150 JVP members arrested

A tense situation arose in Parliament yesterday when several SLPP MPs began to obstruct JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s speech during the debate on the recent violence in the country.

Some Parliamentarians began calling Dissanayake a murderer and blaming him for the violence. In response, Dissanayake said that he was unafraid of such threats.

He said that if there is any doubt that any JVP member is involved in the recent violence, they were not afraid of being investigated. MP Arundika Fernando said that the IGP had said that out of the some 400 arrested over the recent violence, around 150 of them were JVP members. Anura Kumara Dissanayake quipped that it is perhaps the IGP that would have given them JVP membership. MP Shantha Bandara said that among the mob that had attacked his house there was a prominent JVP activist.

With that many of the SLPP parliamentarians started shouting various allegations at Dissanayake.

In response, Dissanayake said that the violence erupted as the people had got roused over the attack on the peaceful protesters.

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