against Saddam’s execution erupt around the country
Friday massive protests against the execution of former Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein, were held around the country after Jumma prayers.
A large number of protestors gathered at the Maradana
Jumma Mosque and marched to the US Embassy where they handed over
Meanwhile protest rallies were also held at Puttalam,
Beruwala, Kaththankudy, Kalmunai, Akkaraipattu and several other
areas in the east.
Even though Government delayed issuing a statement
after the execution, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera
issued a statement stating the execution, which was carried out
on Eid-ul-adha, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar
“…While regretting this unfortunate
turn of events we fervently hope that this will not affect negatively,
the process of restoring peace and normalcy in Iraq” he stated.
All mainstream political parties in Sri Lanka
too condemned the execution. Our pictures show some of the protest
demonstrations held in Colombo and Puttalam.