Stand up to those who seek to preach hatred, intolerance and violence, Mangala appeals to Sri Lankans

Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera appeals to the Sri Lankans not to appease extremists or seek middle ground with them and stand up to those who seek to preach hatred, intolerance and violence in the name of Lord Buddha.Issuing a statement, the Minister says the leaders who bait and whip people into a frenzy do not deserve sympathy and asks the people to be wary when a political party, media organization or religious leader depends for their survival on one group of Sri Lankans becoming afraid of another.For as long as Sri Lanka has been an independent and sovereign nation, our people have been torn between two opposing political forces. This is the battle between the politics of unity and politics of division. To unite peoples across religious, ethnic and geographical lines requires moral courage and national vision. Some like the LTTE have tried to carve our country in two among ethnic and geographical lines. More recently, the radical Islamic cult of Zahran Hashim and ISIS sought to set the country on fire by igniting themselves, hundreds of innocent civilians and communities. All Sri Lankans condemn this unspeakable brutality.


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