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Gota’s Flag: Desecrating The National Flag

By Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

Hilmy Ahamed

The racist discards of the Rajapaksa era have opened a new front in their chauvinistic march to create further ethnic turmoil in our nation by desecrating the National Flag. The protesters against the Sirisena government are now carrying a new National Flag that does not have the Orange and Green stripes that denote the minorities in the country. This was witnessed at the protests held both on Parliament Drive on 21st April 2015 when Mahinda Rajapaksa was summoned by the Bribery Commission and the illegal protest in support of Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 23rd April 2015 outside the premises of the Bribery Commission. This flag was first seen in some protests against the Muslims and other minorities that were organized by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) during the Rajapaksa regime.

The following is the justification for the design of the National Flag as recorded in a number of Government sites: “The National Flag of Sri Lanka has been designed with great care and purpose. It not only represents the country and her heritage, but is a rallying device that integrates the minority races with the majority race”.

The lion flag lost its significance after the British invaded Sri Lanka in 1815. It was the Union Jack, which was hoisted in its place.

The Flag carried by the protesters

The Flag carried by the protesters

When Sri Lanka gained her independence from Great Britain on February 04, 1948, it was the lion flag, which was hoisted once again.

The first Prime Minister of independent Sri Lanka, D.S. Senanayake, appointed a committee to advice the government on the design of a new national flag. The design approved by the committee in February 1950 retained the symbol of the lion with the sword and the bo-leaves from the civil standard of the last king of Sri Lanka, with the inclusion of two vertical stripes green and orange in color. The orange stripe represents the Sri Lankan Tamils, the green stripe represents Sri Lankan Moors, and the maroon background represents the majority of Sinhalese:Sri Lanka National Flag

Desecrating the National flag is a serious offence that warrants criminal prosecution. Wikipedia explains the desecration of the national flag as:

“Flag desecration is a term applied to the desecration of flags or flag protocol, a various set of acts that intentionally destroy, damage or mutilate a flag in public. Often, in case of a national flag, such action is intended to make a political point against a country or its policies. Some countries have laws forbidding methods of destruction (such as burning in public) or forbidding particular uses.”

Udaya Gammanpila, the Western Provincial Councilor and leader of the Pivithuru Hetak National Movement was one of the main organizer of the protest outside the Bribery Commission in support of the former Defense Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He not only defied a court order banning the protest, thereby liable to be charged for contempt of court, but also should be held responsible for desecrating the national flag, which is a criminal offence. He may not have carried the flag himself, but he should be held responsible for the goons who carried it as the organizer of the protest. As a lawyer, he should know better.

Gota National Flag UdayaVarious persons have already made police complaints and immediate action should be taken by the Police to ensure that this menace is nipped in the bud. Most people tend to brush off these forms of racism as an insignificant nuisance, but the country witnessed a similar campaign of blatant racism and hate that was spearheaded by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Sinhala Ravaya and Ravana Balaya with the support of a number of other racists groups and individuals that grew in to a national crisis. The hate campaign against the Muslims by Buddhist extremists was the cause of the violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela that destroyed the image of the country as it did during the dark days of the 1983 riots against the Tamil minority. The 1983 riot is considered one of the reasons that forced Tamil youth to take up arms to defend their community. The end of the 30 year armed conflict should be credited to the political leadership of the Rajapaksa regime and the military leadership of Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka and other commanders of the defense forces. Yet, the opportunities that were on offer at the end of the war for reconciliation was not made use of by the Rajapaksa government. President Mahinda Rajapaksa could have gone down in history as the person who found a permanent solution for all communities to live in harmony in Sri Lanka, but his Sinhala chauvinism destroyed that opportunity.

The Sirisena government has taken some bold steps to stem the racist agenda of Buddhist extremists. The declaration that the national anthem could be sung in the Tamil language shows courage by President Maithripala Sirisena against the forces, which operate for narrow political gain. The need for decisive action against the new nexus of racists that has been formed by the discards of the Rajapaksa era is paramount. The Inspector General of Police should order the immediate arrest of any person or groups that promote racism or hate; failure to do so would drive Sri Lanka to the dark days of racism witnessed under Rajapaksa rule.

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    Now MR trying become a saint by sayingt BBS was a conspiracy of west – Norway to deprive him of muslim votes. Now his gang creates this flag controversy.
    Later he will come out with another conspiracy theory when this back fires.

    Everybody knows MR & Gota created BBS for specific political and racial intentions. Now this national flag issue also they have specif agenda.

    It is time for people to show these racist thieves the right place.

