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The joint opposition is planning to sacrifice the lives of innocent people to satisfy its political agenda, the United National Party (UNP) said today.

UNP spokesman and minister Harin Fernando told a media briefing that the JO was planning to create a commotion tomorrow.

“The plan is to create a clash and blame the government for any loss of life. The JO should take the full responsibility if someone is killed or public property is destroyed,” he said.

“The JO is also planning to give a wrong picture to the world that they are being attacked and prevented from holding peaceful protests. Therefore we will tell the police not to interrupt them.”

The minister said the real objective of the protest is to pump up MP Namal Rajapaka as the leader of JO instead of allowing others such as former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa or any others to emerge as leaders.

“The ultimate objective is to show that Namal Rajapaksa is more powerful than the others in the JO,” he said.

The minister denied the JO claim that the main objective of the protest today is to oppose the Singapore-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement.

“There is nothing to protest against the FTA as it is very much similar to the FTA signed with Pakistan when former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was the prime minister in 2005,” he said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 10

  • Zub Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:34 PM

    All these gimmicks by the JO to divert the attention of the masses on the sins they have committed during the previous regime. They just want to inconvenience the people in Colombo

    Mm Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:36 AM

    And your leader using mahinda as a scapegoat for his incompetence

    Gay Tuesday, 04 September 2018 07:45 PM

    Cant be. That ace was already used in 2015.

    Graham Tuesday, 04 September 2018 08:32 PM

    Happy to hear you’re calling us innocent people

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:35 AM

    To be a scape goat, one has to be a goat first. You are absolutely correct about the citizens of this country with apologies to real goats who are much more intelligent.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:55 AM

    All you guys are doing that no?

    mnsmart Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:56 AM

    we are not innocent, helpless

    mnsmart Wednesday, 05 September 2018 08:56 AM

    we are not innocent, we are helpless

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:10 AM

    No fear. History has shown that the revolution eats its children

    karthik Wednesday, 05 September 2018 11:00 AM

    You are right Sir, all of you use people as scapegoats to gain power and to remain in power. These protests are one of the potical games we have wetnessed and will witness in our life .

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