The Joint Opposition today declared that it will boycott all State events including the February 4th Independence Day celebrations, as a mark protest against recent incidents where government’s political opponents are being hunted down.
Addressing a press conference, Dinesh Gunawardena said that the boycott will continue until Sri Lankans get back their freedom and democracy. “All political opponents of the UNP government are being hunted down, this must stop, and we will continue to boycott all State events until Sri Lankans get their rightful freedom,” he said.
Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa claimed that Yoshitha Rajapaksa has been arrested without any proper proof. “They are trying to get Mahinda Rajapaksa out of politics, and they think the best way to do this is by targeting his children, because that is what will affect him the most,” he said.
Weerawansa added that today the country’s law and order has become a big joke.
Weerawansa also claimed that Yoshitha Rajapaksa was not the chairman of the Carlton Sports Network. He also said that they will commence island wide demonstrations soon demanding Rajapaksa’s release as he is a political prisoner.
Meanwhile Weerawansa, along with Dinesh Gunawardena, Bandula Gunawardane, Udaya Gammanpila, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Gamini Lokuge, Dallas Allahapperuma and Johnston Fernando among others visited Yoshitha Rajapaksa at the Welikada prison this morning.
Former first lady Shiranthi, and her youngest son, Rohitha, and his girlfriend were also seen at the prison this morning. (By Munza Mushtaq © CT)