1 October, 2020

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“And Then They Came For Me…” Was Not Meant For Sri Lankans

By Lal Wickrematunge

Lal Wickrematunge

Who killed three young men in Weliweriya?

The silence, from those who have plenty to say when a perceived achievement could be made use of for political capital, is deafening. The Army will conduct an internal inquiry and this process naturally would go beyond September 2013, for obvious reasons. One could surmise that the inquiry would take longer than it took to impeach a Chief Justice.

“The Inspector General had requested the Army to support the Police on the ground to quell a public disturbance which could have caused harm to persons and property”, was the official version. This simply does not hold water. Is it not correct that the Army and the other two forces are often seen on the streets in various parts of Colombo and even in other cities carrying weapons? Has the IGP requested military support for such deployment?

Before the official version was released it was reported in the media that the vociferous monk fronting the BBS had requested the induction of the Army to Weliweriya. He denied having done so subsequently. The very same Monk was captured on video using the most despicable language to castigate Minister Dilan Perera, but that is another matter for those who wormed and weaned the buddhist clergy to filter into areas outside their calling, to deal with. It will not be long before they bite the very hands that feed them. Sri Lankan history is replete with such incidence.

Weliweriya, sits within the Gampaha District, where Basil Rajapaksa was given a whopping mandate together with an actress turned politician Upeksha Swarnamali,( who later defected from the UNP to the government), also carding a huge score. Lest we forget, Mervyn Silva having barely topped 2000 votes in Colombo at the previous parliamentary election was given a rousing welcome from Gampaha District this time due to the Rajapaksa siblings canvassing for him. Why couldn’t such an electorate lobby their legislators,( who are from the top drawer), to find a solution to a simple matter of disposing effluent from a factory, in an environmentally safe manner?

The people of Weliweriya did not ask for an Airport or a Sea Port. They did not want Jogging tracks or 5 Star Hotels. Safe potable water was their request. The owner of the Factory being a political appointee of the government did not help. That fact however did raise more questions than answers. People may have forgotten that the harm caused to person and property belonging to a clothing shop, owned by a Muslim( Fashion Bug) a few months back, did not evoke a similar response. In fact it was quite the opposite. The long arm of the law was present and remained without any response, whilst the perpetrators caused destruction to property. Photographic and video evidence recorded the presence of dormant Policemen whilst a criminal act was being carried out by a robed monk in full view. How did the monk know that he would not be arrested by those Policemen? That fracas was amicably settled between the two parties or so went the official communiqué. The “ people” have become aware of how the law is dispensed. People of Weliweriya were not the first to take to the streets and they will not be the last either.

The image of the “ war hero” has been dented by the killing of three youth. Speaking on video camera, a middle aged man from Weliweriya, who had donated blood on more than one occasion to injured soldiers during the war, regretted his sacrifice.” My blood runs through them. I will forget that I donated blood”.

A government that is under fire from the international community for alleged war crimes, human rights abuse and curtailing freedom of expression, will be hard put to explain the killing of three young men by the very same military touted to be the best in the region. Of course this incident was within the Gampaha District and the media captured every moment unlike the “war” in the North- East. It would certainly sound hollow for the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa to maintain a “zero casualty” stance during the last stages of the war in the North when Weliweriya under public glare, proved otherwise.

Be that as it may, the Sri Lankans have very short memories. Remember, the people of Gampaha District are also Sri Lankans. They had the vicarious luxury of the media capturing the horrible episode, blow by blow. But, so did Katunayake and Deraniyagala.Which to them seem like a distant memory. The same “ top drawer” will score heavily at the next elections.

“And then they came for me…..” was not meant for Sri Lankans. Not yet.

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    It is the silence of this criminal regime that is so very deafening, and so very revealing. Crimes committed against the minority, the attacks on places of worship, businesses, and now the brutal murder of innocent people, including a young boy, shows that this government, is somehow complicit in these crimes, and the mere fact, that they have not strongly condemned these crimes, is very telling. In a real democracy, people are allowed to protest their suffering, and the fact that they have NO clean water, a basic need, gives them every right to do so. It seems the government is anticipating such protests, for they send fully equipped Army troops, to handle unarmed civilians, in the most violent manner. This young kid died unnecessary, and for a father of young men himself, it seems the leader of this country, has NOT shown the compassion, nor the condemnation of such a brutal murder. The ONLY way the international community should react is to boycott the rajapaksa CHOGM, and send this violent regime a message, for they do not want to hear it from the Sri Lankan people.

