Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that whoever engages in communal, ethnic and religious hatred, violence and hate speech would be brought to book. Relevant instructions have been given to the law enforcement authorities.
He was delivering a special statement to the media at Temple Trees. In his statement, Premier Wickremasinghe stated that measures would be taken to inquire, arrest and produce the person before court.
He went on that if it becomes necessary, new laws would be enacted by Parliament. The measures will be taken as reaffirmation of the policy of the National Unity Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, in accordance with the mandates received from the people at the Presidential elections on January 08, 2015, to ensure that our nation never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide our nation towards reconciliation. We have decided to get together and march forward after the end of the 30 year prolonged war. Accordingly all the Police stations and related institutions have been informed to maintain law and order.
He added that Police has been instructed to investigate into the incident of attacking several Muslim businesses and mosques. The Police would bring the situation back to normal. Those incidents are being investigated by the Police and at several incidents Police had implemented law.
He said: "I am proud to be Sinhala Buddhist, in the same manner I am proud to be a Sri Lankan. As a Sri Lankan, I respect all religions and cultures. If someone hates other religions and cultures, he cannot be accepted as a Sri Lankan. The good governance government would guarantee equal rights and ensure an environment that all could live peacefully.
The country was affected by the religious conflicts in 2014 and the unity among communities was damaged. The same incident affected the image of the country was affected. We cannot repeat the same. We would not allow anyone to repeat them too."