Sri Lanka police launched a brutal attack against a political party that gathered before the US Embassy in Colombo for a peaceful protest in support of #BlackLivesMatter campaign.
Sri Lanka President was a former US citizen who renounced the citizenship to contest the Presidential with the support of arch Sinhala racists. His wife, son and daughter-in-law are still US citizens.
The entire country was shocked to see the brutal nature the protest was suppressed covering to a court order reportedly obtained under the quarantine regulations.
Some of the police officers who came to the attack were wearing personal protective kits but the protesters were hauled and thrown like bags of flesh into packed mini trucks. They were driven to Colombo Harbour police station in the back of mini trucks without the least concern regarding quarantine regulations.
Fifty-three protestors including the leaders of the Frontline Socialist Party, lawyers and women were arrested. Order to brutally attack the protest had come from a top defence authority, sources say. However, the protestors were released later on police surety because of orders from a higher authority, sources say.
Former President and present Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, supposedly a hair to the family throne, Namal Rajapaksa protested the police attack in a Twitter message.
A couple of weeks ago, the government tolerated the politicized funeral of former Minister Arumugam Thondaman that blatantly violated the quarantine regulations.
Frontline Socialist Party is a Marxist political party in Sri Lanka which has strong connections with the radical student movement.
Sri Lanka government is led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former military officer and the secretary of the Defense Ministry by the time the state forces defeated the Tamil rebels, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). His close circle is comprised of the former and present military top brass who propose a tough rule for the country.