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Bimal condemns recent incidents of violence

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JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake has observed that all parties and all sectors of society must rally to condemn violence without reservation.

He made this observation addressing Parliament during the debate on the Regulations under the Merchant Shipping Act. 

During his address, he stated that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's success at the Local Government Elections gave the physical power to the new wave of racial violence in the country. It was no coincidence that a wave of anti-Muslim sentiments erupted in the country on the Halal issue just after the 2010 Presidential Election results and the same occurred after the recently concluded Local Government elections.

He added that the vote base of former President Rajapaksa is constituted of hard-core racists, religious extremists and those with a deep-seated war mentality. This is the absolute truth. The racial extremist groups mushroomed in the country after 2010 with the blessings of the then rulers and an anti-Muslim sentiment was created since 2011.

He pointed out the fear psychosis created among the Sinhalese on the dangers of country getting divided and the shrinking Sinhala population was a result of continuously feeding such terror into the minds of people over the past five years. Those who make such allegations have got no concrete evidence for their claims.

He continued that there is a Muslim extremist faction also that aids this mission. However, Muslim community itself suffers due to Muslim extremism than the other communities. There were extremists in both Sinhalese and Tamil communities and that was also true of the Muslim community. Many Sinhalese and Tamil people speak against the extremism and extremists in their communities. However, none of the Muslim politicians uttered a word against extremism within their community. Muslim leaders must stand up against Muslim extremism.

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