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      Hilmy Ahamed –

      RE: Gota’s Flag: Desecrating The National Flag

      “The racist discards of the Rajapaksa era have opened a new front in their chauvinistic march to create further ethnic turmoil in our nation by desecrating the National Flag. The protesters against the Sirisena government are now carrying a new National Flag that does not have the Orange and Green stripes that denote the minorities in the country”

      The Modayas , Mootals and Idiots are confused as ever. While it is true the average IQ of those who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa is close to 65, the actions of those idiots are further confusing the Modayas who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa. Theres Modayas, Prasdeshis, Paras do not know where they belong. These Moda Idiot Para Should get back to their Para Land India. DNA in their Moda bodies is Proof.

      There is a lot of Truth to Mahinda Rajapaksa saying that BBS is a Western conspiracy, when Norway and Israel were behind it, with Gota Providing Protection. Is Gota a western Spy agent Plant to destroy Sri Lanka? Didn’t he know that then?

      Have anybody heard about Liars, Crooks, Robbers and Criminals?

      Mahinda rajapaksa worst lie ever told- Did the Mahinda Modayas believe that?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dt4A8MdEoE

      Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s Speech on Wimal Weerawansa 2/2 =0 EEya EEEYa EEEYa

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UMO0jqC7ww

      My calculator saya 2/2 =0, May be my calculator should be put to Wimal Modawansa’s Head, because his current brain os not properly functional.

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        CORRECTION:

        “My calculator saya 2/2 =0, May be my calculator should be put to Wimal Modawansa’s Head, because his current brain os not properly functional. “

        CORRECTED:

        If My calculator says 2/2 =1, May be my calculator should be put inside Wimal Modawansa’s Head, because his current brain is not properly functional.

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      What is the difference between this new Sri Lankan flag and the Eelam Flag? These are the buggers who got most offended with the Tiger Eelam Flag and expecting everyone to accept their own Sri Lanka flag. I believe distorting the Sri Lankan flag is an offense punishable under the Constitution. Why are they not punished?

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        Kamini

        Just few simple question.

        Were any LTTE goons arrested while they were flying blood soaked LTTE flag?

        Have the CM North PC Vegie and other LTTEE mouth pieces been arrested for not flying the SL National Flag in government events?

        DO not comment like a typical LTTE idiot. Think carefully before you make comments in any forum. Otherwise go and fly a kite rather than any flag.

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          Gamaya Yapalanan,

          It is not only the LTTE flag that is blood soaked, but the new Sri Lanka Flag displayed as well is covered with blood. Wait for the UNHCR Report where it will be confirmed very soon. What have you to say then? War Criminals are there in the LTTE as well as in the Sri Lankan Forces to have butchered innocent, unarmed Tamil, old Tamil men, women and children including demonstrators at Rathupaswela who were Sinhalese.

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            gamini

            “War Criminals are there in the LTTE as well as in the Sri Lankan Forces to have butchered innocent, unarmed Tamil, old Tamil men, women and children including demonstrators at Rathupaswela who were Sinhalese.”

            Please don’t forget those war crimes committed by security forces and police in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991.

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              Native Vedda

              RE: Gota’s Flag: Desecrating The National Flag

              Gota wants to put the Para-Sinhala on the Flag of Lanka, the Land of Native Aethho..

              All these Paradeshis,Paras, whether they want to Put a Lion, A Tiger or a Donkey, in the Flag, they may do so after they d so where they came from , from their Para-Land, Baharat, Dambadiva, iIndia- Paradesh- Land.

              The Flag should be the Flag of the Native Veddah Aethho. The Flag should remind ALL Paradeshis, Paras, that they are Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. If they cannot behave like gusts, they should leave for the Para-Land they came from.

              The Vedda Tribe

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

      • 1
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        The flag of a barbaric We Thamizh terrorist organisation vs the flag of the last kingdom of Lanka. Yep, no difference at all :D

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          Hilmy Ahamed

          Gota’s Flag: Desecrating The National Flag

          The more the better. It is like scoring own goals. What is unfolding in Sinhala Lanka is what the Tamils want in order to convince the World that Sinhala Lanka hasnt changed and will never change.
          I hope in the build to the UN Report due to come out in September we have many more meetings with MRs Flags Gothas Flags Basils Flags to tell the world in no uncertain terms that MS will not be allowed to do any of the following.

          1) Devolve Power to the North.
          2) No internal War Crime Inquiry.
          3) No inquiry in respect of missing persons
          4) No corruption charges against MR and his family no matter what the loot is.

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      This Pingutharaya once begged for 100 bucks for his campaign is brain sick.
      He is very revengeful person who knows nothing but his low level arguments.

      More of them today rally round to support Meeharaka Rajapakshe and his siblings. Except Chamal Rajaapkshe, People will have smidgeon of respect to any others. Soon we will see how it will work for them.

      19A will pave the way- to the next stpe 20A -then RW, MY3 will have achieved everything. MY3 is the inspiration of the nation. I love him today more than earlier. He is so gentle – he will keep the word. JayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewaJayawewa

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    Arrest ALIBABA AND HIS 40 THIEVES.

