Read the New York Times editorial here.
The editorial identifies the ultranationalist Bodu Bala Sena as a force linked to the governing Rajapaksa family and the security forces.
The editorial perhaps said this with tongue in the cheek. "Among other things, the violence threatens Sri Lanka’s recovering
tourism industry and business development directly tied to members of
"Mr. Rajapaksa’s statements on Monday directing the police to act against
any individual or group fomenting ethnic or religious hatred are
welcome. But the president did not repudiate the Bodu Bala Sena by name.
He should move immediately to allow the independent investigation
called for by the United Nations; accept the technical assistance
offered by the council to address human rights concerns; and put in
place the recommendations of Sri Lanka’s own Lessons Learnt and
Reconciliation Commission for dealing with the aftermath of the civil
war," the editorial further said.