Suppressing public protest will lead country and its people into greater abyss: Karu Jayasuriya | Sri Lanka News


While calling on the security forces and government authorities to heed the true message of the country’s people National Movement for Social Justice Chairman Karu Jayasuriya said yesterday underestimating the increasing pressure among the populace and attempting to resolve it through suppression would only lead the country and its people into a far greater abyss.

In a statetement, he said the government has shown its level of fear and inability to face the voice of the country’s people by arresting Hirunika Premachandra, Rehan Jayawickrama and a group of activists including women in front of the Fort President's House recently. 

“The government has also clearly displayed its hostility towards those standing for the real issues of the people through these arrests and exposed its indisposition towards democratic rights and freedom before the whole world.

Actions such as these will only further isolate and distance us from the civilised democratic world and further exacerbate the severe economic crisis faced by our country today,” the statement added. 

“While the National Movement for Social Justice strongly condemns this incident we would like to emphasise that the government must understand that we will no longer remain silent in the face of the enormous pressure faced by the Sri Lankan people.

At the time where the country’s leaders have failed to provide solutions to the many problems faced by the people, the only choice they have been left with is to raise their voice against the government. 

However, if the authorities prepare to suppress this right by using the existing law of the country or otherwise, the end result will not be favourable to either the leaders or the country as a whole. But this is not a situation that we wish for.

Therefore we call on the security forces and government authorities to heed the true message of the country’s people as underestimating the increasing pressure among the populace and attempting to resolve it through suppression would only lead the country and its people into a far greater abyss,” it further said.

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