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“Those who murdered an innocent man’s struggle is no longer peaceful,” – Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament that the demine of late MP Amarakeethi Athukorala was very unfortunate.

“Throughout my parliamentary career, I have made condolence statements to Parliament on the deaths of a number of MPs,” he said on Friday (10)

He claimed that MPs from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s were well aware of the dangers that existed at the time, particularly when traveling.

“It is true that the people are facing economic hardships and are protesting against it. However, these protests escalate to the level of causing destruction to property and murder, because these are people who spearhead these acts,” said the Former Prime Minister.

Political forces have emerged in the country that use people’s grievances to incite violence.

An emotional Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament that justice had not been served in the death of Amarakeerthi Athukorala.

“The struggle launched by those who killed an innocent man is no longer a peaceful struggle,” he told the house.

He stated that the assassination of the late Amarakeethi Athukorala instils fear in those who wish to live in a democratic manner.

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