1 October, 2020

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FUTA Condemns Patriotic Taskforce’s Death Threats Against Lawyers

By Colombo Telegraph

FUTA unreservedly condemns the recent death threats made against activist lawyers by a group calling themselves the ‘patriotic taskforce’, says Dr. Rohan Fernando, the General Secretary of the Federation of University Teachers Association.

Issuing a statement the FUTA says; “The crisis generated by the impeachment launched against Chief Justice Shirani Bandranayake and the consequent actions of the government flouting the decisions of the judiciary have given rise to an extremely serious situation.  The deployment of armed thugs by parties supporting the impeachment and the inaction of the police in controlling the situation have arguably given rise to speculation that these actions are being supported by those in the highest positions of authority. Sri Lanka barely 3 years ago came out of an extremely violent civil war.  The country cannot afford more civil unrest.  However, incendiary statements made by public figures purporting to be supporters of the ruling regime may generate the kind of violence that could easily spiral out of control.  That leading members of the government are silent on these issues is extremely alarming.”

“FUTA has always stood for democratic values and the right to dissent. During the recent FUTA trade union action, many of its members were also intimidated and threatened and FUTA looked to the judiciary and the law enforcement authorities for protection.  It is extremely worrying to note that these very institutions and persons are now being attacked.  It suggests an intolerance and level of suppression that is not worthy of a country that claims to be democratic and respectful of human rights.  FUTA calls upon the law enforcement authorities to conduct impartial inquiries into these threats and for the government to take strong action against those who incite violence in the name of patriotism and loyalty to the ruling regime.” the FUTA further says.

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    Boys you all are the intelligentsia of this county get together to fight this despot.All the doctors engineers accountants too should join the struggle.Then what is the alternative? Is it UNP? never they too start eating the country as they were hungry for nearly two decades.We had seen them in the move several times.This country is doomed we have never got a real leader after independence.Old set was not financially or morally corrupt but most of them are power corrupt.To day the parasites in the parliament (morally,financially,power) are corrupt to the core.It could be easily said that the our name sake patriots in the parliament( Of course not all)within the 64 years of rule after independence has robbed this country and still is in the process of robbing much more than the Britishers took from this country within the 300 years of their rule.Britishers left us well designed roads,Railways,system of governance Ect.What these parasites left us, only destruction.

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      Lion,

      Yes I totally agree that our Politicians ruined our country ever since we got Independence.

      These Gon harak ruined everything that British Built and gave us when they left.

      RIZANA AND OTHER SAUDI HOUSE MAIDS COULD HAVE WORKED IN USA,UK,CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NZ OR IN EUROPE AS A HOUSE MAID, CLEANING PERSON, BABY SITTER, NURSE, ATTENDENT, HOME FOR THE ELDERS, DAY CARE, OR IN A NURSERY IF SHE HAD THE BRITISH ENGLISH EDUCATION SYSTEM.

      Therefore I suggest that the Parliament should be burned down for Good. That is the breading groung for Rapists, Thugs, Drug and Kasippu Dealers, Robbers including gold chain,Harak horu, Murderers, Kappan Karayas, party Jumpers, Tsunami Robberrs, Divineguma, Air lanka, Mihin, CB,Petroleum Corporation,CTB,Electricity bord, School, Hospital, 89 million pin Padi opposition leader…. and all other ROBBERS.

      THEREFORE WITH THESE ROBBERS THE PARLIAMENT SHOULD BE BURNED DOWN.

      ALL THE PARLIAMENT ADMINISTRATION DUTIES SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SUPREME COURT TO ADMINISTER.

      ALL BUSINESS RELATED ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE GIVEN TO FOREIGN …(US, UK,JAPAN, EUROPEAN ) AND (LOCAL QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS) JOINT VENTURE PARTICIPATION.

      This is the only way to Progress.

      Let the Paliament members go and eat Punnakku, grass and Bagiri to get their brains back….Hora thak..adi ballo.

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    a mere press release will not make any notice for the dictator and organise all intellectuals and civil society to get some meaningful action to let the regime take any notice.

    Let the international community known of the mass scale intimidation and breach of law and fight in a common front.

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    PATRIOTIC, MY XXXX !
    MORE LIKE NAZI
    THEY ALSO THOUGHT THE SAME

    These bigots want a castrated society, castrated army, judiciary, religious establishment……not people, but livestock

    At the most this can last till China breaks free of dictatorship
    With increased standards of living, the Chinese will desire liberty

    OR

    the developed world copying the Chinese……..and we all want that, yes, tell yourself !!

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      “Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob” Barak Obama (January 21, 2013)

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    In a country where statements are issued only when one of the members of the clan is affected this is a laudable action. Hats off FUTA. We would like to see other professional organizations doing the same as FUTA.

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    A wise man has said that patriotism is the last refuge of every scoundrel. As if that wise man had been prescient about the likes of MR, Modawansa, Gammanpila and Patala!

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    What patriots? These are paid thugs and uneducated shit eaters who are capable of doing any unpatriotic unlawful inhuman irepairable damage to the country and its peace loving people just to safeguard the present system at any cost so that they can ensure their getting Jarawa more and more!

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    There are dumb lawyers. They support Mahinda.

    There are crafty lawyers. They know that Mahinda is Idi Amin but nevertheless support Mahinda for personal gain.

    Then there are the intelligent ones.They oppose the government.

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