No plans to deploy military power – Defence Secy

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Secretary of Defence, General Kamal Gunaratne emphasised that there were no plans to abuse military power by unleashing it on peaceful protesters.

Further, the Ministry of Defence notes that the military forces will not be deployed to suppress democratically held peaceful protests. However, the military will assist the Police if only such assistance is sought by the Police to defend the nation, uphold the Constitution and restore the peace and order among all Sri Lankans in the event of a violent uprising.

The Secretary of Defence, informing the public that the Armed Forces who love the country and the people were a morally upright Force, further states that there was no truth in rumours circulating on social media about sending members of the intelligence services to disperse peaceful protesters or to provoke an issue by a bomb blast.

The Ministry whilst pointing out the various elements that are working to achieve their ulterior motives during the peaceful protest wishes to inform the public that appropriate legal measures will be   instituted by the Police against those who destroy or damage public property or private property under the pretext of peaceful protests and those who lead it.

Secretary of Defence together with Tri-Forces Commanders reiterated their commitment to acting in a fair and impartial manner with integrity and respect stating that the Tri-Forces and the Police will responsibly do their utmost to protect the rule of law, order and people of the country in accordance with the Constitution of the country.