17 July, 2019

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Easter Sunday Bombing: A Sense Of Belonging Must Be Created

By Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera

The challenge is to evolve in our nation, a more profound sense of belonging: one in which we do not merely tolerate the other, but we celebrate their differences, their culture, their language, their identities. The challenge is the paradox of being different and profoundly equal: equal in humanity, equal in individual rights, equal in our love to this our Mother Lanka.

That challenge, Hon. Speaker, should be our common, obsessive dream: the promise of a Sri Lanka in which children of all communities play and grow together; one in which no one feels discriminated because of their language, identity, gender or beliefs; one in which everyone feels the pain of another citizen, and lives and grows in compassion and solidarity; where there is absolutely no space for recurrence of violence. Truth-seeking, justice, and reparation become ever more important in this context. We must continue to strengthen our democracy and work on enhancing strategic cooperation with friendly nations in the region and beyond whose support is essential to Sri Lanka’s progress as a peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic nation where rule of law and fundamental rights of all our citizens are secured. 

Full text of the speech made by the Minister of Finance, Mangala Samaraweera in Parliament today:

Hon. Speaker,

This is a time when our nation which was emerging from conflict and beginning to work together for a brighter and more prosperous future for all, has been shaken to its very core. 359 persons have been killed, 45 of them children. Over 500 have been injured.

I offer my condolences to all those who have suffered loss and anguish as a result of the brutal and senseless violence unleashed by terrorists on Easter Sunday at churches and hotels in my country. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every individual who is grieving. And I pray that each one of us – each one of us in this House and each and every citizen of our nation, finds the strength and wisdom required to work with determination to stand together, undeterred by those who seek to divide us, and make us become so consumed by hatred, anger, and vengeance that we lose our resolve to work together to build a reconciled, peaceful, stable, and prosperous nation for all.

Hon. Speaker,

In the midst of the tragedy we experienced on Sunday, we have seen many acts of heroism.

Parishioners and workers, who risked everything to rescue victims.

People who ran to help and rescue victims instead of running away to save their own lives.

The ultimate sacrifice paid by brave policemen who acted to prevent more crimes and apprehend perpetrators.

The devotion of health professionals, who faced the unimaginable and unexpected, providing the best support for each person at their most vulnerable, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender or age.

Goodhearted people who reached out to help those in need in numerous ways, cooperating with law enforcement authorities and conducting themselves with restraint, tolerance and patience.

Journalists, media personnel and media organisations who reported the truth in a responsible manner without engaging in sensationalism; and those committed individuals who painfully went through information especially on social media to separate the truth from the fake and inform the public.

The heartwarming gesture of many people flocking to donate their own precious blood to save the lives of others that were unknown to them – people they have never met or spoken to.

Hon. Speaker,

This is the goodness of our nation – our citizen heroes who did not hesitate even for a moment to check who the victim was in order to help. They did not wonder “is my blood from this or that community?” Blood is not Buddhist, or Muslim, or Christian or Hindu! Blood is what reminds us of our common humanity.

Hon. Speaker,

In our very lifetime, we have seen the blood of our own horribly spilled, in acts of hate, but in the last few days, we have also seen it generously shared, in an act of love and compassion.

Hon. Speaker,

Our economy was on a steady path of recovery following a series of natural disasters in the form of droughts and floods in 2016/2017, and a man-made disaster the political crisis of 2018.

We had stabilized the economy as inflation was brought down to 2.9% by March 2019, the trade deficit declined to its lowest level in over 5 years in February, accordingly the rupee has appreciated by 4.5% – the 3rd best performing currency in the world in 2019.

Our foreign reserves stand at US$ 7.7 billion – covering over 4 months of import requirements. Interest rates have declined by over 100 basis points this year as fiscal consolidation delivered results with a 0.6% primary budget surplus in 2018.

It is clear Honourable Speaker that we had laid a sound foundation for the economy to withstand shocks of the nature that we faced on Sunday. Nonetheless, there will be an impact on the tourism sector even though it is now off-season.

Our tourist industry has had long experience of protecting our visitors even through a 30-year war, and there is no doubt the sector will bounce back. We have taken significant measures to support tourism through policy interventions in the budget, and also outside of the budget such as the visa waiver. We will discuss with the industry to identify further measures to support them through this challenging period.

