The Bodu Bala Sena, with the assistance of the police, prevented a peaceful candle lit vigil from taking place outside the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters in Thunmulla late this evening.
A small crowd under the banner ‘Buddhists Questioning Bodu Bala Sena’ stood outside the Bodu Bala Sena headquarters and attempted to stage the vigil calling for an end to hate speeches.
However Bodu Bala Sena executive member Dilantha Widanage led a group of Bodu Bala Sena supporters towards the crowd and demanded that they leave.
The police who had provided tight security to the Bodu Bala Sena office then ordered the demonstrators to leave.
The demonstrators then headed towards police park to stage the vigil but were prevented from doing so by the police.
Eventually some of the demonstrators were arrested and taken to the Bambalapitiya police station for questioning.
The demonstrators had then attempted to stage the vigil at another location closer to police park but members and supporters of the Bodu Bala Sena arrived at the location with the police and obstructed the vigil.