Cardinal demands President to stop attacks on protesters

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Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith called on President Ranil Wickremesinghe to put a stop to the use of the military and the Police to intimidate the peaceful protesters. 

Speaking to the Media, at the Colombo Archbishop’s House, Cardinal Ranjith also called on the international community and the International Human Rights Council to force the Government to conduct an independent and transparent investigation into this unconstitutional barbaric attack and enforce the law against all those responsible.

Cardinal Ranjith accused the Police and the Security forces of having attacked unarmed protesters of the ‘Aragalaya,’ during the early hours of Friday (22) morning, even before the lapse of 24 hours after President Wickremesinghe assumed the duties of his office.

“We vehemently condemned the unlawful and inhuman attack on unarmed civilians. President Ranil Wickremesinghe, assumed the Presidency, only with a majority of MPs voting for him, he did not represent the people’s will in Parliament. Wickremesinghe has claimed to protect the Constitution but has blatantly violated the basic human right of expression and protest given to the people in it through this attack, the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Ranjith accused.  President Wickremesinghe would be held fully responsible for any future misdeed following this inhumane attack on protesters even when they had declared that they would withdraw from the Presidential Secretariat by Friday (22) evening.

Cardinal Ranjith noted that amongst those attacked there had been local and foreign journalists. Therefore, the President should take responsibility for any adverse effects that these attacks would have on the country and its economy in efforts to resolve the crisis. 

By Dilanthi Jayamanne