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      Gemunu Weeraya

      “Arrest ALIBABA AND HIS 40 THIEVES.”

      Alibaba had 40 Thieves to deal with.

      However, the Bribery Commissioner has 1.500 + Thieves to deal with.

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    the legal basis for the national flag stems from Article 6 of the constitution and depicted pictorially in the second schedule – therefore considered illegal to distort it in anyway. This is the basis for everyone to protest. I don’t condone the action of carrying a flag minus colours that represent the minorities.

    However on the same basis the National Anthem is protected by Article 7 of the constitution – which shall be “Sri Lanka Matha”, the words and music of which are set out in the Third Schedule. The words clearly are in sinhala. Therefore if the incident you write so strongly against is a violation of the constitution, the National Anthem in Tamil is a clear violation of the constitution.

    You can’t on one hand decry the flag being distorted as a racist Rajapaksa tactic and in the same breath praise President Maithreepala as being progressive in allowing National Anthem to be sung in Tamil. That too is a clear violation of the constitution. Therefore a president can actually be impeached for violating the construction.

    Please get your facts straight before such virulent attacks

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      Have you read the tamil version of the constitution on this matter?.Please refer and you would be able to clear certain matters.

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      Premila, what a distorted version of the National anthem you claim. Since independence, there was space for the National Anthem to be sung in the Tamil language. We see it as alien because it has not been usually used. Just because he/she sings the national anthem in one of the national languages, this cannot be challenged.

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    Ranil has planned this and have sent these flags to the site.All will be proved very soon and where will Ranil run to???

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      Lasando,

      So you admit that Ranil is taking the Mickey out of you buggers? This is the same Ranil whom you all thought had no back bone. Where is your MR Ali baba?

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        Gamino..
        Tell Ranil to pack his bags and get ready to go back to his cave in 5th lane!!!!

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          No way- now you guys are already lost.

          MY3-RW-CBK will restore justice and peace in Rajapakshe lost island. Sooner than later.

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          Lasando,

          Ranil does not have to go back to 5th Lane because he lives there and unlike your Rogue MR did by sticking on at Temple Trees with flat screen TV in the toilets as well. Clearly shows those who did not have anything in life amassed wealth while in office. You can be assured that Ranil Wickremasinghe this time has come to stay and your Rajapaksas will never be able to come back to Sri Lankan Politics again ever. Whether you like it or not see the results of the next General Election will show who Ranil Wickremasinghe is.

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            Do gamini,
            Ranil survives from diaspora money!!!without those handouts he has nothing. Every time he takes the handouts he betrays the country!! He is a traitor and will never be able to get the people’s vote.

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              Lasanda

              Great comment.

              Please let me know the date and amount that Ranil has received from diaspora, also whether the handout were in the form of cash, bank transfers, Divi Neguma relief, Havala (Undial) or rice from moon.

              We may have to send these details to Interpol for it to investigate money laundering by Ranil as well as the diaspora. Money laundering is a serious crime, we should stop it, stop now.

              Please provide the evidence to the crime fighters.

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                First we have to prove Ranil did send those flags to the site. After that people will decide what to do with him!!!

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                  Yes, Ranil sent it through Aravinnda Madumadawa, the BBS Gnansara’s toy. Please send this information to your handlers lasadaa. Failure on your part will make Ranil the king on the 28th when 19A is passed and your backside would not be safe because rule of law would be reestablished

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                    Why wait till 29th , and what can he do? Kill me??not afraid to die sweety! Because when you kill me thousands are born like me who will fight.

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                      Lasanada, [Edited out] He is the smartest politician we have in todays parliament

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                      Lasando,

                      When Premadasa was killed it was speculated that thousands of Premadasas will be born. When VP was killed it was said that thousands of VPs will be born. So what makes you think that if you are killed there will be thousands of fighters like you will be born? For that to happen start fertilizing from now on. Good Luck! Let alone a thousand at least a ten.

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      Yes, Lasanda. It is an international conspiracy by Norway, Britain, USA ad by the international community. Why haven’t we heard this from Wimal Booruwansa? Are you Boorawansa under an alias? You cannot turn everything to look as if everyone else is trying to destroy Sri Lanka. It is the Bloody [Edited out] racist who are destroying the hard fought international support of the Sirisena government for Sri Lanka to be accepted as a decent nation amongst the international community. Why doesn’t the government put Wimal, Dinesh, Gnansara, and other racist behind bars for the rest of their lives as there is enough provision in the law and the constitution to stop hate and violate the rights of the minorities

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    The flag is reminiscent of the flag of IRAN, before the 1979 “revolution”!! Also reminds me of a Christian flag, The Lion Of Judah (Jesus Christ) carrying the Sword of the Spirit.

