Sri Lanka remembers 2019 Easter bombing victims

Colombo, Apr 21 (EFE).- Hundreds of Catholics on Friday gathered for human chains and a memorial mass in Sri Lanka in reminiscence of the victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday serial bombings, by which 269 individuals have been killed and lots of wounded.

On this event, members of the minority neighborhood highlighted the persevering with lack of justice for the victims.

“Has acceptable motion been taken over Easter Sunday assault?” “cease hoodwinking the general public,” and “discover the mastermind of the Easter assault,” have been a number of the slogans chanted by the demonstrators – wearing black and white – in Colombo and different cities.

Candles burn on the Easter Sunday monument throughout the fourth-anniversary commemoration of the 2019 assault at St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 April 2023. EFE-EPA/CHAMILA KARUNARATHNE

4 years after the coordinated bombings, by which attackers concurrently focused three church buildings and three luxurious inns, the Church management continues to demand justice over the authorities’ incapacity to stop the assaults.

“It’s possible that there was a political motive behind the Easter assault as a result of regardless of receiving 4 warnings from Indian Intelligence, no motion was taken to cease the assaults.” Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the chief of the island nation’s Catholic neighborhood, advised the gathering within the memorial mass at St Anthony’s church, the location of one of many explosions.

In January, the Sri Lankan Supreme Courtroom ordered former president Maithripala Sirisena and 4 different excessive officers to compensate the victims for failing to stop the assaults regardless of receiving warnings from intelligence companies.

Family members of victims and survivors of the 2019 Easter Sunday assault march in the direction of St. Anthony’s Church demanding justice throughout the fourth-anniversary commemoration in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 21 April 2023. EFE-EPA/CHAMILA KARUNARATHNE

“Investigations on the Easter Sunday assault are incomplete,” Ranjith insisted.

Though the assaults have been claimed by the Islamic State terror group and attributed by the police to native Islamist group Thowheed Jamaat, the Church has alleged a political conspiracy behind the bombings in recent times.

The assaults triggered a wave of violence towards Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority and have become a central ingredient within the victory of now ousted ex president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who got here to energy on a marketing campaign promising higher safety. Nonetheless, his mishandling of a extreme financial disaster led to a motion that pressured him to resign from the presidency final yr. EFE


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