Taking to social media, Sri Lankan cricketers condemned the ongoing anti-Muslim riots and the recently reported violence in the country. Multan Sultans’ star player Kumar Sangakkara asked “have we not learned anything from past?” and said, “No one in Sri Lanka can be marginalized or threatened or harmed due to their ethnicity or religion.”
In a video message, he advocated inter-faith harmony and demanded an end to the violence based on racism. “We are One Country and One people. Love, trust and acceptance should be our common mantra. No place for racism and violence. STOP. Stand together and stand strong,” he tweeted.
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena recalled his childhood when the country was suffering from the civil war which lasted for 25 years. He said, “I strongly condemn the recent acts of violence & everyone involved must be brought to justice regardless of race/ religion or ethnicity.”
Sanath Jayasuriya, a former opener and team selector, requested the Sri Lankan people to be wise and stay together in the tough times. He exclaimed, “Disgusting and sickening to see the acts of violence in Sri Lanka.”
According to the agencies, a daytime curfew was relaxed on Thursday in the troubled Sri Lankan district of Kandy where three people were killed in anti-Muslim riots, but schools remained closed as beefed-up security forces patrolled the streets.
Courtesy of pakistantoday.com.pk