“Let the government prove its commitment to peace and inter-community reconciliation by bringing before the law all extremist groups and their leaders, including Bodu Bala Sena, who spread communal and religious hatred, destroyed peace, and took the law into their own hands.” says a group of Sr Lankans.
We publish below the statement in full;
Remember the ‘Black July’?
It only brought horror and destruction.
Sri Lankan people don’t want another Black July.
The on-going attacks on the Muslim community are deliberately carried out by a small group of extremists.
We should not allow such violence in the name of the Sinhalese and Buddhist people.
Let us not allow another community being harmed in the name of one ethnic community.
We therefore demand:
Let the government prove its commitment to peace and inter-community reconciliation by bringing before the law all extremist groups and their leaders, including Bodu Bala Sena, who spread communal and religious hatred, destroyed peace, and took the law into their own hands.
Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja, Jayathilaka Kammallaweera, Lal Hegoda, Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka, Dr. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Prasanna Vithanage, Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda, Asoka Handagama, Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya, Ariyawansa Ranaweera, Gamini Viyangoda, Rajitha Dissanayaka, Wijayananda Jayaweera, Victor Ivan, Kathleen Jayawardene, Prof. H.L. Seneviratne, Bimal Jayakody, K.W. Janaranjana, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, Elmo Perera, Piyal Kariyawasam, Kelly Senanayaka, Dr. Sunil Wijesiriwardene, Somalatha Subasinghe, Lionel Fernando, Tenyson Perera, Anoma Rajakaruna, Upul Shantha Sannasgala, Kaushalya Fernando, Priyankara Ratnayaka, Mahinda Prasad Masimbula, Prof. Desmond Mallikarachchi, Kusal Perera, Susil Siriwardene, Sudarshana Gunawardene, Dr. Udan Fernando, W. Jayasiri, Nandana Weerasinghe, Shanthi Dissanayaka, Deepthi Kumara Gunaratne, Dr. Nimalka Fernando, Bennet Ratnayaka, Dharmapriya Dias, M.D. Mahindapala, Lakshman Mendis, Kapila Kumara Kalinga, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sujani Menaka, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Dr. Chandana Aluthge, Saman Wagaarachchi, Mahinda Ratnayaka, Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, Anurasiri Hettige,Prof. Nilanga Liyanage, Chulananda Samaranayaka, Rathna Sri Wijesinghe, Freddy Gamage, Prof. Velentine Daniel, Mohan Raj Madawala, Vidharshana Kannangara, Gaya Nagahawattha, Keerthi Welisarage, Dr. Harshana Rambukwella, Nimal Ekanayaka, Gihan Fernando, Chandrapala Kumarage, Prof. Patric Ollivel, Deepthi Lamahewa, Henry Warnakulasuriya, Jayasiri Jayasekara, Herman Kumara, Seetha Ranjani, Ajith Rajapaksa, Sisira Yapa.