The Leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickresminghe says the general public has stood firm for democracy and against dictatorship during the past two weeks.
Terming the past two weeks as 13 dark days, the UNP Leader said the public should continue to fight for the basic freedoms and for the nation.
In a special statement, UNP Leader Ranil Wickresminghe said the public without resorting to violence should continue to work to defeat intimidation and fear with courage and hope.
The UNP Leader said, “It has been thirteen days since democracy was taken hostage in Sri Lanka. But during these darks days the public did not give up. In extraordinary numbers and with extraordinary courage they came out on to the street, you spoke out, you made and continues to make your voices heard. You have not let this country be plunged into the darkness of dictatorship. For this inspiring effort I want to thank everyone who has risen to fight for democracy and justice. Without resorting to violence you have worked to defeat intimidation and fear with courage, creativity and hope. This is a cause far bigger than myself, members of parliament and political parties can ever be. It is a battle for our basic freedoms, for our rights, for our nation.”