20 May, 2019

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Appoint An Independent Commission On Weliweriya – Bar Association

“We do not see any valid reason to call the Army for assistance.  Further there is strong grounds to show that the normal procedure adopted to disperse a crowd was not followed and it is clearly seen that persons who were running away were pursued and attacked by entering private premises and places of worship.” says the BASL Standing Committee of Rule of Law.

Secretary to the MOD Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Issuing a statement its Chairman Lal Wijenayake says; It is unlikely that an extraordinary action such as calling the army to disperse a protesting crowed would have been taken without orders from the highest level..

We publish below the statement in full;

The standing committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on Rule of Law at an emergency meeting of the committee considered the brutal attack on persons who were involved in a protest at Weliweriya and resolved as follows:

We vehemently condemn the attack on protesters at Weliweriya since it is the democratic right of the people to dissent and protest, individually and collectively within the law.  It is our view that this action which is manifestly a planned action is motivated by the desire to suppress the legitimate right to dissent and protest, as we see this action as the culmination of a series of attacks by the police on students, trade unions and even lawyers.

We do not see any valid reason to call the Army for assistance.  Further there is strong grounds to show that the normal procedure adopted to disperse a crowd was not followed and it is clearly seen that persons who were running away were pursued and attacked by entering private premises and places of worship.

It is unlikely that an extraordinary action such as calling the army to disperse a protesting crowed would have been taken without orders from the highest level.

We call upon the government to appoint an impartial and independent commission consisting of respected persons with the highest integrity to hold an inquiry and report immediately of the many aspects of the incident.

The inquiry should be open and transparent and the public should be allowed to testify before the commission.

We of the lawyer’s fraternity will offer its professional services to the victims of this brutal assault to seek relief before such a commission or other means by recourse to law.

We are of the strong view that civil society groups should take a united stand to condemn this action and to take further steps to see that the right to dissent and protest is respected in our country.

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    WHILE APPRECIATING THE STAND TAKEN BY THE B.A.S.L,I WOULD LIKE TO SAY
    THAT ITS TIME WE ALL STOOD UP FOR JUSTICE

    I FEEL THAT “GOTA” IS THE CAUSE. FIRST AND FOREMOST HE MUST CONFINE
    HIMSELF TO DEFENCE INSTEAD OF POKING HIS FINGER IN EVERYTHING.

    THE B.A.S.L. SHOULD SEE THAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS TAKEN OUT OF THE DEFENSE MINISTRY.

    GOTA IS A DANGER, WITH THE ARMY,NAVY AIR FORCE AND THE POLICE WITHIN
    HIS CONTROL AND THE “SAFFRON THUGS”

    VERY SOON WE MAY HAVE THE TRUTH FROM FORMER POLICE SPOKESPERSON WHO
    IS SEEKING REFUGE IN AUSTRALIA.

    I THINK TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR THE RAJAPAKSES !!!!!!!!!

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      One Singhalese dies and there is a call for an independent inquiry – Now is it possible for our Singhalese brothers to understand why the Tamils are calling for an independent inquiry into 40,000 deaths? (Let us assume that it was 8000 deaths as the government alleges and not 40,000 or 100,000 that many Tamil groups allege)

      Madhavan

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        Good point Madhavan. I hope a “Somarama” will issue GOATa and his brother Hitlerpaksa death warrants?? Things are getting out of hand in Sri Lanka??

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          GOTA was the blood thirsty killer next to Prabakaran during the war in the North. GOTA is the blood thirsty killer in the South i.e Katunayake, Negombo and now in Weliweriya. GOTA will be the blood thirsty killer in days to come in North, South, East and West.

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        Most people understand the difference between the incident in Weliweriya and the other, where armed racist, terrorist murderers had to be dealt with. I have no problem with the latter where the forces acted decisively and admirably. More restraint is needed when dealing with legitimate demonstrations. Better training for crowd control is required. Sadly, the opposition parties who are desperate to get to power, backed by foreign NGOs are encouraging violence when genuine demontrations are taking place. They don’t think about the victims or suffering of loved ones who will endure pain as a consequence of their actions. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims in Weliweriya.

