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I request all citizens to remain calm & exercise restraint. I urge everyone to work together in solving this crisis— Gotabaya Rajapaksa (@GotabayaR) May 9, 2022While emotions are running high in #lka, I urge our general public to exercise restraint & remember that violence only begets violence.

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