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    Can the English speaking Elite, Anglicans, Vellalas and the Muslims form a National Unity Government, by marginalizing, neglecting and ignoring the great majority of the 70 % inhabitant population who are the genuine, original sons and daughters of the o not ?.

    A few pretend Buddhists may have given them a helping hand for personal gain.

    But they have been rejected by 5.8 Million eligible voters , their friends , families and children.

    If they wish to have their own flag so be it.

    After all Tamils still use their Eelaam Flag, and Ahmad clan have their own .Right..

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      Lasando,

      So you admit that Ranil is taking the Mickey out of you buggers? This is the same Ranil whom you all thought had no back bone. Where is your MR Ali baba?

      All the Politicians and the Buddhist priests, 27 of them that violated the Court Order has been summoned to Court on the 8th of May to face Contempt of Court charges. Gembanpila should demonstrate in the Court premises also.

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      Original Lion and Drug smuggling Indian origin Vijaya born KAS talks about Lion flag which should hold his right only in jungles of Lion. Not inside human living lands.

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      OK so you are happy with dividing the country. So be it. Let us have VP back then. Sumaney, you are just a listless NUT; palvechha ARECA NUT?

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      as usual another racist comment by mad man K A Sumanasekera ;)

      pls clarrify

      You say
      ‘A few pretend Buddhists may have given them a helping hand for personal gain.’

      are you saying the people who voted for My3 are not Sri Lankans?

      you say say

      ‘Tamils still use their Eelaam Flag, and Ahmad clan have their own ‘
      No your dead wrong if the Eelam flag is flown then its treason in Sri Lanka and police will take immediate action and have done so,and no the Muslims dont fly their own flag

      it seems that K A Sumanasekera is a Sinhala Koti who is encouraging the flying of the Eelam flag

  • 13
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    Mr Hilmy Ahmed

    Great article and news for many HOW the Sri Lanka flag is designed and with what purpose.

    The ugly head of racism manifest in many ways. Some are enlightened racists but many are not enlightened. In Sri Lanka many, the majority, are not enlightened. You have correctly informed how the enlightened racists use various marketing methods to undermine the minority of Sri Lanka. The top segment in the opposition including the Rajapakses and his remaining ex-ministers as well as parasites are enlightened and are the drivers of racism. They use ill-gotten wealth to market to the public mostly the not enlightened racists that Rajapakse and his family are the rightful owners of Sri Lanka.

    Is Sri Lanka a democracy? Even dictators such as Singapore originally developed because the rule of law applied to all. In Sri Lanka the rule of law apply only to the weak. The corrupt, unlawful, murderers, robbers, rapists, psychopaths etc. -when closely connected to the ruling Rajapakes- do not fear the rule of law. The rule of law suddenly is The Rajapakse. Even today the majority are afraid to challenge The Rajapakses, although they have no political power. This is a great danger.

    The dictator and his cronies must and without delay face the legal institution. They must show, without a piece of doubt they are innocent to all charges. Nobody need not fear if they have done no wrong or harm to person or society. That is the rule of law in democracy. If it is not done then I regret that Sri Lanka will NEVER develop and will crawl deeper into poverty and ill-health.

    Professor Nazeem Seyed

    Uppsala University
    SWEDEN

  • 13
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    Hilmi., the Muslim folks in the country need a job to do.
    Like the Northerners did with a 80% vote for the TNA in the PS elections and give a clear message to those rascist around Rajapakasas, the Muslims should send some clean and edudcated representatices in the next parliamentary elections and not corrupt to the core and who did not utter a single word against BBS as MaRa will open up their corrupt files.

    Lets make sure the guys like Hakeem/Azwar/Fauzi/casino Musthapa/Moulana/Cader have no representative among the Muslims and all we need is those who will protect the harmony among races.

    Its good time that Muslim clergy and community elders sit for a meeting and nomonate guys like Imitiaz Bakeer Markar kind of leaders and not the above mentioned.

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      Like the Northerners did with a 80% vote for the TNA .. clean and edudcated representatices

      Not sure which planet you are on.

      There are the usual 3 polished to Colombo standard. The rest are absolute thalathel mutts. Rajapake is a lawyer by profession just like these 3.

      All of them have one common interest and that it written in their name – Tamil only. The senior ones in the mob programmed Prabarkan – the nazi robot banned in 52 countries for terrorism. Apart from that there are extreme caste prejudices. That makes them filthy racist worse than Rajapaske.

      The only reason they are not corrupt is because none of them do any work. Its only when you do work you can get a cut from commissions.

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        Malli Vubushana

        “Umbe Kate Masuran Danna one”.

        Excellent and hat of for your comment.

        All TNA MPs or representatives are well educated!!!!!! What a joke by Mati-Elda Ella-Plla. ha ha ha Joke of the month.

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      I totally agree with Matilda. We need really good politicians. They did not raise a voice against BBS, but why should only Muslims raise their voice against racism. Muslims voted for the Sinhalese politicians too. Most of the Sinhalese were against BBS politics but somehow they were silent.

