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.