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Protests in Sri Lanka After President Sacks Premier

By Human Rights Watch - Thu Nov 01, 4:17 pm

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 19, 2017.

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Human rights activists in Sri Lanka are anxious. “I can’t believe we are back here again,” one wrote me recently. “Things are getting bad,” said another, fearing bloodshed.

Their worries aren’t unjustified. On October 26, President Maithripala Sirisena abruptly dismissed the prime minister and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa – the former president linked to widespread abuses whom Sirisena had defeated in the January 2015 presidential elections.

In 2014, Sirisena had broken ranks with party leader Rajapaksa to run for office….

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