By: Rose Kenny
Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero who was engaged in a protest fast opposite the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy since 31st May demanding the removal of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah and Western Province Governor Azath Salley, ended his fast a short while ago.
Rathana Thero who was determined to continue the fast until his demands were met even at the cost of his life, decided to call off the protest after he was notified by the Central province Governor Maithri Gunaratne regarding the resignation of the two governors.
Subsequent to abandoning his fast, Rathana Thera was taken to hospital for treatment, having been fasting for the past four days. However, his condition is said to be stable.