17 November, 2018

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Clowns Or Murderers: Our Hobson’s Choice

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“There is no Viyath Mawatha; it is just a word for a programme. Clearly this is a carrying forward of Mahinda Chintanaya…”  ~ Mahinda Rajapaksa (4.7.2018)[i]

The news was sensational, yet it was downplayed. The chief incumbent of a temple in Ratnapura strangled a police sergeant to death. The monk has been absconding after being charged with sexual abuse. The sergeant went to the temple to hand over the summons. He went alone and unarmed; after all, he was going to a temple to meet a monk.

The sergeant’s screams alerted the neighbours who called 119. When a police team rushed to the temple, the monk greeted them with a hand grenade.

What if this incident happened in a kovil, a mosque or a church? What if a Hindu, Muslim or a Christian religious figure strangled a policeman to death with his bare hands and tried to lob a grenade at a police team? The media would have talked about nothing else for weeks. Politicians, especially those subsisting on patriotism, would have howled about resurgent Tigers, Islamic terrorists or Christian conspirators. Questions would have been asked about how the grenade was procured and what its procurement portends for national security. But a monk was the culprit, so reportage was muted, and there were no cries of alarm or condemnation. The chief prelates, who make it their business to interfere in secular matters beyond their competence, are yet to say a word about the horrendous incident and what it signals about the current state of Sinhala-Buddhist monkhood.

The suspect monk is now being questioned by the police. Hopefully, after a speedy trial, he will join the 15 other monks serving prison sentences for various crimes including murder. According to the prisons’ chief, there are also 10 monks in the remand prison.[ii]

As President, Mahinda Rajapaksa thought persecution was prosecution and replaced due process with witch hunts. Now he thinks prosecution is persecution and sees witch hunts in due process. Addressing a religious ceremony in a temple in Matara last month, the former president depicted monks serving jail sentences as victims of persecution. “These days I think it is important to learn how to turn the robe into a jumper, the way things are going. This is a time when 40-50 Buddhist monks are locked up in jails. We have a great responsibility as Buddhists to protect…” From one that falsehood he moved seamlessly into another one, this time about the reason for the dearth of new entrants to monkhood. “Those days there are nine ten children in a family. Now there’s one or two, maximum three. So our race is systematically vanishing. There are economic difficulties. There is also the programme carried out by the government, a very koota(insidious and evil) programme to reduce population.”[iii]

Mr. Rajapaksa is a master at dog whistling. In that brief statement he alluded to a conspiracy by the current government to eviscerate the monkhood and destroy the Sinhala nation. The caption (by the pro-Rajapaksa channel Derana) says it all – Our race is nearing extinction – Mahinda Rajapaksa.Never mind that the ratio of Sinhalese and Buddhists in Sri Lanka has increased consistently from 66.91% and 61.53% in 1881 to 74.9% and 70.1% in 2012. Never mind that there are only 25 monks behind bars and they are there because they have been accused or convicted of crimes. His audience wouldn’t know the facts and wouldn’t care anyway. His lies fit in with their manufactured reality. (They wouldn’t even wonder why Mahinda Rajapaksa has only three children and his even more patriotic brother Gotabaya just one child. Surely the absence of nine or ten offspring couldn’t have been due to economic reasons or the kootadoings of the current administration? Incidentally, why has no Rajapaksa sibling or offspring entered the monkhood?)

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration is a government of and by clowns. There are a million and one truthful, factual accusations that can be made against the administration, starting with its abysmal failure to improve the living conditions of ordinary Lankans. There is no need to resort to incendiary lies, the kind which enabled Black July, 35 years ago. And, yet, incendiary lies rather than facts and figures constitute the bedrock of the Rajapaksa comeback strategy. Are they creating an anti-democratic mindset in the country so that the rapid dismantling of democratic rights and freedoms will have public support?

A Crime Wave?

Vendaruwe Upali thero (who advised Gotabaya Rajapaksa to become ‘even a Hitler and correct the country) is not the only one suffering from Hitler-mania. A tweet by a self-declared Christian (I will refrain from mentioning his name as he has apologised for his praise of Hitler) says “Looking at the killings in Sri Lanka, I sometimes wonder who is in charge… The situation is reaching serious levels.”

