MP Samaraweera in a statement that was issued last night has held the Rajapaksa brothers responsible for the anti-Muslim violence that erupted in the country since last week, adding they owe an answer to the public – particularly to the victims of communal violence who lost their loved ones and suffered extensive property damages due to the clashes.
The statement released by the MP further accuses Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa of sponsoring the operations of the BBS. “The extremist Buddhist group is even managed by the intelligence units of the security forces. The events that expired during the past couple of weeks have made this fact abundantly clear,” he states.
He has gone on state that the anti-Muslim violence in Aluthgama and several other areas are results of a well-planned government effort to promote racism in the country.
He points out the failure of the military and the police to curb the violence that erupted in Southern Sri Lanka have raised grave doubts. “It is puzzling to think of how the military that defeated the world’s most ruthless terrorists have failed to contain these clashes.”
MP Samaraweera has asserted to the Rajapaksa government on the importance of remembering that their duty to protect is not restricted to a particularly community or religious group but is applicable to every citizen in Sri Lanka.
Furthermore he has called on the government to take immediate measures to arrest BBS General Secretary Galagoda Atte Gnanasara for the role he has played in the systematic escalation of anti-Muslim sentiments in the country.
Read the full statement in Sinhala here