Protest in Vavuniya calling for Rishad’s release
The people of Vanni staged a protest yesterday (28) in front of the Vavuniya Kachcheri demanding the release from detention of Rishad Bathiudeen, MP and Leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress.
The protest was carried conforming to Health Ministry guidelines. Masks were worn and social distancing was maintained. The protesters carried banners and placards in a peaceful manner displaying slogans and chanted that the arrest of Rishad Bathiudeen was unjust, illegal and in pursuance of an agenda by the Government to subjugate minority communities.
The protesters also claimed that Rishad Bathiudeen was arrested deliberately with a sinister political agenda, although it has been proved that he does not have any connection to the Easter attacks. The protesters further noted that State-run intelligence agencies were aware of this as multiple investigations had revealed his innocence.
The protesters further chanted that a Leader who served the people with dignity, humility and dedication should not be framed for offences he has not committed.
The Police arrived in riot gear and ordered the protesters to disperse, at which point, the protesters adhered and left.