13 August, 2020

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BBC Video: Protest Against Ethnic Hatred In Sri Lanka

About 500 people have marched through the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, protesting against a recent wave of ethnic hatred which has seen hardline Buddhists targeting the Muslim minority.

The march comes amid calls against Sri Lanka’s hosting of the Commonwealth summit later this year.

The BBC’s Charles Haviland was at the rally.

 

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    Nicely put DJ. Well done.

    I hope this kind of events will keep growing all over Sri Lanka.

    Racism and religious intolerance are not unique to Sri Lanka. Nor are politicians who abuse their power.

    But, the scale and intensity has become so totally intolerable under Rajapassa dictatorship.

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    But where are the prominent Muslim politicians and Muslims citizens. There should have been atleast 50,000 Muslims who should have participated in this protest. Just compare the number of Muslims who praised Bin Laden when the Twin Tower was attacked as well as the number of protestors when Bin Laden was killed with the present number of participants taking in this procession against Ethnic Hatred. When Muslims in London can show the placards mentioning ‘Jihad is the answer’, why can’t these protestors suggest a political suggestion and a political system of government (which can be seen on the placards) that will find a permanent solution for everything, in Sri Lanka. It appears to be a double standard by the Muslims.

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      It is not surprising to see a comment like this
      coming from you. Are you always in the habit of
      seeing the negative side of every thing that is
      positive, or are you plain jealous?

      We are more than 1.5 billion Muslims world wide.
      Just how many of them celebrated the attack on
      the twin towers? and how many protested on behalf
      of bin laden? They are a minority of a minority.

      We do not welcome any jihadists on our soil.
      Our problem is an internal matter, which we
      can God willing solve if we join hands.
      Please do not be a spoil sport, and do not
      dampen our spirits, just when our spirits are
      SOARING HIGH.

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        imaana,
        You Muslims cannot say, jihadists and violence by Muslims are internal matters because 61% of your holy book, Koran is about non-Muslims. Since more that 19% of the Koran is devoted to the violent conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims, whether we like it or not, Muhammad has named us a part of his religion.

        Face the truth. There is no universal love in the Koran. It Praises lavishly on the Muslims and condemns non-believers of Allah as the worst of creatures. It preaches the inferiority of non-Muslims and encourages Muslims to treat them harshly. So, all good Muslims cannot but celebrate the attack on the twin towers and protest on behalf of bin laden.

        To tell you the truth, I suspect your spirits are SOARING HIGH to destroy Sinhala Buddhists.
        Leela

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          You score high on the BS factor. Ignorance is bliss where you are concerned.

          Wikipedia:

          “Bruce Feiler writes that “Jews and Christians who smugly console themselves that Islam is the only violent religion are willfully ignoring their past. Nowhere is the struggle between faith and violence described more vividly, and with more stomach-turning details of ruthlessness, than in the Hebrew Bible”.[8] Similarly, Burggraeve and Vervenne describe the Old Testament as full of violence and evidence of both a violent society and a violent god. They write that, “(i)n numerous Old Testament texts the power and glory of Israel’s God is described in the language of violence.” They assert that more than one thousand passages refer to YHWH as acting violently or supporting the violence of humans and that more than one hundred passages involve divine commands to kill humans.[9]
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Views_of_violence_in_Judaism

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          I agree with you. Even in 1915, the communal riots between the Sinhalese and the Muslims began with the shooting of an innocent Sinhalese youth. It is the Muslims who provoked by jeering at the Sinhalese Buddhists by jeering at them when they were on a peaceful procession to celebrate the birthday of Lord Buddha.
          Now in the West, the Saudis are engaged in a covert campaign to buy American mosques, then flips them to Wahhabism. This is what happened in the Eastern Province in Sri Lanka and the rest is history. Mosques have been a meeting centre where radicalism is preached and a place to be visited by terrorists, fugitives, etc. The Mosques at Boston & Cambridge are no exception. Mosques have become a facilitating centre for terrorists. The case of Boston Marathod explosion was a recent case in point. Just imagine why prominent Muslim Ministers have not participated. Has these Muslim officials shown any anti-racial feelings towards the Tamils. There are yet startling news to be revealed. Anyway let us wait till the Wesak festival is over.

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            Boston Bombings: Detonator to Mobilize the Entire US Security Apparatus. May Change the World for the Worse!
            By Prof. James Petras
            Global Research, April 30, 2013

            The relation between the suspected Boston Marathon bombers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and the Boston Police (BP) is a point of contention and controversy.

            The FBI, at first, claimed no knowledge of the bombing suspects but later was forced to admit having received at least two sets of intelligence reports, one from Russian officials and another from the CIA, identifying one of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as a potential security threat -linked to a Chechen terrorist organization.

            Testimony from Tsarnaev’s mother and father indicates that the FBI was active in following, harassing and interrogating the suspect before the bombing. Despite general directives from the US Departments of Justice and Homeland Security mandating US security to aggressively pursue ‘Islamist terrorists’, the FBI claims to have made no effort to follow-up on the Russian and CIA security alerts, especially after Tamerlan Tsarnaev returned from Russian state of Dagestan last year where he allegedly met six times with a known Chechen terrorist, Gadzhimurad Dolgatov, in a fundamentalist Salafi mosque.

            The official government and corporate media versions claim the FBI may have ‘over-looked’ the security risk posed by Tsarnaev. Congressional critics argue that the FBI was ‘negligent’ in following up leads provided by the Russians and the CIA. A more likely explanation is that the FBI was actively engaged with Tsarnaev and deliberately encouraged the conspiracy for self-serving purposes.

            The most benign hypothesis is that the FBI was using Tsarnaev as a means of infiltrating and securing intelligence on other possible ‘terrorists’. A more plausible hypothesis is that the Boston office of the FBI had set the pair of brothers up for a sting operation in order to enhance their anti-terrorist credentials – and that the ‘operation’ got out of hand – with Tamarlan having his own agenda. The most likely hypothesis is that the FBI facilitated the bombing in order to revive the flagging fortunes of the ‘war on terror’ foisted on a war-weary and economically depressed American public.

            The FBI in Boston has a long and notorious history of working with and protecting certain leaders of organized crime in return for information about targeted rivals: The most notorious example is the FBI’s 20-year ‘partnership’ with one of Boston’s most feared gangland killers, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, where the mobster was provided with protection and collaboration in return for his information about a rival crime family and other competitors. In 2012, Bulger was finally indicted for 19 murders mostly committed under FBI ‘protection’ – although one of his closest mob-partners claims he murdered 40 people in his lifetime.

            The ‘Boston Bombings’ served as a detonator to mobilize the entire US security apparatus; it has led to the suspension of constitutional guaranties. It has been accompanied by an intense mass media campaign glorifying police state operations and the imposition of virtual martial law in the Boston metropolitan area of over 4.5 million inhabitants. The military police operation and media campaign aroused fear and terror among the public. Instant psychodrama produced mass worship of the ‘heroic’ police: they were portrayed as having saved the public from unknown numbers of armed terrorists lurking in their neighborhoods.

            The police, the FBI and the entire Security Apparatus – were repeatedly ‘honored’ at public spectacles, sports and civic events, lauded as ‘guardians’ and ‘saviors’. The sordid role of FBI in organizing entrapment operations was never mentioned. The hundreds of billions wasted in futile overseas ‘wars against terror’ went down the memory hole. The opposition to Washington’s cuts in social programs was diverted almost overnight to support new funding for US military intervention in Syria and North Korea, a greater arms build-up in Israel and domestic security.

            The ‘Boston Bombings’ coincided with the White House dictating a new round of domestic police state measures and launching a series of aggressive military moves in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The Pentagon has organized its biggest and most threatening air, sea and land military exercises right on the borders of North Korea . The White House has encouraged and promoted Japan ’s belligerent military posture toward China regarding disputed islands in the South China Sea . Secretary of State Kerry has increased military aid to the Syrian terrorists by at least $130 million and dispatched hundreds of Special Forces to Jordan to train the jihadi-mercenaries against the Syrian government. The White House concocted charges that Damascus deployed chemical weapons against the rebels to justify direct US military intervention in Syria . Closer to home, the White House has given unconditional support to the violent Venezuelan opposition’s post-election campaign designed to provoke a civil war– while refusing to recognize the internationally certified election victory of President Maduro.

            It is very clear the Obama regime wants to turn the clock back a decade to recreate the terrible political climate of 2001 – 02. He seeks to fabricate a sense of an imminent terrorist threat based on the ‘Boston Bombings’ in order to re-launch another global military campaign. Instead of Iraq – the ‘threat’ is now Syria , Iran and Lebanon . Today, the threat is North Korea – tomorrow it could be China . Today, it is Venezuela – next it could be Argentina , Bolivia and Ecuador … and the entire edifice of Latin American regional integration.

            The civilian casualties and deaths resulting from the ‘Boston Bombings’, linked to the US backing and sheltering of Chechen terrorists, are a small price for Washington to pay if it results in escalating global wars and greater impunity for the National Police State.

            Re-launching a new and more virulent version of militarized global empire building is of the highest priority. The targeted countries have global significance: Venezuela and Iran are oil producing giants, the backbone of OPEC and adversaries of Israel . China is the second biggest economy in the world and the principle challenger to US economic dominance. Cowering and confusing millions of downwardly mobile Americans weakens the principle domestic obstacle to bigger and more comprehensive cuts in social programs in order to finance global wars.

            Indeed, the ‘Boston Bombings’ have larger political and economic consequences; they set the stage for a new round of wars abroad and regressive (and repressive) changes at home.

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              Ayman,

              I guess the same logic can be used to claim that the Burmese attacking the Rohingyas and BBS incitments are actually covert operations funded by Saudi Wahabis to create an environment to radicalise more moslems worldwide!

              Just because the Boston bombers were on the FBI books (amongst perhaps many thousands of others) does not meen the FBI has the resources to monitor every individual 24X7. In the US mere suspicion or a tip off from a foreign agency is not sufficient to arrest a person. And that is why they were able to set off the bombs. It doesnt mean that the FBI and the Islamic terrorists were in it together. The US does not need to harm itself first before attacking a country it sees as an enemy.

              To always attempt to whitewash or explain as a US or Israeli conspiracy, bombings and maimings by Islamic militants while taking moral outrage about transgressions by any other religious extremists exposes the partiality and biases in your own warped mind.

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          Dear Leela,
          I will like to substantiate some more. It does not mean that I am against the Muslims. Islam is described as a Religion of Peace. Peace denotes non-violence. But upon a close examination of the following passages in the Koran, on what grounds can Islam be justified as a tolerant religion.
          “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” – Koran 2:191
          “Make war on the infidels living in your neighbourhood.” – Koran 9:123
          “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” – Koran 9:5
          “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” – Koran 3:85
          “The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.” – Koran 9:30
          “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” – Koran 5:33
          “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” – Koran 22:19
          “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.” – Koran 8:65
          “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” – Koran 3:28
          “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” – Koran 8:12
          “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” – Koran 8:60
          That is why Mahatma Gandhi said that while Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Jews, along with several million adherents of an animistic religion, all coexisted in relative harmony, one religion that would not accept compromise stood out from the rest: Islam. Now I suspect that the spirit of the Muslims are soaring high to destroy others. The two Chechen brothers thus almost certainly succumbed to the hatred towards non-Muslims which proliferate in Islamic texts, on Islamic websites, and in Islamic social media. And sadly, they are not alone.

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            Mahatma Gandhi, statement published in “Young India”, 1924:

            “I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.”

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            Wow, almost everything here is taken completely out of context, if you take out lines and anecdotes from any article or scripture you are bound find misleading messages like this.

            You have taken most excerpts out of unfinished verses, anyhow, anyone here should know not to take things out of context, it is situational, and there is a reason for most of them, but without understand the commentary of text it is impossible to explain.

            There are psychopaths and sociopaths out there, but if the Koran does state that, then all of us should be sociopaths and pyschopaths, if we are common sensed enought to see beyond the obvious context that is misleading.

            Islam is poorly understood, that much i am sure of, that is the fault of ALL MUSLIMS alone. We have not educated the rest of the world in understand our religion, no media coverage or any such exposure that Christianity and Judaism or any other religion has received and i blame the muslims for it, we should be more proactive in educating people instead of just watching idly by.

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            @Citizen, The quotations have been taken out of context,selectively and with no regard to the prevalent socio political climate. This was a war scenario. The Persians and the Romans in addition to the local Arab enemies were plotting to wipe out Islam. The Prophet was not only a spiritual leader but he lead his adherents to a war maintaining the highest ethics. Even today we see what is happening in the West – Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay etc. where the West preaches one thing but against a small country like Sri Lanka they cry Foul for comparatively small infringements. Lets see the full verse and in context.
            2:190 And fight in the way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allah likes not the transgressors.
            2:191 And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah is worse than killing.

            “This was the first verse about fighting that was revealed in Al-Madinah. Ever since it was revealed, The Prophet used to fight only those who fought him and avoid non-combatants.
            Allah’s statement:(…those who fight you) applies only to fighting the enemies who are engaged in fighting Islam and its people. So the Ayah means,`Fight those who fight you’, just as Allah said in another verse: (…and fight against the Mushrikin (Hypocrites) collectively as they fight against you collectively), (9:36).
            This is why Allah said later in the Ayah: wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out), meaning, `Your energy should be spent on fighting them, just as their energy is spent on fighting you, and on expelling them from the areas from which they have expelled you, as a law of equality in punishment.’
            Citizen quoted only part of the verse without mentioning the preceding important connecting verse giving an altogether different and erroneous meaning. This is the same modus operandi of the evil twins Leela(nanda) and Lester.

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          Islam says ‘NOT TO ARGUE WITH THE FOOLISH’. Therefore I am not going to argue incessantly and foolishly with people who are blind to the TRUTH,who willfully choose to remain ignorant,and
          whose only aim is to create hatred among people,to promote racism,facism, bigotry and every other negative thing imaginable.

          The Quran is an OPEN BOOK. Anyone who wants to know what is Islam can get a Quran and read it for themselves. Anyone who has an iota of brain, will understand that the ‘Non-Muslims’ the Quran talks about is mostly about the enemies of Islam who were in Arabia, who were persecuting and oppressing the Muslims just bcos
          they believed in ‘One God’ and they were against all types of injustices, corruption, and oppression. The Quran refers to them as ‘Unbelievers’, ‘rejecters of truth’, and as ‘those who hide the truth’. For someone to be called as ‘an unbeliever’, or ‘a rejecter of truth’, or as ‘someone who hides the truth’,it requires that the truth be presented to them in first place.
          Those people were called as ‘unbelievers, rejecters of the truth,
          and as those who hide the truth, ONLY AFTER THE TRUTH WAS PRESENTED TO THEM,AND THEY REJECTED IT,DISBELIEVED IN IT, AND HID THE TRUTH EVEN WHEN THEY KNEW THAT IT WAS THE TRUTH.

          So I would like to ask all of you who ‘falsely claim’ that the Quran speaks against all the non-muslims in the world, whether you were living in Arabia during the time of Prophet Muhammad,
          and if he presented the TRUTH to you, and thereafter did you
          disbelieve in it, reject it or hide the truth, for you to say that the Quran is speaking against you? I hope you now understand
          how ridiculous your claim is. The anti islamic websites are full of such false and ridiculous claims, that one cannot help but wonder, as to what kind of dark souls must be residing within such people.

          Leela, I never said that ‘jihadists and violence by Muslims are internal matters’. What I wrote can be read by anyone, bcos it is on record. It was a reply to ‘citizen’. All I said was that we do not need any foreign jihadist on our soil(meaning in Sri Lanka) to
          interfere in our problems. Whatever problems that we face these
          days are our internal(meaning Sri Lanka’s) problem. We can solve it ourselves without foreign intervention by unity.

          Someone questions me, as to what I think is the solution to this problem. Whether there will be a solution or not, depends on whether the people who created this problem WANTS a solution or not. But we people who face these problems have no other solution other than through diplomacy, patience, perseverance and peaceful means.
          We have lived long enough in this world, to realize that hatred, violence, and wars are NEVER A MEANS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS, OR TO ACHIEVE EVERLASTING PEACE.
          PEACE TO ALL.

          However, I wish to clarify certain thin

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            Sorry, My last sentence which goes as ‘however I ………certain things’
            was meant to be deleted, but I forgot to do so.

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            Dear Imaana,
            Just look what you have said. ‘I never said that ‘jihadists and violence by Muslims are internal matters’. What I wrote can be read by anyone, bcos it is on record. It was a reply to ‘citizen’. All I said was that we do not need any foreign jihadist on our soil(meaning in Sri Lanka)to interfere in our problems’.
            Now in London some Muslims were staging a protest to show their solidarity to Sri Lankan Muslims. One of then was carrying a placard which says ‘Jihad is the answer’. Now you say we do not want any foreign Jihadist. Now can you let me know who these Jihardists (whether foreign or local) are. It appears that Jihardists are terrorists, when you employ the words ‘Jihardists and violence by Muslims’. There appears to be some conflict in what you have said.

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            imaana,
            Please tell us, where in the Koran that says ‘NOT TO ARGUE WITH THE FOOLISH’.

            After reading the Koran and the relevant Hadith section for almost all Koran verses, I am convinced that there is no universal love in the Koran.

            I have no doubt however that you and many Muslims personally desire to live in peace with unbelievers like us particularly in countries like Sri Lanka where you are a small minority. The problem being, there are at least 109 verses of the Koran that put people like you who want peace in direct conflict with innerself or the word of your God.

            I do not know even Allah knows you are telling the truth for Koran 16:106, says that there are circumstances that a Muslim can lie. What more, 66:2, 3:54 says Allah help you for dissolution of your oaths as well.
            Leela

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              Leela,
              I think you have clearly stated the position. Anyway I must thank all my Muslim firends urging me to go through Koran. Yet there are some more to study.

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              Lester says “I do not know even Allah knows you are telling the truth for Koran 16:106, says that there are circumstances that a Muslim can lie.”
              I quote for the benefit of CT readers verses 105:108 just to rule out a typo error on Leela’s part.
              16:105 It is only those who do not believe in Allah’s Ayat who fabricate the falsehood, and it is they who are liars.
              16:106 Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief – except one who was forced while his heart is at peace with the faith – but whoever opens their breasts to disbelief, on them is wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a terrible torment.
              16:107 That is because they preferred the life of this world over that of the Hereafter.
              16:108 They are those upon whose hearts, hearing (ears) and sight (eyes) Allah has set a seal over. And they are the heedless!

              Needless to say this is Leela’s balderdash! It is the modus operandi of the Leelananda’s AND Lester’s in this forum to misquote, quote a part of the verse or not mention its context. You see generally, the readership has no time to cross-check or research the veracity of what they write. The damage they do is that this is kept in some part of the minds of readers and on occasions blurt this hogwash as it were the TRUTH. Islam has survived for fourteen centuries and overcome many Leela’s and Lesters. It’s truth and simple message will survive with God’s protection as promised inspite of them.

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              Sorry it should read Leela says not Lester says.Doesnt matter of course both are up to the same game, distorting the texts to whip up religious frenzy against Muslims.

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          My spirits are ‘soaring high’ with HOPE FOR UNITY, EQUALITY AND PEACE, and not to destroy the Sinhala Buddhists as you put it.

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        Imaana,
        Just let us know what is the solution to combat ethnic hatred in Sri Lanka. Don’t you think that Federalism is the best politician system of government. Just watch how Canada & Switzerland. There is no problem in those countries.

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        When you say that you all are more than 1.5 billion Muslims world wide, surely Minister Rauff Hakim as a prominent Muslim should have been in the forefront of this rally. Is he been blackmailed by MR, because there is suspicion over the death of Kumari Cooray with whom Minister Rauff Hakeem had some connection. She had lodged a complaint with the Colpetty Police that Minister Rauff Hakeem assaulted for refusing to have sex with her. Thereafter, in October 2005 she was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Sri Lanka Police wanted to inquire into this matter, but on account of political interference, it appears that inquiry was hushed up. Perhaps this was one of the reason why Rauff Hakim is unable to take action against MR & his siblings. Is this the reason why Minister Rauff Hakim was not present in the rally.

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          Dear Imaana,
          I forgot to mention one other prominent Muslim Minister Fowzie. Why was he not present. Is it because he had some business connection with the convicted drug king & murderer, Pottu Nauffer? People expect transparency & accountability as regard prominent Muslim citizens who have command over his supporters.

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      I think there were many Muslims,though you did not spot them. To me it was great for the other communities , particularly the young ones were present with full of enthusiasm. If the Muslims were there in large numbers would give the wrong message. It is a national question and not only a Muslim question. Even the speakers did not mention the BBS campaign directed against the Muslims, which was good. Today its the Muslims and the Christians, tomorrow it can be another group so the rally was against hate in general.

      Was DJ part of the organisers, BBC should have looked for the young organisers’ What was their perception and why did they do this great rally despite the opposition to the vigil organised a fortnight ago. We have heard and read DJ, what we need is a fresh approach from the young minds/

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        If the Muslims were there in large numbers would give the wrong message.

        After the Danish cartoons were published, tens of thousands of Muslims all over the world took to the streets for days . So, how can you say that taking part in this protest would give the wrong message?

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      Here’s a good site that you can use to speak from an informed perspective: http://www.juancole.com/2013/04/terrorism-other-religions.html

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      Well the Muslim politicians are real scum who are after benefits and nothing but ‘purchased comodities of the Govt’ as Sumanthiran put it one day.

      But this is a good start by the Citizens of Lanka to stand up against hatred and hats off to them!

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    Ha..Haa. Haa!!! Dayan, Dayan,

    This racist mania is but a riffle in the deep see of Rajapaksha dystopia! This type of commitment tantamounts to opportunism! For person of his claimed talent, exposure, experience, service etc. etc. he must be doing much much more things than this petty things. Dayan still has to spell the word “Rajapaksha” and attribute all the corruptions, irregularities, destructions, deprivations, usurpation, swindling, murders, disappearances, state terrorism, inefficiency etc. etc. that are happening in the country in a massive cycle directly under the nose and collusion of the Rajapakshas. Surely he must have known quite a great deal about Mathale mass grave under Premadasa government!

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      Deep ‘see’? see what?

      ‘tantamounts to opportunism’? tantamounts to?

      Is tantamount to.

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        Great DJ,
        You proved that you are different to many those who just cry but doing nothing.

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      ‘is but a riffle’?

      a riffle?

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        He means ripple

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        Typical knee jerk of 500 people over 3 shops gutted and here they talk of unity and reconciliation when there is a long standing national question of ethnicity that has led to wars and killing of innocents. As it is just about 15% of the population are southern Sinhala Buddhist so do we need more fascists.

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      Ekanayake

      Give credit when it is due.

      DJ was there. Took part in the event. We appreciate it. For the sake of our country.

      PS: Where were you Ekanayake?

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        Ben Hurling

        Dayan was there met the BBC spoke to Charles Haviland.

        Is he leading a Sri Lankan spring?

        He is a self confessed war mongering statist and never ever would allow reconstruction of a future democratic island.

        Don’t be fooled by his appearance at the rally.

        In about two years time he would eulogise his own participation in the rally and repeatedly pat himself on his back until the readers get bored and commit suicide en masse.

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      A typo and an adjective used as a verb in contravention of grammatical conventions have been shown. Thank you Dayan for insisting on correct and accepted grammatical rules. But surely despite communication hitch pointed out, you must have gleaned the message in its true sense! From the political scientist you claim yourself to be, what we expect is not dwelling on grammatical perfectness but meaningful engagement with the reality out there in the country and the world vis a via SL and the IC! That me being grammatically pinpointed and corrected by you would only have infinitesimal relevance to the burning issues in the country or its vast languishing masses whereas what would have real impact on same would be your true, meaningful, critical, revealing, investigative, honest and vivisectionist interaction and engagement with the massive scale maladministration of the Rajapaksha dystopia! Dayan, you try to analyze everything on earth from North Pole to South Pole, Iceland to Greenland and therefore mustn’t have any difficulty in translating into layman’s terms the real, ulterior and daemon kinetics behind this like-a-sudden-thunderbolt-from-nowhere emerged minority hatred and Sinhalese racism as to whose origin, committing, continuation, perpetuation and link to Rajapakshas no doubt whatsoever exists in us! It is the Rajapakshas who are behind this! Definitely! And everybody is afraid to say it you included! This is a criminal game of the regime of which you are a stakeholder! However hard or much you deny that it is the real truth! Your regime creates the issue, superimposes it on the common fool and then leads the brainless mutts down the path you want! Why the heck you intermingled with the youth and then the foreign reporter only interviewed you? Was it the sentiment of the youth? Why couldn’t the youth speak? They couldn’t because they didn’t learn English and only you had the privilege and edge over others! And so you could conveniently “usurp” the voice of the youth and tampered and translated it into your own political “C#”! You are very much part and parcel of the multi-prong attack on the citizenry by the Rajapakshas! This is your game plan, ploy, strategy and conspiracy towards the uneducated “Sinhalese”! Your mission, vision and goal is “hang on to power” at whatever cost! What you were really doing here was to ride a “ploy-tical glide” on the racist-reactionist heat wave generated by your racist regime unto which the video bears testimony! When you were “voicecutting” all the youths were staying at a distance seemed as though they were afraid of “trespassing” into “unwarranted territory” whereas had it been a real and full-fledged movement of the youth they would have swarmed around the microphone to voice their concerns! This really is “down the slope” politics! The “political criminals” in the country from ancient past have done this-mislead the youth, mislead the masses, mislead the mutts! Dayan, the facts are stark, path is clear, the root is precisely obvious-UPROOT THE RAJAPAKSHAS!

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    I welcome this peace initiative wholeheartedly, and
    thank each and every participant very much, though
    I myself couldn’t be there due to unavoidable
    circumstances. YES, YOU DID IT, AND YOU ARE AMAZING
    for your courage and unwavering determination, against
    all odds.
    We certainly do not believe in the number game.Right
    is might, as some one put it. This is just the begining.

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    Well done Dayan. I am sure the youth got some encouragement from your participation. As you correctly said, the issue here is the state patronage, well at least symbolically, that somehow compounds our bewilderment on the asymmetry of law enforcement in Sri Lanka. Salutes to those who had courage to do this peaceful demonstration. I heard that some CCD officers had to interrogate some of the participants allegedly under pressure from “above”. If that above is Gotabaya, once again, shame on you Gota.

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    I must applaud Dayan for participating in this protest march. I hope we will see more protest marches like this in the future.

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    Hundreds of Sinhalese protesting against “racism” while the “oppressed” minorities keep their shops running doing good business. :)

    Face the facts, the only “minority” being oppressed right now are the Tamils, and that is in the far North of the island. The other minority is breeding like rabbits with the help of their invisible sky-god.

    Dayan J must be really bored. Or is he just doing some marketing for his new book. Clever fellow, now that the diplomacy days are over, might as well cash in. What next, Bollywood?

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      Once again, you should really be an idiot not to see it by your healthy eyes.

      Instead of respecting him, even life risky participation, you call it ” DJ should be bored “. You and your ilk are a curse.

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      Lester

      “breeding like rabbits”

      Despite national population statistics showing no such thing?

      Are you an idiot?

      Or you just can’t help it, but be a bigot. No matter what.

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        Actually Hurling, the Muslim population has grown at twice the rate of the Sinhalese population over the last thirty years. Good luck with your anti-Rajapakse campaign; consider hiring a statistician.

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          Except that Lester/Heshan can’t find any stats to prove this. On another thread on this site, he asks below a pic of a woman in an abaya why there were no Muslims at the rally :D

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            David, the Lester the idiot cannot comprehend simple arithmetic and attempts at 3D geometry! What a clown!!

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          Lester what you don’t understand is everyday thousands travel to Colombo from Matara in the South and as far as and beyond Anuradhapura in the North for their workstation for which they have to wake up at least by 3am everyday in the morning to catch the mode of transport by Rail and Buses to reach Colombo by 8.30am and after work in the same manner they reach home late 11 – 12pm do you think they have enough time after a tire some journey which saps their energy. Also Hundreds of thousands are boarded in and around Colombo only once a week and mostly once in a month they pay a visit to their so call home.

          The rest is for your imagination.

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            Dear Rajo,

            If people have time to concieve 5 or 6 children per family, they should be able to attend a once in a lifetime rally. After all, 5 children takes up 45 months (almost 4 years) of a woman’s life; what is that compared to half a day?

            Again I must ask, why hundreds of Sinhalese are having rallies to protest injustice, when the supposedly oppressed (Muslim) minority is experiencing explosive population growth. I would also like to know the per capita income of the average Muslim household in Colombo. I would not be surprised if it’s higher than what the typical Sinhalese family makes.

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              Can you show us stats on these family numbers? The average published by the census last year shows the average Muslim family to have no more than 3 children, much the same as the Sinhalese. Would you like a link, Heshan, so that you can finally get that education you missed out on?

              Also, what is the relevance of the income of Muslims; are you jealous that they are richer than you?

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        Ben just ignore the idiot. His tumor in the brain is becoming bigger and biggerby the day, and it reflects in the lies, character assassination, mis quotations and his feeble understanding of issues.

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          Check what you have written here… you said 911 was a “controlled demolition” (inside job by the CIA and Mossad), and Hindus burned themselves in Godhra. You are the master of all conspracy theories. :)

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            I never said the CIA/Mossad were definitely responsible although this is highly probable. log into the website http://www.wanttoknow.info/070618professorsquestion911 and you will read the following:

            </nificant criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report. A number even allege government complicity in the terrorist acts of 9/11. Below are the highly revealing public statements on this vital topic of over 100 university professors with links for verification and further investigation.
            The collective voices of these respected professors along with over 50 senior government officials, over 250 pilots and aviation professionals, and over 1,500 architects and engineers give credibility to the claim that the 9/11 Commission Report is tragically flawed.These dedicated individuals from across the political spectrum cannot be simply dismissed as irresponsible believers in some 9/11 conspiracy theory. Their sincere concern, backed by impeccable credentials, demonstrates that criticism of the 9/11 Commission Report is not only reasonable, it is in fact a patriotic duty.

            Can one pit their opinion against a mental retard aka “Koheda Yanne Malle Pol” Lester?. As regards the Godhra incident I only reported what Justice Bannerjee stated and also the Citizens Commission comprising some of the best Legal Brains (sadly what @Lester lacks)

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              As for 911 Conspiracy I stated that Building WTC#7 came down without any Plane crashing into it. Also its collapse (again a free fall collapse on its footprint) was announced before it actually collapsed by BBC and CNN. I asked the Brainless Lester for his explanation for this?? I have had no reply for this as yet!

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              Only a conspiracy theorist will think it is “highly probable” that CIA/Mossad caused the Twin Towers to collapse with a “controlled demolition.” Of course, if you are a conspiracy theorist, then you are also a first-rate buffoon.

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              9/11 Commission Report -Questioned by Over 100 Professorsr
              http://www.wanttoknow.info/070618professorsquestion911

              I give here the conclusions of ONLY 3 (for brevity) from over 100 Professors, overwhelmingly in the Engineering Field. Calling all of them buffoons only exposes Lesters retarded mind! I think its the tumor in his brain!
              Joel S. Hirschhorn, MS (Metallurgical Engineering), PhD (Materials Engineering) – Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1965 – 1978. Senior Staff Member, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment 1978 – 1990.

              When it comes to 9/11, we face the strong belief that only al-Qaeda caused 9/11. But analyses by many experts reveal the collapse of the three WTC buildings was not caused by the two airplanes exploding into the twin towers. The general view is that the buildings were brought down by controlled demolition.

              A.K. Dewdney, PhD – Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science, University of Western Ontario. Author of Scientific American’s “Computer Recreations” and “Mathematical Recreations” section, 1984 – 1993. Author of over 80 scientific papers on mathematics, computer science, engineering, astronomy and biology.

              The debris found outside the Pentagon is inconsistent with the impact of a Boeing 757 or any aircraft of comparable dimensions. In particular, in the absence of some agency (possibly unknown to physical science) that removed the wings, there is no way to avoid the conclusion that the wings (and therefore the aircraft) were never present in the first place. In this case, no Boeing 757 struck the Pentagon building on the morning of September 11, 2001.

              Robert M. Korol, PhD – Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil Engineering, McMaster University. Elected Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Well known for research on steel structures; the plastic theory of metal structures, inelastic buckling, limit analysis, environmental assessment and life cycle analysis methodologies. Hamilton-Wentworth’s 1998 “Engineer of the Year.”


              [At 12:40, regarding collapse of WTC Towers 1 & 2] “The whole idea of the pancake theory … that NIST talks about means that you have no resistance on the way down at that particular floor level that was supposedly weakened significantly. And by significantly I mean all around the perimeter, all at the same time. What an amazing thing that all of the bolts would have failed at the same time. All of the welds would have failed at the same time. And the whole thing comes down very nicely.

              There isn’t even an explanation for how the core of the structure [collapsed]. It contained the elevators and the stairwells. It is an extremely highly structurally resisting part of the structure. So it is a very strong part of the structure. And it … was virtually ignored [in the NIST report]. They just talk about the trusses that go across from column to column. And all of them fail at the same time. They start coming down. Even if you were to accept that, you’ve got resistance as the floors come down.

              [At minute 26:05] I think Building number 7 is the big, big question mark and I don’t know that there is an engineering explanation for that other than controlled demolition.” http://www.911podcasts.com/files/video/hamilton

              Lester will be better advised not to rush where angels fear to tread. Learn to read, study and then judge – not pre-judge! Don’t be the mouth piece for the CIA MOSSAD AL QA-EEDA NEXUS OF EVIL!

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      LESTER THE RACIST, ALWAYS SEES THE NEGATIVE SIDE.YOU CERTAINLY HAVE A PROBLEM

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    Liberal Party leaders attended this meeting

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    If there was a preponderance of muslims then the extremist would say this was organised by salafis and wahabis. So it is good that there was an equal representation of all communities. Idea is to unite all Sri Lankans not for muslims to get on the streets and beg for justice. Appreciate those of other communities and religons who speak on our behalf.

    Surprise, surprise, muslims look like ordinary Sri Lankans. So the rabid extremist are highly disappointed. Seeing a woman in black hijab or a man in skull cap is like showing a red flag to a bull for these worthies. One wonders at the poison working in their brains and arteries.

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    Well done Dayan. I would like to see your friend Rajiv joining you.
    Where is he? Waiting for crumbs?

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    It would obviously be expedient for the peace vendors to harp on a nonexistent hatred amongst the different ethnicities and religions. Whatever the twist the BBC man implies by ‘this is quite unusual in Sri Lanka’ it should be noted that it is so ‘unusual’ because there is no need for such rallies.

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    It takes courage and sheer guts to speak out in a garrison state. Those who sow the seeds of Hatred and Disrespect are consumed with the objective to destroy communal harmony. We Hope Intellectuals such as Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Dr. Rifai Naleemi, Dr. Laksiri Fernando, Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Dr. Rajasingham Narendran and others join and pool their knowledge and experience to work out a solution to the country before a severe social and economic meltdown.

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    Dayan,

    Glad you are speaking out. There are too many who dont.

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    500 people demonstrated for ethnic harmony in a country of 21,513,990 people.

    War lords, who ignored all war conventions and war lords who supported and still justifies extrajudical killings, white van abductions took part in this demo and gave some statements about unity.

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      Yes, Vasu. Are you talking about 21 million “Banis” Buns and a packet of Milk with free transport voters. Yes they still exist in Sri Lanka and this Banis Bandits are the ones who need a brainwash to show that there’s more in the Horizon than their Banis Choon Pan Dana givers.

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    “..500 people demonstrated for ethnic harmony in a country of 21,513,990 people..”

    Hah..hah…haaa! 500 people are enough for Dayan to pat on his own back for 5 years!!! Vasu, you have precisely weighed Dayan’s contribution here-500 against 21,513,990!

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      It’s all about the book, man. People see Dayan talking to Haviland and go buy Dayan’s book. Sri Lankan version of Oprah. :)

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    I thought Dayan didn’t “DO” vigils and protests and rallies etc. If I am not mistaken he has made a statement saying so.

    What has happened now ? Is this self proclaimed intellectual such a big idiot that he keeps contradicting himself in word and deed ?

    Are these our only options for leaders in the future ?

    Are these the people who try to lead our society and influence our opinions ?

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    Ho ho ho. Jayathilake is exposed by the questions. He wants to “HUNT WITH THE HOUND AND RUN WITH THE HARE”. Shameless political stooge. Our future National List MP who will be a Minister as well.

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    You can cheat many people sometimes – Dayan’s action in May 2009 in UN
    You can cheat some people sometimes – Dayan’s job as an ambassador, Paris
    You can’t cheat all the people all the time. I have more respect to President Mahinda Rajapakse as he brazenly declares there is no necessity for investigation and reconciliation whereas this sweet talking, fame seeking, self proclaimed intellect is never hesitant to wear his deceit tactics. BBC’s Charles Haviland is a shameless admirer of this chameleon.

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      It is obvious – you and your ilk belong to the bunch that always shoot the messenger saying those imperialists deliberately want to attcke developing countries like ours.
      Just to cover up only, your kind of silly tactics can be applied.

      I ask why not you and your ilk raise the quesiton why – the very same ” you can’t cheat all the people all the time” when it goes for killer minded, crime friendly Rajapakshes ?

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