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Sri Lanka (Daily Mirror) - More than half the Sri Lankan population – 53% – believes local political forces were involved in the Easter Sunday attacks carried out in 2019, according to a survey commissioned in October by Syndicated Surveys.

According to Verité Research, those surveyed were given the following three views prevalent in the country about who was behind the attacks and asked to select the one they most agreed with.

1) It was carried out by Sri Lankan extremists who were working with dangerous foreign forces.
2) It was carried out by Sri Lankan extremists who were working with local political forces.
3) It was carried out by Sri Lankan extremists who were working with both local political forces and dangerous foreign forces.

As such, 53% believed local political forces were involved -- 30% selected the second answer, and 23% selected the third answer. Only 8% believed that it was carried out without the involvement of local political forces (the first answer). A high percentage, 39%, said they have no opinion or refused to comment.

The attacks were carried out on 21 April 2019 (Easter Sunday) with three churches and three luxury hotels targeted in a series of coordinated suicide bombings, killing a total of 269 people.

The poll was conducted in October 2023 and was based on an island-wide, nationally representative sample of responses from 1,029 Sri Lankan adults. The poll has a maximum error margin below ±3% at a 95% confidence interval.


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  • Lakmal Kahawela Thursday, 30 November 2023 07:04 PM

    That means still 50% people of Sri Lanka does not believe political forces are behind Easter attack. Wait and see Rajapakses will win the two formats of elections in the future. Feel sorry for the people of Sri Lanka

    Hard Truth Thursday, 30 November 2023 11:19 PM

    Thats for sure. Raja will conquer his kingdom back.

    What they choose Friday, 01 December 2023 02:49 AM

    Don't feel sorry. They deserve what they choose

    Dee Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:02 PM

    It is pretty obvious! But who went shopping during Nov. 2019 election? For the sake of ‘national security’! Who wanted so and so to be president even if they were starving?(now starving). Sad part is the same shoppers are talking for the upcoming election as well! Not knowing whom they went shopping for and subsequently ruined the whole country! Religion apart! They who went shopping to ‘save the nation’ in Nov. 2019 should rot!

    johan Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:08 PM

    The rip between Maithiri and Ranil under Yahapalayana Govt. led to the opponents to achieve what they wanted through the shedding innocent blood of so many locals and foreigners.Every one knows who are behind these attacks.Why they freely moving without any arrest.Now the new IGP who is widely condemned for his inaction cannot take these cases forward

    Navi Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:13 PM

    Sri Lankan minds are too politicised. I disagree with the findings. The most pressing issue is why would overseas educated intelligent youth

    Why didn't you ask my opinion? Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:19 PM

    How can that be? 53% will vote for the Rajapaskes at the next election. Belief is one thing. Belief with conviction is another.

    Sandy Thursday, 30 November 2023 08:47 PM

    1029 people surveyed and what 53 % of them believe can only be taken as the opinion of 545 people not 53% of total population

    pantha kumaran Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:06 PM

    Today Sri Lanka is ruled by arrogant dictators. I thought Ranil will do a good job. He too becomes Rajapakses mouth piece. What we need is a good leader. Why not we give a chance to JVP.

    lal Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:16 PM

    Not very wise

    Look from outside Friday, 01 December 2023 02:54 AM

    Looking at the initial comment and the first response looks like there's no one capable within SL. Don't think it's a bad idea to look from outside the country

    Grace Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:15 PM

    Go to remote villages and ask illiterate people, they will tell you who are behind the attacks. Don't insult the intelligence of your readers. Ultimately, you keep up your good image.

    lalit Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:28 PM

    The survey itself shows a dangerous trend... These survey are often biased depending on the competence of the interview er... It's far fetched to link local politicians to such devastating blasts

    Citizen Thursday, 30 November 2023 11:31 PM

    Everyone aware of the political game, it is very simple theory those who benefited from this are the culprits who planed this. they thought it is a win win situation for them, but they miscalculated. Survey or coop will not do any good, since the politicians are above the law.

