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SL Minister: ‘Americans are trying to kill me’

Following his call to boycott all American goods and products last week, Sri Lankan Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa has claimed that “local Americans” have been trying to assassinate him.

The minister said,

“Yes, I made a request from our patriotic Sri Lankans to boycott America and American products to show our protest to the American sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva and express our solidarity with the government. Surprisingly, the local Americans are attempting to kill me for making this statement.

Weerawansa went on to say,

It seems President Obama has travelled not only to Kenya but also to Sri Lanka as well. I do not care if they want to kill me. But what I said was to refrain from using American products and services.

The media has distorted my request and are attempting to interpret it as if I asked to boycott Sri Lankan products. I do not understand as to why they get so agitated when I asked to boycott foreign goods. They do the job when the US Embassy phones them to do the job.”

“What I did was only a small protest against foreign influence on the country to show that there are people who love this country. There are patriots who are ready to face any risk on behalf of the motherland. American torch bearers are found in any country.”

See our earlier post: SL Minister urges boycott of Google (13 March 2012)

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