More violence likely if prompt action not taken – SLMA

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Many more violent incidents are likely to occur in the country in the coming days unless serious measures are taken, according to the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA).

SLMA council member and Consultant Endocrinologist at the National Hospital, Dr. Manilka Sumanatilleke said that the SLMA strongly condemns the attack on unarmed civilians in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence and at Galle Face on 9 May. Following this brutal attack by a group of government supporters, over 100 people were injured and admitted to hospitals. These attackers were armed with batons and clubs, indicating that the attack was planned ahead. The injuries sustained were more serious than those sustained in previous incidents.

Furthermore, if the violence continues and more patients are admitted to hospitals, the shortage of drugs and surgical consumables will worsen, putting a strain on the health-care system. The ongoing trade union actions will add to the people’s woes, he said adding that the government has lost its ability to govern the country peacefully.

While appealing to the government to listen to the wishes of the people, the SLMA appeals to the citizens of this country to protest peacefully, he said adding that a peaceful solution should be found to control the situation, and that the President, like the Prime Minister, should resign from his position.

“A public-centred Government should be formed as it is the only way for the country to recover from its financial crisis,” he said.

BY Eunice Ruth