Massive anti-US protest in Sri Lankan capital

Massive anti-US protest in Sri Lankan capital

Thousands of Sri Lankan Muslims marched towards the heavily barricaded US embassy today calling for ban of American brands, denouncing an anti-Islam film that has triggered protests across the world.

Around 20,000 people carried placards urging boycott of US brand names in the second anti-US protest in the capital since Friday.

The US embassy had shut down today as a precautionary measure.
Today's peaceful protest march was led by the Governor of the Western Province, Alavi Moulana of the ruling UPFA coalition.

The protesters also carried placards saying "USA ban the film on YouTube," "Punishment for those involved," and "Our hearts are wounded and chests full of anger."

Responding to criticism of the film, the government yesterday said steps have been taken to prevent it from being screened in the Buddhist majority island.

Muslims constitute only 7 per cent of the 20 million population.
Protesters were, however, not allowed to go near the embassy which is located within close proximity to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office.