The President, Mahinda Rajapaksa is the key architect of disturbing the peaceful meeting conducted at the Sirikotha yesterday and day before yesterdady the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today .
This meeting and exhibition was organised by several civil society organisations to commemorate the disappeared persons with the participation of the parents of the those disappeared. Most of those who were expected to travel from the North was prevented by the Government by blocking three buses they were traveling to Colombo. It is reported that this venue has been selected as no other venue was available for such a exhibition during the CHOGM.
Amidst strict surveillance and security, an “Unidentified groups of people” managed to paste posters all over the country describing this meeting as a “terrorist event” undermining the sovereignty of the country and the victorious forces. State media aired hate commentaries on this event. Thousands of of SMS messages were generated from unknown numbers (See the message below). When the meeting was inaugurated day before yesterday, a large number of organised crowds started pelting stones and attacked the venue. Hundreds of people who were to join the event were turned back by thugs, organised by Colombo MC member of PA Kahandagamage and police.
Yesterday, a groups of BBS lead by monk Galagada Atte Gnanasara stormed into the venue by force and attacked the peaceful protesters and he was also assaulted by the UNP supporters. Hundreds of police officers backed by intelligence officers kept watching the event. Four groups of thugs, mainly organised by Minister Mervin Silva were stationed around the Sirikotha to attack the participants, who were expected to hold a vigil at 7.00 p.m. Preparations were also made to take all the Tamil Participants to Mirihana police for questioning by a team of TID officer, who were in fact present near the venue. In the mean time with the intervention of lawyers who came on request of the organisers, the participants were permitted to leave without a scene.
The ruling party sources told the Colombo Telegraph that two days ago, President Rajapaksa has given specific instructions to security officers and Minister Mervin Silva to prevent the holding of this rally and given further instructions to DIG Anura Senanayake to coordinate with the BBS.
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