The European Union (EU) and its 27 Member States condemned the attack on peaceful protesters by SLPP supporters, while noting that the developments in Sri Lanka are being monitored.
In a statement issued by the EU General Secretariat of the Council, it was observed that this incident triggered further violence after a month of peaceful demonstrations, adding that despite some isolated incidents, Sri Lankans peacefully exercised their right to freedom of expression.
“The EU deplores the loss of life, including of a Member of Parliament, and the high number of injured persons,” it was said, while calling on the authorities to initiate an investigation into the events and to hold accountable those instigating or perpetrating violence.
“The EU urges all parties to refrain from violence and to show restraint and also recalls the importance to safeguard the democratic rights of all citizens and to focus on solutions that will address the significant challenges currently faced by the Sri Lankans,” they said.
They added the EU has provided humanitarian assistance, including to handle the Covid crisis and the ensuing challenges, and is actively looking at ways to further mitigate the impact of the economic crisis on the most vulnerable people.