Sri Lanka: Violence escalates as Presidential election campaign enters final phase

United Socialist Party (CWI in Sri Lanka) campaign continues

Siritunga Jayasuriya, the presidential candidate of the United Socialist Party (USP – CWI in Sri Lanka) has condemned escalating violence in Sri Lanka’s Presidential election campaign. Even the Police Inspector General stated that Sri Lanka is heading towards a chaotic situation.

USP members also came under attack in Akkaraipattu in the east of Sri Lanka, where the USP is well known, due to its work in the aftermath of the Tsunami disaster in 2004. Government supporters attacked USP campaigners and confiscated their leaflets. Though no untoward incidents occurred, a heated debate took place and in the process, a gathering of around 200 people heard USP members’ arguments against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s (Sri Lankan President) undemocratic regime.

The USP also participated in a mass protest, along with hundreds of trade unionists and artist activists, who voiced their strong protest against the abuse of the state media in Sri Lanka to favour the incumbent President in the elections, which took place in front of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation head office in Colombo today.

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