      At the last election, Muslims had voted for the JVP too. NNS is a national issue and all politicians should have raised their voices. Dilan Perera, Rajitha among those who raised voices against BBS.

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    This is lot more complicated than desecration of the National Flag, because what these people carried was not the National Flag, but A flag with a lion on it…freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution (but is it?) may allow citizens to carry A flag (the same way that the confederation flag is still displayed clearly in the southern part of the United Sates of America) as long as it is not banned by law.

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    This flag is from the beginning a disaster, independent from colors removed or manipulated

    The saga Sinhalese born for a lion is in other words sex with animals, biologically not possible to have cubs or children

    I don´t know whether Buddha tolerated sex with animals, in some tribes and part of the societies it is usual. I wish Mahawamsa did not mention these kind of sex to prove Sinhalese origin

    The saga, Sinhalese are Aryans, has been rebutted by GENOM project, 96% of the Sinhalese genes are Dravidian origin

    Hitler pushed this Aryan saga, in his definition, they should have blond hair and blue eyes, some of the north Indian and Sinhalese peasants believe this, they don´t have blue eyes and blond hair

    I wish we could have an interest to develop the country independent from our genes, origin, religion and language.

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      Vasu

      Where did you get your interpretation about the first Sinhalese born to a lion. If you are an intelligent enough or a have a pinch of brain, this cannot be true.

      Does your LTTE flag caries a pussy cat tiger. Does it mean you Thamil was born to a tiger.

      Get a life and be educated.

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        It is the Mahawanse which says that Sinhalese were fathered by a lion.Sinhalese flag has the symbol, may be to depict this incident. Most of the Sinhalese are very proud of the fact that we are born from the lion. I do not know how is it possible but this is written in black and white in Mahawnse.

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        I wanted to reply Gamaya Yapalanan, but I see maali karunaratne has already done that. Thank you Maali

        “intelligent enough” “pinch of brain”
        Gamaya, your wording is the biggest criteria for your intelligence.

        Please be cool darling!

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    Racist Thug Rajafuckse clan basted trying to start a civil war must be burnt alive never allowed to do anything in sri lanka.arrest them prosecute them

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      LOL How to arrest and prosecute them after you have burnt them alive? Should the fire brigade be involved?

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      Hashim

      Paul comment below is accurate. How do you do that?

      Perhaps you could eat them after burnt alive and consumed like BBQed pigs. You know what I mean!!!!

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    That’s the flag of Kandy. But Hilmy must have no tears left to shed considering how many times Eelamish We Thamizh desecrated and destroyed the actual national flag if Sri Lanka :D

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      Pray tell me what this supposedly FLAG OF KANDY is doing in a Protest rally for Racist Gota ?

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    I think Sri Lanka is the only country where discrimination was institutionalized by incorporating different strips to show the presence of minorities.

    Other wise, all should be one.

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    No Hilmy- Gammanpila in this picture is seen carrying the national flag

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    Gammanpila MUST be prosecuted for promoting division amongst ethnic groups. Does not matter who brought the flags to this demonstration. The fact of the matter is he has been in contact with those culprits, he has encouraged them to bring them to this demo, and he is the one who is carrying the desecrated flag and displaying it mockingly according to the expressions on his face in this picture. He has no excuses whatsoever diverting flak elsewhere; as a public figure he should have acted responsibly but here he is not only irresponsible, but also inciting racial hatred. Arrest him and deal with his according to the law immediately. Authorities must act and must not show that they are impotent against law breaking criminals.

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      Bo Bo and the Bebe

      You said “Arrest him and deal with his according to the law immediately”

      Couple of questions for you:

      1. Should we do the same with all TNA politicians for raising the “LTTE Puna flag?”

      2. Should we arrest them for making abusive statements in all Diaspora meetings against the unity of this country?

      You already said these actions are crimes.

      Time for you to be a bit educated.

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        LTTE was a terrorist organisation who had their flag, Innocent Tamils and the LTTE paid for it dearly and crimes by the LTTE far superseded than hoisting of the tiger flag. Tiger flag happened to be a minor incident compared to what they did.
        Where as Gamanpila and the likes are disciplined MPs of the Sri Lankan Government. They have to behave better and the fact that they desecrated the flag is worse crime than what the the LTTE terrorists did. When the governments both MR and MS are trying to bring peace and reconciliation in this country, this group carries the desecrated flag. Is this to bring MR into disrepute or do they have another agenda of bringing about communal tension. Not that he can claim ignorance of the law as he is a lawyer and ignorance of the law is not an excuse. He and his cronies must get the maximum punishment. In the picture, he is carrying the flag. He can’t be so blind. Not only him, there were others in the picture. I do not think courts should accept their apology as they are well educated and some of them are lawyers too.

