Don’t brand Aragalayites as terrorists

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General Secretary of the Democratic Left Front (DLF), MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said those who have been detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) have been only mischievous and hence they cannot be considered as terrorists.

The MP charged that those who had slept in the bed used by the former President at the President’s House, those who had taken selfies, and those who had used its washrooms had also been arrested by the Police.

Nanayakkara said everyone accepts that Gotabaya Rajapaksa was ousted from the presidency. However, the mischievous acts committed by those involved in the Aragalaya were not serious enough to arrest and remand them.

He urged the Government to desist from arresting youths who are presently engaged in carrying out anti-Government protests, as they are fair demands, and instead to opt for a dialogue with the youth fraternity who desire a genuine system change in the country. 

By Kumudu Upul Shantha