The question is where did this gentleman ‘look’ to conclude that the ‘situation is reaching serious levels?’ Not facts and figures certainly, because according to statistics there are less murders today (and less grave crime) than there were during the Rajapaksa years.

Year All grave crimes Murder
2010 57.381 742
2011 54,156 703
2012 Complete data unavailable Complete data unavailable
2013 55,128 586
2014 50,804 548
2015 40,188 474
2016 36,937 502
2017 35,978 452

The data[iv]also shows a decline in other grave crime categories as well, including rape and child abuse.

Sri Lanka is not crime free or violence free. But it is less crime-prone and less-violent than it was four years ago. A fake news pandemic – and not facts on the ground – is responsible for the idea that we are living in an unprecedentedly lawless and bloody time. The aim is political and partisan – exacerbate the ‘feel bad factor,’ and manufacture a pre-emptive justification for dismantling democratic rights and freedoms under a future Rajapaksa government.

Sometimes memory is an eel. The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government has forgotten its solemn promises to the electorate – the inane plan to build a third airport in Polonnaruwa being the latest case in point. Perhaps in tandem, the electorate has forgotten what life was like under the Rajapaksas. Even such causes celebresas the serial killings of Kotakethana in Kahawatte, the slaying of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, and the brutal murder of British tourist Khuram Shaikh and the gang rape of his Russian fiancé are no longer remembered. Equally forgotten are the level of impunity enjoyed by Rajapaksa loyalists – such as Mervyn de Silva; or Julampitiye Amare, who had more than 100 arrest warrants against him, including for murder and rape, yet strutted about in Tangalle resplendent in military fatigues and toting a T56.

Forgetting is an integral component of the Rajapaksa comeback project. The past must be remembered as a time of law, order and discipline; let the present be imaged as a time of chaos and anarchy. After all, if Lankans remember what the past was really like, a majority of them would not want to return there.

Crimes today are more brutal, often sickeningly so, but this too is not a post-Rajapaksa development. That tendency began during the war years. As a police spokesman said in 2012, “….the murders committed in recent times have become more gruesome…. They cut and chop without a care. Sometime back rape was not followed by murder, however now rape is followed by murder.”[v]

The Rajapaksa paradise was a land of crime and impunity, violence and indifference, a place where strong abused, weak endured and everything insalubrious was kept under wraps. When a soldier stationed in Jaffna murdered two of his comrades and killed himself, the Rajapaksa regime responded by imposing a news-ban. When asked about the ‘rape problem’ in Sri Lanka, the then ambassador (and Rajapaksa first cousin) Jaliya Wickremesuriya smilingly told The Washington Times, “…oyarapes this and that not taking any place in Sri Lanka… We have very disciplined people in Sri Lanka… Like any other country, we have, like couple of cases.”[vi]

That statement about a couple of rapes was made in 2012.  In 2010, three children were raped/abused per day. 1169 child rape cases were reported in 2011 – a rate of over three a day. In the first six months of 2012, over 700 cases of child rape/abuse were reported – a rate of four a day.[vii]The Rajapaksa government’s only solution was a rape-marriage law which, if approved, would have enabled the rapist to escape prosecution by marrying his underage victim. In a related development, the then Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa (who is being touted as a kinder gentler alternative to brother Gotabaya) said, “My opinion is that nobody can make men responsible for the violence against women. Women are responsible for it…”[viii]Little wonder, rape proliferated during the Rajapaksa years, far more than before or since.

That was how the crime-fighting Rajapaksas fought crime.

‘Rajapaksas go together’ – One Family, One Path, One Goal

“Rajapaksas always go together. We don’t have divisions like others,” Gotabhaya Rajapaksa claimed after Mahinda Rajapaksa reminded his audience that Viyath Maga was Mahinda Chinthanaya by another name. Gotabaya Rajapaksa can win only if he is anointed by brother Mahinda and assisted by brother Basil. Whatever their personal or other differences, the Rajapaksas are united in a joint enterprise to regain lost power – One Family, One Path, One Goal.

