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Violence is not the answer Sri Lanka!

Release time:2022-05-11 Publisher:South Asia Development

Curfew, which is currently in effect across the country, has been extended till 7am on Thursday, the 12th of May.
Curfew was imposed on Monday (9) according to provisions of the Article 16 of the Public Security Ordinance.
Accordingly, no one will be permitted to remain on public roads, railway lines, parks, playgrounds, or public beaches, except under the authority of a written permit issued by an authorising officer.
The Sri Lanka Police has detailed the deaths and damages reported to property following the unrest reported on Monday across the island.
According to Police, the number of individuals killed in the violence has increased to eight.
Six individuals were killed in the Western Province, and two persons in the Southern Province.
Police said a Member of Parliament, a Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman, a Sub Police Inspector, and a Police Sergeant were among the dead.
Meanwhile, Police said 47 vehicles and 38 houses were torched and destroyed yesterday.
More than 15 vehicles have been torched and destroyed by mobs in Mahahunupitiya, Negombo.
Police said four persons who sustained injuries in the incident have been admitted to the Negombo District General Hospital.
Police said a van, three three-wheelers, eight motorbikes and five bicycles were among the vehicles that were torched by mobs.
Meanwhile, two large hotels have also been torched in Negombo by unidentified groups. According to Police around 25 vehicles parked in the hotel premises have been set on fire.
Three persons have sustained injuries following a shooting adjacent to the residence of the Chairman of the Rathgama Pradeshiya Sabha.
Police said the shooting was reported when a group had arrived to attack the house of the Rathgama Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman.
Meanwhile, an unidentified group had set a bus on fire in Angoda. Police had then opened fire to deescalate the situation.
An individual has sustained injuries in the incident.
Meanwhile, two persons have been arrested for allegedly assaulting the Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon.
Senior DIG Tennakoon was assaulted when he visited the Beira Lake area yesterday.
He was surrounded by a group of protesters and was subsequently assaulted.
Senior DIG Tennakoon who was seen in civil clothing took a blow to the head as well and was seen running away from the protesters.
He is currently receiving treatment at the Police Hospital in Narahenpita.
Secretary of the Ministry of Defence General (Rtd.) Kamal Gunaratne has called for an end to the prevailing violence.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence yesterday announced that security forces have been given orders to shoot all persons who destroy public property or cause harm to human lives.
Speaking to media, the Defence Secretary therefore requested all youth involved in demonstrations, to bring to an end the acts of violence and to engage in peaceful protests in a democratic manner without setting properties on fire.
He noted that if such acts of violence continue Police and Security Forces will be compelled to enforce the law sternly.
General Gunaratne said the law will be enforced against persons who attempt to take the law into their own hands.
Religious leaders urge the public to keep away from violence and work peacefully.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo, Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha Thera said a group led by former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa attempted to put an end to the peaceful protests.
Sobhitha Thera said the group reached short-sighted, foolish and appalling decisions which brought violence to the peaceful protest site at Galle Face.
The thera said the groups which oppose the anti-government protests are attempting to spread terrorism and put an end to the public’s peaceful struggle.
Sobhitha Thera urged the public to not be misled by such conspiracies adding it could lead to a catastrophic incident.
The thera said not even a single life or state funds and resources must be allowed to be destroyed over the needs of any individual.
Sobhitha Thera urged security forces to also consider the fairness of their actions prior to pointing their weapons.
Joining the media briefing, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the present situation was not the aim of the public struggle.
The Cardinal said the demand was for a positive change considering the burdens faced by the public was the goal of the peaceful struggle.
His Eminence said it is common knowledge how the public at Galle Face refrained from violence for a period of one month.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith questioned whether politically motivated groups are behind the violent acts occurring at present.
His Eminence urged the public not to move forward with any violent acts nor allow such actions to be carried out.
The Cardinal requested the public not to allow violence to triumph resulting in the goal of the peaceful struggle being diminished.
His Eminence hoped the President and the government will provide a fair solution for the prevailing situation.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the country cannot move forward with the current situation adding not only will the country be bankrupt; the unity will be destroyed while also creating national security concerns.
The Cardinal said the best support the public can extend the peaceful struggle at Galle Face is to refrain from violence.
His Eminence warned that certain groups may attempt to provoke the public adding however the public must be mindful not to be misled by such actions.
Inspector General of Police CD Wickramaratne and the Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva will appear before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
Issuing a statement, Chairperson of the Commission Justice (Retired) Rohini Marasinghe said the IGP and the Army Commander were instructed to appear before the Commission at 10 this morning.
The statement said necessary action will be taken against the relevant officials over the failure to provide adequate security to the citizens and their residences and over the failure to ensure the rule of law.
The Human Rights Commission said all individuals responsible for the violence will be arrested while ensuring due process.
The Commission will be conducting further investigations.