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* EU condemns attack against peaceful protestors, closely monitoring developments in Sri Lanka
Wed, May 11, 2022, 08:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 11, Colombo: In a declaration, the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the latest developments said the European Union (EU) and its 27 Member States are closely monitoring developments in Sri Lanka.

The High Representative said the EU condemns the recent vicious attack against peaceful protestors in Colombo, which triggered further violence after a month of peaceful demonstrations had shown, despite some isolated incidents, that Sri Lankans are able to exercise peacefully their right to freedom of expression.

The EU deplored the loss of life, including of a Member of Parliament, and the high number of injured people.

The EU called on the authorities to initiate an investigation into the events and to hold accountable those instigating or perpetrating violence. The EU urged all parties to refrain from violence and to show restraint.

“The EU recalls the importance to safeguard the democratic rights of all citizens, and to focus on solutions that will address the significant challenges currently faced by the Sri Lankans,” the statement said.

Over the last few months the EU has provided humanitarian assistance, including for handling the COVID crisis and the ensuing challenges, and is actively looking at ways to further mitigate the impact of the economic crisis on the most vulnerable people.

 

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