Buddhist monk threatens to set fire to himself if joint mechanism not dropped

Buddhist monk threatens to set fire to himself as opposition to a working arrangement with the LTTE heats up in Sri Lanka. Buddhist monk threatens to set fire to himself as opposition to a working arrangement with the LTTE heats up in Sri Lanka. The National Bikkhu Front went on a protest walk from Punchi Borella to Fort railway on Friday afternoon.

Traffic in Colombo city ground to a standstill as police shut off roads to offer free passage to the protestors and cordoned off other parts of the city, including the President’s house.

The saffron robed protestors then stationed themselves a few blocks away from the President’s house, chanting and demanding that the proposed Joint Mechanism be abandoned.

The monks say the life of another Buddhist monk – on a protest fast for four days against the joint mechanism – is now in danger.

They want the joint mechanism withdrawn before things take a turn for the worse.

One monk is even threatening to set fire on himself if their demands are not met.

The Buddhist monks say they can offer an alternative method to deliver tsunami aid to the country’s north