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BBC crew abused at Buddhist rally

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'


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