Dec 13, 2018

W. Jayasiri rejects state award Featured

Senior actor W. Jayasiri has refused to attend the 2018 Kalabooshana state awards festival to protest the October 26 political conspiracy.

In a facebook posting, Jayasiri says he condemns president Maithripala Sirisena’s having replaced Ranil Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister unlawfully, anti-democratically and anti-constitutionally.

Jayasiri says he refuses to attend the awards ceremony and to receive the award from a president who wagers with the country’s future.

He adds that he unconditionally supports the struggle to safeguard democracy irrespective of party differences.

The Cultural Affairs Department has sent him an invitation to the awards ceremony, also informing him that he will be one of the recipients of Kalabooshana awards.

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