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Sunday, 11 March, 2001, 16:44 GMT
In pictures: Buddha statues protest
The decision by Afghanistan's ruling Taleban movement to destroy two ancient giant Buddhas in the central province of Bamiyan has provoked mass demonstrations around the South Asia region.

Buddhists in Calcutta
Indian Buddhist monks were vocal in Calcutta

Sahamat group protest
In Delhi, protesters were more contemplative

Hindu right-wingers burn Koran
Hindu militants used the occasion to attack a traditional enemy

Demonstration in Kathmandu
Nepalese protesters saw the act as "demonic"

Buddhists at prayer in Kandy
Buddhists in Kandy staged a sit-down at Sri Lanka's holiest shrine...

Children in Kandy
...At which the younger generation was well represented

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