Follow-up: US revokes visa held by Sri Lankan monk at head of anti-Muslim violence

Galagodaatte Gnanasara, head of Sri Lanka's nationalist Bodu Bala Sena ("Buddhist Power Force").

Galagodaatte Gnanasara, head of Sri Lanka’s nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (“Buddhist Power Force”)

A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk who was at the forefront of deadly anti-Muslim rallies last month (see the Buddhadharma News report here) is temporarily unwelcome in the United States. The US embassy in Colombo has reportedly revoked a five-year visa held by Galagodaatte Gnanasara, head of the nationalist group Bodu Bala Sena (“Buddhist Power Force”). According to a report by NDTV, the actions of Gnanasara and BBS against Sri Lanka’s minroty Muslim population “figured prominently in the US sponsored UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka late March.”