The country has a long history of ethnic and religious conflict, but the worst economic crisis in decades has brought protesters together.
Built by Tamil immigrants almost 100 years ago, the temple has survived apartheid and urban decay to remain at the heart of its community.
A new chapter of violence has begun in Sri Lanka and old divisions may yet again escalate further.
Australian government reports used to determine asylum claims often differ from human rights groups on the current political climate in countries like Sri Lanka.
Ten years after the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, some Theravāda Buddhist monks are now preaching violence against Muslim or Hindu minorities in the name of “holy war”.