Exclusive: Some in int'l community trying to oust @RW_UNP, Minister Tiran Alles tells me. “Sections of the international community worked to topple President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, now they want to topple President Ranil Wickremesinghe, too.” (1)
(2) The UN, US, Canada, EU & UK expressed serious concern, the Norwegian Ambassador strongly condemned last week's pre-dawn military assault on the protesters occupying the presidential secretariat. Journalists & lawyers were among those assaulted. At least 5 ppl were abducted.
(3) Responding to wave of int'l condemnation, Min Alles says: “Some sections of the tinternaional community don't like President Ranil Wickremesinghe as he is a strong leader. Their intention is to weaken #SriLanka to control our country’s affairs.”
#Thread: “Did they tweet when PM's house was set on fire? That's why I say that a section of int'l community is biased against #SriLanka," says Min Tiran Alles, & accuses d protesters of not responding to repeated demands to vacate president’s office. Protesters say they did. (4)
(5) Those occupying #GotaGoGama should also leave, says Tiran Alles. "Some Russian tourists said that no tourists would come if these ugly tents continue tb there. This is the heart of the capital; this is where all the top tourist hotels are." Watch-
(6) But when I pointed out that its not because of tents but because of #SriLankaCrisis, & lack of democracy that West advice their citizens to avoid travelling to #SriLanka, Tiran Alles says "those countries have always issued warnings when there are troubles on the street.”
(7) Public Security Minister Alles also confirms that President Ranil Wickremesinghe @RW_UNP pledged to MPs not to call a snap election. "The parliament will continue it’s full term. President also said that he doesn’t see any need for an early dissolution," he told me. #SLnews
(8) Alles says "Some Russian tourists said that no tourists would come if these ugly tents continue to be there" (#GotaGoGama), but this is what Antonina Potapova, a #Ukrainian woman living in #SriLanka, told me. Watch & make your own judgement. Full int -

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#Thread: A Timeline of events since #HumanRights lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah arrested by the police Criminal Investigation Dept on 14 April 2020 on suspicion of "aiding & abetting" of Easter Sunday suicide bomber Inshaf Ibrahim. Read -bbc.com/sinhala/sri-la… #SriLanka @Justice4Hejaaz
(2) Prior to his arrest, his home & legal chambers were searched by the police. Mr Hizbullah is widely credited with convincing the Supreme Court to strike down the purported dissolution of parliament by the then Prez @MaithripalaS in Oct 2018. Read more - bbc.com/sinhala/sri-la…
(3) An outspoken activist on minority rights, he co-authored an influential paper by leading #Muslim professionals questioning #SriLanka Govt's forced cremation of Muslim #COVID19 dead. He also engaged w/ UN special procedures mandate holders on d issue. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…
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