COLOMBO, Nov. 13, 2015 - People queue to bid farewell to the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, an influential Sri Lankan Buddhist monk in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 12, 2015. Thousands of people gathered in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on Thursday to bid farewell to the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero who played a key role in pushing for a change of government in the island nation. The funeral of the late monk was held with full state honors near the country's parliament.

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People with sadness carry the coffin of the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, an influential Sri Lankan Buddhist monk in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 12, 2015.

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People march during the funeral of the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha, an influential monk who passed away on Nov. 8, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 12, 2015. Maduluwawe Sobitha launched a campaign last year to push for a new president and government to replace then president Mahinda Rajapaksa and gathered wide support for incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena.

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