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Widespread condemnation for attack on Prime Minister's private residence 


There is widespread condemnation against protesters allegedly setting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's private residence on fire last night (09).

Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa tweeted that he joins "all peaceful Sri Lankans in fiercely condemning the barbaric arson attack" and that "this is not the way that problems are solved in civilized democracies".

Sajith Tweet 2 22 07 10

Newsfirst and Ranil 

It is believed that the Prime Minister's private residence was set on fire in response to the attack on Newsfirst journalists on duty, by security forces opposite his residence. Newsfirst telecasted the attack on live TV. 

Former Minister Nalaka Godahewa in a Tweet inquired whether this is the end of democracy. He went onto recall the attack on his residence and the residences of 74 other parliamentarians.

Nalaka Godahewa Tweet 22 07 10

Meanwhile, journalist Manjula Basnayake in a Tweet stated that Newsfirst stopped their breaking news once their journalists were attacked.

Basnayaka Tweet 22 07 10

It is an open secret that Ranil Wikcremesinghe and MBC founder the late Kili Maharajah had a longstanding rivalry. 

The rivalry was explained by 'Gota Go Home' participant in the early days, Upul Shantha Sannasgala in this manner:

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Sad about the books 

Speaking to a friend, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has lamented about the loss of his books and how they were lost to the future generations. He had already bequeathed his private residence to Royal College, Colombo in his last will. 

It is an open secret that destructive elements among the protesters are responsible for this arson attack. 

Wikcremesinghe has never resided at his official prime ministerial residence Temple Trees during his many tenures as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister.

It is said this house has air conditioning only for the master bedroom and the library, where many rare books were kept. Colonial in architecture, this residence was inherited by Wickremesinghe. 

It is also reported that Prof. Maithree Wickremesinghe, the prime minister's wife, is unwell, at present.


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