They might succeed, thanks to the infantile conduct of the current administration.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the newly elected president of Mexico had a key campaign slogan. “I will not fail you. I will not disappoint you. I will not betray the people.”[ix]

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe has done all three. They have forgotten most of their promises and are walking back on some of the implemented ones, such lifting the ban on Glyphosate. After much procrastination, the government banned female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sri Lanka, but might succumb to pressure from conservative Mullahs and re-permit this atrocious and harmful practice. The government gave up pursuing socially liberal policies fearful of antagonising traditionalists; it gave up on the environment to please multinationals. It succumbs to any bully, from the GMOA to the Chinese.

Today’s Sunday Times carries pictures of four of the cheques issued by the China Harbour Engineering Company, effective corroborating The New York Times Story. Even more worryingly, it reveals that the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) carried out an investigation about the matter in 2015, and managed to identify those who cashed the cheques. Then ‘the onetime top official of the CBSL’ i.e. Arjuna Mahendran ‘halted the probe unceremoniously.’ Another chance to clean up the Augean Stable that is Lankan politics was wasted. When this government is buried under the avalanche of its own mistakes, a fitting epitaph would be, And they did nothing.

Three and half years out of power, the Rajapaksas remain unchanged. Violence, verbal or physical, is their first resort. Retired admiral Sarath Weerasekara has threatened the head of the Human Rights Commission, Dr. Deepika Udagama by calling her a Tiger. When the New York Timespiece about Chinese contributions to the presidential campaign coffers of Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared, some SLPP parliamentarians responded by issuing veiled threats against the two local journalists associated with the piece – Dharisha Bastians and Arthur Wanaman. That response was a reminder of what awaits the media, and Sri Lanka, if the Rajapaksas return to power, especially under a President Gotabaya, the man who once said, “If they harm me, it is the country they harm.”[x]

Clowns or murderers, such is the choice before the country currently.Weimer Republic was a pretty broken down place, but Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich (which mercifully for everyone ended in just 12 years) was a hell beyond even the most sadistic of human imaginings.


[i]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=58&v=dPzseWEcVl8

[ii]https://www.srilankamirror.com/news/9113-15-imprisoned-monks-are-wearing-prison-jumpers

[iii]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwdlFPFqw0s&feature=youtu.be&a=

[iv]https://www.police.lk/index.php/crime-trends

[v]The Sunday Leader – 1.12.2012

[vi]Groundviews – 6.1.2012

[vii]The real figure may be significantly higher; over 20,000 cases of child abuse may have happened in the first half of 2012, according to the National Child Protection Authority.

[viii]http://www.therepublicsquare.com/politics/2014/03/12/speaker-chamal-rajapaksa-says-violence-against-women-is-their-own-fault/

[ix]https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-donald-trump-and-the-error-of-comparison

[x]http://srilankabrief.org/2011/10/i-dont-want-to-be-the-prime-minister-i-am-not-interested-in-that-gotabhaya-rajapaksa/

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    GR is not wearing the nool. Is it because the nool was blessed in Ratnapura?

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      If proved, waligana prison slaughter, the man in the middle of the picture should also face death penalty.
      No doubt about that.
      If proved, Lasantha s killing on broad day light – the man in the middle should face it.
      If proved numerous other killings the man in the middle should be beheaded as any drug kin pin that do the job in and out of the prison.
      The law should be equal to everyone.

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        Walikada prison – appologies

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          This is a criminal gang of thieves who’re well protected by the SYSTEM. The Political order, the Buddhist religious order, the MEDIA and the Industrial sectors are being kept under their control as TOOLS for the upkeep of the GOVIGAMA HEGEMONIC RULE and its EVIL continuum which has affected every law abiding and TAX PAYING citizen of this country. The truth seekers know that the Political Parties that are ruling are just parts of a GRAND CONSPIRACY well laid out by the THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY satanic psychopaths wit their ZIONIST AGENDA in keeping the society DIVIDED and communities are always at each other’s throat, fighting an unending useless WARS. The Govigama clans are helping each other to remain at the TOP ECHELONS of POWER. Thus, the present govt., which is headed by GOVI criminals Ranil/ Maithiree, are DOING everything they can to keep their brethren Rajapakses safe……..So, how can we, as citizens, save this country from this evil stranglehold?????? FIRST: The solutions must begin from identifying the REAL ENEMY who is embedded within the GOVI SYSTEM and through its structure that manipulates everything……….

