have been threatened, is unacceptable and
we urge the Sri Lankan authorities to bring the perpetrators of such
violence to justice."
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