Protesters called for the Government to bring those responsible for the attacks and killings to justice. TNA MP S. Sritharan, the TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, the NPC Minister of Agriculture, P Ayngaranesan, and the TNPF General Secretary S. Kajendran, as well as many others.
Protesters shouted slogans and held placards reading: “Will ethnic cleansing bring reconciliation?”, “We do not want another Black July” and “people of Aluthgama, Beruwala need justice”.
The leader of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, condemning the violence as a further manifestation of the state’s project of creating a Sinhala Buddhist ethnocracy, pledged to “stand as one with the Muslims to resist this project to the hilt”.
The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) said it “vehemently condemns the violence perpetrated against Muslims”, expressing “collective empathy and solidarity with the Muslim community”