Government official unlawfully demands end to Christian worship activities

September 12, 2018 

At approximately 10:30 a.m., the pastor, along with 03 other pastors and a lawyer arrived at the Beliatta Police Station for a meeting with the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) and the Superintendent of Police (SSP) from Tangalle. The Chairman of the Beliatta Pradeshiya Sabhawa, the Chairman of the local Young Men’s Buddhist Association, around 10 villagers and 30 Buddhist monks were also present (the police had only invited 06 Buddhist monks to attend). The monks and the Chairman of the Pradeshiya Sabhawa claimed that the village was 100% Buddhist and that there was no need for a Christian pastor. They demanded that he stop his religious worship activities and leave the village. The OIC and SSP stated that they had no right to ask anyone to leave the village and said they would refer the matter to court.