Sri Lanka: Pressure on police to arrest protesters attackers, Attorney General asked to speed up investigation

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On Monday, police in Sri Lanka were under pressure to arrest Rajapaksa family loyalists involved in last week’s attacks on peaceful protesters. Police have arrested over 200 people on various charges after nine people were killed in the violence.

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Due to these clashes, curfew is in force in the country since last Monday. Police have arrested around 230 people since May 9 for breaking curfew, attacking the public and causing damage to public and private property. Nuwan Bopez of the Youth Lawyers Association condemned such violence and called for the arrest of the government-backed attackers of the protesters.

On the other hand, the Attorney General has also asked the police to expedite the investigation. Let us tell you that on May 9, a government-backed mob attacked the protesters demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother and former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa. Nine people were killed and more than 200 were injured in violence that erupted against Rajapaksa loyalists.

Police made additional arrangements

The police have urged the public to provide information about the government-backed attackers. They have arrested a worker of the municipal council controlled by the ruling party of Moratuwa suburb of Colombo. The police have set up phone lines for the public to give information about the attackers.

Compulsion to sell national flag to fill stomach in Galle face

Due to the severe financial crisis in Sri Lanka, the common people are not only struggling with food and essential medicines but there has also been a shortage of essential commodities. In such a situation, the Galle Face has become a stronghold of the ongoing protests against the Rajapaksa family. This sector has been a major contributor to the national economy.

Whereas now thousands of people are unemployed here. People associated with the tourism industry are now forced to sell the national flag in the protest areas for their livelihood. One of them, Piyal, told that he is selling the flag by leaving auto driving because petrol, gas are very expensive and it has become difficult to raise a family.