On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, the Association of Sri Lankan Muslims in North America (TASMINA) organized a rally against an extreme Buddhist group, BoduBalaSena (BBS) to stop the violence against minority Muslims in Sri Lanka.
Over five hundred members of TASMINA and their friends and neighbors gathered in front of the United Nations Head Quarters in New York City to protest and bring to the attention of the international community these unjust provocative attacks on minority communities in Sri Lanka. Members from Chicago, Washington DC, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts came in by buses with their families and friends to take part in this event. The event started with Duhr (noon) prayer.
After the protest, the organizers handed over a letter to the UN secretariat asking the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN to take action and exhort the Sri Lankan government to protect Muslims and other minorities from these deadly attacks by the BBS.