World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 05:45 am

Sri Lankan police arrest Muslim leader using draconian anti-terror laws

Sri Lankan police arrest Muslim leader using draconian anti-terror laws
The Rajapakse government, which faces an unprecedented economic and social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, is whipping up a new anti-Muslim campaign.

Sri Lankan police arrested Muslim political leader Azath Salley on Tuesday at the orders of Attorney General Dappula de Livera, following provocative statements last week by former rear admiral, now Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera.It has also been employed by Sri Lankan governments to suppress political opponents and militant workers.Gotabhaya Rajapakse, with the backing of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), won the Sri Lankan presidency by rallying support from Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinist groups and the military and by promising a “strong and stable government.Next Tuesday, a UNHRC meeting will discuss a resolution prompted by the US and its allies over Sri Lankan war crimes committed during Colombo’s war with the LTTE, as well as ongoing attacks on democratic rights.

The Sri Lankan ruling elite, from the outset of so-called national independence in 1948, and whenever faced with a political crisis since, has systematically discriminated against the country’s minorities, principally the Tamils, to defend capitalist rule.Predictably, the Sri Lankan media has backed the government’s anti-Muslim campaign.

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