The police prevented a group of monks from storming into a clothes store in Maharagama today following a demonstration.
Police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody told the Colombo Gazette that police protection was provided to the store during the tense situation which had occurred this afternoon.
However he said the situation was now calm and the police have been withdrawn from outside the store.
The monks, who initially distributed leaflets to people on the street, then attempted to force their way into the Magaragam No-Limit clothes store.
However the police placed barricades and prevented the monks from going further. The monks burnt an effigy and then dispersed after having discussions with the police.
According to reports the monks had chanted anti-Muslim slogans and had wanted the store closed claiming it was being operated by Muslims. (Colombo Gazette)