We could also see some stresses in FDI and portfolio investment in the short term. In both instances, I urge investors to focus on the macroeconomic fundamentals which are, as I have outlined, very sound. Sri Lanka’s investment proposition remains very compelling.

We have taken pro-active measures to refinance external debt in the first quarter of this year, and have already completed large external debt repayments in January and April.

Hon. Speaker,

This is NOT the time to point fingers. This is NOT the time to score political points and manipulate the emotions of our people by misleading and confusing them.

This is the time to introspect.

Our own citizens, Hon. Speaker, with external assistance and influence, have caused the death and destruction of their brothers and sisters. Though the violence unleashed on Easter Sunday is unprecedented in scale, this is not the first time that our own have killed our own. This is not the first time that our own have taken arms against our own. This is not the first time that our own have caused the shedding of blood of our own. Our nation has seen cycles of violence ever since Independence.

Hon. Speaker,

We must indeed investigate how and why there was a failure to act on intelligence reports. Why there was a failure to inform churches and hotels in advance that there were reports of plans to carry out attacks. We must investigate why human beings were placed in harm’s way without making even a single attempt to prevent the attacks from being carried out.

However, Hon. Speaker, it is important that we act with responsibility. It is important to realize that not all problems can be solved with guns and bombs and by changing a few individuals. There is a sense of sophistication that is required to deal with sensitive issues of this nature – countering violent extremism and radicalization require careful and intelligent approaches.

Hon. Speaker,

Our nation faces the challenge of how to break the cycles of violence that our nation plunges into every few years since Independence.

We all know the story of ‘Angulimala’. He was an innocent and gentle child. So much so that he was named “Ahimsaka” at birth. Yet, the people he came to associate in society made him a killer. No child is born a killer. No child is born, bearing the objective or ambition of becoming a killer in his or her mind. Therefore, if a child becomes a killer, society cannot claim it has nothing to do with the evolution of an innocent child into a mass murderer. In the globalized world we live in, the influences that one is exposed to are many. Therefore, the need for introspection, the need for collective action, and the need for each individual to act with responsibility becomes far greater.

Citizens must not take the law into their own hands. Yet, each of us as citizens has a duty to preserve the peace. We must take great care to bring to the notice of law enforcement authorities, details of those who may be brainwashed into causing harm. We must learn from other countries that have been dealing with similar situations, regarding best practice, including rehabilitation and counseling, and capacity building among communities for psychological support.

It is also critical, Hon. Speaker, that we look at this in a wider context including education reform. Content of education from pre-school onwards as well as the structure of our schools are worth being revisited. I am no expert. Yet, I cannot help but wonder whether segregated schools in our country may be causing incomprehensible harm. Moreover, the exam-oriented focus of curricula needs to be reconsidered at the earliest possible. Each of our religions has such valuable life lessons to teach us. Lessons that help us cope with the stresses and strains of life. Yet, the way religion is taught in an exam-oriented and compartmentalized way and the lack of emphasis on universal values make it impossible for children to gain real and meaningful benefit for their personal growth, or to understand or respect other religions, practices, beliefs or diversity, and overcome fear.

Lastly, Honourable Speaker, we have ignored for far too long much needed transformational reform and development of the security sector that should have been undertaken soon after the end of the conflict in 2009, to ensure that Sri Lanka gains for itself a respectable and advantageous position in the spheres of national socio-economic development and foreign affairs, ensuring sustainable security through the ‘primacy of law and order’. These include:

review and rationalization of major security legislation; 

review, re-orientation and development of national security and defence sectors; and 

review, reorientation and development of the public security and law-enforcement sector. 

Hon. Speaker,

I hope and pray that at least now, at this time of tragedy, we realize the importance for Sri Lanka to transcend partisan considerations, whether political, administrative or functional, and introduce lasting ‘institutional cohesion’ to its security sector and associated processes. Policies and plans should be geared towards building and maintaining the right security instruments and capabilities – appropriately resourced, specialized and economically focused on their respective tasks without duplication, but with maximum unity of effort.