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            The Sri Lankan Super Criminals belonging to the GOVIGAMA MAFIA- the Rajapakses and the holders of the STATE POWER, Ranil/Maithree duo, their political behaviours indicate the WORKINGS OF A SUPER MAFIA syndicate with a mutually beneficial arrangement that benefits the GOVIGAMA ELITES and their families and their Businesses (Industries, Mainstream Media, Military Industry, Financial rackets etc.). I recently had the rare opportunity to read a FINE subject about “Elites and Organized Crime: Conceptual Framework – Organized Crime by Steven Dudley”. Its a fabulous writing about the functionality of a MAFIA set up. Each point it takes on the MAFIA amazingly reminds us the SL GOVT and its conducts and the alliance its having with the Rajapakse team and the JHU/BBS criminal gangs, each one helping each other, is thus nothing but ONE BIG ORGANIZED CRIME——-PLEASE READ: ELITES & ORGANIZED CRIMES….https://www.insightcrime.org/investigations/elites-and-organized-crime-conceptual-framework-organized-crime/

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              WRONG
              YOU ARE WRONG. They are not from Govigama race
              They r from Malaysia ancestors
              Manaccan s

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                Joola, This is the label they call themselves with and its the TAG which is used to keep the RULING POWER only to themselves. So, for you I may call them as just THE RULING ELITE family MAFIA.

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      KP – “GR is not wearing the nool.” At least he should wear a blood-soaked satakya like the other two rogues so that he can HANG himself!

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    Interesting comment, Buwa.
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    Could you please elaborate. Few of us would be able to find out this sort of thing.
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    We do tend to accept what we are told. However, this is an article that I liked, so you owe it to us to show up inaccuracies, if any.

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      i have posted a small elaboration earlier

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    Monks, instead of giving moral guidance to the people, are engaged in destructive racist politics. The media is working 24X7 spreading fake news to derail all efforts to implement the mandate given by the people. Unions are relentlessly involved in sabotaging public services. Ex-military personnel are actively spreading conspiracy theories to keep the country on the edge. The deep state installed by the previous corrupt rulers is working successfully from within the bureaucracy and the criminal justice system to block any action to bring them before the law. Most professionals and academics are showing great flexibility in adapting smoothly to the lowering of standards all around. The government for its part seems uncertain if it is actually governing or if it is just another part of the power structure in which it is embedded along with all of the above elements. No, it is not a nightmare. It feels familiar. I’m home.
    .
    Yes, I’m back.
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    It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home
    Yes, they’ll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly
    It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home.

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      Ajay ,

      “The government for its part seems uncertain if it is actually governing or if it is just another part of the power structure in which it is embedded along with all of the above elements. No, it is not a nightmare. It feels familiar. “

      The “Wimar Republic” of the 21st Century, established in Sri Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, by the Paras on January 9, 2015, generally known as the ‘Yahapalanaya Republic ‘ after the ‘MaRa Republic’.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weimar_Republic

      The Weimar Republic (German: Weimarer Republik [ˈvaɪmaʁɐ ʁepuˈbliːk] (About this sound listen)) is an unofficial, historical designation for the German state during the years 1919 to 1933. The name derives from the city of Weimar, where its constitutional assembly first took place. The official name of the state remained Deutsches Reich (English: German Realm), unchanged since 1871. In English, the country was usually known simply as Germany.

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    WOW,
    Ms T seems to have finally got the Ball to kick a Goal against the Sinhala Buddhists and their Monks?
    Whether it is enough to save Dr Ranil from he wrath of even Mahanayakas is a moot point.
    Those so called Murderers above seem to be in that National Dress all the time.
    And they look the part.
    In contrast Dr Ranil wears his Sil Redda ( National Dress of Course) only when he goes to “Gampraliya” .
    Or is it Gamma Peralanna.
    While Dr Ranil wears the DB Suit when he lectures the Buddies of Business Moguls of Arjun and Jeffry at the Shangri La. in Colombo..
    And Dr Ranil’s new boy Akila looks a Clone of Dr Ranil’s buddy Mangala in that Sil Redda..

