SEP in Sri Lanka Receives Global Support After Violent Attack by Government-Affiliated Thugs

Moratuwa, Sri Lanka – The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka has garnered widespread support from workers, youth, and academics globally for its stance against a violent attack on its members at Moratuwa University by pro-government thugs.

Dehin Wasantha, a university non-academic worker of over two decades, and Lakshman Fernando, a full-time party worker, were physically assaulted near the university’s rear gate on November 30. The attackers, Indika Perera and Suranga Piyawardena, are affiliated with the country’s ruling party, the Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna.

During the incident, the SEP members were campaigning with others near the university’s rear gate for public meetings on the Centenary of Trotskyism. This event featured Joseph Kishore, National Secretary of the SEP (US), as a speaker.

The violent attack left Wasantha with two fractured fingers, requiring him to take a month of medical leave for recovery. Fernando sustained bruises and a neck injury as a result of the assault.

The case against Perera and Piyawardena was brought before a judge at the Magistrate’s Court in Moratuwa on January 8. The Magistrate referred the case to a mandatory Mediation Board, scheduling a follow-up court date for May 20.

Amid the campaign led by the SEP and its sister parties of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) to support Wasantha and Fernando, individuals worldwide sent protest letters to Sri Lankan authorities condemning the attack and calling for the prosecution of the perpetrators.

Supporters from the US and Sri Lanka, including individuals like Robert B. Livingston and Lawrence Moore, have expressed strong condemnations of the violent acts and urged legal action against those responsible.

The SEP encourages concerned individuals to defend democratic rights and freedom of expression by sending protest letters to relevant authorities, with copies to the SEP. Such actions aim to hold perpetrators accountable and support the cause of justice.