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While assuring that he would not leave any room for any form of extremism, or violence from any extremists to be unleashed again, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the true perpetrators responsible for the Easter Sunday massacres will be identified and brought before the law.

“I once again commiserate with all those who were adversely affected by the Easter Sunday massacres and all Sri Lankans who were deeply shocked by these barbaric acts,” he said.

The Full statement:

Exactly a year ago, on April 21st, 2019 a group of extremists, bent on a macabre agenda unleashed a sequence of terror targeting Catholic churches and tourist hotels.

I deeply empathize with the families of all those who lost their lives and sustained grave injuries, the Catholic community and entire Sri Lankan citizenry who were terrorized by these horrifying massacres.  

Around 270 people were killed and about 500 were gravely injured in Easter Sunday attacks. Some who survived, later succumbed to their injuries after months of suffering. Some others will be disabled for life.

Even though Catholics were targeted, this was a terrorist attack against all Sri Lankan citizens. This heinous crime against humanity needs to be condemned by all without any tolerance towards this extremist ideology.

It is most unfortunate that the mechanisms that were in place to ensure national security were dismantled. When anarchy prevails, it is only natural for extremism, terrorism and all kinds of violence to raise its despicable head.

I reiterate the pledge I made in “Vistas for Prosperity” policy statement that I will ensure the safety of all communities in my country. I will not leave any room for any form of extremism, or violence from any extremists to be unleashed on my people again.

  Comments - 11

  • Allush Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:17 PM

    I really had some respect for u thinking that u will prosper the nation ,,, but sadly ur another All this Politicians are spoiling our country using the people

    S.H.Moulana Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:31 PM

    Mohammad Taslim, a hero who has been forgotten! He risked everything to stop #EasterSundayAttacksLK and then he paid with his life. @GotabayaR @PresRajapaksa this man must not be forgotten. He gave his life for #lka.

    Borat Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:33 PM

    Too much hot air

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:52 PM

    Words, words, and more words. Leave the extremism for the moment. Over one thousand kilos of hard drugs was seized in the high seas in April alone. Please tell the people what you plan to do with it. What about the king pins like Madush, Wella Sud and Kanjipani Imran ??.

    George Harry Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:01 PM

    In Jaffna, it has already been RAISED its head with the help of Ranil Wicremasinghe again!

    George Harry Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:09 PM

    Thread-puller was nothing but RANIL WICKREMASINGHE who under any cost tried to remain in power by force without the wishes of the people who voted for Maithripala Sirisena NOT FOR RANIL WICKREMASINGHE.

    Chux Tuesday, 21 April 2020 10:29 PM

    Very good but you must ensure it should apply to all extremists groups such as Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims as well . It is under your government all been paid and nurished them

    ram Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:29 AM

    There is a sign that war criminals are rising again in Sri Lanka

    Raja nageshen Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:31 AM

    I hope New Guideline include for yellow robe street thugs

    Ranjith Wednesday, 22 April 2020 11:40 AM

    Extremist are working for TV stations and sinhala buddhist parties

    Namal des ilva Wednesday, 22 April 2020 05:00 PM

    best is let your family rob the country and you can slaughter few thousand more before your term ends

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