Instead of hunting down protesters under the guise of protecting law and order, the Government should focus on solving the problems through discussions and negotiations, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said.
The Opposition Leader condemned the arrest of Ceylon Teachers’ Union General Secretary Joseph Stalin, after the visiting the latter who was held at Colombo Fort Police, yesterday (4).
“The individuals who protested peacefully are being hunted down. It is Mahinda Rajapaksa who is the pilot of this repression. But he is roaming free while trade union leaders like Stalin are being jailed. This State- sponsored terrorism must be stopped immediately,” Premadasa stressed.
Premadasa recalled the statement made by President Ranil Wickremesinghe when he was a Member of Parliament with regard to Stalin when he was arrested last year.
“Wickremesinghe said the country would lose GSP+ concession if trade union leaders like Stalin were arbitrarily arrested. He was just an MP then. But now he is the President and he is following those same arbitrary methods,” he stressed.
“Problems should be solved through negotiation instead of bullets and swords. Any citizen has the right to stand for his opinion and protest peacefully. No one can violate the right to any non-violent struggle,” he added.
By Nabiya Vaffoor