Canadian mission to reopen amid protests over disrobing monks

Canada’s mission in Sri Lanka is to re-open, a week after an anthrax scare sparked a diplomatic crisis which deepened Friday after Buddhist monks described how they were forced to strip. Canada’s mission in Sri Lanka is to re-open, a week after an anthrax scare sparked a diplomatic crisis which deepened Friday after Buddhist monks described how they were forced to strip. The Canadian High Commission told callers that visa applications could be lodged from Monday as three monks broke their silence and said they were forced to strip and bathe at the diplomatic compound.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) Friday joined the chorus of protests against Canada’s treatment of the clergy, accusing the government of not taking action against the diplomats responsible.

“The government must take decisive action to ensure that this sort of thing does not happen again,” a party spokesman said.

“We also ask the Canadians to hold an internal inquiry and discipline the officers who mistreated the monks.”

Ports, Aviation and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said Colombo viewed the incident with serious concern and had lodged a formal protest with the Canadian