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Blood on the hands of ‘Aragalaya’ – former PM


Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused the public protests at the Galle Face Green, known as the “Aragalaya,” of murder.

Even religious leaders involved in anti-government protests at the site, according to Mahinda Rajapaksa, were unable to prevent the violence that occurred on May 9.

He made the accusation during a vote of condolence in Parliament today for the murder of former MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala.

According to the former Prime Minister, the ‘Aragalaya’ cannot be considered peaceful, and those involved in the protests have blood on their hands.

Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the late Amarakeerthi Athukorala had done nothing wrong to the ‘Aragalaya.’

Amarakeerthi Athukorala, a member of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), was killed during the May 2009 unrest in Sri Lanka.

Following a meeting with Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLPP loyalists attacked peaceful anti-government protesters near the Temple Trees and at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.

The MP’s death was initially reported as a suicide, but it was later determined to be murder. As the unrest erupted, Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire on members of the public who had obstructed his vehicle in Nittambuwa, injuring several people.

After being surrounded by the public, he fled the area and sought refuge inside a building. Following that, he and his security guard were discovered dead, with police investigations confirming that he had been murdered.

Several people have been arrested in connection with the death of SLPP MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala.

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