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Peace-demonstrating Buddist Monks Brawl on Stage

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 7:44 pm    Post subject: Peace-demonstrating Buddist Monks Brawl on Stage Reply with quote

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Monks brawl at peace protest Thu Aug 17, 10:28 AM ET

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Protesters calling for an end to recent violence in Sri Lanka found themselves brawling with hardline Buddhist monks Thursday, after a rally dubbed a "peace protest" turned unexpectedly violent.

Organizers said there were around 1,000 people in a park in the capital, Colombo, listening to a range of speakers when hardline saffron-robed monks opposed to concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels mounted the stage and erected banners.

Some more moderate Buddhist monks, protesting for peace, were already on the stage when punches were thrown. Soon, monks' robes and fists were flying, although no one was badly hurt, witnesses said.

"They were saying we should go to war," said pro-peace monk Madampawe Assagee. "We like to listen to other opinions so we let them do that but then they started fighting and we couldn't control some of our people. They tried to make it a big fight but we settled it in a few minutes."

Sri Lanka is currently embroiled in the worst fighting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since a 2002 truce, with many believing a two-decade civil war has resumed. Hardline monks -- allies of President Mahinda Rajapakse -- say the government is too soft on the rebels and want military action.

The island is dominated by the Buddhist Sinhalese majority, but is also home to Muslims as well as minority Tamils -- some Hindu, some Christian. The hardline monks are violently opposed to Tiger demands for a separate Tamil homeland.

A Reuters photographer said the fight first erupted between a speaker at the rally -- a former government minister -- and a monk, and then turned into a wider brawl. Other religious leaders on the platform found themselves dragged into the melee.

"By force, they disrupted the protest," said Jehan Perera, head of the National Peace Council, who took part in a peace march earlier in the day but had gone by the time the fight erupted. "But I think they're the minority. Most of the people we walked past were very supportive."


http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060817/od_nm/srilanka_monks_dc
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buddhist Palm!

Anyways...

Fight errupts at peace protest. I think that sums up humanity quite nicely.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes Buddhists Beating Buddhists. catchy huh?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*sigh*
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone else find the term "hardline buddhist" a contradiction in terms?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Azmoten wrote:
*sigh*


pffft they're just ordinary people what's the big deal? You can't expect every monk to be the next mahatma. Also, they're protesting against a big bloody war; very very different context.
It's just a funny headline guys, no reason to lose all faith in humanity
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the topic and thought it was a WWE pay per view special.
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