JVP Propaganda Secretary and parliamentarian Vijitha Herath today condemned the attack on the people who were protesting in Weliweriya and said the government had failed to resolve this issue before valuable lives were lost.
“We vehemently condemn the attack carried out on innocent unarmed civilians who were protesting for a basic human need. The government did not pay attention to this issue even though thousands of people took to the street and a Buddhist monk staged a fast unto death. If the government had acted swiftly to resolve this issue, this tragedy would not have happened,” Mr. Herath said.
He said security forces should not follow unlawful orders given by politicians because they would have to suffer the consequences of any action they take like in the case of Rukantha and Chandraleka where members of the security forces even after so many years were found guilty of harassing the singers.
“The same fate awaits the security forces who assaulted unarmed residents and journalists in Weliweriya,” he said.
Mr. Hearth said the residents were compelled to take to the streets as the authorities failed to close the factory earlier and provide them clean water. Besides he said the government is yet to carry out a proper investigations and create awareness among the people whether to consume the water in the area or not. “People are still confused,” he said.(Ajith Siriwardana & Yohan Perera)
No excuse for deadly force, on unarmed citizens of Sri Lanka. We are a democratic state. Are we not? So peaceful protest is allowed. Dissension is an integral part of a thriving democracy and should not be violated under any circumstances or provocation by unarmed civilians. Over to you Mr. President for action .
Ane Anichchan Friday, 02 August 2013 05:57 PM
There cannot be fire without smoke. Rumors rife that it is the JVP seems to be responsible for instigating the protestors also involved in throwing petrol bombs and firing at security forces with T56 first, led to the tragedy.
kp Friday, 02 August 2013 01:14 PM
oh shut up. you people elect this govt. into power, encourage and love their anti-minority, anti-freedom agenda, and when it comes to bite you in the back, do nothing, say nothing, except criticize the few people who are speaking out.
Siri Friday, 02 August 2013 01:18 PM
We do not approve of this type of things. But, JVP also did the same thing killing unarmed innocent people in the past. You have a very bad record in this regards. Just get lost...!
sunil Bernard Friday, 02 August 2013 01:18 PM
You were blind to see the innocent lives lost due to this road blockage mentality of the people during last few months all over the country.
How many innocent kids in Ambulances were permanently disabled due to delaying their admittance to hospitals ?
Bandara Friday, 02 August 2013 01:46 PM
Both JVP and LTTE were fighting for peoples rights peacefully first. But they were not listened by the respective governments and later led to mass murder. Unless Govt. listen and solve peoples problems there will be another mass blood shed.
M.O.A.Careem Friday, 02 August 2013 01:49 PM
too late to feel sorry
AJ-DXB Friday, 02 August 2013 12:00 AM
look who's talking via DM Android App
OMG Friday, 02 August 2013 11:18 AM
JVP rather talk to a tree.
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