The Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) yesterday said the sudden eruption of violence witnessed at the beginning of the week that changed the nature of peaceful protests, could tarnish the long held reputation of Sri Lanka as a liberal market country that respects principles of democratic governance.
“The latest wave of turmoil shows a disturbing trend since the suffering public are compelled to go through an unprecedented tense situation in the country that impedes their livelihoods and social functioning, thus creating untold difficulties for them, their families and the country.
SLIM empathises with all Sri Lankans who are grappling with the ongoing breakdowns in various public services while the country navigates one of the most challenging phases in its history and praises the patience and resilience shown by the masses,” a SLIM statement said.
“SLIM observes that the country is in a transition economically and politically and believes that given the critical nature of this period of time, authorities should manage this phase with utmost care with due respect to human lives and dignity.
SLIM believes that such timely and immediate steps, driven by consensus among all concerned, is what will help Sri Lanka navigate the challenging transition peacefully and emerge as a resilient nation. In initiating such positive efforts, SLIM shall stand with the committed stakeholders in an unhesitant manner, in all possible ways,” it added.