12 August, 2020

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Family Fears Father Among The ‘Disappeared’ In Sri Lanka – The Sydney Morning Herald

By Ben Doherty, Dylan Welch – The Sydney Morning Herald

THE men came an hour before dawn on Saturday, carrying guns but wearing no uniforms, to tell the neighbours of Premakumar Gunaratnam to keep quiet. They encircled the leftist’s house in Colombo and cut the power, before storming it and taking him away.

Mr Gunaratnam, a socialist politician with a long history in Sri Lanka who moved to Australia in 2006 under the skilled migration program, has not been seen since.

Worried family … from left, Aman Somaratna, 12, Champa Somaratna and Ama Somaratna, 18. Photo: Kate Geraghty

His wife, Champa Somaratna, a GP in Sydney, believes he has been abducted by security forces as part of a crackdown on political dissent by the conservative government of the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan authorities have denied the charge and said they have no proof that Mr Gunaratnam has even entered the country.

Mr Gunaratnam, 46, is a well-known figure in Sri Lanka and was a long-time member of the country’s main leftist party, the JVP. He recently announced his intention to form a new party.

His brother, Ranjitham, had been a student activist and a senior JVP figure until his alleged detention, torture and killing by the government in 1989.

When asked why her husband had been abducted by Mr Rajapaksa’s government, Dr Somaratna said: ”In Sri Lanka there is no proper opposition. All the opposition [parties] are suppressed by the government.”

She said he had been staying at a house in north-west Colombo. Friends had gone to the house when he failed to attend an early morning meeting on Saturday but found it ransacked.

Dr Somaratna reported his disappearance to the Foreign Affairs Department and, in an unusual step, the Australian high commissioner, Robyn Mudie, immediately requested a meeting with the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary and brother to the President, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka alleges Mr Gunaratnam is a militant radical who has led attacks on army bases. A leaked state intelligence document circulating in Sri Lanka says he has at least four aliases and passports under false names.

“He was at one time a high-ranking subversive activist involved in many crimes, including the attack on the Pallekele army camp in 1987, and escaped from the Magazine Prison [in 1988], where he was detained under the Terrorism Prevention Act,” the document says.

It alleges Mr Gunaratnam fled the country in 2006, having provided forged documents to the Australian embassy.

The veracity of the government’s document and its claims could not be confirmed last night.

Groundviews, an agency monitoring Sri Lankan politics, said local media had reported 56 such disappearances in the past six months.

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    pain of us and pain of yours will become our pain and shake the Island of Sri Lanka one day

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      You have hit the nail on the head.

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    What is the difference between State terrorism and individual terrorist acts? If we understand this difference we’ll understand also the evilness of the Sri Lankan policies in the Southern Asia and the forthcoming disasters.How long will the world ignore the Sri Lankan/Eelam cry that all they want is freedom and independence?Sri Lanka and Tamileelam desperately need the awakening of the international community’s public opinion and a reversal in the global attitude. These are needed both in order to save our lives (literally), and preserve our hope in a better future.

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    Sad song they say!! Its need a good cover when you swim in the alegatoer s pond!

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    This man Kumar should have taught his daughter how to wear , b4 he try to change the Sri Lankan culture and politics.

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      Something is radically wrong with you.

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    xxxx You f.k.ng pimp, don’t you get the story of the picture? Their father and husband has been made to disappear into thin air by this pig’s rogue king and they are begging to the whole world to help find him holding their family photo in front of them! Their anxiety, helplessness and despair is written all over their face, they don’t feel whether they have clothes on or not! This f.u.ing “shemale” whose filthy posterior dogs use as a substitute is making an awful sexcomedy about nothing!!! Pimp, go and hide behind your mother’s legs!!!

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    “BEGGING IS A MULTI MILLION INDUSTRY”.Yes,that’s true.In Colombo child beggars are given out on rent to individuals to carry the trade.Sympathetic gullible public are it’s customers.Each day’s collection is well over Rs10000.At the end of the day the child beggar is returned to the Boss.The game continues.
    In the case of Kumar Mahathaya,i see no difference.This guy is no saint.But an individual who had taken part in murder,robbery,bomb manufacturing etc during 89/90 period..But the defeated Tamil Tigers,foreigners in the pay off of the tigers and so called human rights activists($$ Kakko) are making hay while playing the sympathy card.May be these children don’t know that their dad is wanted for murder and robbery.

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      Well, well, well, if it isn’t the village idiot playing the seer again.

      Whatever happened to that stone you crawled out from under, Max Silva? Did the people you stooge for so assiduously turn it into a Maligawa so we wouldn’t be able to recognize it?

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        I have made my reply elsewhere.

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      Dear Max

      Haven t Pillayan, Karuna, Daya Master, KP committed murder & mayhem in Srilanka, Is there two set of laws in SRILANKA.

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    Number of questions arise. I think there is Tamil diaspora and a Sinhala diaspora.Tamil D helps LTTE. Sinhala D helps JVP and FlSP. For all three funds are coming from USA,Canada, UK, Italy and Australia.

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    “BEGGING IS A MULTI MILLION INDUSTRY”!!! Very correct. Beggars like Max Silva, Chetty buggar and others of the same species are running a multi-million begging business deforming the facts to sustain a corrupt and rogue family and regime. Through their laundry operations they earn a filthy living to stuff their filthy bellies much like the pigs used to live their existence!!! Proof? All this while these buffaloes uttered various nonsense about the disappearance of Kumar Gunarathnam but now they are dumbfounded after Australian Government intervened for the rights of the disappeared. These dogs have signed a contract with Americans to spread as much lies, hatred, ignorance, facts distortion, misrepresentation, despise on human rights and racial and divisive ethnic sentiments and sectarian demands to such an extent that ultimately one day UN has a very good case and justification to declare a separate homeland for Tamils because Sinhalese are adamantly opposed to any democratic, conciliatory, accountable, unitary and harmonious solution in the country. These traitors and bastards of nation must be identified for meting out due justice under a future governance.

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      Suraweera’s words are nothing but filled with venom and hatred.I do understand his fury.Still he can’t come to terms with the early departure of his terror boss”velu”at Nandikadal.Pity for him.God pl forgive this Suraweera character!

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        dear max,srilankan killers get better survival in with name change and politics ,also to keep your kids look better try AUSTRALIAN VISA soon.

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    Ane mama danna sinhalen liyannum. JVP kattiyath athi tharum rate minissu marala rata wanasuwa. LTTE ayath ema deyama kala. Ewata hariyannama hitapu andth ema deyama kala. Api ape dmawpiyo kochhera bayeda jeewath une oya sri lak bime. waradi kala kawuru unath ema waradi walata danduwan widinna ona. ape kochhera duppath laminda marune me dewargayema traswadin nisa. salli thiyena aya Australia,USA, UK and Canada panagatta. Duppath un tika bili una. Oka thama hama trasthawadayema yatharthaya!

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    Welcome to the Democratic Republic of Rajapakistan ( formerly known as Sri Lanka )- a democracy like no other. he he he he he he

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    One terrorist abducted by another group of terrorists (one should not forget that the government is led by a bunch of terrorists ). Whats new in sunny SL ?

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