Sri Lanka: Pressure on police to arrest attackers of protesters

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Police in Sri Lanka came under pressure on Monday to arrest Rajapaksa family loyalists involved in last week’s attacks on peaceful protesters. Police have arrested over 200 people under various charges after nine people were killed in the violence.

Curfew is in force since last Monday due to these clashes. Police have arrested around 230 people since May 9 for violating curfew, attacking the public and causing damage to public and private property.

Nuwan Bopez of the Young Lawyers Association told reporters, “Police have said they have arrested more than 200 people for attacking politicians. We condemn such violence. But they are in no hurry to arrest the government-backed attackers of the protesters.

The Attorney General has also asked the police to expedite the investigation.

On May 9, a government-backed mob attacked protesters demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother and former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Nine people were killed and more than 200 were injured in widespread violence against Rajapaksa loyalists.

The police have urged the public to provide information about the government-backed attackers. They have arrested a worker of the municipal council controlled by the ruling party of Moratuwa suburb of Colombo.

Police have set up phone lines for the public to inform about the attackers.

At the same time, leaders of the ruling party have demanded additional security for themselves as they go to Parliament on Tuesday.

It is noteworthy that Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.


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