24 October, 2021

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Corona – Beggar’s Wound Of The Government

By Tilvin Silva

Tilvin Silva

The statement issued by the Police quoting the Director-General of Health states that the police will act against those who break quarantine laws. Instead of using the quarantine law to suppress the corona, the present government has started suppressing the struggles of the people in our country. The Police Headquarters issued a statement on 6th July stating that protests, rallies will be banned due to health risks. Why did they suddenly remember something like this suddenly? Several quarantine laws related to corona suppression have been published.

According to government statistics, corona infections have not changed much in recent times. So the underlying purpose of this statement is clearly to stop mass protests on the pretext of taking action against health risks. Several factors influenced the government to make such an announcement suddenly. The Kotelawala University Act, which marks the death knell of free education and militarizes education, is being prepared to be passed in Parliament.

The privatization of education began when Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Minister of Youth Affairs and Education. Due to protests carried out against it by students, teachers and parents, the move was defeated. This government too is using great force to get this bill passed suddenly. Don’t ordinary citizens have the right to know about a bill that affects the future of children in this country?

There is no dialogue in society about it yet. The government is ready to adopt it fraudulently without allowing any such dialogue. But those who love free education and those who care about their children’s right to education are protesting against it. Therefore, press releases are issued by the Police Headquarters to suppress the protests against the bill. How can it be a crime to speak out about a bill on the right to education of one’s children? Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe and the upper-class racketeers around Mr Rajapaksa have no problem with this. Nevertheless, the children of the common people get higher education because of free education. Destroying it is not easily reversed.

Protest against Kotelawala University Act| Pic courtesy Inter University Students’ Federation

 

On the other hand, there is a series of farmers’ protests over the fertilizer issue. A series of protests are going on against the increase in prices of essential commodities. They are not artificial or forced protests. People have a real problem. People have a choice to make whether to die of corona or die from starvation. Without fertilizer, there will be no harvest. Without harvest, there will be no food. So farmers cannot wait for the corona to stop. The same goes for the Kotelawala Act. It will be brought to Parliament. The people have a sacred right to speak out against these issues.

Corona suppression laws are being used to seize that right fraudulently. The government has no intention of suppressing corona. Corona issue continues like a beggar’s wound. They cover all their inadequacies with corona. The government commits all possible hostilities against the country. The Port City Act was passed under the cover of corona. The use of corona laws to suppress anti-government protests is a vicious attempt. The government has failed economically, politically, administratively as well as in suppressing the corona and providing education. As such, there is opposition to the government on all sides. The government has no answers. The government will continue to crack down on those who fight responsibly for their just rights.

The government is pursuing a policy of arresting and intimidating people. What was once done using the Emergency Act is now being done using the Prevention of Terrorism Act and today it is being done using the Corona Law. The government is also using the Director-General of Health for its narrow purposes. We tell him not to allow them to use him for their narrow aims. There are many absurd decisions taken by the government in the recent past. The travel restrictions imposed in the past were changed from time to time to allow the private sector to continue working. The public sector was also allowed. Essential services were also allowed. There was no travel limit. Mr Shavendra Silva also decided to open the fairs. How to open weekly fairs and restrict travel? These actions have ridiculed travel restrictions. The bars were opened. We know how the crowds fill up when the government opens bars to collect tax revenue. The spas too, were allowed to open. Can massage therapists maintain a meter distance? Several army camps were used without any plan to provide vaccinations in the Western Province. All the channels showed how crowds thronged to these centres. How could they keep the meter distance? The army officers were also pushed aside by the crowds. These are the real clusters.

Crowds are allowed to gather but when people take to the streets for their rights they are intimidated and arrested even when the protesters are abiding by the Corona quarantine laws. Farmers’ leaders who participated in the Welimada Boralanda farmers’ agitation were arrested. Comrade Namal Karunaratne, Comrade Samantha Vidyaratne and a Buddhist priest who lead it were arrested. The court granted them bail. Also protesters of the Frontline Party had been arrested.

