Opposition Leader says anyone assaulting peaceful protests will be penalised under SJB govt (VIDEO)
The corrupt regime that is ruling Sri Lanka at the moment is destroying the country and there will be no future without the holding of an election, said Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, addressing the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Ududumbara Electorate Authority Board meeting organised by Counsel Sanath Bandara yesterday (10).
If the government denies the holding of an election, struggles will be taken to streets demanding one, the Opposition Leader noted, alleging that repression was unleashed by this regime against a peaceful protest held at Galle Face Green two days ago (09) in its fear of the people.
The government fails to bear the witnessing of even a peaceful demonstration by a mother and her child who hold hands together, he added, reminding that there is footage disclosing that the Police are forcibly separating the mother from her child and putting her in to the jeep.
Premadasa went on saying that the members of the government who forgot to mourn when people were dying in the queues, those who forgot to mourn when the farming community was sighing without fertiliser, and those who forgot to mourn when people were being killed by gas cylinder explosions are lamenting today.
He promised the audience that anyone obstructing those enjoying the democratic right to peaceful protest will be penalised under the SJB-government. State-sponsored terrorism and state brutality have no prolonged lifespan, for the history bears enough witness to prove it, he reminded.