While protestors burn down houses belong to government ministers US Ambassador condemns violence against peaceful protestors
Posted on May 9th, 2022

Sri Lanka News

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung has condemned the situation today (09) by posting a message on her Twitter account.

The message says “We condemn the violence against peaceful protestors today, and call on the government to conduct a full investigation, including the arrest prosecution of anyone who incited violence. Our sympathies are with those injured today and we urge calm and restraint across the island.

Meanwhile, the so called peaceful protestors are accused of perpetration of following violences against the parliamtarians reported in the local news papers.

MP Kumara Welgama assaulted – Hiru News

It is reported that MP Kumara Welgama has been assaulted.

He was injured in the attack and is currently receiving treatment at a hospita

Ancestral home of Rajapaksas set on fire in Medamulana (Daily Mirror)

The ancestral home of the Rajapaksas in Medamulana in Hambantota has been set on fire by a group of protestors a short while ago.

Video footage showed the entire house burning away as protestors hooted away. 

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s house in Kurunegala set on fire (Video) – Hiru News

People have set fire to a house belonging to Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kurunegala.<br /><br />It is reported that a large fire has spread in the house.

Shooting at the Weeraketiya Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman’s residence – Hiru News

It is reported that a person has been shot dead at the house of the Chairman of the Weeraketiya Pradeshiya Sabha.

Eight others were injured in the incident, police said.<br /><br />Further details about the deceased and the incident have not been reported yet.

Medamulana monuments destroyed (Video) – Hiru News

The two monuments erected at the Medamulana Walawuwa in memory of D.A. Rajapaksa and Dona Dandina Rajapaksa have been smashed and destroyed.

According to reports 33.9 million rupees of Sri Lankan citizens’ tax money was wasted on these monuments.

Tear gas fired at protesters trying to enter Temple Trees (Adaderana)

The police have fired tear gas to disperse a group of anti-government protesters who attempted to forcibly enter the Temple Trees this evening (May 09).

Protestors trying to forcibly enter Temple Trees, tear gas fired (Daily Mirror)

A group of anti-government protestors who were forcibly trying to enter Temple Trees have been tear-gassed by the police a short while ago. 

Despite the tear gas, the protestors are attempting to forcibly enter the premises.

MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala found dead amidst unrest in Nittambuwa (Adaderana)

Polonnaruwa District MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala and his personal security officer are reported dead amidst the unrest in Nittambuwa today.

A shooting incident was reported in the area this evening, following which a total of six injured people were rushed to the Wathupitiwala Base Hospital.

Hospital sources confirmed that three of them have sustained gunshot wounds. A 27-year-old who was in critical condition later succumbed to injuries.

According to reports, the parliamentarian and his assistant had opened fire at the protesters and critically injured two people blocking his vehicle. He was later found dead while hiding inside a nearby building.

Footage secured from a nearby CCTV camera showed MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala fleeing the scene with his assistant, who was armed with a gun.

Thisakutti Arachchi’s house attacked (Video) – Hiru News

People have attacked the house of Badulla District Parliamentarian Tissa Kuttiarachchi.<br /><br />Protesters reportedly set fire to the MP’s house after the attack.

Meanwhile, several houses of parliamentarians were attacked while the house of Puttalam MP Santha Nishantha was completely damaged due to an arson attack.

MP Sanath Nishantha’s house set on fire (Video) – Hiru News

Puttalam District Parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha’s house has been set on fire

MP Johnston Fernando’s house damaged – protesters surround residence – Hiru News

It is reported that the house of Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Johnston Fernando has also been surrounded by protesters.

Protesters have also set fire to his house and smashed equipment according to reports.

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SLPP MPs houses under attack, vehicles burnt (Daily Mirror)

he houses of several SLPP MPs have come under attack by the protestors and some have been set ablaze.

Some SLPP offices have also been set on fire, the Daily Mirror area correspondents have reported.

Some of the MPs whose houses have been attacked are Johnston Fernando, Kanchana Wijesekara, Sanath Nishantha, Ramesh Pathirana and Nimal Lanza.

Security has been heightened outside all ruling party MP’s houses. 

Moratuwa Mayor’s residence set on fire (Courtesy NewsIn.Asia)

A group of individuals has set fire to the residence of Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, located in the area of Willorawatte.

According to Ada Derana correspondent, the situation has been brought under control.

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