Buddhist Clergy doesn’t condone violence

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Secretary of the Amarapura Sangha Sabha, Ven. Madampagama Assaji Thera, issuing a media release, said the country’s Buddhist Clergy doesn’t condone acts of violence being committed by protesters, who are demanding a smooth transition of power or a regime change.

He said, the Amarapura Sangha Sabha unreservedly condemns the recent torching of Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence.

The Thera observed that the PM’s private residence had housed many priceless books and magazines, which were destroyed when it was set alight by furious mobs on 9 July, who had infiltrated peaceful protesters, to settle scores with Wickremesinghe.

Thus, the Amarapura Sangha Sabha has urged the public to exercise democracy and not to resort to violence to achieve their objectives.