SLMA urges Govt to withdraw Emergency


The Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) has urged the Government to withdraw the State of Emergency forthwith and requested to resolve all political differences immediately to bring back normalcy.

 The SLMA condemned the use of tear gas and the use of violence by the law enforcement authorities against peaceful protesters and fellow citizens, as the chemicals contained in the tear gas are well known to cause respiratory difficulties, irritation of the eyes and skin, and carry significant health risks.

“We are concerned about the declaration of emergency that has the potential to trigger many forms of violence and lead to the deterioration of an already volatile situation; harming the wellbeing of innocent citizens, causing injuries to the protesters as well as the security personnel,” the SLMA said. (ER)