29 September, 2020

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Free Of War, But Are Sri Lankans Truly Free?

By Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

This article was written before information was out that a person by the name of Noel Mudalige (apparently an alias for Gunaratnam) was said to have emplaned for Australia, and before Dimuthu Attygalle appeared at a FSP press conference to say she was abducted and released.

The abduction of political activists and leaders of the Frontline Socialist Party, Premakumar Gunaratnam and Dimuthu Attygalle has been taken seriously by all who are concerned about freedom and democracy.  Prior to their disappearance both activists had been preparing for the first convention of the Frontline Socialist Party, a party formed by a dissident group from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP – People’s Liberation Front).

FSP party members had received credible information that both activists were under intense government surveillance, shortly before their disappearance. They have given best possible cover to these leaders, but failed to defeat the abductors. Latter must have received the support of the regime.

Frontline Socialist Party

Gunaratnam was a key leader of the People’s Struggle Movement (PSM) and Dimuthu was the Secretary for Women’s and International affairs of the organization, which was a forerunner to the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP). Furthermore Gunaratnam had been instrumental in forming the FSP and he was considered as its head.

The PSM has campaigned actively since its formation against the systemic violation of human rights by this Government including, disappearances, extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions and militarization in the North. This is a sharp break from the chauvinist and war mongering policy of the JVP.

Gunaratnam is believed to have been abducted from his temporary residence at No.29/1, Gemunu Mawatha, Kiribathgoda (Gampaha district), on 6th April.  He was last seen by a party member who dropped Mr. Gunaratnam at his residence in Kiribathgoda at around 5 pm on 6thApril following a party meeting.

Dimuthu was last seen by a party leader who dropped her at the Kottawa bus stand (Colombo District) at around 6pm on 6th April. Though Dimuthu confirmed that she was going to her residence at 32/14/7, High level road, Henawatte, Meegoda (Colombo district) but she had not arrived home on 6th April.

The Australian High Commission in Colombo has been informed of the disappearance as Mr. Gunaratnam is an Australian citizen. Prior to their abduction, Gunaratnam and Dimuthu were engaged in intense negotiations in preparation for the first party convention on 9th April 2012.

FSP party members believe that Gunaratnam and Dimuthu had been abducted by forces linked to the Government since the party has campaigned actively against human rights abuses by the Government, particularly against the Tamil minority in the North.

PSM activists Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganandan were abducted on 9th December 2011 in Jaffna and have not been seen or heard from since.  Lalith Weeraraj was repeatedly threatened by police and military prior to his abduction and ordered to stop his work in the North. There has been no information or credible investigation into their disappearance despite widespread protests. Local and international campaigns and a habeas corpus petition before the Court of Appeal in Lanka are continuing. The families of both men have also suffered threats, harassment and surveillance following their abduction.

Autonomy of the Tamil people

It is true that FSP sharply broke from the chauvinist JVP policy but it does not stand for the autonomy of the Tamil people nor does it defend the right of self determination of the Tamil nationality. Though there were open and public attacks against the NSSP and leading media and trade union figures such as Kottigoda and Dharmasiri there were no such attacks directed against the FSP on this issue. Hence it is wise to look for other reasons behind this attack on the FSP.

The government is tied down with its bondage to international money lenders. It was forced by the imperial powers to pass the burden of repayments to the masses.  In particular cuts in education have aroused the wrath of the youth. Privatization of education has pushed the plebeian youth into severe agitation against the government.

Students and youth have rebelled against the JVP leaders who have supported the dictatorial presidency of Mahinda. Now, they have become the base of the new party. Clearly the government wants to frighten the leaders into submission; these abductions were for that purpose.

Media reports indicate that there have been twenty nine disappearances in Lanka between February and March 2012 and a total of fifty six disappearances over the past six month. Many of them were political elements.

NSSP

 

 

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    I do consider all the ideas you have offered for your post. They are really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for starters. May just you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

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      All peace loving Srilankans are truly FREE.But not criminals and troublemakers.

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        Max,

        Is it true? Where is Eknaligoda? who killed Lasantha? What happened to Upali? who killed foreigner in Galle and raped the girl there? Whose thugs those are?

        You are a government agent for press not a civilian who expect the real freedom with dignity!

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          Saman the same old story and the same old names.

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          killing USA and every where rape also.in INDIA more crimes than srilanka. WATCH SOME TAMILS FREE PORN SEX VEDIOES to understand your proud tamil nation.

