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Easter Sunday attacks a result of political extremism, not religious extremism - Cardinal

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Colombo’s Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said today the brutal attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019 was unleashed by a group, which tried to consolidate their political power by using religious extremism as a tool.

The Cardinal made these remarks during the  unveiling of a monument constructed at General Cemetery in Borella, in memory of nine persons, who died in the attacks and buried at the cemetery.  

The Cardinal said no one should harm anyone who does not belong to his religious or ethnic group. “Easter Sunday attack was not  as a result of a craze of over religion but an attempt to capture and  safeguard power,” he said.  

“No one should harm anyone belonging to another religious group or ethnic group to achieve his or her personal goals. This is  common to people who belong to all ethnic and religious groups," the Archbishop said.

"This world will become an unfortunate place to live if such things happen,” he added.  

He said the whole country is waiting till justice is meted out to those who were affected by the Easter Sunday attacks.  

Two weeks back Cardinal Ranjith made a scathing attack on  former President Maithripala Sirisena saying the latter is responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks. (Yohan Perera)

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  • RoaringCreek Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:02 PM

    Well said and I can guess whom you are referring to.

    AB Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:12 PM

    My fear is this cruel attack they to followed due to religious teaching, unless those lines of teaching ,write off ,this kind of attacks continue,some where certainly

    Sebastian Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:15 PM

    Your eminence, as the head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka it's best to close this subject and leave Judgement

    Truth matter Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:21 PM

    Why do not name them...one by one..

    BE FAIR Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:26 PM

    Well said, Probably........!!!!!! but I still cant fathom who he is referring to. If he knows, should name and shame

    Roshan samarathunga Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:34 PM

    Now he can understand the enemy within we should not blame eaglemaithri or immediately leader (RW). We must blame elections

    Foolish citizens Sunday, 18 April 2021 11:39 PM

    Not just one party. They all knew about it even though they keep rubbing the fault on each others face. We are the fools.

    Nadeesha Monday, 19 April 2021 08:46 AM

    In Sri Lanka, Communalism is the best tool to stabilise and sustain power by the unscrupulous politicians since independence. Shame. Shame. Shame.

    Nilame Monday, 19 April 2021 08:53 AM

    Sri Lanka has already become an unfortunate place to live except 6.9 million intelligent voters

    Sri Wickrema Monday, 19 April 2021 09:05 AM

    It takes time to grow up.

    Dennis Paul Monday, 19 April 2021 09:28 AM

    My3 pala Sirisena, the culprit is hiding under the sarong of Rajapakshe's and they are protecting him. This is the reality Cardinal.

    KKS Monday, 19 April 2021 09:37 AM

    The rulers itself knows pretty well who did it. They are cheating the masses.

    KARMA BELIEVER Monday, 19 April 2021 10:59 AM

    It is an open secret who masterminded the attacks

    w.janak Monday, 19 April 2021 12:14 PM

    we already know that, even maithripala also know without knowledge of B R nothing can do srilanka.

    Ganesh Monday, 19 April 2021 02:49 PM

    Wasn't this known all along. How ironic was it that before the dead were laid to rest that SIR announced his candidacy for President. Talk about timing!


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