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    In the name of so-called investigative journalism, your brother and you have used your pens to run down and attack not just the bad but the good as well. You left out only your friends, the ugly buggers. In the end your brother ended up in hell leaving his concubine to be at stray and the vulgar paper in doldrums. Just like to know where are you now?

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      patriot:
      You epitomize the old saying that “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel” except that what you say speaks far louder for the kind of person you are than any condemnation that ANYONE can direct at you.

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    ‘which man among you ,if his son asks for bread will give him a stone’? OR
    which man among you ,if his son asks for water will give him a bullet?

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    patriot, the artical by Lal wickramathunga say three people killed. What rubbish you talk. No where in artical he talk of sunday leader. this is the problem with sri lanka. everybody try to rubbish some body all time.to me look like patriot want Rajapksha to kill some more sri lanka people.please join good thinking people even now. say some inteligent things. i think Lal speak true positive idea. he can think also speak positive for all good people. dont care for rubbish mr Lal you speak for all people.some day all people respect you and brother lasantha like true sri lankans.now people like this will always put some rubbish in white milk just to make it dirty. but milk is always milk. MayGauthama Buddha bless three people killed

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      WE DONT UNDERSTAND WTF YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY. GO TO SINHALA COMMENTS PAPER OK.

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      Gamini I agree. Lal W is a bigger hypocrite and a liar than all the patriots he is writing about.

      The editorial of brother Lal was a “fraud” pulled out by both his second wife (Of 13 days) and brother Lal. Nobody bought any Life Insurance on Lasantha, if he did predict his own death, and living on borrowed time under both SLFP Presidents Chandrika and Rajapakse since 1994.
      Both brother Lal as owner and SL as Lasantha’s legal employer should have been legally responsible for such callous negligence and incompetence. [Edited out]

      ha ha ha.

      As for Gampaha voters, they richly deserve what they get from their elected representatives and Hayley’s “owners” Dhammikka Perera (No relative of the Kadirgamars-lol) and Pandithages…. (Chairman and MD). Sunday Leader is a disgrace even before it was sold. What goes around comes around. Remember the Multi Packs owner and seller of the land and building of the Ratmalana property for a song???/

      Anyway what is the big deal of 3 people getting murdered by the armed forces? Tens of thousands of innocent Tamils were murdered and the Rajapakses and Fonseka keeps denying it. Remember the Zero casualty and hands behind the army’s back with the HR book on one hand??/ LMAO.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils for Justice.

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        Actually 13 day bride did not write the editorial nor did Lal it was Lasantha if you read any of his old pieces or watched any of his shows you know that was how he spoke and wrote

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        Don, water happens to be a basic need. These people did not ask for a separate state..unlike some fools do and still do :)

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    Nice to see the Sinhalese get a murderous hammering from their war heroes. After all they enjoyed watching the Tamils being butchered into genocide. Now let them have a good long taste of their own medicine.

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      YOU IDIOT “crazyoldmansi” ALL SINHALESE ARE NOT THE SAME. YOU ARE JUDGING THE WHOLE RACE FOR WHAT THE DUMB RAJAPASSA’S ACTS. YOU ANOTHER SRI LANKAN IDIOT. MAY BE A ANOTHER TAMIL WHO IS A RACIST. LTTE PRABAKARAN IS NOT A HERO EITHER. MF IS A ANOTHER RACIST WHO DID NOT KNOW HOW TO EARN HIS MONEY AND LUXRIOUS LIFE STYLE LEGALLY. HE HAD TO KILL AND SHOW THE WEAPONS TO EARN HIS KUXURIOUS LIFE STYLE WHICH RAJAVASSAS ARE DOING. IDIOT DUMB SRI LANKANS LIKE YOU ARE ENCOURAGING RACISM AND ENCOURAGING RAJAPASSAS AND PRABAKARANS KILL MORE AND ROB MORE TO CONTINUE.

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        Crazyoldmans,

        While your anger is understandable to some extent, your view is truly inappropriate, to say the least, as DeecSooppan points out.

        It is the Sinhala and perhaps Tamil politicians who are to be blamed, almost entirely – and yes, there is some responsibility that the Sinhalese need to accept for being led as lambs by these vile politicians, who have relentlessly hoodwinked them just for the divided-votes.

        On the other hand, Tamils also need to take the blame for ostracizing and antagonizing all Sinhalese, just because they are Sinhalese – not very different from the view you just expressed. Our actions actually helped the Politicians in what they wanted to achieve rather than hurt them – we were digging the hole deeper ourselves.

