Prabhakaran had come to personify the movement, and his end, so wretched, became the emblem of Tamil defeat and Sinhalese triumph.
“Our country is a Sinhalese one and we are its unofficial police,” one monk announced.
There are many Sinhalese Buddhists who are mortified by the turn their country has taken under the Rajapaksas.
also Singhalese, "pertaining to Sri Lanka," 1797, from Sanskrit Sinhala "Sri Lanka, Ceylon," from simhala-, literally "of lions," from simhah "lion." As the name of a language spoken there, it is attested from 1801.