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Sri Lankan cricketers slam Govt following deadly unrest

Sri Lankan cricket legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have slammed the ruling government of the country after five people were killed and over 200 were injured in political violence.

Sri Lankan cricket legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have slammed the ruling government of the country after five people were killed and over 200 were injured in political violence.

Sangakkara on Monday took to Twitter and wrote, “Peaceful protestors demanding for their basic needs and rights attacked by despicable thugs and goons backed by the thugs and goons in the government. Disgusting. This is state backed violence. Intentional and planned.”

Meanwhile sharing a video on Twitter, Jayawardene wrote, “This is how they attacked a female protester in front of police officers … shame on you @PodujanaParty and government of SL for using violence.”

It may be mentioned that on Monday, supporters of the ruling Rajapaksa family attacked unarmed protesters who had been peacefully demonstrating for weeks.

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They have called for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation in response to the country’s worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who is on tour with Sri Lanka, said he was “utterly disappointed” by the “well-organized attacks against peaceful and innocent protesters.”

Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg spinner, also took to Twitter and wrote, “Cowardly and Barbaric! Two words that sums up today’s attack on innocent & PEACEFUL Sri Lankan Protesters. I am disappointed to even think we have such leadership in our country. My heart is with everyone standing United for this cause.”

First Published: 10th May, 2022 16:33 IST

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