Hon. Speaker,

All problems cannot be resolved through fire-power. Securing our common future – the future of each citizen and individual who lives in this common space that we share and call our home – requires sustained socio-economic development guaranteed through sophisticated strategic cooperation, diplomacy, intelligence, policing and law enforcement, infrastructure protection, territorial surveillance and border management. The primary security instruments of the future, Hon. Speaker, are not firepower or manpower. Sadly, we have not reflected on these aspects with due seriousness and this is what is made most apparent in the tragedy of Easter Sunday. I hope we do this now, without getting bogged down in pointing fingers and conjuring up conspiracy theories.

Hon. Speaker,

We must take a clear decision about the society we want to be. The choices are stark. Do we resign ourselves to live in segregated segments, in shreds of society, talking only with those who are similar, hiring only those in our group, befriending only the right kind of person, and creating fear against others? Do we resign ourselves to an uneasy coexistence, or do we aim for the more ambitious goal of reconciliation?

The challenge is to evolve in our nation, a more profound sense of belonging: one in which we do not merely tolerate the other, but we celebrate their differences, their culture, their language, their identities. The challenge is the paradox of being different and profoundly equal: equal in humanity, equal in individual rights, equal in our love to this our Mother Lanka.

That challenge, Hon. Speaker, should be our common, obsessive dream: the promise of a Sri Lanka in which children of all communities play and grow together; one in which no one feels discriminated because of their language, identity, gender or beliefs; one in which everyone feels the pain of another citizen, and lives and grows in compassion and solidarity; where there is absolutely no space for recurrence of violence. Truth-seeking, justice, and reparation become ever more important in this context. We must continue to strengthen our democracy and work on enhancing strategic cooperation with friendly nations in the region and beyond whose support is essential to Sri Lanka’s progress as a peaceful, stable, prosperous and democratic nation where rule of law and fundamental rights of all our citizens are secured.

Thank you.

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    It is a never ever ending dream!
    Srilanka never had a break more than a decade.
    1956-58, 1970, 1977, 1983, 1987-90, 1995-99, 2006-09, 2019.
    Do we learnt anything?

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    This guy is responsible for destroying the intelligence.

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    A Sense Of Belonging Must Be Created
    One of the gentlemen capable for president can prove of doing big things and tackling biggest challenges.

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      Sense of belonging? how do you achieve this?
      When you have not withdrawn the army from north/east
      When you have not accounted for the missing people in N/E
      When you have not handed back lands taken over by the army.
      When the army is doing business at the expense of the people’
      When army is cultivating in the private lands taken over
      When you are concentrating you army in the N/E at the expense of people being killed in churches and hotels in the south.
      And many more.

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    A major contributor in devastating the peace that the ordinary people enjoyed for over 10 years. What have you people delivered ?? Lies, lies and more lies…. People were over comfortable with the new gained peace and stability that they had to vote these dumb wits to power so that they could return the country to ground zero once again. we deserve idiots like you to rule over us.
    Negative economic growth, turned back all the investors and now the last nail in our coffin, back to terror. Curse you.

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    This entire government must resign. That includes Mangala. This is such a shameless bunch, they will throw out every excuse to stay in power.

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      Rajiv,
      Not resign. They should commit ‘Hara Kiri’. But I am afraid the dagger will not penetrate Ranil’s belly because the skin is so thick.

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    How do you expect us to think of a sense of belonging when Wellala Demalu are trying to grab Northern part of the country and Wahabi Muslims are trying to grab Eastern part of the country. This Government turned a blind eye to these things while preaching ‘Reconciliation’ to Sinhalayo. You guys in this Government are dancing according to the tune of White Supremacists, UNHRC, ‘Koti Diaspora’ and TNA and do not care at all for the plight of Sinhalayo who were the main victims of LTTE terrorism.
    ———–
    Rajapakse regime handed over a peaceful and prospering country to you guys. See what the ‘Yahapalana’ Government has done. We have lost faith on you guys. Please get lost without ruining this country any further.

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    keep dreaming khemas boy while countrys economy collapses
    why dont you have the guts to ask the president why he did not pass on the intelligence information without beating about the bush talking about morality

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    Before “A Sense Of Belonging is Created” first ensure that justice to the aggrieved minority communities, who are discriminated and treated as second class citizens:

    Bring the culprits who attacked the Methodist church in Anuradapura recently.
    Bring the culprits responsible for the riots against Muslims in Kandy last year.