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    Tissaranee Gunasekara has been identified these days as throwing up and swallowing journalist….. a despicable journalism.

    Tissaranee Gunasekara, who has been chest beating that Pirapaharan appointed Old King as EP, now saying Ranil didn’t investigate crimes. It was well known Ranil is the 21st Century’s worst cunning fox. We had opposed Tissaranee Gunasekara’s marketing of Ranil because he went to New York to contest with UNSG on prosecuting Old Royals. Ranil’s 2015 election slogan was “No Leader, No Commander No Soldier will be prosecuted”. Ranil promised from the very beginning to save the Old Royal family from all their crimes. The worst is on the EP election night Ranil went to Temple Tree House and promised that he will save Old King, personally. After that had flashed many times in Colombo Media, Tissaranee Gunasekara kept marking Ranil in full force. Ranil’s CB looting was exposed in Colombo media after DEW got into that. Then after winning parliament election, against his election promises of baring China, the rotten crook started to sell properties to China much, much bigger scale than Old Royals. Tissaranee could not see anything Ranil doing wrong, but going after Old Royals on personal vendetta. Then one year ago she noticed that she can sell Ranil at any high pitch, but no longer the Modayas going to buy it. She noticed her nightmare came true in the LG election. So decided return Colombo Telegraph with a new technique. Now what she does is “she blames Ranil for Departmental vehicle abuse” and then goes ahead to show the Old Royals as bigger thieves. Even there she will be careful, she would not utter anything too bad about Old Royals so Ranil’s job of saving them will go hard. Now she is campaign for Ranil again. It looks like Muslims and Tamils wants to go for Old Brother Prince this time. If America corporates on that, then Ranil fox from politics and his acolyte Tissaranee from Journalism, both would be removed forever.

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    “The chief incumbent of a temple in Ratnapura strangled a police sergeant to death. The monk has been absconding after being charged with sexual abuse. The sergeant went to the temple to hand over the summons. He went alone and unarmed; after all, he was going to a temple to meet a monk.

    “The sergeant’s screams alerted the neighbours who called 119. When a police team rushed to the temple, the monk greeted them with a hand grenade.”

    I dare not to comment on the above news because I am not a Sinhala Buddhist. The main media or politicians follow me, a powerless individual. Why? Te rule of law was buried in 2005 and still is.

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      saro

      It is the fault of the govt.It should have given a copy of our constitution to all the bhuddhist temples.

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    My counter question to TG…..What if the 30+ Bhikkus massacred at Ranthalawa were Christian priests or Muslim clerics or Hindu poosaris? The so called international community, Human Rights, Amnesty International, local NGOs would have hanged Rajapakse by now…..actions of a robed common criminal can never be equated to the ethos of Sinhala Buddists or the nativist, nationalist, patriots of the country. Though Western boot lickers try very hard………

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      Helass
      Earlier on 11 July 2018 you posed a silly question under “Varsity Dons Condemn ‘Incendiary Statements’ Against HRCSL” as follows:

      “People NEVER gave a mandate for a new constitution.”

      Even the asses are relatively well informed.
      Read Manifestos 2015:

      United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG)

      Constitution: A new constitution to further strengthen democracy, bring equality and restore good governance through discussions with all parties. Strengthen the
      Fundamental Rights Chapter
      Constitutional Council: to be renamed as the State Council and composed of the Speaker, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and Civil Society representatives.
      New Constitutional Court

      Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)

      Constitution: A new constitution to restore democracy and freedom respecting all nationalities within 1 year through a referendum.

      United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA)

      Constitutional Council will be established in 1
      __________
      Helass
      when manifestos were published for 2015 elections where were you keeping your head? Was Wimal Sangili Karuppan sitting on your brain?

      Again without reading the answers you have posed another very silly question. I admire your ability to ask silly questions.

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        NV,

        Neither UNFGG nor JVP nor UPFA were elected to govern the country. A fake “unity” govt has been installed through a parliamentary jilmart. There’s no government today…is there?

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          Helass

          Are you saying those who joined the government are rogues where some of them also served the crooked clan in the past?