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      If anyone wants to see a serial killer’s face there is one above.

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    This is just the beginning of the NAZI like regime that we are going to be governed by for a very long time to come.
    No election will be won by any other party but the ‘PAKSHAS’!
    Its going to take someone with a lot of Brass B’s to stand up to these selfish, heartless crooks!
    May God protect our Motherland!

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    The independent commission should conduct its investigation in open and not inside closed doors. The inquiry should be telecasted live. Opposition should also be given an opportunity to appoint the members to the commission.

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      Who is going to appoint an ‘Independent’ Commission? Who will be ALLOWED to appoint an ‘Independent’ Commission, with the present Government in Charge?

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    Shows just how much the Govt. cares about our people..

    For shame!

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      Sandy,
      People ???… What we have in SL is bunch of Guppies (fish who just follow one in front or hide behind one before it)…
      This is the way Sinhalese Guppies should be treated.. What sort of rights they have to ask for anything other than what is given!!! Clean Water Hah??

      Well done Gota? You killed so many Tamils and now you kill your own kind of Sinhalese Guppies.. Yes… your ancestors did the same in 1971, 88-90…
      Anura

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    what is the use of commission?. soldiers who killed and those who commanded to shoot should be brought into book. Thats the law prevails.

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    When one family share the authority and compete each other to say who do offense more to show how powerful she is, thins kind of collateral damages are obvious. As there are no exception to coaches of sports team, sons of ministers… So how come an ordinary civilian can be protected…

    Tomorrow when you and me travel in an ordinary bus anything can happen to too as we are no one than just collateral damage for the Gota led Mahinda regime.

    Bhudhu Saranai Sri Lanka

    God Bless Sri Lanka

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    I am confident that nothing will happen. If at all the army officers who killed the innocent people will be given promotions.

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    This is a government gone mad but don’t forget that the Romans tolerated Caligula up to, including and after his making his horse a senator! I would suggest that the “buru” Sri Lankans will tolerate the Rajapassas until they are ground into the dust of their 2500 years of “civilization.”

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    This is the Political governance that the Regime will continue to uphold for its own survival for a decade to come. Those in the Forces are privileged to make a living killing their own people and are managed by Higher Officers who wish to may hay while the sun shines.

    The first change following this incident is to take the Police Dept.
    out of the Defence Ministry, as recommended by the LLRC. Does not MR
    realise what turn the current events could lead to, with the CW gathering here or not.

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    wonder why someone doesn’t file a lawsuit in US against its CITIZ4EN GOATa.. for crimes against Humanity… and get an international warrant…So when he travels overseas, he could be snatched and deported to US from countries that have extradition treaties with USA and make him pay for his atrocities… Gota should understand that…. IF Hosni MUbarak, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussain and the ilk who RULED their countries for decades, died like rats.. HE could face the same scenario… YES karma is a bitch… Appointing commissions doesnt mean much… the UN Peace keeping forces should set foot in SL and protect the civilians while hunt the people in AUTHORITY, arrest em and bring em to justice….

    Look at this thugs arrogant face…. 110 % arrogance written all over…

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    Mahinda is so powerful. He is not bothered about any criticism by any body. Don’t waste your energy and time. Nothing will happen. BASL is now trying to make big ha hoo. What did you do the same thing was happening in Tamil areas and when the Tamils were suffering. Do not have double standard. where Were you when the tamils were killed by the armed forces.

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    Situation has fast been deteriorating in Sri Lanka, protests are becoming a normal part of every day life, rogue elements taking the law into their own hands with impunity, government heavy hand employed for no reason….

    The cracks are fast emerging in the economy. Recently BoI reported that we have achieved only around 25% of our investment target for 2013 by mid year. Ruppee has started to slide again….

    What will the upcoming PC elections hold for the country, another round of civil unrest and violence?

