Nov 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Muslim party, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) hailed the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya for his "courageous stand against anti-democratic forces" and called to initiate a high level inquiry into the violence unleashed in parliament on Friday (16) by the lawmakers supporting former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
ACMC, which has five Parliamentary MPs in the Sri Lankan Parliament, thanked the Speaker Jayasuriya for saving the "Democracy from the brink."
"ACMC hails bravery of the Speaker of Parliament Deshamanya Karu Jayasuriya who dared violence against our august House that sprung today. This violence was the most shameful conduct seen in our Parliament to-date and a red letter day for the decorum of our Parliament. We Thank Speaker (Deshamanya) Jayasuriya for saving our Democracy from the brink," the Leader of ACMC MP Rishad Bathiudeen said immediately after leaving the House on Friday.
"We condemn attacks on our Speaker and call for high level inquiry on this conduct. ACMC always stands up for individual freedom and free and fair conduct of MPs. That is a cornerstone of Parliamentary Democracy that has never been violated since independence. Therefore today's violent events in Parliament brings our august House to its lowest point in its history since independence and also international disrepute," ACMC Leader Bathiudeen added.
SLPP parliamentarian Prasanna Ranaweera was seen slapping a police officer for no reason and throwing water mixed with chili powder at the police officers guarding the Speaker while another SLPP MP Johnston Fernando was seen breaking a chair and hurling the pieces at the police officers and the parliamentary officials.