          If the same MP’s suddenly decide to cross floor and help support Dr Mahinda and his merry men form government, do they become part of genuine democratically elected government?

          When did we have a proper unity government adequately safeguarding diversity, and accurately representing all communities? Do you know a democracy must protect the right to be different?

          Even if there are progressive laws in the land people like you either block its implementation or use bureaucratic measures to scuttle the implementation or simply avoid implementation. In any case there has never been a government which effectively served all people. Time to time being b***s carriers to odious leaders a few of you thrived, prospered, got away with murder, enjoyed total impunity, ……………..

          If and when Gota is elected as the Chief National Hangman of this island what sort of job are you expecting him to award you?
          I understand there two vacancies for professional Alugosuwas. Would you be interested?

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      Hela you ass,
      The 30 massacred at Arantalawa were not Bhikkus but small boys kidnapped as abiththiyas.

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      Helass

      Brilliant

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        NV,

        It reminds me the blank pages of “Aththa” news paper under news censorship during JRJ times…………….

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          Oh you do Hela, me too!

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            wannihami,

            B. A. Siriwardene’s were the best editorials I have ever read in a Sinhala newspaper.

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          Helass

          Have you forgotten the Daily Mirror which was mostly censored by weeping widow’s Golayas between 1971 and 1977? The news paper was run by Reggie Michael.

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    Tisaranee Gunasekara
    The most unfair criticism I’ve seen in the recent times against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
    1). Your choice to display data based on selective years as “Rajapaksa years” in comparison to “Yahapalanaya years” to show a decline in crimes is downright bias.
    Let’s see how you have distorted the truth.
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    Year: 2005—Total crimes: 59,075—Murder: 1219
    Year: 2006—Total: 60,932—Murder: 2044
    Year: 2007—Total: 56,215—Murder: 1661
    Year: 2008—Total: 60,693—Murder: 1486
    Year: 2009—Total: 57,182—Murder: 954
    Year: 2010—Total: 57,381—Murder: 742
    Year: 2011—Total: 54,156—Murder: 703
    Year: 2012—N/A
    Year: 2013—Total: 55,128—Murder: 586
    Year: 2014—Total: 50,804—Murder: 548
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    Crime rate has come down in almost 9000 in 2010 when compared to 2005. The trend has already begun when Yahapalanaya took over in 2015.
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    2). There is a decline in TOTAL CRIMES in 2015. But what type of crimes? Housebreaking has come down to 12,707 cases (2015), 10,287 cases (2016) and 8913 cases (2017) when compared to 15,050 in 2014. There is a decline in theft, to 6425 cases (2015), 6163 cases (2016) & 6163 cases (2017) when compared to 10,980 in 2014. Robberies have come down too.
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    3). In other words, only small crimes have come down from 2015-2017 but not major crimes such as rape and drug cases. Rape of young girls under 16 is alarming 1654 cases (2015), 1686 cases (2016) and 1438 cases (2017). Unnatural sexual abuse cases have gone up when compared to 2014 from 560 cases to 833 cases (2015), 716 cases (2016) and 616 cases (2017).
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    4). There is a steady increase in drug manufacturing, import/export and trafficking cases when compared to 2014 from 1153 cases to 1641 cases (2015), 2078 cases (2016) and 2845 cases (2017). The increase is 1692 more drug cases than in 2014!!!!

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      Chamapa,
      who can know the underwears of Wimal and other men better but nothing else.
      All other info added by him or her are just based on his or her hearsays.
      The kind of men and women are the majority in this rotten country.
      They just fertilize crimer doers to go up and continue them.
      Wimal ponnaya weerawanse s house was a place to have been found with a dead body of a young boy from the vicinity. Ballige putha was not charged just because of the weakness of law and order inthe country.
      State leaders may want it, but authorities would not . Lanken systems have now been rotten just becuase authorities would NOT do the job properly.

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        Buramphisncho
        You say “All other info added by him or her are just based on his or her hearsays.”
        This applies to you.
        My statistics were taken from Tisaranee’s source itself which is https://www.police.lk/index.php/crime-trends (I couldn’t mention the source as I had reached the 300 word limit.)
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        Stop slandering Wimal based on hearsay. Slander is the only tool of the losers.