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          Thangachchee Maali

          Your answer to my comment is like – “Yanne Koheda Malle Pol”

          Read what I said in my comment first very carefully before jump onto the key boards of the PC.

          AM I asking about the current TNA goons in my questions?

          These TNA guys have been and currently are proxies of LTTE looking to divide this small nation. Their talks and actions are much more poisonous than pro MARA Group. Therefore TNA goons are deserved the same punishment.

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        Answer to your question is a resounding YES. You too, whoever you are, if you are involved in inciting racial hatred.

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        Devious and evil political leaders in power, including the rejected previous president, were using ethnic division to hold on to power instead of promoting appeasement. They have been the primary cause of this country’s disunity. My comments go to so called leaders of parties, regardless of their colors and emblems and tendencies.

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    “Racist discards of the Rajapakse era………………………….”
    They are in the armed forces too, and are refusing to divulge details of persons held incommunicado in secret prison camps, and details of the camps.

    http://www.ft.lk/2015/04/25/defence-and-justice-ministries-fail-to-support-disappearances-commission/
    http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37738

    Apparently, the prime minister is unaware and gave a ‘blanket denial’.

    The mutilated flag displayed by them is a bold insult to the present government and to the nation.
    This should be ‘nipped in the bud’ by the government.

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    Desecrating a national flag is punishable offence under high treason. Displaying Buddhist flag in an unauthorised political protest parade is an insult to the religion and the organisers of this parade were parliamentarians, who are supposed to know the laws of the country
    and how important is a national flag,have done two crimes. Buddhist clergy too took part in insulting their religion they preach.

    It will be considered a weakness of the govt. if the perpetrators
    let go unpunished with an apology. This is the right time to show
    them that govt. means business. Police should be allowed to do their
    job independently as if govt. keeps accepting apologies, the country will get into anarchy and uncontrollable and lawlessness will set in.
    There will protests everywhere for flimsiest reasons if the situation is not brought under control by the police.

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    While the comment makers rave and rant ….

    I wonder about the origins of this particular ” FLAG ” idea !

    Was it on orders of the rogue President anticipating a third term ?

    Or was it his sibling ?

    So many questions ??

    The people apologising for their involvement in same – should convince these ranters that such a flag was out-of-order –

    Did I say ranters ? I meant wankers !

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    Well MR went to his home town after Jan 8th election and told the crowd that he lost the election because of the minorities but majority of the Sinhala Buddhists of Lanka voted for him and he thanked them for that.

    For the protesters led by Gamanpilla , BBS , MR’s puthras and GR it is their holy flag of their Sinhala Buddhist country and as a starter they have proved what their political goal is. They will make sure country belongs to the majority only.

    The minorities have no place and Gamanpilla, Gotha et el have plans to wipe out the races represented by the green and the orange in the official Lankan flag.

    This act was not a mistake. It was deliberate and more serious than desecration of the Sri Lanka Republican flag.

    Who should punish these people. The people from the majority must openly reject them so that the will have no choice but to stop their dangerous politcal games.

    By the way where DJ, HLDM, Nalin , Gomyn ,Vasu , Tissa , Rajiva and the likes in the picture ? Based on DJ’s “Smart Patriot” definition and existential theory I wonder whether he was the chief architect of the flag design and the member of the back stage team.

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    Hilmy the Muslims (the ignorant) bigots like you are the main reason why Muslims are back word tamil speaking marginalised society in Sri Lanka. They always end up in the loosing side. The next general election will show you the majority displeasure at the current regime.

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      Patriot, if you think the Muslims are a back ward community, why the F…k are you jealous of us. We certainly live, and behave better than you stupids. We have stood by the nation in the ethnic conflict by being the buffer between the east and north. If not for the brave Muslims, the country would have been divided and the LTTE would have annexed the east and taken 70% of the resources. You stupids put your tail behind your back sides and hid inside cocoons. So, don’t call us a backward because we taught you medicine, business and many other thinks which cannot be mentioned in an open forum. This was done for the last 1200 years, since the kingdoms of the ancient kings. So, you bigoted patriot, learn from people who are knpowledable

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    Isn’t Gonapilla sitting on the floor and holding the flag of the last tamil king of Sri lanka in the photo above?

    Maybe he wants to be ruled by the tamils>

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    Dear Friends!

    OUR NATIONAL FLAG:

    The Sinhalese scholars and Religious Leaders have given the interpretation that the Lion symbolizes the SIŇHALESE RACE. However, they find difficult to explain why the lions of Duttagāmani’s flag and one of the three flags that was captured in the Kandyan Kingdom hold a sword by its right forepaw.