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          Saman, Not answering for Max but can’t any longer tolerate these same questions, thought I’d try my two cents worth too.
          Eknaligoda, well you have to ask his close mates and his wife. He did some strange business with strange people. Ask Sandaruwan from Lankaenews for exact details. He has a file!
          Lasanatha was not quite a journalist but a politician who tried to play oneside during the day, the other in the night while a third party in between and it backfired. So who killed him, the night guys for his day-treachery or day guys for his night betrayal, we will never know, probably unless the third party,(whose name is closely linked to the episode but languishing in jail for not being able to control his mouth) reveals something, but I doubt he will.
          Upali? What Upali? Wijewardene? That was in 1982, when Premadasa was so scared that Upali decided to join JR’s stage and Ravaya had the headline, “Is Upali the next president?”. Or are you only talking about a short memory?
          The culprits of the Galle rape case are in remand prison. Where have you been?
          I, for one, have nothing to do with the government but, I am afraid, your questions are not adequate to prove whether one is a henchman or not!!

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        You’re correct. Rajapakse cannot go to the White House or Oxford Union. But I think the author of the article is making a more important point; SL cannot escape its poverty as long its tied (financially) to foreign banks (lenders) and what not. As for the people themselves, they are not free to protest their condition. In general, as it loses it’s ability to remain self-sufficient, SL is (proportionally) becoming more insular ; the more insular you become, the greater the chances you’ll lapse into a state of dementia. In a political context, the end result may well be civil unrest, as economic woes worsen.

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          Observer,
          It’s high time that you apply for the post of toe licker at the white house.I am sure that Gordon Weiss will give you a great recommendation.

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          Gordon Weiss works for the UN, not White House.

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          Observer,
          So you imagine that your present employer Gordon Weiss still works for the UN,ah!Are you trying to tell me that you are the toe licker to Gordon Weiss of the UN?No my friend,you are the toe licker to Gordon Weiss,FORMER UN employee.It seems that you are really interested in the white house toe licker job.May be i could sound out Bob Blake about your talents.

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          If the author of the article can make any simple useful point, that itself will be a miracle. He was long ago diagnosed with brain haemorrage and he never recovered, that was when he was at Peradeniya. N M Perera said Bahu was a mistake, with which comment Bahu made a new Theree wheeler party. He goes to London in November to address pro-LTTE rallies and in the rest of the time, he digs bins for supper, just like Gordon weiss.

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      Suz, lol. Please share with us those videos as well.

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    Criminals running SL and have put SL in trouble !!

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      GOSL proud to be defeating criminals.SUZ reporting.

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        GOSL has now become criminal.

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    todays comedy poltical question no {1}. WHAT IS THE RIGHT NAME FOR FSP PARTY LEADER IN SRILANKA? noel mudalige or kumara gunaratnam.

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      Suz,
      Bomba Gunda!

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        today comedy political question no{2}WHY TAMILS LOVE TO CHANGE THEIR BIRTH TAMIL NAMES IN TO SINHALA NAMES?

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        That was when he was at Pera. Now he is Comic Relief.

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    @ Stupid Mad Max

    ONLY GOVT HENCHMEN, CRONY’S, THEIR COHORTS ARE FREE.

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      Jim,
      This is a free country as long as you are not up to monkey business.

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        Have you been arrested recently? Or are you in hiding? May be you killed somebody.

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          I was talking to Jim Hardy there, not to Max.

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      Jim,
      Are you prepared to make a confession?May be i can arrange for you to be given an amnesty.But for god sake don’t try any Bomba Gunda tactics.

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    All I have to say to Colombo Telegraph is this, because i love you.
    Bahu, Vasu and a few around them have been basking in marxism glory when Marxism was seen as an answer to everything by at least a section of the crowd. But today, younger people are more educated, open minded and informed. They know better than these idiotic lot. Jehan Perera, Pakiya are recent additions to that list. We have to give them a chance to speak (otherwise they will explode which will smell everywhere and we will be left with the job to clear out the faeces on the walls), but the space given to them must be very limited, because none of them can say anything useful to the society or to the country. (I am sure their wives don’t take them seriously. Those women take advice when things matter from their neighbours.) You have to find half decent guys who could see things beyond their political egos and madness for usefull publications.

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      Rubert,
      Talking of their wives,they are left to their own devices.Lucky neighbors!

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    I agree with this article 100%

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