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Mission accomplished for Bodu Bala Sena

Sri Lanka’s extremist Buddhist hate group the Bodu Bala Sena announced that it would disband in the wake of Gotabaya Rajapaksa becoming Sri Lanka’s new president, claiming that a “good leader” has come to power.

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Power Force in Sinhala, held a press conference, where leader Galagodaaththe Gnanasara claimed “the country has a good leader now”.

"Therefore we believe that our movement is not necessary anymore," he added.  

He went on to claim that “anti-religious” forces had been defeated and that his organisation could now “work for the betterment of this Sinhala Buddhist country”. 

“Now we have the full assurance after electing the new President,” said the Buddhist monk, who was released from prison earlier this year and has been accused of leading hate speech on the island. 

“The 'One country one law concept' in his manifesto gave an assurance to our country.”