These were not the hopes of the 6.9 million who voted for the government. They expected to build a disciplined country, a just society and exercise their free rights. Now, the government is suppressing the voice of the people and intimidating the media, which is voicing the concerns of the people. We demand the government not to attempt this. No one who has treaded on that path has won. JR, who had 5/6 more power than Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was thrown to the dustbin.  Therefore, we urge the government to stop these vile moves.

We, yet again, call upon the government to reverse the Kotelawala University Act to be brought tomorrow. People who are shouting for fertilizer should be given a suitable type of fertilizer. Provide relief to the people fighting due to the increase in oil prices and the increase in prices of goods. We ask the government not to raise the sarong to cover its face due to shame. If that happens, it will be exposed. The government is doing that. The country has agreed not to break the Corona rules. However, if the government is violating the corona rules, if the government does not allow the corona rules to be obeyed, it has to listen to the voice of the people and should not be prepared to suppress that voice.

At the same time, we propose to the government to make a proper plan and take action to control corona. The government should prepare a plan to repress corona within two to three months. We emphasize that the government should not obstruct the normal life of the people while corona is allowed to spread throughout the country. Let us all work together to make a corona eradication plan and end this pandemic.

The government cannot be allowed to use corona to cover their shortcomings. We tell Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the repressive measures cannot stop just struggles of the people. It has been proved in Sri Lanka or any other country in the world that repressive measures cannot stop struggles. Repression brings more people to the battlefields and creates new battlefields. Government repression has created another battleground to protect democracy.

Whatever repressive measures the government takes would create battlefields. Repression cannot solve problems. It cannot scare away people. On the other hand, we tell the government that no matter who is intimidated, the JVP cannot be intimidated. We would not stop the activities we take on behalf of the people. We will continue to struggle and take action on reasonable grounds. The government has to take back the repressive measures.

*Excerpts from the speech made at the press conference held at the JVP head office

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    1971, 1988 … … 2021 ?

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      Ajay,
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      It was JVP who led it in 1989, but this time it will be the majority of people.
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      Many among the middle class families not being able to see it being treated with indifference and total ignorance, they would attack RAJAPAKSHES in the day to come.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJj2RsEYxtI
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      Rajapakshes deserve because their politics is similar to ” hurting the beggar ‘s wound”: They only care about their powers and family wealth. If these men are hearts, would they ever continue live luxury life style on the COSTs of the people in this country ? Previous govt gave lot more concessions to the people ….. people were no grateful.
      Just demised Prof. Terance Pursinghe s public speech reechoed my ears back and forth…. he had no fears to reveal the truths.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR93wBjimj4

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    Other than Modanthalai Mudu Thasu Vegam, no one honesty opposing the government. He may be disappointed on his promised Benzes because the cars import ban came before the his car, but now he doesn’t want this goverment. Anura, Ranil Sampanhan Ayya, Vaalaithodam, Mangala, Hekeem…… no use of taking about these guys.

  • 5
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    Tilvin, form a multi-class, multi-party, multi-ethnic Action Alliance and mobilize people on a mass scale. The government is on the run; now strategic wisdom is needed to corner it and discredit it in time for the next presidential and parliamentary elections. People want this regime OUT but they also want to retain democratic processes.

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    Ajay, I don’t agree.
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    I remember 1971; foolish and callow. I was posted to teach English in Kandegedera M.V., twelve miles from Badulla in January 1971. The Maths teacher who had been trained with me in Maharagama, was arrested; he got his job back about five years later. For about three of those years, I found him employment in S. Thomas’, Bandarawela.
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    UNP types also were very interested in suppressing it. Sirima sent some to the most difficult areas. Lt. Col “Bull” Weeratunga (later General and Army Commander) was “Co-ordinating Officer”, Moneragala District, lodged mostly in Wellawaya. His wife and three children were tenants of this very house I’m now sitting in, which we used to rent. He was good company, but I know the damage he did later in Jaffna. There were limits to my hobnobbing with him; I didn’t like all that killing even then.
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    In 1988 I was in Oman, so I didn’t see the horrors.
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    It isn’t the JVP now; it’s “National People’s Power.” They have matured into greater responsibility.
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    It won’t be easy throwing out the Rajapaksas; the NPP is the group that I hope will achieve that. Let us hope that it is without bloodshed.
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    I’ve had one brief meeting with Tilvin Silva. We mustn’t sit on the fence!