    When independence was granted to Ceylon, the Siňhalese wanted to raise the lion flag that was captured in the Kandyan Kingdom thinking that it symbolizes the Siňhala People. This particular Lion Flag was discovered in the ROYAL MILITARY HOSPITAL CHELSEA and the colour painting of the flag was obtained by the proprietor of the news paper ‘DINAMINA.’
    However, the special Committee of seven members appointed to design the National Flag of Ceylon made three modifications to the lion flag that was captured by the British in the Kandyan Kingdom. They are:
    1. Inserting a vertical MAROON STRIPE to represent the Tamil Speaking community of
    Ceylon;
    2. Inserting a vertical GREEN STRIPE to represent the Muslim community of Ceylon;
    3. Replacing the FOUR PINNACLES placed at the corners of the rectangular case that contained the lion symbol in the original flag with FOUR BOA LEAVES.
    Thus, the special committee of seven learned Ministers and Members of Parliament assisted
    by the special Secretary to the Committee, PROFESSOR S. PARANAVITĀNA, was satisfied with representing the Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities with maroon, green stripes and lion symbol in the national flag.
    Even the first Parliament also accepted this and made the flag with modification as the National flag of Ceylon!
    HERE WE HAVE TO ACCEPT AN UNDENIABLE TRUTH. THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL FLAG AND THE MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT ACCEPTED THE NATIONAL FLAG IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND ANALYZING POWER.
    NONE OF THEM HAD STUDIED SCIENTIFICALLY THE ‘SYMBOLIZATION’ OR ‘SYMBOLIZATION OF LORD BUDDHA AND BUDDHISM.’
    UP TO NOW, NO LOCAL AND FOREIGN SCHOLARS HAVE DONE IT. THUS, THE MODIFIED FLAG HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AS THE NATIONAL FLAG OF SRI LAŇKĀ!
    BUT, THE LION HOLDING A SWORD BY ITS RIGHT FORE PAW SYMBOLIZES LORD BUDDHA!
    This is further confirmed by placing the lion at the centre of the rectangular case with four pinnacles at the corners in the original flag.
    The four pinnacles placed at the corners and the rectangular case could symbolize ‘the Four Noble Truths.’
    Even the four Boa leaves at the corners and the rectangular case could symbolize ‘the Four Noble Truths.’
    The sword placed at the right fore-paw of the lion makes it different from normal animal lion that kills and eats other animals.
    The Tamil word for ‘sword’ is ‘வாள்’ (VĀL). The Tamil word ‘வாள்’ (Vāl) has the meaning ‘light’ (xsp) in addition to sword and others.
    This could be confirmed through a sūtra in the Uriccholiyal of the Tamil grammar book ‘Tolkāppiyam’ which says “VĀL OLIYĀGUM.”
    THUS, THE LION IN THE NATIONAL FLAG IS ENLIGHTENED LION!
    We have already seen that Lord Buddha has been symbolized with Lion, Elephant, Horse, Bull and a Pair of Foot.
    In the Kandyan Kingdom, the holy Tooth of Lord Buddha has been placed in the
    octagonal DALADA MĀLIGĀVA. Thus, Dhamma Ruling of Lord Buddha should have been
    symbolized in Kandyan Kingdom with this particular flag hoisted.
    Therefore, the Tamil word ‘வாள்’ (Vāl) has been used here for symbolization. This confirms that the particular flag of the Kandyan Kingdom was designed by a Tamil Mahāyāna Buddhist and it has nothing to do with Thēravāda Buddhism!
    THEREFORE, OUR NATIONAL FLAG IS ACTUALLY A SYMBOL OF IGNORANCE!
    THOUGH BUDDHISM HAS BEEN GIVEN THE FOREMOST PLACE IN OUR COUNTRY, WE
    DISGRACE LORD BUDDHA AND BUDDHISM BY HAVING THE LION WITH SWORD INSIDE A
    RECTANGLE WITH FOUR BOA LEAVES AT THE CORNERS IN OUR NATIONAL FLAG TO
    REPRESENT THE SIŇHALESE!
    ACTUALLY THE SINHALESE PEOPLE HAVE NOT BEEN REPRESENTED IN OUR PRESENT
    NATIONAL FLAG. ALSO, THOUGH THE MUSLIMS ARE REPRESENTED IN THE NATIONAL FLAG,
    CATHOLICS AND CHRISTIANS ARE NOT REPRESENTED!
    WILL OUR POLITICIANS, THE ‘LEARNED’ AND THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS ACCEPT THEIR
    IGNORANCE AND MAKE NECESSARY ALTERATION IN OUR NATIONAL FLAG? WILL THEY
    REFRAIN FROM DISGRACING LORD BUDDHA AND BUDDHISM IN SRI LAŇKĀ WHICH HAS BEEN
    DECLARED AS A BUDDHIST COUNTRY BY THEM?
    THIS WILL BE THE FIRST STEP IN ACCEPTING ‘OUR’ IGNORANCE IN GIVING IMPORTANCE
    TO NATIONAL RECONCILIATION.

