Mob turns on BBC crew, Muslim newspaper journalist detained by police

  Published : 12:31 am  February 18, 2013  |  3,950 views  |  One comment  |  Print This Post   |  E-mail to friend
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Crowds leaving the Bodu Bala Sena rally reacted angrily to a three member BBC film crew shooting in front of a Muslim-owned clothing store in Maharagama last evening and threatened them with violence, with police officers at the scene siding with the mob, crew members said.
Heeding the advice of the mob police barricaded the crew and prevented their car from leaving the site of the commotion, BBC Sri Lanka Correspondent Charles Haviland said. “The police stopped our car from leaving until a police superior came and dispersed the mob and let us go,” Haviland said.

Haviland said the BBC’s crew’s local members were verbally abused and that the mob behaviour was unsurprising but the conduct of the police had been extremely disturbing.
Meanwhile, a reporter from the Navamini newspaper, a Muslim publication covering the Bodu Bala Sena rally was harassed by the crowds and handed over to the Maharagama police at 4 p.m., the newspaper said. Police detained the reporter until 8:30 p.m. before releasing him.


One Response to “Mob turns on BBC crew, Muslim newspaper journalist detained by police”

  1. Shaik Anwar Ahamath on February 18th, 2013 5:51 pm

    These frightening incidents do not bode well for Sri Lanka working so hard to promote our hospitality and peaceful co-existence to attract the tourists. Also in the pipeline is a Commonwealth Leaders conference which venue in Sri Lanka is already being criticised as unsafe and these footages when shown would only reinforce their fears. The Bodu Bala Sena is determined to chuck out the Muslim traders off the area and they have the support of the Mudalalis. The losers would be the innocent consumers falling prey to racketeering and profiteering, once the competition is removed. Not so long ago, it happened in Gampaha and no sooner the Muslim traders were ousted prices of commodities almost doubled and we are still suffering the consequences.

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