Nov 03, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera condemning the recent attack on HNDA student protest says it may be a result of a conspiracy against the government.
The media release issued by the foreign ministry in this regard is reproduced below.
I condemn the violent attack launched by the Police on Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (H.N.D.A.) students who protested in front of the University Grants Commission. The students were protesting to accept the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy as a degree programme, in addition to other demands.
In a civilised society, freedom of expression as well as protesting is a democratic right. Although the protestors had turned violent and turbulent on that occasion, there is an acceptable way of controlling the situation.
According to the pictures displayed in newspapers and social media, it is evident that the Police resorted to a violent course of action to control and disperse the protestors.
It need not be reiterated that such a violent course of action is not at all in keeping with the Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe era.
We have not forgotten how we were attacked when we launched peaceful rallies while in the opposition. We haven’t forgotten the inhumane way in which the previous government handled the Katunayake demonstrations, Rathupaswala demonstrations and other student demonstrations in the past.
The massive peaceful revolution that took place on the 08 of January 2015 was borne out of the need to rid the country of inhumane rulers who provided leadership to similar incidents. That revolution was launched in an effort to truly create a democratic and a civilized new political culture in the country.
However, it is no secret that there are conspirators among us who are attempting to justify the brutal past by portraying the present government as akin to the previous one and by pointing out that there’s no difference between the Rajapaksa regime and the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration. Therefore it is an essential to urgently ascertain whether these attacks had been made as a result of such a conspiracy.
We are pleased that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for a report regarding this incident immediately. However, it is the IGP’s responsibility to identify the police officers involved in the incident, whose photographs are displayed in the newspapers, to take immediate disciplinary action against them pending the submission of this report.
The credibility of our administration, which has been praised and commended not only by the majority of the citizens of our country but also by the international community, can be preserved only by taking prompt action against the police officers who had acted against the law in this incident. This will enable us to display to the outside world once again that ours is a truly democratic country.