Blood on protesters’ hands – Mahinda | Breaking News

Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday (10) that there is hatred and blood on the hands of the protesters.

 He said this while expressing his condolences to the family of the slain Amarakeerthi Athukorala in Parliament.

 Rajapaksa further said, “After May 18, 2009, we eradicated terrorism from this country and created a country where people could travel on the roads without fear of death. But today the situation has changed. With the killing of MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala, many in this House step onto the streets today at great risk. It is true that there is pain and frustration among the people due to the economic crisis and under such a situation it is true that people start protesting. But these protests go as far as murder and destroying people’s properties etc when there are those who motivate them to do so. Political forces that are pushing the frustrated people towards violence is present in the country today. Even Amarakeerthi Athukorala’s death is the result of such influence.

In our tradition we do not desecrate the dead. We respect the dead and condemn those who desecrate the dead. But, did Amarakeerthi Athukorala receive such justice? No. Not only did these mobs assault, kill and throw the naked body of Amarakeerthi Athukorala on the streets, they did not allow his body to be taken and ordered the body to be burnt on the road. I remember how these laws were brought in the 88-89 period where their enemies were killed and branded as traitors and their coffins were not allowed to be taken on the shoulders of their relatives, but the coffins were ordered to be carried to the cemetery below the knee level as a mark of insult. That’s what they tried to do for Amarakeerthi Athukorala as well.

There was vengeance on the minds of the protesters that day and not even the religious leaders who were at the protest did anything to stop this violence or even condemn such violence. Under such a backdrop, I am glad that the government brought this condolence motion and I extend my deepest condolences to the family members of Parliamentarian Amarakeerthi Athukorala.”

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