Sri Lankan Christians Engage In Clashes With Police In Kalutara

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Police in Kalutara District of Sri Lanka used water canons and tear gas to disperse a group of about 3,000 Christians who were protesting and demanding the return of a statue that had been confiscated by police earlier.

Sri Lankan Christians demonstrate in Kalutara
Sri Lankan Christians demonstrate in Kalutara

According to details, the statue of St Philip Neri had been erected on government-owned property in Kalutara, across the street from St Philip Neri Parish. The Police removed the statue following complains from a group of Buddhist monks that the church had erected it without official permission from government authorities.

The Church officials argued that the statue of its patron, located on a street that bore his name, was protected by religious freedom provisions within Sri Lanka’s constitution.