    Jude Friday, 01 December 2023 12:28 AM

    The entire nation raced the karma yeah this place was living HELL!! No food no water no electricity no fuel no gas no milk powder no medicine And still HALF OF THE POPULATION LIVING ON ONE MEAL A DAY!!

    Moadiya Friday, 01 December 2023 01:16 AM

    Why discuss about 53% of the population? Consider the following: • This incident took place during Ranil’s watch as the PM; • Now that he is the President and, has the powers to investigate by calling an impartial team of with foreign judges to sit alongside our own. • Such an investigation can help to get a closure to this gossip. Why is Ranil procrastinating such an investigation if his hands are not soaked in the blood of the innocent lives lost?

    Still only opinions Friday, 01 December 2023 02:58 AM

    Pathetically it still remains as opinions, not certain, even after nearly 5 years.

    Ram Friday, 01 December 2023 04:19 AM

    DIG Nalaka Silva was arrested in October 2018 on an allegation of an assassination plot to kill the then President Maithripala and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya. Nalaka’s evidence before the Presidential Commission was, that he was arrested when plans were in place to arrest Zaharan. He had obtained a warrant from Court to arrest Zaharan. With the arrest of Nalaka arrest of Zaharan was foiled. Later Nalaka released without charge. Isn't the political involvement clear now?

    Fred Friday, 01 December 2023 04:48 AM

    This kind of thing can only happen in Sri Lanka.Atragedy of national proportions, made international headlines, in any other country people would have got together, ruling party ,opposition to ensure it did not happen again. Over here it is still a talking point. But that is Sri Lanka, a land of a thousand smiles and thousand treacheries. Is that the right word ?

    Lion Friday, 01 December 2023 05:02 AM

    The crystal clear evidence was the most talked subjects of wanda kottu ,Abortion of 7000 women , sacking of Dr Safi vanished in to thin air on the very day gotha won presidency on the 19 of Nov 2019 , then sacking of Shani Abeysekara within a week of Gothas elevation to presidency from the investigation of Pasku massacre.

    BBM Friday, 01 December 2023 06:16 AM

    All facts and figures plus the current social economic situation show vice politics has already destroyed the living generation with their reliance to thefts and para-police terrorism which they used against Aragalaya. Allowing Easter attacks and delaying the full commission report, then no elections, local politics continue with an unmandated evil regime, got no answers or win the trust of local people and foreign doner Govts. and organizations. Seasoned politics to steal sportingly even from sports, prefer war situations or terror fear around them.

    Lawry Friday, 01 December 2023 06:25 AM

    I did not even know there was this survey????? It does not represent the full population. It is politically incorrect to admit the truth, that the Islamic faith convinced the bombers. Idiotic political support made it possible. Our military intelligence was weak?

    Andrew Silva Friday, 01 December 2023 06:27 AM

    According to the poll majority of politicians are perpetrators of violence.

    City Friday, 01 December 2023 06:36 AM

    If a religious place is attacked, the one deserves will be punished. If someone is anxious about the culprits, well they are then worried about the culprits.

    We live in hope Friday, 01 December 2023 06:52 AM

    The only option is the JVP. Not only will they take every step to recover the stolen money, but also send the criminal politicians to jail so that no other politician will mess with the people again.

    Jude Friday, 01 December 2023 07:12 AM

    Other 50% knows who's behind the massacre, yeah.

    Tupac Friday, 01 December 2023 07:31 AM

    99.99%

    Jesus Friday, 01 December 2023 08:14 AM

    MR GR BR NR all did it

    Gunadasa Friday, 01 December 2023 08:29 AM

    What is value of this survey where 50% people say Yes and another 50% say No? You can get the same result by tossing a coin.

    Ron Friday, 01 December 2023 09:01 AM

    Far toomany speculations no one knows the real truth.....very sad..toomany inocenent lives lost.


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