Monks launch antihalal campaign

Hundreds of people attended the convention and posters were seen erected on the stage objecting to the Halal certification. Monks attached to the Bodu Bala Sena today launched an anti-halal campaign, during a convention in Maharagama.A declaration adopted at the convention also sought a ban on birth control and sending Sri Lankan maids to the Middle East. The monks, addressing the convention, urged the public to rise against Muslim extremism. They also urged Sinhalese businessmen to close their shops on Poya days.The comments by the monks come just as 50 Muslim shop owners in Narammala in the Kurunegala District said they had received letters last week demanding that they close their shops by next month. The Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen had confirmed that he was aware of the threats and said that he had raised the issue with the Inspector General of Police (IGP).Bathiudeen said he had also told the IGP to investigate several other incidents targeting Muslims which had been reported from the Kurunegala district. (Colombo Gazette)Report and pics by @tingilye and @AzzamAmeen tweeting from the convention

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