Nov 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today extending his appreciation to the people, who have taken to streets to protest the President Maithripala Sirisena's power transfer, urged the people not to give up the fight for democracy and freedom.
Following is the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe's message:
"It has been thirteen days since democracy was taken hostage in Sri Lanka. But in these dark times, you, the people have not given up.
In extraordinary numbers and with extraordinary courage you came out on to the streets, you spoke out. You made and continue to make your voices heard. You have not let this country be plunged into the darkness of dictatorship.
For this inspiring effort, I want to thank everyone who has risen to fight for democracy and justice.
Without resorting to violence, you have worked to defeat intimidation with fear and courage, creativity and hope.
This is a cause far bigger than myself, members of parliament and political parties can ever be. It is a battle for our basic freedoms! For our rights! For our nation! Don't give up."