Saturday, September 23, 2023

‘Goons and goons,’ say ex-Sri Lanka cricketers following riots in Colombo

Hundreds of supporters of the president’s elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, assembled outside his official residence before moving to an anti-government demonstration location outside the presidential office.
Former Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardena, and Kumar Sangakarra have criticised the government after supporters of the ruling party stormed major protest site in Colombo on Monday, attacking anti-government protesters and clashing with police amid the country’s worst economic crisis. 
According to local media, at least 20 people were hurt in the riots, prompting Sri Lankan authorities to declare statewide curfew and deploy the army.
Hundreds of supporters of the ruling party gathered outside Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official residence before marching to an anti-government demonstration venue outside the presidential office.
“I never expected this type of thuggery would be unleashed on innocent demonstrators at galle face in broad day and outside temple trees,” Jayasuriya tweeted, referring to the Rajapaksa brothers. 

The cops must remember that they are there to defend the general public, not crooked politicians. 
The Rajapaksas have come to an end.”
The attackers were also referred to as “thugs” by his former colleagues Jayawardena and Sangakarra.
“This morning, these criminals gathered at the prime minister’s official residence and marched in large groups to assault nonviolent anti-government protesters. This is being observed by police and others “Jayawardena used Twitter.

The former wicketkeeper and captain was responding to a tweet by Mahinda who urged the general public to exercise restraint.

Protests against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government have raged for weeks amid the country’s worst financial crisis since independence, with thousands demanding Rajapaksa and his influential family quit for mishandling the economy.

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and a group of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MPs who arrived at Galle Face were reportedly attacked by a group of protesters. In view of the debilitating law and order situation, they were escorted out immediately.


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