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Government instructs police to protect Buddhist flag against disrespect

The Sri Lankan government has issued instructions to all Divisional Secretaries and senior Officers at police stations to take legal action against those who "disrespect the Buddhist flag", the pro-government newspaper, The Island reports.

The police were urged to take action against those who desecrate the flag by using it "disrespectfully" during the Vesak festive period.


The Island stipulated that the Buddhist flag could be displayed at danselas, however it should not be waved at vehicles to stop them. A yellow flag should be used according to the newspaper.

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