Parliament today exchanged views pertaining to the unrest reported on the 9th of May outside Temple Trees and at Galle Face. Parliamentarian Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said three names of protesters at Galle Face have been released, calling for their arrests. The MP questioned as to which individual would remain patient when being assaulted, adding that it is only natural to fight back. He called on the Speaker to solve such incidents amicably, adding that there will be no end to arrests under such circumstances. MP Fonseka requested that a programme be formulated to solve this crisis which is justifiable by all.
Meanwhile, MP Premitha Bandara Tennakoon disagreeing with MP Sarath Fonseka said their residences were attacked by fully armed individuals while a petrol bomb was hurled at the residence of the Dambulla Mayor. He charged that such actions are similar to terrorist attacks. He also noted that one individual who sustained injuries in the unrest succumbed yesterday, and questioned how the prevalent situation can settle on amicable grounds.
Joining the debate MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said he inquired into the details of the individual who succumbed yesterday to injuries sustained in the clashes on the 9th. MP Jayamaha said the individual was part of the group at Temple Trees after being given Rs.5,000 and a bottle of alcohol. The MP said the government witnessed the reaction of their actions. Meanwhile, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said there were two groups present on the 9th of May; an organised politically motivated group, adding that they were armed with swords and batons and petrol bombs. MP Rajapaksa said regardless of the political party they represent; the law must be enforced against them. He called for individuals who were misled as a result of such actions to be rehabilitated and integrated to society. However, MP Namal Rajapaksa called for assaulters, those responsible for murders, and arsonists to be brought to book.
Furthermore, MP Geetha Kumarasinghe questioned why such hate was directed at her that her house was attacked and the awards she won during her acting career were destroyed. The MP stated that she has not done any wrong to the people. She noted that she was reminded of how Vijaya Kumaratunga was killed and how his house was surrounded by more than 100 armed people. The MP said she entered Parliament to serve the people and claimed she is now of the stance that she should retire from politics. MP Kumarasinghe questioned how MPs can engage in politics in future if the public acts in such a manner. She charged that these actions were inhumane especially given she’s a female.