Will not allow extremist, terrorist groups to be active in Sri Lanka - President

Any extremist or terrorist organizations will not be allowed to be active in Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said addressing the 72nd Independence Day ceremony.

The celebrations kicked off at the Independence Square in Colombo this morning (04) following the arrival of the President and hoisting of the national flag.

President said: “I have the vision that I must serve as the Head of State of all the people than a political leader who serves one community. As President, I represent the entire Sri Lankan community free of racial, religious, party or any other differences.

I am bound to implement the needs of the people of this country. It is my responsibility and duty. I do not expect any hindrances from state officials or legislature or judiciary in fulfilling this.

Freedom of the people has been constrained by the evolution of state rule over time. Rules and regulations imposed without proper study or coordination have left the public facing many harassments.

We should not impose unnecessary restrictions on the majority instead of enforcing the law against minority offenders.”