Buddhist and Catholic clergy behind riots – Prasanna

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Prasanna Ranatunga on Friday (10), alleged that Buddhist Monks and Catholic Clergy were behind riots that erupted on 9 May, following the attack on peaceful protesters at Galle Face on the same day.

Speaking in Parliament during Messages of Condolences for MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala who was killed by a mob during the unrest on 9 May, Ranatunga said speaking in Parliament during Messages of Condolences for MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala who was killed by a mob during the unrest on 9 May, Ranatunga said both the Buddhist temple and the Catholic Church were behind the violence.

“On 9 May Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and Ven. Sobhitha Thera have indirectly influenced the people to attack the properties of the MPs. The lawyers too have influenced the people to indulge in violence. They could have calmed the situation. Some members of the Catholic clergy gathered people to churches and influenced them to carry out the attacks. It should be investigated,” he stressed.

BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake

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