    The above are the most recent of the grievances where the rule of law is not enforced.
    Tamils have suffered many more instances of injustice without recourse to law. Not a minister in the present government has taken any action in these cases.

    Rule of law is a must before people think of belonging.

    The Sinhalese rulers since independence have made the minorities feel that the Sinhalese majority doesn’t think they (the minorities) don’t belong to the country!

    Actions, or lack of it speaks louder than empty words.

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    Good preaching, should have worn the robes. But, as a politician, you have not played a good role in social welfare. You have taxed the society mercilessly, similar to terrorism. So don’t try to be a saint.

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    MAngala Samaraweera is at the fore front for Destroying Military Morale and incarcerating forces and making military backward. Now, you people are going to score by removing IGP I suppose. MAhinda Rajapakse even though he had the capacity to become a dictator he went the wrong way. You people used Maithripala sirisena to Destroy Sri lanka. You know everything what happened from A Z. but, you pretend now your a saint.I heard Rajitha Senarathne Boston and said HE WOULD NOT MIND IF HE WERE CALLED MOHOMMAD RAJITHA”. laW ENFORCEMENT CAN NOT TAKE ACTION because of all these killers are attached to muslim politicians. So, you people protected them even at the last moment. Besides that, ISIS is all paid employees. they make Channel FOUR Videos. So, you want people to believe that the action of a AUSTRALIAN ANGLICAN AGAINST MUSLIMS WERE TAKEN REVENGE FROM SINHALA PEOPLE. WAHABIS, BEFORE THIS, HOW MANY MONKES, SINHALA WOMEN, GIRLS, WERE AND BHIKKUS WERE ATTACKED. hOW MANY sINHALABUDDHISTS PEOPLE WERE KILLED. WHAT HAPPENED. govt hides in order to make muslim politicians happy because of their DINARS..wHY rANIL HAD TO INFORM SUMANTHIRAN TOO WHEN THE BOMBS WERE DENTONATED. What is behind it. Srilankan INGOS for NAtional security analysis, Finance analysis (inside the finance ministry). Why is that.
    What do you say now. Do we need Terrorism act or something is it Draconian or CRAP..
    Probably,Mangala samaraweera may have informed his bosses to not to engage in this kind of actions. But, you are looking for something after all this. SIMPLY DESTROY SRILANKAN SO THAT YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU ACHIEVE SOMETHING. WHAT A WAY TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR A LINGERIE AND UNDERWEAR DESIGNER.

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    Abolish the foremost place to Buddhism in the constitution
    Abolish war heroes day and instead day of celebrating all citizens of Sri Lanka

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    Managalayaaa ….m a y … Y a k a…this moron is our minister of freaking finance…..

    Ok how many of you know in which subject mangala samaraweera holds a becherlate ? take wild wild guess….

    he Holds bachelors in Beauty & Hair dressing…….isn’t that some goddamn piece of achievement So who would appoint a Beautician as a Foreign minister – Minister of Finance..? back to back ? from a 3rd class President that got Democratically elected by 3rd class Voters…..Aren’t we Living is a such great Country….

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    By looking at your Speech, this looks like some foreign needs to Meddle with our National Security legislation. I am pretty sure, the MUST HAVE NEED OF REMOVING EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT, DEFENCE MINISTERS INCOMPETENCE AS UNP wants to point out now. Besides it is by the FINANCE MINISTEr, Mangala Samraweera who have a hiatory of these activities. Your collegue PENTHOUSE RAVI wat the finance minister he changed the finance regulations to facilitate the money laundering and foreign needs. Itis you single handedly established a foreign minister or ministry of external affairs branch in your ELECTORAL DISTRICT AND NOT THE ELECTORATE. i am 1005 sure, this so-called ISIS bomb blast is one attempt in that way. i say, now it is enough sri lankan leaders have to think. Ranil is not a leader to handle this. They hate MR and GR becuse they would dither it. Now, MS is in big trouble.
    why srilankan needs a srilankan guy INGO to analyse national security. Why Srilanka guy INGO or Employee to be the MCC BOSS.