        Had we acted with greater foresight, convincing and seeking help from the fair minded Sinhalese (a much, much higher proportion that you give them credit for), rather than shunning them, or even worse, cursing them, we will not be in the current predicament. So, at least now, let’s act more intelligently – our fight is with the politicians, and now the Sinhalese are increasingly realizing they have the same, identical fight in their hands as well. Should we not join hands?

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      No one deserves this. Sri Lanka is headed down a really bad path. I am hoping to hear what Sumanthiran makes of this soon.

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        It is the same song the likes of you have been singing ever since MR has become the President. You lot are blind to see how far we the ordinary man has benefited from the day of Dona Katharina’s days of blackouts, rubbish piles, negative growth, peace thawalams by Awalams and etc to uninterrupted power supply, rubbish free roads, no bomb blasts, continues positive growth and etc.

        Who started the shooting must be investigated. For whatever reason, no protester has the right to block roads, disrupt routine activities of the mass and damage property.

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      We have no qualms for your day dreams or night dreams. You can dream like crazy as you like old mansi. But do not try to put those crazy dreams in to practice. If you try to do it, I say, you should be shot immediately.

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    It is all good to say that Police invited Army to help. But, who gave them rods, sticks and such? Top of all, who gave the shooting orders???

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    Lal Wickrematunge

    “And Then They Came For Me…”……. Yes Lal I still remember what my school mate and friend Lasantha told four years ago is coming to reality today.

    Yes this time the devil got six innocent human lives in Weliweriya,in the heart of own Sinhala population this time…….and over 40 wounded.
    Three dead bodies are already released and the other three are waiting to be released later.

    These are the people who even donated blood to the Devil’s force during the Nothern liberation war, and now the Blood thirsty and Power Intoxicated devil is coming south to haunt their own Sinhala race.

    Yes, unless my good friend Lasantha went all the way and told the world how the Hambanthota Alibaba stole 83 Million Poor peoples Tsunami money, nobody would have known about it until now.

    Subsequently the Alibaba who claim to be a strong Buddhist devoutee became a World notorious Pariah in the world while Prostituting his own Sinhala Buddhist race, and this lead to sacrifice to the devil my friend Lasantha’s life.

    Please Read the following web, how the Murderer got away from Tsnami scandal.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2005/09/050928_helping_hambantota.shtml

    Subsequently the Alibaba with the help of his crony CJ Sarath N. Silva put everything underground.

    But nobody could erase them from history as they are now available in the Internet and in world records and keep haunting the Devil.

    Now what Rajapakse Thugs did to Lasantha and to over 40,000 murdered innocent Nothern Tamil Refugees are coming back to South to haunt, and last week six innocent by standars were murdered by blood thirsty Devil’s force at Weliweriya.

    The Tsunami theft, Murder of Lasantha and many other Journalists, Murder of over 40,000 Nothern Tamils are haunting Rajapakses.

    The last two visits to London England Exposed Rajapakses to the world as a war Criminal, mass murderer, the world’s biggest Alibaba Looter thief, and the last week’s Genocide at Weliweriya confirmed it.

    Lal, please Keep exposing Lasantha’s murderers and the Genocides they carry on to the world until justice is brought upon the Rajapakse Thugs, crook, hypocrit and double game Murderer.

    You cannot find Justice in Sri Lanka when a Rajapakse goon CJ, Judiciary and the Supreme court is in power.

    Therefore look for Justice in the International community.

    The sooner the International community arrest all the Murderers behind all these crimes and bring justice the better, before they carry on further mass Genocides.

    Yes the day the International community bring justice………“And Then They Came For Me…” upon Rajapakse days are numbered.

    Until then keep eating “Kiribath”…..milk rice and celebrate Genocide victories.

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    No point Donald. You are like broken record. To you all are bad, crooks, hypocrites. Just go get some life and medication. one cannot talk something inteligent without Donald going mad.get a life or some medicine

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      Gamini- I have plenty of life and not a coward like you hiding behind some one else’s name. You pretend that you know hell of a lot.

      What have you done in your life????