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      Thank you Champa, for getting this out into this forum. This TG is again making fantastic allegations like she did in 2012-2014, she has no shame, she pulls numbers out of air. I generally don’t read her drivel but in order to dispute her ridiculous allegations the we the sane have to read her venomous diatribe.

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        I used her own source which is https://www.police.lk/index.php/crime-trends.
        I could have written more but I had to stop at 300 words.

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          You guys shoud be blind.. her Articles are filled with references so that you can follow them easily. So there it is no right to attack her this way. Please learn to respect authors and all other come later. You guys have always been protecting your kind of pay masters for your own survival. That is it basta.

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            hatharabirikatharina
            Oh really? We should respect authors believing everything they say as truth and deny our right to highlight the facts that disable their own assumptions?
            Of course I followed her reference. That is how I came up with this data. What is wrong with taking data from her own source for a rebuttal? If the rebuttal is to protect a paymaster, then the article should also be to save a paymaster. Why this is only one-sided?
            I standby for what is right and I have the same right as the author to do that.

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        Et tu, Wannihami?
        “I generally don’t read her drivel but in order to dispute her ridiculous allegations …..”
        Perhaps you should take a close look at this 2007 piece by TG and what she says about Prabhakaran:

        http://www.island.lk/2007/04/22/politics3.html
        I don’t think even you would call this a venomous diatribe.

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          Right on OLdcodger in 2007 the TG said
          “The LTTE cannot be defeated unless it is isolated nationally and internationally. A Cordon sanitaire cannot be a military one alone, if it to be effective; it must be political and socio-economic as well. This is where human rights and a political solution come in. Unfortunately such a holistic approach seems to be beyond the capacities of our leaders today.” And then TG spews nonesense about power sharing.
          Now that was a prophesy hehehehe if there was one.

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            wannihami

            ““The LTTE cannot be defeated unless it is isolated nationally and internationally.”

            Wasn’t it what happened between 2005 and 2009.
            The Hindians helped LTTE cadres and supporters starting from Mannar to congregate in a small area in Vanni exactly how they lured Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s cadres and supporters into the Golden Temple Akal Takht in Amritsar and then finished them off. It was a small scale trial run which was replicated albeit at a much larger scale.

            You should pull your head from wherever it is now and see the world around you. Things are happening and things will happen. Therefore you should not stop observing and then find fault on others who have clear view of what is happening.

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          oldcodger

          For wannihamis of this world truth, compassion, secularism, unity in diversity, dignity, democracy, equality, safety, security, habitat, livelihood, human rights, ……………… are ugly concepts or mean nothing.

          Since he/she/it thinks/believes being part of the majority he/she/it can selectively redefine, use, reinterpret ……….. established concepts as he/she/it goes along.

          Doesn’t it ring a bell?

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      “Your choice to display data based on selective years as “Rajapaksa years” in comparison to “Yahapalanaya years” to show a decline in crimes is downright bias.”
      Champa,
      Have you read the article clearly. Read the following:
      A tweet by a self-declared Christian (I will refrain from mentioning his name as he has apologised for his praise of Hitler) says “Looking at the killings in Sri Lanka, I sometimes wonder who is in charge… The situation is reaching serious levels.”
      The above statement is not from the writer. It is from one of your Hitler makers. The numbers prove that murders did not reach to serious levels compared to the period of the Hitler. If you are good at statistics, can you compare the journalists murdered during the period between 2005-2015 and any other period in this island since 1948?

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        Ajith
        You should read the article clearly first. My rebuttal applies to her choice of data to prove that there is a decline in crimes after 2014. She hasn’t even talked about drug related crimes as there is almost double the cases than that of 2014.
        What you have quoted about Hitler and other stuff doesn’t apply to my comment of which I have no interest.

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      There is a typo here in the first line. 2010 should read as 2014. (59,075 – 50,804).

      “Crime rate has come down in almost 9000 in “2014” when compared to 2005.

