Hate Speech by the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force)

Before the recent trouble again erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka, general secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena,  Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara gave this ant-Muslim speech.

D.B.S.Jeyaraj gives an excellent (though arguably biased) summary of recent events ‘Anatomy of Anti-Muslim Violence: How ‘Bodu Bala Sena; Mobs Caused Mayhem in Aluthgama and Beruwela’. The BBC reports of the riots is available here.

In the speech Ven.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara speaks of Muslims being protected by the police ‘what the hell is this?’ when the police are a ‘Sinhala police’. and the army a ‘Sinhala army’. He then incites the crowd with the argument that if a non-Sinhala (Marakkalaya) touches a Sinhala, let alone a monk, that will be the end of them. He then goes on to say that he does not care if he and his supporters are called racists and extremists. He does not care, for they must protect the Sinhala people from the ‘curse’ – presumably outsiders and Muslims, the ‘enemy forces. It is clearly a Buddhist call to defend the nation and the religion, against a perceived threat. It echoes other speeches being given by Buddhist monastics around South and Southeast Asia.

 

2 thoughts on “Hate Speech by the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force)

  1. Pingback: Why Violent Attacks Continue Against Muslims In SriLanka? - Analysis - Riyadhvision

  2. Pingback: ‘Fascists’ in saffron robes? The rise of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist ultra-nationalists | Dr Paul Fuller: Buddhist Studies

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s