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Legal profession speaks out on civilian killings

A Sri Lankan lawyers’ organisation, the Lawyers Collective,  strongly condemned the Sri Lankan government’s harsh action on the Weliweriya protests.

In a statement the organisation said that it condemned the government attacks on peaceful protestors, stating,

“In a constitutional democracy, attacking peaceful unarmed protestors or disrupting legitimate civil activities of the citizens is not a legitimate objective of the Armed Forces or the law enforcement authorities.”

“Lawyers are shocked but not at all surprised with the dubious post-event pronouncements of the State media and government politicians to justify the attack on civilians.”

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