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    I say, the flag these guys are flying is the flag of the S. Indian Nayyakar king Sri Vickrama Rajasingha. So how can any Tamil object?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sri_Lankan_flags

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Vikrama_Rajasinha_of_Kandy

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    Hilmy, you have always had a good word about Gotabaya. How do you feel when there is no doubt that he is ready to wipe the minorities out of Sri Lanka. He was the architect of the BBS polices and he is now being dumped because thatr was a failed nterprise

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    Hilmy, you have always had a good word about Gotabaya. How do you feel when there is no doubt that he is ready to wipe the minorities out of Sri Lanka. He was the architect of the BBS polices and he is now being dumped because that was a failed nterprise

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    Blood coward MR now says the flag is a western conspiracy. Why didn’t Wimal come forward to announce this. Thank God, Sri Lankans were offered the opportunity to witness the traitors in their patriotic drama. Thank you Hilmy. You would be blessed.

    It is important that the poise take action against the organizers of this protest for defying a court order and desecrating the National flag. The foist to be arrested is Gamampilla and Madumadawa Aravind who led this. Everyone identified as carrying a desecrated flag should be immediately arrested. Dallas Allaheperuma, who shamelessly admitted that they didn’t realize that it was a desecrated flag should be sent to the gallows as the first to face the death penalty in four decades.

    If the courts are to prove that they are independent, this is their opportunity to show that justice would prevail in Sri Lanka, unlike the way they send the biggest rogue who stole the peoples money to the merchant ward,instead of welikada. If they fail to charge the discards from the Rajapaksa era as Hilmy calls them, we have failed in brining good governance and Ranil and Maithri should resign and go home.

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    The flag Gota’s supporters were carrying was the flag of the last one or two Kings. I don’t think it was Dutta’s flag. Not sure what Dutta’s flag was. I see no reason why carrying that flag or the reason(s) for carrying such a flag desecrates the current flag. There is no harm if Tamils carry their last King or other “Kings” flags. I don’t think such actions desecrate the current flag. Students run around carrying their school flags on big match days.

    The crest I wore in the Olympic, Commonwealth and Asian Games (for Ceylon) had only the lion holding the sword. There were no Bo tree leaves in the corner or the stripes in the flag the team carried into the stadium and that was flown around the Stadia.

    I had written about this before but it is worth repeating. The Lion carrying the sword is the SEAL of Pompeii (See Plutarch’s Lives of Pompeii.) There were no Lion Flag of chieftains or kings in our beautiful Island in the Sun (whatever name it was called then) before Pompeii. May be some historian can throw some light on this with evidence even from the Mahawamsa if it mentions the lion flag for a date before or after Pompeii.

    May be Gota got his inspiration from Pompeii. It will be interesting if he got his inspiration from Kasiappa!!! Gota does have some sense of beautifying his “Fortresses” on the sea and flat lands. May be archeologist would find a hair of Kasiappa in the pleasure pools on top of Sigiriya and the scientists could check out the DNA for any connection!
    The UN may get him before he completes his dreams with the help of his siblings.

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    These guys all act as very national minded to fool the masses. Simple as Gota went and hid himself in USA at the peak of LTTE attacks during early 1990’s and never returned to the motherland until his brother was able capture power in 2005 and he is a U.S. citizen. The other person Udaya Gamanpila
    had obtained Australian residence permit includung his whole family. If he truely loves his country,,
    Sinhala race, and Buddhism, he would not do this. These are all opportunists for their benefits only.

    On 23rd Udaya himself carried the disfigured Srilanka flag with ni respect for same whatsoever. Now they are trying to say they are innocent and some other reactionary group had distributed these flags. They think the masses are fools and they can go on fooling them. Incidentally, the same story was resited by MR as well which shows all are in the game.

    However, degrading the national flag is a serious violation and the due legal process must follow and punish these disgraceful people. Further, Udaya, being a member of the legal profession whio was holding this degraded flag in his own hands which he has admitted should be punished by the Bar Association as well, as he is not fit to be a lawyer who does not know even the importance of our national flag.

    It is all well and truely clear of these guys patriotism and nationalism!!!

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    Why has the police not arrested Dallas Allaerperuma, Udaya Gamampila, Madumadawe and others who carried the desecrated flag and attempted to destroy ethnic harmony. Is it because of the vote on the 19A. Sirisena and Ranil will have to wake up to the reality and to hell with 19A and 20 A. If they cannot be passed, just dissolve parliament, and then under a strong UNP government in the next parliament, enact a new constitution with a national referendum to pass it. That way, you can make sure that Rohitha Abeygunawadene, Wimal Weerawansa, Prassanna Ranathunga, Dalals Allehaperuma, Kehaliya, Sajin and a 100 others will be serving long prison sentences for the corruption and nepotism practiced during the MR era

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