Laymen join the fast by Buddhist monks

ColomboPage News Desk, March 16, 2005

The Police have provided protection for the monks to conduct their fasting.

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- Ten laymen joined the six fasting Buddhist monks demanding the government to involve the state officials in supervising the distribution of tsunami relief and to distribute tents in an orderly manner.

The fast begun at the Trincomalee Clock Tower on last Saturday enters a fifth day today with no positive response from the State to their demand. They said so far they have not heard anything from those responsible in the distribution of relief.

The monks went on the fast, organized by the NorthEast Sinhala Sanvidhanya, demanding the government to get involved. The Sinhala Sanvidanaya said that the fast would continue until a positive response comes from the government.

Trincomalee Police Headquarters said that they have provided police protection for the monks to conduct their fasting without any disturbance.