Sirisena slams curfew, emergency law move

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Criticising the curfew imposed in the Western Province and emergency law extended islandwide, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Chairman Maithripala Sirisena urged Acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign without causing a bloodbath in the country.

He claimed that a small group of people who have gone mad with power are plotting to destroy the country.

“Governance is about ensuring the safety, security of the people and the country. A tragedy unprecedented in Sri Lankan history is unfolding at the moment. Power hunger is not the solution to the country’s pressing problems,” he said. In a special statement issued yesterday (13), Sirisena stated that he believes that the Acting President will respect the public’s demands without dragging the country into an abyss.

“The leaders should remember that power hunger will not last forever. I clipped the wings of the unlimited powers given to the President of Sri Lanka in 2015. After undoing that in 2019, the country was gradually let towards destruction. Imposing emergency law to suppress democratic rights of the people and imposing curfew only in the Western Province is a shameless, short-sighted, and foolish act. I vehemently condemn this,” he said.

He said that the responsibility of the Security Forces at this time is to protect the people, as well as those in the ‘Aragalaya’.

“I also request the Tri-forces Commanders and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to refrain from attacking the youth engaged in the unarmed struggle and refrain from using weapons against them. I want to emphasise that both the current President and the Acting President have no real mandate. I request that they exercise caution when carrying out their orders,” he said. (TR)