A group of 31 Rohingya refugees who had been sheltering at a UN safe house, were yesterday transferred to Boosa detention facility by Sri Lankan police, who claimed it was for their safety.
The refugees were detained by police after a mob led by Sinhala Buddhist monks stormed the building, which is located in Mount Lavinia.
According to AFP, the mob "broke down gates and entered the walled multi-storied compound as frightened refugees huddled together in upstairs rooms".
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Sinhala Buddhist monks have demonstrated over recent weeks in support of their Myanmar counterparts, condemning the Rohingya Muslims as terrorists.
Last week, the Sri Lankan prime minister was the latest in a series of Sinhala politicians to pronounce his objection to allowing fleeing Rohingya refugees into the country.
Tamil speaking people across the North-East have meanwhile publicly condemned the atrocities inflicted on the Rohingya Muslim population by Myanmese troops.