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    Even though both Mangala and Ranil are destroying the country Srilanka, even though they are in the game of helping Asset Stripping, they also give some clue with respect to what is going on. Even european Union is controlled by the USA. So, what else to say. Maithripala Sirisena has to think. This is another MAVILARU ANICUT CLOSe. IF he can not hand over it to some one else.
    There is no need to come together. Srilankan peopleevenwhen Tamils and muslims taken together are pretty decent people except some. That is mostly politicians and the ones who are very ambitious who need money and glory.
    Mr. Mangala Samaraweera you made this speech in the parliament at the very right moment. Bomb blast is connected with the foreign need to influence the NAtional security. they hate SriLankan’s Army,probably NAVY too to close working for the country. That is why Army and NAvy are highly attacked. IGP is a Maim.
    I heard some one wants to influence even the Recent pending legislation of giving special powers to forces. MS has to think. Everything is in the open. Take the decisions if not LEAVE.

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    One SL- VIYATHA talked about the GLOBAL HYPER STATE. That is the story. Sri lanka is important for that. See Rajitha Senarathne talked about Just one BREAST cancer patient needing Rs 155 million worth of Vaccines. thatis with Genetic/protein engineering and with the so-called Genetic Technology. Just run through a machine,, every thing else is conventional.

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    You have given, the foreign reserves in Srilanka. But, you did not write how much Srilanka is borrowing every month or so via T-BILLS. Sri lanka has borrowed via many methods. How much is the total Srilanka’s TOTAL FOREIGN DEBT. Because, Srilanka’s Local debt is all theft such as BOND-SCAM. SO,, if something happens to middle eastern jobs, how we are going to pay this humongous debt. I think, a time comes asset selling will be the only way to pay debt. Srilanka’s paddy fields, eat rice and mallum (Because coconut has to be imported) will not work.
    A bankrupt country now has to spend enormous amounts to pay comphansation. Srilanka dissolved the Insurance corporation and sold that business also to the GLOBAL HYPER STATE and made and are making commis from that. Rupees One Million is pea nuts for them when they pay Dollar millions in comphensation.or 2-3 millions for a simple Vehicle accident.
    Why do we need national security changes. Is it to make foreign Troops land for some unknown reasons.
    Even then, they may loan weapons, Srilankan NAvy fight and get killed and we pay for every thing including the lives.

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    There was a ship suspected sponsored by Old Royal was leaving a Pakistani port. America called and warned the Appe Aanduwa about the ship. They immediately called and had the ship’s course diverted to safety.

    Mangala is being used very useful manner by Ranil. Mangala gave the starting speech when India started to warn on this. Now he is ending it with his this magnificent speech, after everything is successfully implemented. Beyond all Mangala’s somersaults, it is almost sure, all branches of the governments & all necessary important officials, including the Tamil Minister Mano Ganesan, did know this in time ahead, reasonably needed to stop. Sadly, no one was there within them to save the tourists and the Tamil Christians who were locked in the Aanduwa’s binoculars view finder. If media get a chance to occupy the 4th floor, hang the ministers upside down, put Chilly powder on needed spots, set fire underneath, flog them, question them in the classical manner of Rapist CIDs, they would get nothing new to report. Everything needed about share of the Trio and the cabinet already reported.

    India called and warned about the safety of Indian Embassy and other Christian churches in Lankawe. Aanduwa seems to have corrected the terror plan to release Indian embassy, but to concentrate only on Western tourist hotels and Tamil Churches. It is being reveled the original plan was about 60 targets to simultaneous attack. Did it shrink only after India started to warning about the attack to the government? Now Muslims writers, leaders and Aanduwa spin doctors, with their question of “how India did know about the plan?” they are bringing India into their conspiracy theory. “Did India want its minorities, the Muslims and Christians, clash in Lankawe? Isn’t this appear like India organized this and implemented?“

    Bravo to big brain Brainees!