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    Champa: Your “order” : “Stop slandering Wimal on hearsay. Slandering is the only tool of losers”. That “Order”, STOP you directed could only be issued to the Judiciary of this country that is entrusted with the inquiry to begin shortly in relation to Wimal’s “Unaccounted” wealth of Rs. 71 million; acquisition of property; distribution of houses built with Public Funds to his “kith and kin”; allocation of State Vehicles to his relatives and Party Supporters; attempting to use a “Reported” lost passport and obtaining travel documents to his own wife on false declarations etc. etc.. I must also remind you that, your “Order” to “Stop Slandering” has only fallen on the years of our PM and his “inner circle” cohorts , who so far have succeeded in not “Stopping” but “Delaying” the processes . Hope Justice will prevail. Till then only we cry and expose these CRIMES.

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      Douglas
      Nothing is proved.
      You yourself have used the word “reportedly” to give the impression that what you say might not be true.
      Yes, I said that. I said not to slander Wimal as I am sick of seeing losers dragging his name to my every comment.

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    These are the thieves that the people want to re-elect? Unbelievable. RW and MS should have made it their priority to explain everything to the public in simple terms in Sinhala & Tamil. Instead they let their fear of the Rajapakses intimidate them. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/25/world/asia/china-sri-lanka-port.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FSri%20Lanka&action=click&contentCollection=world&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=collection

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    Champa: Thanks. Did you ever think why those “losers” (in your opinion) “drag his (Wimal) name to your comments”? That is because you made a public announcement (in one of your comments) that you “Support” this “pseudo” patriot (of course, in my opinion formed on his past and present activities) Wimal Weerawansa. You cannot now “escape” that judgment of the readers of this space, unless and until you “distance” yourself from such politicians who are “rouges” proved to their own conscience, if they do speak with “HONOR” to themselves. Just begin to think INDEPENDENTLY. That is what I was trying to tell you earlier; but you hastened to call me an “ape”. No offence taken and harbored.

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      Douglas
      So what? I have a right to support whom I want, the same way you have a right to support anybody.
      It is not my issue. Those who drag Wimal’s name to my every comment only resort to slander. They can’t write anything about him without slandering him. There is no logic at all in their comments against him.
      Oh, my apologies for calling you an ape.

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        This is why Wimal cannot win presidency in 2019 Champa, it is very simple, his public appeal needs lot more work, after the cows have come, after the fat lady has sung, being elected means getting the votes, Ultimately it is not policy, not ideology, not character, it is the public appeal, look at i.e. MR and GR
        and now just look at his face in this link,
        http://www.manthri.lk/en/politicians/wimal-weerawansa,
        even CR has a better chance but marginal
        What we need is the Rs to bring up the economy to 15,000USD GDP per capita and THEN Wimal to come in to reduce the income gap.

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        Champa

        “I have a right to support whom I want, the same way you have a right to support anybody.”

        You are right should assert your rights, it is up to you to decide whether you are in deep love with an odious one time terrorist who wanted to bomb seat of democracy, the parliament and urged the air force to carpet bomb Vanni. Was he the one who tossed a hand grenade at JR in 1987 inside the parliament?

        Before you decide to elope with him check whether he is a man who could perform like a man. Some time people like him have faulty engine.

        This man so odious even his shadow refuses to trail him.

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          Another crazy nut comment by Hindian Vedda.
          Hey, you are looking through the wrong side of the telescope.
          Man, you don’t have to be crazy to be my friend. But it helps.

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    Brothers united in corruption…!!!

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      That is in thei rblood.

      We dont have such leaders that have abused state funds to the manner, Rajapakshe did.

      But Press covers even today for the very same reason, which is Rapajapshe pay billions to press to polish their images.

      PURE POWER GREEDY MEN.
      This man should rather stay in his retire,ment. Leaving the chances to others, but his grediness is overflowing not directing him to any thing else.

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    Reading all the comment has not made me any wiser to choose which is the better baddy!

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      But the TC article did!

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    Who is Hobson?

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      PP, who is Hobson, good question. Hobson is the option, the choice between the major group of politicians of all hues whether clowns, murderers or the Schitzophrenics. They all defend each other from non politicians and citizens who form the opposition. This is the outdated communist agenda glorified as the “workers, comrades, slave labourers” for the elite who control finances, the deep state secret occult new world order to totally control the world as a unified whole. They do not want Brexit outside E.Union and hate both Trump and Putin safeguarding own nations under the KING.

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