Thousands arrested, jailed due to political beliefs – Sajith

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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa alleged that more than 3,500 persons have been arrested and more than 1,200 have been remanded since 9 May “because they intervened ideologically to change a Government.”

Premadasa, while addressing a Dehiwala constituency meeting of the Samagi Jana Balawega on 10 September, claimed that President Ranil Wickremesinghe came to power with the blessings of the Rajapaksas.

 “Although it is true that the current President became President with the blessings of the Rajapaksas, the President has forgotten that the former President and the former Prime Minister were sent home by the citizen’s ‘Aragalaya’ in this country,” he added.

He further said that the current government is seeing the people of the entire country to the deathbed while the country is sinking like the Titanic and functions as if it is unconscious even in the face of that tragedy.

By Nabiya Vaffoor