great players of sri lankan cricket Kumar Sangakkara And Mahela Jayawardene The government has been targeted after five people were killed and over 200 injured in political violence. Current and former cricketers have a huge fan following in Sri Lanka and their comments weigh. “Peaceful protesters demanding their basic needs and rights were attacked by despicable thugs and goons backed by thugs and goons in the government. Disgusting,” Sangakkara wrote on Twitter.
Sangakkara, former Sri Lanka captain and now the head coach of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, said, “This is state-backed violence. Deliberate and planned.”
IPL franchise Mumbai Indians coach Jayawardene attached a video of a woman beating up and tweeted: “This is how he attacked a female protestor in front of police officers… Shame on you @PodujanaParty and violence to the government of SL to use.”
Supporters of the ruling Rajapaksa family on Monday attacked unarmed protesters, who have been demonstrating peacefully for weeks.
They are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country’s worst economic crisis since independence in 1948.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday, but that did not quell the anger of the people.
leg spinner Vanindu Hasranga Twitter also wrote, “Cowardly and barbaric! Two words that sum up today’s attack on innocent and peaceful Sri Lankan protesters.
“I am also dismayed to think that we have such leadership in our country. My heart goes out to all those who are united in this cause.”
wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwellawho is in Bangladesh with Sri Lanka’s touring squad, said he was “deeply disappointed by the planned attacks against peaceful and innocent protesters”.
Cricket Australia said on Tuesday that it is monitoring the situation ahead of next month’s tour of Sri Lanka, but for now it will go ahead.
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