Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement:
“Canada strongly condemns the violent attacks against those protesting peacefully in Sri Lanka, and calls on authorities to investigate and hold those instigating or perpetrating violence to account.
“We urge those inciting violence to cease immediately.
“It is crucial that the fundamental democratic freedoms of Sri Lankans, such as the right to peacefully exercise freedom of expression, are respected and upheld. Canada urges the Government of Sri Lanka to engage with the peoples of the island to find solutions that will address the country’s challenges.
“Canada also acknowledges the significant challenges faced by Sri Lankans as a result of the economic crisis, and is providing support to help address the shortfall in medicines and medical supplies, and increase food security.
“Canada will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation in Sri Lanka.”