Violence only begets violence – PM

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In light of the current tense situation in the country, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa urges the public to exercise restraint and to remember that violence only begets violence.

Earlier today (9), supporters of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) attacked the anti-government protest site, “GotaGoGama” set up at the Galle Face Green.

They assaulted peaceful protesters and destroyed several protest-related materials.

A total of 18 individuals have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following clashes at the protest site.

The group also destroyed the anti-government “MainaGoGama” protest site that was set up outside the Temple Trees.

An islandwide curfew was imposed with immediate effect until further notice.