Peaceful march attacked: Journalist assaulted: Camera equipment damaged

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One of the thugs who came to attack shouting at the crowd (Photo:Vikalpa)

 

A group of thugs led by Government politicians has attacked the campaign of the ‘Viyaruwata Erihiwa ; Jeewithya Wenuwen – ‘වියරැවට එරෙහිව, ජීවිතය වෙනුවෙන් ( Against the Craze for the Life) at Eppawala in Anuradhapuraya district few hours ago, yesterday ( 05 Dec 2014), according to a press release issued by Sampath Samarakoon on behalf of the Co-ordination committee.

Chairman of the Eppawala local Government body, the Pradesheeya Sabha, Wasantha Bandara and member of the Sabha Uthitha Kumara has led the gang of thugs that attacked the campaign. Hiru TV journalist Mr.Thisara Saman who was covering the incident was also assaulted and his camera was damaged by the gang.

The gang has arrived as the campaign was coming to an end and assaulted some of the participants including the well-known peace singer Jatathilaka Bandara. The gang has later fled as large number of people gathered against the gang.

Thugs attacked us stating not to criticizes their King. Mr. Jayahilaka Bandara said.

“For all these years I fought for peace I was never attacked. This was the first time. Despite all these obstacles we will continue to fight. Even if they kill me this fight will not stop.” he further stated.

See BBC article from here 

FMM press statement about this incident will be published on Monday 8th December.

‘Viyaruwata Erihiwa ; Jeewithya Wenuwen – ‘වියරුවට එරෙහිව, ජීවිතය වෙනුවෙන් campaign is traveling around the country exposing the present regime’s anti-democratic practices and consists of large number of civil groups.

 

 

 

Poster-Original

“Viyaruwata Erehewa” campaign poster

 

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