By Rathindra Kuruwita
Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) candidates and their supporters were systematically attacking and intimidating United National Party (UNP) supporters and state officials, JHU Media Spokesperson Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe alleged adding that UNP MPs should go to their electorates immediately to protect them.
“We have received a significant amount of complaints of attacks and intimidation on not only UNPers but also on state officials and trade union leaders. The SLPP candidates and supporters have unleashed violence against their political opponents, especially in some areas of Colombo, Hambantota, Moneragala and Anuradhapura.”
What was happening was in stark contrast to how the winning side had acted following the last presidential election. SLPP supporters had also destroyed the hoardings announcing the development activities carried out by the present government, Warnasinghe said.
“The police are also not doing enough to prevent such attacks. And I think that the UNP MPs must immediately return to their electorates and protect the party members. They must not spend all their time discussing in Colombo 07 because while they are talking in Colombo, their supporters are suffering at the grassroots.”
Warnasinghe said those attacks were not adequately reported on or highlighted because all the attention is on the political instability in the country. Thus they had established a centre to monitor post-election violence, he added.
“We urge people to send us complaints and we will complain to the Election Commissioner and the Police as well as going before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.”