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    I am Sure so far our Sambudda Saasana Chakrawarthi does not know anything about this killings. Once one of his Advisors inform him about this he will order IGP to hold an Impartial investigation and bring the culprits to books irrespective of political alliance.

    First Step.

    After that IGP will appoint 25 special Investigation teams under Anura Senanayaka’s suoervision.

    Second Step

    Saddarmadvvepa Chakrawarthi agin will appoint another Presidential Commission to investigate the Incident Independently and submit a report within 2 weeks.

    Third Step

    He will call Parents and Families of Killed persons to the Araliya Abode and grant each family 5 Lax cash cheques for each family affected and promise them that he will punish responsible persons.

    Forth step

    ITN, Rupawahini will start giving publicity for these events and start blaming NGO’s, Tamil Diaspora and JVP making Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi a Baba Ukkung.

    Fifth Step

    Everybody knows this step and all the reports will be transferred to the Old “Hamas Pettiya” and 3 Singhaladeeshawara will win the election also.

    “Harak Mas – Natha”
    “Minee Mas – Labeta Atha”

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      Lapatiya I like your step three, which will certainly happen.
      After taking a picture with Horapaksa with his famous Grin at the Temple Trees and after receiving some funds from public money the Gampaha district fools will again vote the Moron Basil, Re manamali Paba, Sathosa Karawala Hora Mervin etc without any doubts.

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    These protestors clashed with the wrong people.

    Why these areas don’t have good drinking water? Because all good drinking water is wasted in Colombo City which is now occupied by aliens!!

    This is the real reason. Fix this problem first.

    They robbed your good water. Go after them!

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    According to IGP Anura Senanayake and the people who witnessed, they were saying that some “outside” rioters who started this riots. They are not from the area.

    These “terrorist criminal elements” are not from the Weliveriya area but were been brought in by some shadow conspiracy source to instigate violance and murder the .

    I think this is another false flag conspiracy planted by an invisible hand to create mayhem and Genocide in the Weliveriya area.

    Also IGP say he did not eant or asked for STF help to settle this protest, but STF have come with and already pre-planned operation to massacre and Kill people.

    This is the same incident that happened both in Libya and Syria which led to murdered over 100,000 people.

    Therefore It is time that BASL do more indepth study as to find who are these crimimal outside elements who started the riot that led to STF killing innocent stone throwing protesters as well as bystanders.

    There is a strong connection between this outside criminal element who threw molotev cocktail at STF and the STF firing live bullets at innocent by standers.

    We suspect that both these elements (the criminals who started the riots and the STF massacre) would have organised by the Defense secretary. He is already an Insane Lunatic cracko Gone Mad Pig eating shit nut case who needs to be in a Psychiatric ward.

    The war criminal will instigate more mass murder if President keeps him in his position.

    He should be sent for psychiatric evaluation and treatment ASAP.

    Remember how the Rajapakse Govt. paid thugs carrying sticks controlled the streets in Hulsdorf court house during the CJ impeachment trial. This is similar to it, and I have a strong feeling that DS is behind this conspiracy Genocide murder.

    It’s time to call for an International investigation on this Gota instigated Genoside murder, as we do not have any faith in Local investigations conducted by Govt. goons.

    It’s time to act soon to prevent another 1983 Progrom Genocide mass murder.

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    Postwar 2009,Katunayake,Chilaw,Derniyagala,Weliveriya, Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow

    “Violence begets Violence”, “Those who take to the sword, die by it”, “What goes up must come around”— these are synonyms said by grate wise people. Ever since the North –East war ended in 2009,one of the blatant allegations against the SL Government and its security forces was that Thousands of innocent people died in this conflict and nobody has taken responsibility or neither brought anyone to account.
    If a Nation is guilty in killing its own people innocently in any given conflict and does not make account for it, it only relies on its stubborn brutality and never learns it’s lessons the given way or even the hard way, only brutality in its wisdom continues, what we experienced with the bullets of Police, Thugs and Security forces, in Katunayake,Chilaw,Daraniyagala and now Weliveriya for unarmed citizens protesting for their rights for better wages, help for the Fisheries industry, sanity in their villagers to prevail from ongoing thugery or for un-contaminated water, lies, is in blind eyes and deaf ears of Authorities. If this is the way that authorities in the government behave, then we are not far from a country of sheer anarchy and chaos that builds up to a regime that governs with repression and oppression.

