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* Sri Lanka PM urges people to act wisely and not to become victims of communalism
Tue, Mar 6, 2018, 11:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe making a special statement urged all citizens of the country to act patiently, wisely and prudently without becoming victims of communalism.

The Premier delivering a special statement in the parliament on Tuesday said the National Security Council met yesterday and instructed the chiefs of the security forces and the Police to take prompt action against the sabotage acts and be prepared to control any kind of tension situation in order to ensure that the normal life of the community is carried on without any hindrance and law and order is maintained.

He added that the government will never hesitate to take stern legal action against the subversive elements and investigations have been opened in regard to the incidents in Digana and Ampara.

The Premier stressed that the government denounces all sorts of violent acts.

"We condemn all these racist and violent acts as a government. As a responsible government, there is no possibility of endorsing such illegal and violent acts. We are all well aware of the value of peace, unity, and freedom as a country after enduring a 30 year brutal war," he said.

The Premier charged that some power hungry politicians are seem to be plotting various sabotage acts instigating racism to fulfill their hidden agendas. He stated that they want to disrupt the normal public life to reap petty advantages.

"Their only trump card is to stir up communalism. It is their sole aim to create terror in the country sabotaging people' lives to gain power," he said.

The Prime Minister said that it is obvious that social media networks are being used to instigate racism by such politicians.

He said it is clearly seen that activities such as propagating misleading information that raises hatred among communities, especially spreading distorted information across social media networks, are well organized.

An organized group has rounded a speculation that Muslims are a threat to the Sinhala community. Wrong statistics have also been circulated among the people through social media to convince their propaganda.

"The majority of this country is Sinhala Buddhists. As Sinhala Buddhists, we protect that heritage. There is no threat to that heritage or rights. We will not allow that to happen. There are people of other races and religion living in this country as Sri Lankans. People of all races and religions have the right to enjoy their culture and practice their religion without any harassment," the Premier pointed out.

"This is a concept from the DS. Senanayake's time. We will protect it," he said.

The Premier explained that assistance of the public representatives, religious leaders, police etc. is needed to make the situation normal. The Premier emphasized that thorough action will be taken against the organized groups who propagate racism.

"I urge all people of the country not to become victims of treacherous pursuit of communalism, and act patiently, wisely and sensibly," he said.


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