‘Instigators have no moral right to stay in power’

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The rulers who ordered attacks on peaceful anti-Government protest sites, ‘GotaGoGama’ and ‘MynaGoGama’ have no moral right to remain in power, Mahanayake Theras of the three Sects said yesterday (9).

In a statement after the attacks on anti-government protest sites followed by islandwide violence, the Mahanayake Theras said they strongly condemn the barbaric attacks on peaceful protesters for narrow political goals.

“The Police and other responsible authorities should do everything possible to punish those responsible for the violence immediately,” they said.

Meanwhile, Colombo Archbishop, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith condemned the attacks on peaceful protesters at the Galle Face Green and Temple Trees yesterday (9) morning, blaming the Police of having done nothing to prevent the attack on youth.

Speaking to the Media at the Archbishop’s House, Cardinal Ranjith expressed disbelief that these acts of violence had been committed by a group of persons who had emerged from the official residence of the Prime Minister.

“Therefore, we want to express our opposition against him for these violent and vulgar acts. We saw such an organised attack, arson, disappearances and murders no so long ago. We have seen these acts in the attacks that took place within a week or two of the Easter Attacks,” he said, adding that these acts had been committed despite the official announcement by the Premier that he was stepping down.

“Do not turn away from the teachings of our religions and resort to violence and cruelty,” he said, appealing to the public not to resort to violence. “The country will be defamed internationally in view of such behaviour,” he said.

“This action only showed that those who hold high government office cannot take dissent in good faith,” he added.

He appealed to the Government to stop these acts of violence. “Also, we appeal to the Police to act with responsibility and take steps to prevent these acts of violence. Don’t become the cat’s paw to politicians,” he said.

Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thera said the clergy was issuing the final warning and called for the President and the Prime Minister to step down from their positions and make room for the people to create a political environment which was conducive.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne