SLMA urges Govt to ‘bow to the wishes of people’

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The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) has appealed to the government to bow to the wishes of the
people.

Accusing the Government of having lost its ability to govern the country peacefully, the SLMA noted that more violence is likely to occur in the coming days unless serious remedial action is taken.

Condemning the attack on unarmed, peaceful protesters in front of Temple Trees and at Galle Face yesterday (09), the SLMA stressed that the current shortage of drugs and surgical consumables may heighten, further deteriorating the health sector, if such violence continues.

Over 220 persons who were injured at both protest sites were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital yestrday, while nearly 23 persons were admitted to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital – Kalubowila.

“These attackers were armed with batons and sticks, which indicate that the attack was preplanned. The injuries caused today were of a more serious nature than the ones caused in recent previous incidents”, the SLMA said with regard to yesterday’s unrest.

Having said this, however, the SLMA also urged citizens to carry out protests in a peaceful manner.