CSR meeting triggers tense situation

2014-08-04 12:00:11

A tense situation was reported at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), at Deans Road, Maradana this evening when a group of people forcibly entered a meeting at the CSR where the organizers claimed that families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were meeting with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Colombo in a statement expressed concern about the disruption of the meeting.

“The meeting that included US Embassy officials was interrupted by angry protesters, including a group of monks. The mob forced its way into the meeting on the grounds of a Colombo Catholic church, where families of disappeared persons from the civil conflict were sharing their stories with civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community. The US Embassy is concerned that the initial reaction of the local police to this disruption appeared to be in support of the mob efforts to shut down the meeting, though after discussions with diplomatic officials the police did effectively calm the situation,” it said.

 “The mob shouted hateful slogans, made unfounded accusations and behaved threateningly towards the families of the disappeared. These protesters were not exercising their right to peaceful protest, but rather were disrupting a peaceful gathering of conflict survivors, including children. The strong impression was that the protesters were seeking to intimidate and silence those in attendance.”

 “The United States strongly urges the Government of Sri Lanka to enforce the rule of law and permit all citizens to exercise their most basic human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. We also call on the Government of Sri Lanka to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of families who had travelled from the North to attend this meeting, both in Colombo and upon their return home,” the embassy statement said.

Pix by Kushan Pathiraja

  Comments - 14

  • bernard Tuesday, 5 August 2014 02:22

    That's what passes for police now. Pathetic.

    Reply : 1       2

    Rohan Tuesday, 5 August 2014 03:45

    These are the ones who conspiring against Sri Lanka with the support of few bastards. Should catch and prosecute them and ask them to go to Gaza instead. via DM Android App

    Reply : 7       5

    fernando Tuesday, 5 August 2014 04:44

    These Police fellows also supports those thugs.........., This isSrilanka.

    Reply : 0       0

    jp Tuesday, 5 August 2014 05:59

    send those USA guys to GAZA,

    Reply : 0       1

    Vijay Tuesday, 5 August 2014 06:40

    This clearly shows there is no law & order and police is a silent bystander

    Reply : 0       0

    gobbaya Tuesday, 5 August 2014 06:47

    thank you US Embassy for standing up for the eroding rights in the miracle of asia.despite your double standards when it comes to Middle East.... via DM Android App

    Reply : 6       1

    kumar Tuesday, 5 August 2014 06:54

    You can't expect anything more than that in state of uncivilized people.

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    thusith Tuesday, 5 August 2014 07:50

    How many innocent Sinhalese and Muslims were disappeared in North East border villages, How any died bombs are exploded in Colombo suburbs ? Are any of those family members were invited to this event? When the organizers of this event mistreat part of victims they will react, they know it very well and they use it to gain attention from their backers with millions of dollars aid packages, If the money given to these NGO's are properly audited that will more than enough to resettle half of the country.

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    ABC Tuesday, 5 August 2014 07:58

    Look who has more power within SL via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       1

    Nutshell Tuesday, 5 August 2014 08:57

    Mr. Rohan. Those who post comments in spite of their warped views on national issues should mind their language at least grammer wise. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       0

    Waz Tuesday, 5 August 2014 09:12

    Rohan pl stop 'Modaktha'!

    Reply : 1       0

    mack Tuesday, 5 August 2014 10:14

    it this how our government stooges behave via DM Android App

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    kumara Tuesday, 5 August 2014 11:54

    Why only from North? There are disappearances in the other parts of the country too. I think US embassy has a special agenda in SL...

    Reply : 1       0

    dias Wednesday, 6 August 2014 07:29

    US embassy should be closed,

    Reply : 1       0

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