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    Lal

    Typical Cock and Bull stories of Lal

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      Aney Paney, take a reality check…

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    Although Mr. Gnanakone stays “Anyway what is the big deal of 3 people getting murdered by the armed forces?” I suppose he does not understand that the government (and the Army) has got exposed in the myth that they had been advocating and spreading that it was Zero civilian deaths in the war against the LTTE. Can they continue to say that after this infamous brutal crack-down? That is what is important not that it was only three deaths against a large number in the North.
    There is no point in talking about personal life of the writer. If you are an educated /intelligent person, you should be critical of what he has stated (if you disagree) not look for who’s slippers were under who’s bed. Such comments are disgusting.

    My concern is that at every turn the President come before people. Most call that he has good PR. He normally goes public moment some thing happens. Why is he so silent since this brutality. He has not (I haven’t seen in papers or on TV him making any comments on this.) He should have said sorry for what has happened and he would have also said he would appoint an Inquiring Committee or a Commission (as he does usually and the those reports do not come to public view). Why get others like Dulles, Nimal Siripala, Susil Premajayantha, etc. to comment and not him. I feel that he would have had pressure from the defence establishment to keep him silent. It is very unbecoming of him.

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    This is so sickening that democratic institutions and life itself is seriously under threat in Sri Lanka.

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      Sri Lanka stopped being a democracy for some time…let us all stop day dreaming about SL being one lol

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    Reading all these comments;I am of the opinion that the future of the MR regime is assured.
    MR and his Family will never be moved. Sri Lanka has gone beyond the point of No return.
    This is not a Nation it is 22Million Individuals living in one Island.

    Patriots! Rubbish.

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    Aney, Cock and Bull and another has died i weliveriya. this all you have to say? this is why our country like this. aney palayang ban yanda

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    Look who is talking!! When did
    Lal become the great patriot.
    He loved and cared for only
    one thing – money. As someone
    commented above, blackmail,
    concubines and extortion were
    the order of the day. Good
    journalism? Tell me another one.

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      If Lal only cared about money then why would he keep the paper going after lasanthas death?he could have shut it down.
      He cared about press freedom and human rights and preserved freedom of expression in Sri Lanka for as long as he did.
      He then sold some shares so the staff could keep their jobs
      Lal is a good respectable human being unlike these dirty politicians
      anyone else in his position couldn’t do that.
      Don’t judge what you don’t know really or see.
      Just because you hear and read things doesn’t mean you know him or his life

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    priyan machan, read the words. you talk as you are close friend of lal. Three have died men. all you people talk is who is doing what by writing. talk about what happend. Lal can look after himself like you look after you. three dead people, who look after? why do you not find some bad thing to say about three dead also. that also you will do if you only know even little bit about them. what a country.ohoma yung ohoma yung

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    donald, i read what you write only now. did you also take insurance for your brother.you said he also die? aney palyang bung yanda

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    I am wondering whether there are elements in the Army who wants to embarrass government to the tune of foreign handlers. Army should conduct their investigations vigorously to find why lethal force have to be used. Also a factory belonging to Hayley’s group who is registering share appreciation over 30% today why no action was taken though they were running the factory for over 17 years expanding it several times. The first signs of protests they would have moved the factory somewhere else. No one has so far come with any report how polluted and dangerous the water have been to create such a huge protest. The government also should look into whether there had been any 3rd party agents who were inciting violence at the venue.

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    WARNING: Sri Lanka is heading for disaster and tragedy. Since Gota has ordered to shoot the people he has placed the country in a dangerous situation. India and the Westerners will use the Waliveriya tragedy against the country. I believe India will boycott the CHOGM, soon after India other big countries will follow India’s decision. Once this has taken place the country will go backwards economically. The Chinese won’t go against India and the Western Countries, they will drop everything and run as they did it Libya. The West is more important to China than Sri Lanka. Soon as the LTTE assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, I shook my head and told myself, LTTE’s game is over. Soon as I heard Waliveriya tragedy I shook my head and told myself its over, Rajapaksa brothers game is over. President Bush once said “You can fool some of the people all of the time”. But the Rajapaksa brothers think they can fool all of the people all of the time. Just wait and see how smart they are.

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      Well, the Tamils were not good in the last 30 years with the LTTE. However, ironically, it is a Tamil who is a key figure in standing in the way of Sri Lanka going to hell and that is M.A. Sumanthiran. He just wrote a beautiful peace on the need for unity and his views on the recent killings. Sumanthiran is going to help save Sri Lanka and in that sense, the Tamil people will make good for ills of the past. Please give him your support in the south.

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    Lal… Do you not worry that they will indeed come for you? It is very courageous
    what you write but the pen is no barrier to an ak or a bomb… I am worry for you
    CC

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