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      Sinhala_Man: I agree that NPP is the “Alternative” that JVP must present to the people. My view is that NPP is and must be the “Forefront” even for the JVP to dispel all the misgivings that people like “Ajey” represents. I hope you would have listened to NPP MP Ms.Harini Amarasuriya made in Parliament as regards the Bill making the Sir John Kothalawala University. The “Social Media” is filled with compliments for that speech.

      I now know that Bull Weeratunga rented your ancestral home. I know the times when he was in charge of Jaffna. He was once responsible for the “Domination” of Jaffna and responsible for making the Tamil people turn against the Sinhala people. He was in short a “Bull in a China Shop” in Jaffna. I still owe you a short story of Vasudeva Nanayakkara’s village life in Metaramba, the adjoining village of Yatagama (both villages close to Galle) I was born and bred and presently living. Let us share that later. In Metta.

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        Simon@

        I agree with you that many would agree with Dr Amarasooriya, but could you guess the percentage please ?

        My wish is NPP /JVP to succeed their approaches. THey should go to grass root level people from now on….. I really dont know why JVP is not doing enough to transpoort the message to the ” kadamandiya people” yet today – that SEELAWATHIES and BURAPMPI SINCHOS or the like ilk should be addressed – closley and and the lanaguage should be modified so that they could get it properly.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV9A2TJhlAw

        It is believed, yet today not even 40% are accessed to Internet. Among them, only a 10% fraction is said to be access ed to internet (smart phones are not common to them yet).
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        Please also come with lot more info about estranged WASIDEWA, whose person today is changed to be no different to that of Mahindananda Aluthgamage or the like low level bastards.. my father has not changed his nature even if he is an early nonagenarian today, but some so called dried pumpkins of Wasidewa to become upside down by his nature ? beyond my understanding/bearing. I cant wish him a sound last breath (man is now an early octagenarian).

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          Brother Simon and all,
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          The problem is the name of POLICE COVID uniform, they make every effort to abuse their powers. Ofcourse, not knowing who would come to grab you, people in general would become nervous, that has become their fun making issue TODAY. See how low it is fallen under Junta Regime 2.
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          I beg you guys to JOIN with Nagananda by putting your signature on his ongoing pettition against DEFACTO presidency of Gotabaya. With all other law professionals, stay mum as if they are fed with CLAY; Mr Kodithuwakku came forward to raise it a fearless act.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYxRNekhhTc

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    So the underlying purpose of this statement is clearly to stop mass protests on the pretext of taking action against health risks
    ————–
    When the government oppresses the people of the NE, the southerners cheer it on.
    When the people of the NE protest, they are labelled as ‘terrorists’ by the southerners.
    But now that the southerners are tasting the same medicine, now all of a sudden its all about
    ‘the peoples god given rights under threat’

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      Dear Humble,
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      You were worried about “Freemasons”; I understand your concern, and I’m happy to reassure you, where you have probably been fed “conspiracy theories”. I had made two (rather unkind!) responses to you, one on each page there.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-basil-is-corrupt-education-limited-and-expelled-from-school/
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      When I asked my Belgian “neighbour” – this Corona has done strange things, he’s mostly in Colombo now, despite his house here – he mentioned a figure yesterday that seemed so low that I wondered whether I had missed a nought.
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      Checked today; there are, in total, only about 600 Freemasons in Sri Lanka today. Sixteen Lodges is correct; you had done your homework. Some are members of three or four Lodges. I was a member of the Nuwara-Eliya Lodge only. The secret rituals make sense if done in the correct order. If explained beforehand, they lose the psychological impact that they have. On the Internet now, but that’s not how they should be experienced.
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      Taken out of context they can seem weird and horrible. The poor (non-English speaking) people living near the VMT, Galle Face, have two names for it: “Yakage Palliya” (Devil’s Church) and “Belle Kapana Pallya” (Slitting-the-Throat Church)!

