• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF BUDDHIST MONKS IN CEYLON STAGED AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT RALLY IN COLOMBO AT THE WEEKEND.?

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    THOUSANDS OF BUDDHIST MONKS IN CEYLON STAGED AN ANTI-GOVERNMENT RALLY IN COLOMBO AT THE WEEKEND. THE MONKS, WHO WERE JOINED BY OPPOSITION PARTY SUPPORTERS, DEMANDED A GENERAL ELECTION TO TEST PUBLIC OPINION OVER THE PRESS TAKEOVER AND ALLEGED MISRULE BY MRS SIRIMAVO BANDARANAIKE, THE PRIME MINISTER.

    THE MONKS CAME FROM ALL PARTS OF THE ISLAND, REPRESENTING VARIOUS BUDDHIST SECTS. THEY CALLED ON ALL RELIGIONS IN CEYLON TO FORM A UNITED FRONT TO COMBAT THE "MARXIST" FACTION IN THE GOVERNMENT - A SOCIALIST-MARXIST COALITION.

    THE RALLY WAS HELD MAINLY TO OPPOSE THE GOVERNMENT'S DRAFT LEGISLATION FOR THE TAKEOVER OF THE COUNTRY'S BIGGEST NEWSPAPER GROUP, ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF CEYLON, WHICH PUBLISHES FIVE DAILY AND THREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS.

    A RESOLUTION WAS PASSED AT THE RALLY SUGGESTING THAT THE BUDDHIST CLERGY AND THE GENERAL POPULATION OBSERVE WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 9) AS A DAY OF FASTING AND RELIGIOUS DEVOTION. IT'S THE DAY WHEN THE TWO PRESS BILLS WILL HAVE A SECOND READING IN PARLIAMENT.

    BUDDHIST MONKS WERE ALSO URGED TO BOYCOTT ALL MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING MRS BANDARAIKE, AND BAR THEM FROM TEMPLES IF THE GOVERNMENT REFUSED TO HEED THEIR DEMANDS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8DCM1HDMQ4H1N3HXK7LPMU87B
    Media URN:
    VLVA8DCM1HDMQ4H1N3HXK7LPMU87B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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