COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — With a bloody civil war over and a cautious peace at hand, a group of hard-line Buddhist monks is rallying Sri Lankans against what they say is a pernicious threat: Muslims.
In just over a year, the saffron-swathed monks of Bodu Bala Sena — or Buddhist Power Force — have amassed a huge following, drawing thousands of fist-pumping followers who rail against the country’s Muslim minority.
Buddhists have attacked dozens of mosques and called for boycotts on Muslim-owned businesses and bans on headscarves and halal foods. At boisterous rallies, monks say Muslims are out to recruit children, marry Buddhist women, and divide the country. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.