Sri Lanka Incident Report – NCEASL – April/May 2010

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May 5, 2010 

Pastor and others assaulted by mob 
Church of the Foursquare Gospel  
Bulathkohupitiya (Kegalle District) 

2nd May 2010

A group of 12 Christians headed by the pastor were assaulted and subjected to intimidation by a mob of about 500 people led by a Buddhist monk. The incident occurred at approximately 4.30 p.m. when the group of Christians were distributing leaflets in the village of Edurampolawatta, pertaining to a Christian film that was to be screened the following day. 

The group of Christians were humiliated and forced to walk a distance of approximately 3 kilometers to the Bulathkohupitiya town, while the mob shouted, threatened and beat them. The men were forced to remove their shirts. The mob took photographs and videos of the entire scene. The pastor was forced under duress to promise that they will not return to the village. When they were being led in to the town, two Policemen who were on the road intervened and took the beleaguered Christians to the Police Station, dispersing the mob. A complaint was lodged at the Bulathkohupitiya Police station; complaint number CB2183/15.   

Church property set on fire
The Apostolic Church    
Dolosbagaya, Nawalapitiya (Kandy District) 

13th April 2010.

The church was attacked by an unidentified gang during the night. The pulpit, musical instruments and furniture used by the Sunday School children were removed from the building and set on fire. The congregation of about 150 people were shocked by this act of aggression.  

4th April 2010

Prior to this incident, a group of people hurled stones at the roof of the church on the 4th April.

A complaint was lodged at the Nawalapitiya police station in relation to act of arson.

The ministry has been functioning in the area for the past 14 years.