Three BBC media crew, including South Asia correspondent Charles Haviland, came under attack at a Bodu Bala Sena rally on Sunday.
Charles Haviland tweeted:
'Our 3-member BBC team + driver covering #Buddhist #BBS rally #srilanka was seriously threatened with violence by mob after filming...'
'My #srilankan colleagues were verbally abused, accused of having "foreign parents". On the mob's word, police barricaded us & stopped...'
'... stopped our car leaving until police superior came & dispersed mob & let us go without further ado. #srilanka #BBS #buddhist'
'Mob behaviour unsurprising but police conduct extremely disturbing. Luckily the superior officer good-humoured, brooked no nonsense #lka'
'& the mob were very careful to take lots of photographs of us and our car. Not sure for what purpose. #srilanka #lka #bbs #buddhist'