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Buddhist monks threaten to launch protests if Tamils are granted more autonomy

Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks have threatened to launch protests in the street if Tamils are granted more autonomy, the AFP reported on Monday. 

"Monks are going from district to district to educate their followers about the dangers of the proposed constitution," the news wire quoted the monk, Maagalkande Sudaththa as saying at a press meet in Colombo.

Accusing most MPs of being "uneducated", Mr Sudaththa said, "about 70 per cent of MP's are asleep in parliament when important issues are discussed." 

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Last week senior Buddhist clergy unanimously rejected the government's proposed constitutional change process.