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“Opposition groups planning violence,” says Sri Lanka govt: a ploy to continue suppression says, activists.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has received intelligence reports detailing another attempt at creating public unrest similar to that of on May 09, 2022, according to cabinet spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardena.

President Ranil Rajapaksa has briefed the Cabinet of Ministers about the information he has received from the State Intelligence Service (SIS).

The intelligence reports have revealed that certain groups involved in the Aragalaya movement and affiliated with the opposition were planning to rekindle the events that took place on May 09 last year on the pretext of the prevailing drought, the electricity crisis and water shortage, According to SIS report.

Cabinet spokesperson says that there were attempts to surround the residences of Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and Power & Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera adding that special security had to be provided to prevent such anticipated attacks.

Ranil Rajapaks has accused at the cabinet meeting that at least two media institutions for this move to bring back violence onto the streets using the drought-induced water crisis and the agitation of the farmers as an excuse.

Saying that  this is an attempt to destabilize the country, the minister said these certain groups were attempting to initiate a gunfire retaliation from law enforcement and use the deaths of the people for political ends.

Political activists say that this is a clear attempt to suppress critical media and left opposition groups.

Cabenet spokespers has even said that this is an attempt to destabilize the country, and these certain groups were attempting to initiate a gunfire retaliation from the law enforcement and use the deaths of the people for political ends.

This is a clear attempt to suppress people’s struggles accuinng them of violence, political observers say.

( witht the inputs from Ada Derana)

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