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        Dear Humble,
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        What is your response to what I’ve said?
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        I hope that you realise that I’ve virtually apologised for my earlier rudeness, although what I am now asserting is that you’re mistaken in ascribing our woes to the activities of “Freemasons”.
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        Most of those 600 Lankan Freemasons are a pathetic lot of “harmless” old people, who regard themselves as proving themselves as important. I wouldn’t have had to write so much on the subject had you taken old codgers brief comment seriously. One problem here is the importance that they attach to the English language and their insistence that huge chunks of symbolic language should be recited from memory when the guy whom they are trying to influence is blindfolded! Reading expressively off a ten-inch tablet would be much more effective.
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        My polyglot neighbour, Jacques Huyghebaert is different:
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        https://sites.google.com/view/openlfm/who-are-we
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        There are about seventeen names listed here; please click on his name to understand.
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        Panini Edirisinhe

  • 6
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    Also notice how the police officers in the photo are not maintaining social distancing?
    It seems the virus agrees to stand back when the police need to put their hands on someone.

  • 5
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    ” 1971, 1988………2021″?.. Any, one person or a congregation of such persons who labor within the historical environment to live and do not strive to get out and invent a different environment will NEVER succeed but definitely PERISH. This is what has happened to Sri Lanka. As far as Sri Lankans are concerned, it would be after the “PERISH” that they would think of “INVENTION” but not before. Till that “DOOMSDAY” arrives, they would be talking of “HISTORY” and live like a crab who swims happily until the water boils.

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    Dictatorship means oppression of people and taking out all the rights of the people. This country under the dictatorship of one family. They think the 22 million people are slaves of this family.

  • 5
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    The double-Paksa government came about on the misfortune of the 279 people killed the more than 500 others injured.

    Now, once again, the double-Paksa government is using the misfortune of the people to enact insidious policies and laws.

    It’s moving swiftly without most of the citizenry noticing what is about to hit us.

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      Sugandh,
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      They are champions to fish on muddy waters, So long the – banner about them being the real war heroes – painted above in the sky … in order to mislead thanakola eating majority….. things would not change an inch towards the betterment of the nation.
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      If anyone with some sanity questioned, why RAJAPAKSEHS worked that diehard to grab power – their questions would have been resopnded…. it was just to get exonerated from their NUMEROUS HIGH CRIME cases, that were filed against high criminals…. with all becoming CLEAR, that they would never be able to free from that… so I have no doubt today, that the murderers of those 279 innocient people in that EASTER sunday disaster was an act of BRUTAL family.

      Not only Mahinda, but Basil, Gotabaya, Namal Baby, Yoshita Baby, Bandit Queen and all were branded as CRIMINALS during the GOOD governance govt. So placards were made against JVPrs calling them RATHU ALIYA… even today, they are attacked by that, just because whole lot of HIgh CRIMES came to surface were beyond their bearing. Bu tthe fact that majority of the people in this country (across the country) are just stupid with no political literacy, but they are made to believe that Rajapakshes LIBERATED the nation from LTTE terrorists….. this lie is similar to what SINHALAYA are believed that they are originated from LION:::: H AHAH…

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    No…no..This is 56, 58,77, 83 and there after. Now our sinhala brothers are made to understand what is the real meaning of Sinhala Buddhist nationalism and how minorities are showed as enemies. More to come, just wait. Unless and untill you guys open your eyes the disaster is near. At least you guys are still lucky that no live ammunition used so far except women getting a kicks from kakhi karayas. Lord Buddha has finally got up from his grave and realise his mistake of sending Mahintha (not this Matara Mahinda and his family) to Illankai. 6.9 million fools to create a family rule. Just like that to nominate any of their guys to so many newly created ministries. Is there a single sinhala politician in the parliament to throw away his post for the sake of the country. No way. These traitors are there to rob and plunder with luxury vehicles, subsidied food and so on and blindly raise their hands for reasons unknown. Damn shame.

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    Rajapaksas are “mother of all” exploiters of adversaries for their own family advantage/self gain, Initially used Covid to win elections, release criminals, made money from essential food items to Covid packages – – – -. Now exploiting Covid to suppress dissent. Next ??

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