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    First Buddhists went for Tamils ..we did not say anything
    Then Buddhists went for Buddhists ….we did not say anything
    Then Tamils went for Buddhists ….we did not say anything
    Then Buddhist went for Tamils …..we did not say anything
    Then Buddhist went for Muslims …we did not say anything
    Finally Muslims came for Us Christians ….then there was nobody to say anything..
    Sense of belonging does not begin at the top but at the bottom..it is a pity that they cry today for attacking of their Churches the places of worship ..killing of innocent…in all situations it was the innocent who were killed..but their tears were dry then…Today at a funeral service His Eminent Cardinal Malcom Ranjith said ” No one has the right to take the life of a Human being ..it is GOD’s creation…” But when the LTTE were annihilated and innocent were killed the very Catholics praised and thank GOD…What hypocrisy is that.. ? Catholic Church reflects the style of Pharesees that stood with the Govt of Rome then….today also they run with politicians …GOD is punishing the Church Leaders through the innocent that get killed..HE is asking the question ..” how dare you praise me and rejoice when the fellow human beings the Tamils were getting Killed..when they are also my creation…? Where were your tears then…? Catholic Church should move away from their Sinful ways….

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      Yes Chingkalla Catholics and Protestants were dancing and rejoicing at the death and destruction of their fellow Thamizh Catholic and Protestant in May 2009 and this so called Chingkalla Cardinal Malcolm Ranjit , who hails from the once Thamizh north west coast and whose Mother and Grandma would have definitely would have been Thamizh , was also rejoicing and very close to the Rajapussies many of whom have Malay Chinky looks and eyes but call themselves Chingkallams. Now once Thamizh now Chingkaalam Ranjit is crying ,as once Thamizh now Chingkallam Catholics in Negombo were killed by a Wahhabi Muslim suicide bomber who is also Thamizh but now says he is not but an Arab or Moor. However every one , including the international community and once Thamizh now Chingkalla Cardinal Ranjith, is very quiet about or not crying for the large amount of Thamizh Catholics and Protestants killed at St Anthony’s Church Kohcikaddai( during the Thamizh mass) or at Batticaloa( Mattakalappu) . Why because these people are still Thamizh and not once Thamizh now Chingkallam or Thamizh Wahhabi now saying they are Arab Wahhabi. It is also so very confusing with all these Thamizh now saying they are now Chingkallam Catholic, Arab Wahhabi, or still remaining Thamizh Catholic. Only thing not confusing is tears and sadness for only Thamizh become Chingkalla Catholic dead and Thamizh Wahhabi now claiming to be Arab Wahhabi suicide bombers but no tears, sadness or even any news, locally or internationally about the Thamizh remained Thamizh Catholic or Protestant dead , who make up the majority of the dead as they are just Thamizh , not Thamizh turned Chingkallam or Thamizh Muslim turned Arab Wahhabi ,so their live are not worth. Only Chingkallam and Wahhabi lives newsworthy , local and international and as usual not Thamizh lives.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wvz_z0RLBN4

      Here is a parliamentary speech. These Wahhabi in all three churches deliberately targeted the bombs in all three churches when the masses were being conduced in the Tamil language, deliberately targeting the Tamil Christians. who are the vast majority of the dead but there is very new about them locally or internationally. Everything is about the Sinhalese dead. The Tamil Christians and the Tamils were deliberately targeted

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    I thought this Mangala has already made our Inhabitants including the innocent Catholics in the Bible Belt and Batticolao ,Belong to the UN , US , UK and the EC..

    Thank you Mr Mangala for your fabulous Economic Figures ,if it helps the One Thousand Souls who have been killed and or maimed .
    And their kith and kin who have been made destitute..

    If my Memory is correct, I thought you are one of the Ministers who wasn’t happy that His Highness the most Rev Malcolm Ranjith trying to make his followers belong to the great majority of the inhabitant population..

    BTW, did you get a Copy of that UNP Police Chief’s Easter Services Alert?..

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    I think This bomb attack was planned with the Super computer precision and was implemented. to go with that, the Srilankan defence minister was targatted. Now, they want to change NAtional Security LEgislation. What is mind ?. Is it to allow foreign forces to land in the event of a Powerful Muslim force of Terrorist starts attack in Srilanka. I heard Muslims had in mind certain events even the LTTE did not do except in the last moment when they were really cornered. So, the Troops can land and stay saying it is for security reasons. I think Germany, Phillipines, Japan, South Korea are some other countries that had Troops that way.

