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Johnston Fernando has been named as a suspect in the attacks on GGG and MGG

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Johnston has been named as a suspect in the attacks on GGG and MGG

Sri Lanka’s Attorney General said ex-Minister Johnston Fernando will be named as a suspect in the case filed over the May 9th attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites in Colombo.

On May 12, 2022, the Fort Magistrate’s Court also issued a travel ban to MP Johnston Fernando, Ex-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, MP Namal Rajapaksa, and 14 others.

On May 9, 2022, a normal Monday morning became a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum organized the meeting at Temple Trees, which drew hundreds of people.

Following this meeting, pro-government supporters attacked and dismantled the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees.

They then proceeded to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama, where they destroyed several tents and assaulted peaceful protestors.

To control the unrest, the Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, the Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in, and the Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew.

Following an investigation, MPs and several other local government members were arrested for their roles in the protest site attacks.

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