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Video: Ranil in Weliweriya

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Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Weliweriya and the surrounding areas where the army is alleged to have assaulted unarmed villagers while they were demonstrating against the contamination of ground water.

UNP politicians including MPs John Amaratunga and Ruwan Wijewardena visited the area and spoke to some of the villagers who were alleged to have been assaulted by the army.

“We condemn what happened in the area,” Mr. Amaratunga said. Even the villagers who were inside St. Anthony’s Church, Weliweriya were also said to have been assaulted by the army.

“As a Catholic I feel sad at the manner in which the army had behaved inside the church,” Mr. Amaratunga said.

Meanwhile UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya addressing a news conference condemned the alleged attack on the villagers. “The people had only asked for water but the army responded with bullets,” Mr. Jayasuriya said.

He said according to the information they had received, villagers who were inside their houses and inside places of worship were also assaulted.

Daily Mirror reporters who were in the area said there were blood stains inside the church.

The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) are carrying out investigations. (Lakna Paranamana and Sarasi Paranamanna)









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# jazzy 2013-08-02 15:01
What a great speech by a simple man who spoke the truth!
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-1+0 # ballo 2013-08-02 18:51
GET TO STREETS IN MASSES
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-1+0 # Tera 2013-08-02 22:29
Haven't you heard of miracle of asia!!!
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-1+2 # Diga 2013-08-02 15:01
Wamba,North and Central Province Voters pay attention to weliwariya Incident. Today waliweriya tomorrow Katuneriya?
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# GC 2013-08-02 16:50
Dayasiri may be sleeping well or wondering what he has done.
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-0+2 # Sajith 2013-08-02 20:05
What Dayasiri has do with this ? You idiots provoked by JVP.
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-0+2 # Sajith 2013-08-02 20:06
Don't blame govt or security forces. This is another JVP thugs work.
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-1+0 # W.Kevin 2013-08-02 23:47
Its not the JVP; its another International CONSPIRACY against the Royal Family
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-2+0 # limatc 2013-08-02 15:17
THIS WILL NOT STOP FROM HERE , THIS WILL BE THE NEXT JOSEPH STALIN OR HITLER RULE , WAIT AND WITNESS , WE GET THIS DISASTER THRU OUR OWN HANDS , WE ARE TO BE BLAMED .
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-2+0 # Voter 2013-08-02 16:32
VERY TRUE THIS IS WHATS TO COME IN THE FUTURE wE SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE WE VVOTE NEXT TIME IF THERE IS ONE
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# sarath 2013-08-03 17:08
are you going to say MR is like Hitler or Stalin keeping RW in front of you
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-0+2 # Roshan 2013-08-02 15:22
As a opposition leader, he should be leading the demostration, rather than going after everything is over.
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-1+0 # up 2013-08-02 16:42
Why Opposition leader ? There are lot of patriots. WW, King Kelaniya , Kehaliya, bandula, BBS, Champaka, and recently taken Dayasiri, ???
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-1+0 # Ranjith 2013-08-02 22:27
Well said. These idiotic supporters and few opportunistic UNP'rs always try to divert the blame on RW
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-2+0 # Ajithkumar 2013-08-02 18:40
And you find a reason once again to blame the opposition leader...For everything he is blamed. One thing funny about us, we blame him for loosing election, while we vote for the other.....Our literacy rate is good for nothing..
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-0+2 # janaka 2013-08-02 16:06
What will our nitharama nicansinghe will do this time ,
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-0+2 # PRASANNAJIT 2013-08-02 16:28
He will issue a statement condemning the govt and that will be the end of the story.
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-1+0 # Ranjith 2013-08-02 22:28
While you all wash linen for the regime
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-2+0 # upul 2013-08-02 16:46
Munta Goti wadenakota Thamai Mahinda Mahattayage hati Therila Thiyenne.
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-0+1 # Truth 2013-08-02 16:48
Where are the Ravana Baila Boru Baila Sena Thugs..........
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-1+0 # Jeffry 2013-08-02 17:22
HR will appoint special committee to probe and
that's the end this is the baila he play hitlers rule for
Banana Republic
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-1+0 # wickrama 2013-08-02 18:02
Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, please save this country from the thugs who rule it now. We don't want to live as some african tribe. We want a civilized life.
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-0+1 # Nadi Karunaratne 2013-08-02 18:25
Ranil must realise that he can't lead the people from inside the VIP lounge or from the watering holes of Colombo 7.
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-0+1 # shanka 2013-08-02 18:38
for an unarmed demonstarion how can army use live bullets
who has given the orders
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# Gamini 2013-08-02 22:41
Dammika perera. Money speaks.This is going to be a disaster for the ruling party.
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-2+0 # sas 2013-08-02 18:51
People should know the true colours of Mahinda.
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# Mahmood 2013-08-02 18:54
where did the bodu bala sena go are they not protecting the people now!!!
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-2+0 # Observer 2013-08-02 19:15
Any bet the dead man has voted for MR.
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-0+1 # N K Ratnam 2013-08-02 22:25
He wasn't even old enough to vote. May he RIP. My heartfelt condolences to the grieving parents, family and friends.
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-1+0 # Josh Ryan 2013-08-02 19:24
Where are the Balu Sena boysh la?
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-1+0 # M.O.A.Careem 2013-08-02 19:25
stereo machine works - but life span is limited......
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-1+0 # Mason 2013-08-02 19:43
Have those sheltering in the Church assaulted, and also invite the Pope to visit on the other hand.
We are now seeing the true nature of MR & Co. and his style of administration.
Voters make note.
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-1+0 # Mahinda Wijesekara 2013-08-02 20:05
Vote for MR to be under Military rule and rob our country. He will allow his ministers to steal and collect wealth to win elections and he himself will earn for generations, Good for these voter bastards. Let them suffer under this rule.
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# Jayasekara 2013-08-02 20:05
Same as it was done in St Anne's church in Pasale-Manna what does the Cardinal has to say nothing like always
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# Calistus Jayatilleke 2013-08-03 12:55
The very same politicians who were talking of Hitler and Idi Amin during the last presidential elections warning voters not to vote for General Fonseka, are now behaving worse than those two dictators, sucking the very blood of innocent people. It is high time the ordinary voters realize the misdeeds of this government and make a determination to throw them out unceremoniously at the next elections. Enough is enough.
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# George 2013-08-03 20:02
Great speech by a real youth. What is the parliament opposition retired Pin Padiya doing here looking half dead.
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# nillu 2013-08-03 20:58
This is a fraction of the corruptions, long to go and people will understand who have they elected. too Late now, unless we have a strong opposition who has a back bone to take to streets and send a strong message to the government. Paying visit after disaster does not do any good to this country

WE need strong opposition for god sake
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# Karunawathie 2013-08-04 13:13
Only missing person is Sarath Fonseka. Diya kiri walata balalluth saakkillu.
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