Duty of all to live in peace and harmony - Rosie | Daily News

Duty of all to live in peace and harmony - Rosie

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake said the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) where people of different religions and races live in peace and harmony is a prime example of reconciliation.

People belonging to all religions and races live in a spirit of peaceful co-existence within the Colombo City limits. However, it is evident that the majority of suspects responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks lived in Colombo.

“Therefore, it is our duty to provide our utmost support to the Security Forces and Police to eliminate terrorism and create a peaceful environment for all communities,” the Colombo Mayor said.

“We got to know that Sri Lanka was one of the targets of global terrorism after this incident. We also learned a lesson at least by now how to face these types of unexpected incidents and to prevent the recurrence of this nature of devastation in the future. On the other hand, we should also not allow anybody to harm innocent people. It is the duty of us to step up to consolidate the people’s trust to live in a peaceful environment without terrorism, violence and extremism,” Mayor Senanayake added.

Mayor Rosy Senanayake was addressing the gathering at a ceremony organized by the CMC to provide financial assistance of Rs.50,000 each to 123 temples in the Colombo Municipal Council area to carry out development activities.

“I humbly request the religious leadership to come forward at this moment to quell the fires of hatred and extremism. I urge the Maha Sanga to appeal to the people to remain calm. It must be emphasized that anyone helping to spread the fires of religious and racial hatred is a stakeholder in the destruction of the lives of our children, to whom the future truly belongs,” she added. She said that the role of social media in the violence cannot be overstated. Posts spreading blatant misinformation about the community, inciting hate and violence are one of the main reasons for the violence against the communities which is against The Buddha’s teaching “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love, and urged everyone to act with patience and restraint at this time.

“I hope to decorate Colombo city with lanterns for Vesak. However, we will refrain from holding mega celebrations where the people gather in large numbers,” Mayor Senanayake said.


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