No room for extremism says President
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (21) assured that he would not leave any room for any form of extremism, or violence from any extremists to be unleashed again.
President Rajapaksa said the true perpetrators responsible for the Easter Sunday massacres will be identified and brought before the law.
“I once again commiserate with all those who were adversely affected by the Easter Sunday massacre and all Sri Lankans who were deeply shocked by these barbaric acts,” he said, adding: “I will ensure the safety of all communities in my country.”
Following is the full statement:
Exactly a year ago, on 21 April 2019, a group of extremists, bent on a macabre agenda, unleashed a sequence of terror, targeting Catholic churches and tourist hotels. I deeply empathise with the families of all those who lost their lives and sustained grave injuries, the Catholic community, and (the) entire Sri Lankan citizenry, who were terrorised by these horrifying massacres.
Around 270 people were killed and about 500 were gravely injured in the Easter Sunday attacks. Some who survived later succumbed to their injuries after months of suffering. Some others will be disabled for life. Even though Catholics were targeted, this was a terrorist attack against all Sri Lankan citizens.
This heinous crime against humanity needs to be condemned by all without any tolerance towards this extremist ideology.
It is most unfortunate that the mechanisms that were in place to ensure national security were dismantled.
When anarchy prevails, it is only natural for extremism, terrorism, and all kinds of violence to raise its despicable head.
I reiterate the pledge I made in (the) “Vistas for Prosperity” policy statement that I will ensure the safety of all communities in my country. I will not leave any room for any form of extremism, or violence from any extremists to be unleashed on my people again.