UPDATE: He’s been arrested.
Sigh. Someone needs to tell thuggish UNPers like MP Palitha Thewarapperuma that we’re in a national government and our President is Chairman of the SLFP. In the video here, Thewarapperuma is making someone kneel as his supporters assault him. According to SLFP MPs speaking to NewsFirst, Thewarapperuma basically led a mob, throwing rotten eggs (I’ve always wondered how you find the rotten ones) and assaulting a Pradeshiya Sabha member. To quote the meme going around, not yahapalayana (good governance).
According to Mahinda Samarasinghe in Ceylon Today, the President and PM were notified and the police took steps to limit the unrest. Still, they should show that justice applies to everyone. Especially in a unity government, there can be no acts of revenge or humiliation. For at least 100 days everyone has to get together to fix the constitution of this country, and thuggish behavior needs to be disciplined, wherever it comes from.
One of the few blemishes on President Maithripala’s character is that he bailed out his son when he drunkenly assaulted someone. It would be a good sign if this government showed that even MPs are not above the law. According to The Island, the President and PM have promised disciplinary action. It better happen.