President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris, the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka speaking has stated this in a Facebook post.
"The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) condemns the violence which was launched by a mob which departed from Temple Trees - the residence of the former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. It thanks its members who went to the scene of the protest at Galle Face to intervene to prevent violence. The BASL calls upon the people of Sri Lanka not to resort to violence against any persons or not to destroy public property or private property of any individual. The BASL will take every possible step to ensure that people who launched today’s violence at Galle Face will dealt with according to law. We appeal to the people to remain calm until then," he says.