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    There is no sense of belonging created for the island’s Tamils yet. Our lands are occupied by a racist Sinhalese armed forces, who deny us a living and are constantly harassing us and confiscating more and more of our private lands under all sorts of excuses. If they do not do it the forestry and the racist archeological department comes and confiscates Tamil lands under guise of conservation ( what conservation , we then see Sinhalese settled ) or fake concocted history about ancient Sinhalese Buddhist civilisations. Strange only ancient Sinhalese civilisation in ancient Tamil lands , where there is no history or Sinhalese prescence. No ancient Tamil civilisation? Fake Arab Muslim Wahhabis and Sinhalese Buddhists Fascists are running amok in the north and east , converting Hindu temples in to Buddhist Viharas and Mosques and encroaching on Tamil lands with impunity, as the Sri Lankan state, the Sinhalese armed forces and police , turn a blind eye and overtly or covertly support these activities and only persecute the legal Tamils owners or the local Tamils when they protest. We have state officials and government servants/police posted to the north and east , who cannot speak Tamil and are treating us like some third rate occupied slaves in our own land and barking orders at us in a language that we cannot understand. Tamil is supposed to be an official language in par with Sinhalese but this is just on paper or to show to hoodwink the UN. not in reality , as you can see everything is in Sinhalese and if there is a Tamil print , you will need a magnifying glass to read this, as this is deliberately printed in very small print , whilst the Sinhalese and the English versions are printed in large prints.

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    Mangalam or AvaMangalam, can you answer as to why despite early warnings given by the Americans and Indians about these imminent attacks on Churches and other places by Islamic extremists the security forces and police ignored these warnings? Do they only concentrate on the Thamizh and make their lives a living hell but do not bother about anything or anyone else , especially their former allies the Muslims? Many ministers and other prominent people knew of these attacks and even warned their friends and family members not to attend Church on Easter Sunday but did not tell the general public about this. Or is there something more sinister in disregarding this warning as they knew that these attacks will happen when the services or mass in these churches were going to be conducted in Thamizh , therefore the intended target of thee ISIS Salafist terrorists were the Christian/Catholic Thamizh and not the Chingkallams as such, so they did not care about the victims , after all they all will be Christian and will largely will be Thamizh and not Chingkalam? Certainly it will be 100% Thamizh in Batticaloa. Is this the reason the warnings were not heeded/ignored or supressed by certain powerful people and heads of security as the intended victims will largely be Thamizh/Thamizh Christian or any Christian so good riddance of more Thamizh in the island, even at the hands of Islamic terrorists?

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    Did Sillysena run to pray to once Thamizh now recently Telugu Lord Venkateshwara to bless this? Now all anti Thamizhs make a beeline to once Thamizh now Telugu Thirupathi or once Thamizh now Malayalam Kuruvayoor,. for blessing If this is so then this is very disturbing and shows deliberate racism and all these people also should be tried. I am a Christian( Protestant )Thamizh and I find this very disturbing and am very , very angry Mangalam,/Ava Mangalam . You and your incompetent racist government , that largely came to power due to Thamizh and Christian votes should be sacked and these ministers and heads of security should be tried for treason and terrorism. As for that Thamizh turned Chingkallam Ranjitham shedding crocodile tears over the dead and demand his pound of flesh justce, may be for the Chingkallam not for the Thamizh does not move me. Oh by the way Manglam why are Islamic extremist Hindu temple land stealing Hizbullah ( very nice name) and the Shaitan from Mannar , who is trying to make Wilpattu an Arabian desert , to be populated by out of area Wahhabi and not wild life , still roaming free and not arrested? They definitely will have a hand in this, too many close connections. Or are they allowed to roam free to teach more lessons for the Thamizh?

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    We have a responsibility at the next elections to send home this kind of useless, nothing good for politicians. This fellow is a useless character living entirely on public funds doing nothing. Entire life lived on the public funds.

    I am a man from Matara, I personally inform all my relatives and villagers not to vote this kind of jokers.

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    Yes, let us belong to Mangala, Ranil ,Sagala ,Akila ,Malik way of life

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