Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Angelo Mathews, Sanath Jayasuriya and even Roshen Silva condemned the communal riots in Kandy and demanded action against those behind the violence.
Two individuals were killed, a number of houses and shops were burnt down over the past few days.
Today, the situation is back to normal and peace-loving Sri Lankans irrespective of race or religion are already out collecting relief items for the victims.
“No one in Sri Lanka can be marginalized or threatened or harmed due to their ethnicity or religion. 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,” wrote former captain Kumar Sangakkara on twitter.
Moreover, his best friend Mahela Jayawardena said, “I strongly condemn the recent acts of violence & everyone involved must be brought to justice regardless of race/ religion or ethnicity. I grew up in a civil war which lasted 25 years and don’t want the next generation to go through that,”via a Twitter message.
Sanath Jayasuriya also came out with strong words on both twitter and facebook,
“Disgusting and sickening to see the acts of violence in Sri Lanka. I condemn strongly and to bring the involved culprits to justice. I request people of Sri Lanka to be wise and stay together in these tough times,” wrote the master blaster.
The other cricketers who condemned the violence were Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, and Ravi Ashwin. Silva was one of the first Sri Lankan Cricketers to speak up via Twitter.
Earlier this week, the Sri Lankan government imposed a state of emergency in the country to control law and order.
Bangladesh and India are on tour in Sri Lanka for a seven-match Twenty20 series to mark Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence. Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets to take an early lead. India will play Bangladesh later today at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
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