    It is wise for President Rajapakse and His Government to turn around now and Build up a Nation that lives Reconciled to one another, be it Authority and Subjects, Rich or Poor, Superior Race or inferior, Majority or minority, Whatever Religion One may belong to, it is still opportune time to work for True Reconciliation, Justice and Peace.

    Real Peace loving citizens and religious leaders are waiting with a right hand of fellowship stretched out with love, please do accept it gladly.

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    Someone long ago said, ‘Commissions of Inquiry’ is like going to the toilet. First there is an inquiry. Secondly there will be a report. Finally the matter is dropped. So why ask for it.

    In this instance you are asking the regime to investigate its own actions. Come on – havent you heard the saying, ‘horage ammagen pena ahawwa wage’.

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    Why don’t our gullible idiots demand the resignation of the man responsible for this and many other acts. Why don’t the NGOs push the USA to investigate and issue a subpoena to their citizen who if he does not show up can then be issued with an arrest warrant? Why does society both local and abroad ignore the proverbial elephant in the room and issue empty requests of commissions. The time for commissions especially local ones are long gone and useless.

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    I think this Weliweriya Genocidel Massacre was planned, implemented and executed by Gota / BBS combination using the newly formed “death squad armed special operations force” which is directly working under DS Gotabaya Rajapakse and BBS.

    Also Gota used criminal Gangs to penetrate into protesters and instigate violance using sticks and molotov cocktails to intimidate police and armed forces.

    These criminals are similar to Hulsdorf Gang who occupied the roads with sticks and poles to intimidate CJ Shirani Bandaranayake’s supporters and the public during her impeachment trial.

    This is another Gota’s Planned conspiracy to supress and murder unarmed innocent civilians who were asking for clean water.

    Gota’s newly formed “Personal death squad force”…..”Gotas special buffalo sloja force” is “wheels within wheels” inside the army, and it is they who are responsible for the murder of people at Weliweriya.

    This was mentioned by the new Army commander who said other than the Four security divisions that provided Security……there was another shadowey security force was operating from behind that were shooting live bullets using special hi-powered weapons at the unarmed civilians.

    http://www.hirunews.lk/

    Aloso the civilians said there was a special outside gang who were involved in throwing molotov cocktail at armed forces and police arousing violance. Also these gangs carried poles and sticks to intimidate police and security force.

    This newly formed Gota/ BBS “death squad armed force” and the Criminal Gangs as well as the “Criminal Special operations Commando unit” are working hand in glove with Gota and BBS.

    These are the criminal death squad gangs that give cover to both Gota and the BBS where ever they go.

    It’s hi time to Impeach both Gota and BBS in the International criminal court as Terrorists Genocide mass murderers, and also proscribe BBS as a terrorist organization. They should be arreated when travel abroad.

    Therefore Gnanasara cannot deny it’s (death squads) existance and deny the article published at Ceylon Today.

    The Rajapakse three Musketeer criminal Jokers are ruining our country and it’s time to kick them out before they carry out next Genocide.

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    It is commendable that the B A S L started an inquiry into the Weliveriya attack and killings.
    Yet I can’t fathom why it is asking to appoint a commission knowing very well that what happened to the reports of commissions appointed earlier by the government.
    I am sure nobody who was involved in killing in Weliveriya will be punished.
    The government knows very well the people who voted for it are angry with the government due to unbearable cost of living.
    The governments knows very well if people are allowed to protest on the street against the government,it may lead to the birth of a mass movement and it will be the beginning of the downfall of the government.
    As such the government is determined to prevent the birth of a mass movement.
    Itseems to think killing a few protesters would discourage future streets protests.

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