London: A new hardline Sinhalese Buddhist group in Sri Lanka has called for the abolition of the Muslim halal system of certifying foods.
The Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Strength Force, also said `foreign propagators of religions ` should leave the country within a month.
The leaders of the group called for a boycott of halal meat and demanded shops clear their stocks by April, the BBC reports.
Youth activists at the rally wore T-shirts denouncing the Muslim halal method of slaughtering animals to eat.
The group`s secretary-general, Venerable Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara, while addressing a rally of supporters said that `only monks can save this race`, referring to Sinhalese.
According to the report, he claimed that Christian and Muslim extremists were threatening Buddhist s, and said hundreds of monks were ready to fight.