Doctors condemn attacks on unarmed protesters

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The brutal attack on peaceful protesters at Galle Face and outside Temple Trees sparked a wave of strikes.

Condemning the use of force against protesters at Galle Face and Temple Trees earlier yesterday (9), the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) went on strike, which will end today (10) at 8:00 a.m.

GMOA Secretary Dr. Senal Fernando said his organisation condemned the brutal attack on unarmed anti-government protestors, who have been engaged in a month-long peaceful struggle demanding a solution to the country’s crisis, while emergency regulations are in place.

But to provide emergency medical services to people who are presently suffering amid the violence unleashed by the Government, steps are being taken to deploy more doctors.

“The President should take full responsibility as the Minister of Defence for the attack that was carried out on unarmed civilians,” he said.

He added that measures would be taken to assess the situation today (10) at 8:00 a.m. by convening branch union meetings at 10:00 a.m. the same day. 

Meanwhile, the President and Secretary of the Association of Medical Specialists (AMS), Drs. LakKumar Fernando and R. Gnanasekeram said they would resort to islandwide trade union action today (10) against “State-sponsored barbaric attacks on peaceful protesters” at MynaGoGama opposite Temple Trees and GotaGoGama at Galle Face.  The doctors said they would not attend to private or public patients except in emergency situations.

The duo said they were surprised to witness such unruly behaviour not only in the presence of hundreds of law enforcement officials, but also while emergency regulations are in place.

All health service trade unions walked out in protest following attacks on two protest sites earlier yesterday (9), while all trade unions resorted to a strike from yesterday (9) evening.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne