5 December, 2022

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Channel 4 Team Arrives In SL; Greeted By Protests At BIA

Days after the Government announced again that demonstrations and protests would not be permitted during CHOGM 2013 the Channel 4 team and No Fire Zone director Callum Macrae exited the Bandaranaike International Airport to face a media mob and a demonstration against the broadcaster a short while ago.

Photo credit Duncan Stone, Twitpics

Photo credit Duncan Stone, Twitpics

The Government has accredited Channel 4 to cover the CHOGM summit in Colombo.

The airport is under tight security with expected road closures throughout the day to facilitate VIP travel from the airport to the capital.

However the demonstrators protesting Channel 4’s documentaries accusing the Sri Lankan Government forces of war crimes was permitted at main exit doors of the BIA.

“We have walked out of Colombo airport straight into noisy anti channel 4 demo,” Channel 4’s Jonathan Miller tweeted on arrival.

On the weekend, several foreign journalists reported finding a special booklet inserted into their CHOGM media packs discrediting Channel 4’s claims, entitled ‘Corrupted Journalism.’ Commonwealth Spokesman Richard Uku is reportedly investigating how the booklets got into the CHOGM media packs.

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    I think this protest must have been arranged by the pro-LTTE activists or the C4 itself to discredit the government!

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      Ahmed – What insight – you must be a geniass!!

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        I dont know whther he’s a Geniass or not he’s definitely an Ass for sure lol.

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        My Goodness Richard Uku is a clown if he needs to have such an elaborate “investigation” to find the culprit who put the anti-Chanel 4 booklet in media packs..
        Command responsibility lies with Gota the Goon and Uku should stop beating about the bush and identify the culprit!

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      You are always right man. Srilanka is now ruled by pro_LTTE or C4 and this protest was done when Gota and Mahinda was on coma and Ahamed was in prayers.

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        Ajith, Ahmed is not muslim, he is Jim Soft and Fathima Fukushima.. not one single Muslim support this government except some stupid ass licking ministers …

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          So what party do u muslims support ?

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            Muslims don’t support any party. They stay in-between and create problems.

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              they just live and hope that others just let them be.
              LTTE kicked them out in 1991. BBS attacked them, 2013. LTTE attack was during terrorist/war time. they behaved as a terrorist would. no surprise there.

              BBS attack however was civilian force attack with plenty on proof who was behind it because they held public meetings and said they would attack. also there is enough video footage showing faces, including those of police from lower to higher ranks waiting and watching.

              Anyone arrested yet???

              so do you still think your question is valid dumb-ass?

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                If Arabs hadn’t waged cultural genocide on Tamils by converting many them to Islam and making them forget their Tamil roots, there would not have been animosity between Eastern Muslim Tamils non Muslim Tamils.

                The fault lies with the genocidal Gulf Arabs who divided many communties and destroyed many cultures, not just in Ceylon but many other regions.

                Chistian Tamils don’t see themselves as a different people from the Hindu Tamils, it is only the Muslim Tamils who do, and this is because of the sly machinations of Arabs (aka Moors) merchants who settled in Ceylon . They converted many Hindu Tamils and used Islam to drive a wedge between non Arab Tamil Muslims and Tamil non Muslims.

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                  Cha…what fanastic imaginations?

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            The one Sri Lankan muslims is not a muslim!

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          Thanks for clarification.

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      You are right.These are tactics applied by the defeated Tamil terrorists along with the paid Channel 4.

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        How can this be in Rajapakshe^s country.

        Country where no Free media is allowed.

        May be it is just a work of MERVIN… with the approval of govt.

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        GOVT HAS BLOCKED ALL PROTESTS AGAINST THE GOVT DURING THIS PERIOD BUT HAS ALLOWED OR MORE LIKELY ARRANGED SOME ‘KUDDAS’ TO PROTEST AGAINST CH4 ON THEIR ARRIVAL. THIS CLEARLY SHOWS EVERYONE ARRIVING TO PARTICIPATE AT THE CHOGM THAT THIS GOVT DOES NOT PROVIDE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION TO EVERYONE BUT ONLY TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO CARRY THEIR BUCKET OF SHIT. THESE ‘KUDDAS’ AT THE AIRPORT ARE CARRYING BANNERS WHICH I THINK THEY THEMSELVES CANNOT READ, AN IMPRESSION I GOT FROM THE FOOL STAMMERING AND STUTTERING ACCUSING RATHER THAN INTERVIEWING CM OF CH4.
        THIS IS CLEARLY ARRANGED BY A COWARD TRYING TO INTIMIDATE CH4 USING SOME JOBLESS HOODLUMS.

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          right on James ! Third class Jarapakses and their kuddas trying to show off to the world,……their goday Medha Midhulana village tactics ! Only making fools of themselves !

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            This further proves the world, that MR regime has either lost their control over some gangs or they deliberately behave like thugs or criminals of all kind.. :(

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      Ahamed,

      This Demo was given the OK by silly GOSL members. With “Frog in the Well” mentality.

      Job is done by the “Lunch Packet” brigade.

      This is totally embarrasing to Sri Lanka. Only seen in Banana Republics around the world.

      I understand if GOSL wishes to engage international media. This is not the way to do it.

      Please quit embarassing our country.

      Cheers!

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        Ben;
        WHEN Governance and Law of the country is under the foot of Hambathota Buffalos and Buffalo calves you can see lot of gilmarts.

        this is one of them and Now the name of Sri lanka is like African Jungle country,
        Because of so called LOWYERS OF SHIT EATING PIGS.

        Anything like these Happened in Sri Lanka before?????????.

        Only the time of these Scoundrels of MADA MULANA.

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        (゜゜)~ Now the name of Sri lanka is like African Jungle country,
        Because of so called LOWYERS OF SHIT EATING PIGS.(゜゜)~

        Not really!
        Look, I’m outspoken, by definition, all power has limits.

        But because “Mugabe Loves You” his roots bath-gullos!Never from moon.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYlmyf1a8rY Koththu

        Ö Ö Ö 0:3

        IM- PUSS-ABLE.

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      All the protests were banned and you maintain that the Rajapakse government allowed the protest arranged by pro-LTTE activists? Rajapaksa’s statement of “zero civilian casualty” in the war is more credible.

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        Saro This misunderstood STATEMENT “zero casualities” was coined by you and the LTTE diaspora and the NGO’s ,to embarrass the government. What the government spokespeople said was” we were aiming at zero civilian casualities ” Note the difference, if you can understand. These people are NOT CRAZY TO SAY THERE was zero casualties in a war situation .

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          .
          MaRa’s exact words were “we won the war with zero civilian causalities”.

          :-)

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          first it was zero civilian casualty then with mounting casualties regime couldn’t hide the truth any more and had to settle with “policy” at the end of the clause .do check the archives for veracity.

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          Sarojini

          Mahinda said that his soldiers are fighting with only one hand. The other hand they had the UN Charter. Unfortunately in was in English

          So be clever and pass the blame on to the UN

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            Looking at the pictures, their other hands were busy with clothing of captured Tamils or cameras.

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        Dear Saro,

        you are already displaying the famous Sri Lankan Syndrome “forgetfulness”. it was Gota who said that we had “Zero Civilian Casualties” “we had the worlds most disciplined army. they fought with the Geneva conventions in one hand and Gun in the other”. We conducted the worlds largest hostage rescue mission with no civilian casualties” these were the exact words.

        these are still available on Youtube BBC interview with Gota. check it before it is removed.

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      The presence of poster-carrying mobs against Channel-4, amidst extra tight security in the airport area, is clearly at the behest of
      those brilliant brains that terrorised Tamils and Muslims in the East with that idiotic Grease-yaka nonsensical project. This infantile move at KIA may be used against the Rajapakses at the right time and place. Actors on behalf of the fumbling regime are only making things worse for them.

      Backlash

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      @Ahmed

      I do not know how you got this inside information. You are putting National Security in great danger by revealing top National secrets.

      Callum Macrae was furious about the one written in Sinhala because he could read only 4 in that placard.

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      Ahmed and Avtars,

      What are they protesting? The Truth?

      So, the Problem lies with Channel 4, Mr, McCallum, and Ltte remnants.

      The problem is not with the GOSL? Uninteresting!

      Was there a problem in 1958? 1983? 1972? 1978?
      Has the problem something to do with Sinhala Buddhist Racism and the fact that these were exploited by the Monks and the Sinhala politicians? Was thee one Sinhala Buddhist politician called SWRD Bandaranaike, who was Christian, but became Buddhist?

      Is it true he, SWRD, was shot by a Buddhist monk, who became Christian before he was hanged?

      Just curious!

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      Why have the lawyers who protested the illegal impeachment of CJ, and Bar Association, FUTA, and civil society with the joint opposition not organized a massive protest against the Rajapassa military dictatorship’s party to celebrate its “arrival” on the world stage during Prince Charles 65th Birthday celebration in the post-colony and under the patronage of the Commonwealth of Clowns British colonialism nostalgia show?

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      The guy with the long beard looks like a Thambi. Ahamed is it you?
      Take a second look at the people, most of them look like they cannot even read the boards they hold.

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        and the guy [Edited out]…is that U Burt ?

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      Ahamed
      I am dissapointed with you.
      I thought you were going to say that CHOGAM in Sri Lanka was also arranged by prro LTTE activist , to put the current Sri Lankan regime in the spotlight

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      These guys look educated and could read English. How come LTTE/Tigers pay roll while we’ve killed VP???
      Have we killed VP or Not?

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      You may have a point here as I am sure the SL public was not even aware of the C4 crew being allowed into the country the government tried to keep it quite. They were only allowed to appease the UK PM.

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      Very cheap to buy. Wait for the rest to come out and reveal their stupidity.

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      [Edited out] the protests are organized by your war crimes government

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    This is cherished Sri Lankan hospitality eroded to this level by the current regime to the guests of the Sri Lankan government, and definitely very good CHOGM publicity

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    These frogs-in-the-well need to learn how the world outside Sri Lanka functions: they condemn the LTTE, the Sri Lankan government or anybody that violates human rights.

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      They condemn everybody but not the neocons and their agents.

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        U could be one among them on the picture… should have been very busy in cover up missions these days. Bando, you would never win okay… try to rethink of whatever you do. It is high time you to get all these .. :)

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        Adey Bando,

        The neocons and their Agents are your very own MR’s Pay Masters. Funny is it not?

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        Gal Banda, how much are you being paid by the ‘Genius’ and his bros. to put your 2 cents in here ?

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      Rita ,not one word of condemnation was said against the LTTE for 30 years by any NGO;s , Foreign Governments . which part of the world are you from ?. Refresh our memmories and give us examples of who condemned the LTTE atrocities .

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        sarojini

        For you stupidity is virtue.

        More than 54 countries imposed ban on LTTE, including USA, UK, Europe, and many others.

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          Native veddha, Banning an organisation and condemning an action are two different scenarios.

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        Dear Saro,

        no that the internet is more freely available you might want to read media reports from outside sri lanka that reported on LTTE terror.

        Besides a terrorist outfit reigning terror is not really news. BUT a government reigning terror on it civilians IS NEWS. that’s why all the attention.

        think about it.

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        Sarojini ,

        where are our Deshamamaka ” Thunmulle Google mudianselage Modawansa ” , full bright Gammanpila, BBS, S.ravaya , endless balakayas et al , why are they so quite , after all C4 has been attacking SL so viciously without any remorse on fabricated charges , you guys must not let go this golden opportunity in vain , only limited time left , for a start get our “kalakaruwo ” (Artists)to demonstrate before the Hilton so that rest of the country can join in , we must show C4 what our strengths are, don’t you agree with me ?

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          Sri Ala-al

          Apparently they all are busy with your better half while you are busy commenting rubbish in CT forums.

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        Sarojini,

        This is what is called poor general knowledge.
        What is your IQ ( Intelligent Quotient)?
        Just curious.

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          Amarasiri what IS YOUR IQ?????

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        saroprikini, ltte has nothing to do with this u idiot, get your brain recharged , the cells are dead

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    How can anybody do any protest without the knowledge of SL Govt at this juncture specially at the Airport?

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      Yes LTTE instructed SL to have this protest. So they are doing it. It is all whose job you know.

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    hahahaha what a joke some of those look like the touts you see at BIA and or taxi drivers from there!

    if Govt wants to challenge channel 4 let them sue them for defamation in the international courts but will they do it ? hahaahahahahaahaha

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      right on Peacelover, this is more hot air from the third class, brain dead Jarapakses !

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    This is apparently Mervin Silva’s ‘ugly tactics’ approved by MR, SADLY ridiculing all Lankas in the eyes of the international community.

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      The very same wording is being used by MR more or less.
      So both are the same. I am bit worried, Mervin could damage even the least respect remained to the nation… during the summit sessions.

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    These placard carriers in whose pay roll? MR GOTA MARAVIN?

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    Shame for the country! How low can this government stoop to!

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    If the authorities would not take precautionary actions against the nation^s rabid dog -Mervin to control well over his own mouth piece – perhaps need putting a muzzle – entire world would ridicule out of us following the CW summit. Recalling what he added to the media on the visit of UNHRC high commissioner to the country, respective authorities should take all actions against the man and the like personalities..

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    This must be the Airport Taxi Drivers Association run by some Minister.

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      See if anyone of us would have protested it, either we would have been beaten or whitevanned. Who has the power to do so other than those kiribath eating henchman of the media sections of the mnisitry.
      This for sure would be telecasted by C4 CHANNEL on their return to LONDON.

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    Ahamed, the non cir…..ed one, you are dumb as ever.
    Look at the guy in the photo. Do they look like guys
    informed of C 4. They might think it is perfume. These
    are supporters of Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne. Who
    said protests are banned?

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      From the appearance on, their look similar to the masses rally round the taxi area of the airport. These are just low levels tactics by rulers. They would never learn to behave.

      If the Uni professionals or the similar would have gone on protests in this regard, one would consider it, but I really dont think this could send a message to many.

      Let s see it more in the post summit discussions.

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    Gota forgot to send Karuna, KP, Pillaya, Dayamaster and other LTTE consultants with GOSL army providing the security. Bad Gota.

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      I have no doubt, foreign delegations would talk to Karuna, pLLAYA or the like.. also with Wimal and Mervin on their side. They will have balanced views after being spoken to these guys.

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    Aiyo only three placards????????

    Must be a really bankrupt organisation.

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    I HOPE THAT SRI LANKA WILL BE DISGRACED IN STYLE FOR ALL THE WAR CRIMES AND VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GIVEN THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COMMONWELATH CONFERENCE. I AM A SRI LANKA BUT SRI LANKA DESERVES WHAT THEY GET.

    I DO HOPE THAT THEY WILL GO IN FOR A VOTE

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      I second that ! These scum of the earth should be locked up for good !

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    In the north,the army too protests in its own way,against protests by pradeshiya saba members about plundering of lands by the militry.
    Severed heads of cows were left on their gates!!!

    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=36811

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    I HOPE THAT SRI LANKA WILL BE DISGRACED IN STYLE FOR ALL THE WAR CRIMES AND VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GIVEN THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE COMMONWELATH CONFERENCE. I AM A SRI LANKA BUT SRI LANKA DESERVES WHAT THEY GET.

    I DO HOPE THAT THEY WILL GO IN FOR A VOTE AND SRI LANKA WILL NOT GET THE CHAIRMANSHIP.

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    This is the law and order in Sri Lanka. Selective application.

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    Where is Sevala Jim Sifty, [Edited out] Sumanasekara, the Pseudo Patriot and the other Katukana Dogs of MR?

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      Didn’t you see you basement living idiot, I was there with a placard.

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    The Police Ballo at the back of the crowd, might as well remove their uniform without disgracing others in the Force.

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    Quote “not one single Muslim support this government except some stupid ass licking ministers ” – I am Sri lankan muslim
    This your so called licking ministers, are not they thorough bred Muslims ?

    I am aware of many varieties, in the M/E who does not see eye to eye with others.

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    These poor souls who protested deserve more than a packet of rice and Rs.200.

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      Tell us what you got at LTTE rally, gov would distribute them

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    Actually now all world realized the truth about Sri Lanka that we have a freedom of protest, freedom of speech, freedom of moving freely even under tight security.

    Tamil Diaspora and some powerful western countries were spreading rumor’s that Sri Lanka Govt. closed universities, Schools and ban all kind of protests during summit. Now we have proved beyond doubt that those are only propaganda work by those who mentioned above.

    Also any “Goat” or “Bull” can understand that Govt. has no hand in this protest as our Horana Banda, Jim, Aathal Sumane and others will Argive otherwise.

    Actually Minister Sarath Gunaratna has done a mistake by sending only Taxi Drivers for the Protest. He should have Invited Gaanu 5 Nanasara Bebadu balu Senawa, Rawana Balukaya, Sinhala Rawaya, Wimals Deshamamaka Balukaya, Jathimamaka Balukaya etc. etc. to have a successful protest. “Bath Packet”, “Wathura Bothal” and “Mathata Thitha” wouldn’t be a problem as Dallas Allahapperuma is there to look after that.

    In my opinion mixing saffron robed thugs along with Sarath Gunaratna’s Taxi Thugs would have created a very pleasant scenario.

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you all of the above who bothered to comment. …I haven’t hadn’t such a good laugh in a long time….the Channel 4 team are probably doing the same! “Mob”…its hardly a handful of people. And they seem to have elected the same person to write all 3 banners….at an attempt to apear semi educated and for the people the writer has thrown in a few capital letters here and there. …genius, me thinks not! But they must be genius or have the ability to make themselves invisible to get past the ‘tight’ airport security …and with banners. …im.still laughing….is there more to come. I hope so…over and out…beam me up Scottie!

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you all of the above who bothered to comment. …I haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time….the Channel 4 team are probably doing the same! “Mob”…its hardly a handful of people. And they seem to have elected the same person to write all 3 banners….in an attempt to apear semi educated and for the people the writer has thrown in a few capital letters here and there. …genius, me thinks not! But they must be genius or have the ability to make themselves invisible to get past the ‘tight’ airport security …and with banners. …im.still laughing….is there more to come. I hope so…over and out…beam me up Scottie!

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    These protests are a reflection of the “sarong raised” attitude to any
    anti-MoD activities. It may be some army personal, as some are haunted
    by ICC dreams.

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    Stooges of Jokers in action. Citizens are quite used to this. After price increases of essential items when citizens protest, they are attacked by these paid Jokers where the Police pretend they see nothing and then the Jokers organize processions in support of price increases with full publicity provided by the state media. The citizens of the Country can only silently watch. God save former democratic Sri Lanka.

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    I am shocked at this spontaneous commonfolk protest, truly shocked I tell…. .

    Rent-A-Mob and or Nationalistic Sinhalese coached by BBS and Gota to stand there with placards made for them.

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    McCrae is a full on LTTE Diaspora supporter who is helping the Western agenda of regime change in Srilanka.

    Even at the BIA he made unsubstantiated allegation that all deaths at the final stages were caused by the Govt.

    Can an Arab reporter talk like this at the Heathrow on the eve of a G10 Summit?.

    And they say there is no Press Freedom.

    Point two,

    Did McCraes make docs when the LTTE Diaspora in London,chased the Srilankan Prez away when he was planning to talk about reconciliation?.

    Hope this man enjoy Lankan hospitality ad have a pleasant stay,in our current suicide and roadside bomb free environment.

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      granted, K A Sumansekera, U R right, no more roadside bombs today…but what I and the others here are writing about is EVERYTHING ‘post’ roadside bombs and other Tiger atrocities !

      Not much different ! There is no rule of law, only thuggery, murder, extortion, filthy casinos trying to influencing our society, large scale prostitution, murder for hire, police and military invovlement in president’s and other bros. affairs, army getting involved with the Budhist clergy – putting up temples, statues etc.

      Therefore, one is no better than the other ! And, due to big commissions/ deals, both by Chinese, other foreign investments and local big bussinesses, your Rajapaka_a uncles are selling the country in the name of development ! THINK ABOUT IT….

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      Mr Sumanasekara government move of allowing them to come to this country is commendable.Now it is the turn of the government to disprove the claims made by Chanel 4 and it wont do any good to this country by always denying the charges made by them.

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    good for nothing chingala layabouts have plenty of time in hand to protest or raise slogans. the3se ignorant and illiterate chingala thugs [Edited out]

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      Not too different from the howler monkeys who take to the streets in London and Toronto with LTTE flags whenever they’re in heat I suppose :)

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        oi bogus siva sankaran sarma, you are proving time and time again that you are a right old idiot. there is a world of difference between the two groups of protesters you are talking about. tamil protesters know what they are protesting about. on the other these chingala [Edited out] thugs don’t know what they are shouting about. these chingala [Edited out] were given some lessons by thugs from turd lankan government to go and shout slogans. monkeys didn’t know whether they were coming or going but they just repeated what they have been told to shout in primitive chingala dialect. they were probably confused that channel four is dehiwela canal and the british are coming to take over the canal. mahinda and gothapeea ( [Edited out] ) probably personally supervised when the placards were assembled. chingala primitive thugs had dry fish stew for breakfast and off they went.

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    You know what guys, the writing on these posters does not look like it could be written by the guys in the photo. To me it looks like Professor Periahs work. I’m out of work at the moment, I wonder how much they would pay me to stand there with some banners.. I actually always wanted to know the feeling of just shouting about something and not really care about the content. the experience would be pretty cool.. Just to get an understanding of people in the Raja regime.

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