‘This is essential in a climate where the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has, upon the instructions of the President, blocked several social media platforms. This is naturally going to feed the rumor-mills and could make an already bad situation worse,’ he added.
Colombo Telegraph has received many reports of incidents where properties have been attacked and damaged as well as injuries to individuals, but is not in a position to verify the claims therein.
This situation is a result result of the Government not revealing the truth of that lump of flour in Ampara, i.e. the congealing of chickpea flour used to thicken the gravy. Even today Minister Rajitha Senaratne acted like a terrorist at the media conference to pertaining to Cabinet decisions without giving a direct answer. He should have said it is not a “Wnada pethth” (sterilising medicine), but a lump of flour, and until the report of the Government Analyst is issued nothing definite can be said. Why is there such a delay, though? He could have said something on this.
“The Police was there and received the lump of flour. It was after that that the shop was attacked. Then a mosque was attacked. Other places were attacked. At least the Prime Minister as the Minister of Law and Order spoke about the incident and acknowledged that the Police had not done its work properly in Ampara and therefore investigations had been handed over to the chief Police officer in Batticaloa. Senaratne didn’t mention even this. Even the other ministers present or even that Navy chief who assaulted a journalist and later was promoted as the Chief of Command have not said anything. Now it has snowballed. From the time the video about the lump of flour came into the hands of the Police no steps were taken to inform the public. Blocking Facebook and other social media is not the answer to this. This censorship should be condemned,” the former Convenor said.
Lump of flour -Police at Ampara Hotel Cassim:
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