14 July, 2020

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Gota’s Junta Consolidates After SC Ruling: Task Force For Disciplined Society Ready For Action

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to appoint a presidential task force “to build a secure country, disciplined, virtuous and lawful society” signals a major shift towards authoritarian leadership on June 2, 2020, the very day that a constitutionally mandated deadline lapses for the convening of Parliament, legal and political observers noted.

With the Supreme Court decision on June 2, 2020 paving the way for unchecked executive rule, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa looks to be sidelining even the Cabinet of Ministers and establishing control over the whole state machinery with his generals, legal experts said.

Jayaweera and Rajapaksa

The Task Force comprises exclusively military men, including Brigadier Suresh Sallay, once the country’s much-feared director of Military intelligence. The Task force is led by Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Major General Kamal Guneratne. The 13 member ‘dream team’ also includes Maj. General Jagath Alwis, an officer who cut his teeth in the brand new Military Intelligence Corps pioneered in 1990 by Lionel Balagalle. Alwis is also a Gajaba regiment soldier, like President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his defence secretary Kamal Guneratne. Alwis and Guneratne served together in 1987. Alwis currently serves as Chief of national Intelligence in the Gotabaya administration. The task force includes the directors of the army, navy and Air Force intelligence units.

Uniquely, the presidential proclamation establishing the special task force to build a disciplined, virtuous and lawful society is that it makes all public officials answerable to the 13 member task force – all of them men in uniform. Fragile though Sri Lanka’s democracy has been the principle that the military is subject to civilian authority has always been steadfastly upheld with government protocols in place to ensure military chiefs ranked lower than ministry secretaries and MPs.

For the first time in Sri Lanka’s republican history, the President of the country has made the civilian authority – the public service – subservient to military officials.

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa proclamation orders all Government officers and others to compl with the instructions of the Task Force. The President also ordered the Task Force to report to him all cases of delay or default on the part of any public officer or officer of any Ministry, Government Department or state corporation in the discharge of these instructions. The provisions mean the Task Force will rule the roost and any public official challenging its authority will face the wrath of the President himself.

The Task Force also has a strange and ominous brief.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has tasked the uniforms with execution of:

1. Taking necessary immediate steps to curb the illegal activities of social groups which are violating the law which is emerging as harmful to the free and peaceful existence of society at present in some places of the country

2. Take necessary measures for prevention from drug menace, prevent entry of drugs from abroad through ports and airports and to fully eradicate drug trafficking in the country and to prevent other social illnesses caused by drug abuse

3. Take necessary measures to take legal action against persons responsible for the illegal and antisocial activities conducting in Sri Lanka while locating in other countries

4. To investigate and prevent any illegal and antisocial activities in and around prisons

The proclamation does not specify or define “social groups”, legal experts said, leaving the interpretation broad and abstract and liable to be abused to crackdown on civil society activists, religious groups and even journalists or publishing houses.

“There can be no other meaning. We are going to see increasingly ‘Rule by Task Forces’ directed by the President within a fully militarised state. From Poverty Education to Higher Education everything will be run by Task Forces,” said attorney at law and Jaffna University faculty member Dr K. Guruparan on Twitter.

Other constitutional experts voiced concerns that with the Supreme Court decision on Tuesday to disallow leave to proceed in eight petitions filed challenging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s refusal to reconvene Parliament despite the constitution mandating that Parliament can only remain dissolved for a three month period and “no later”, constitutional democracy had “gone into Triage” in Sri Lanka.

Activists are concerned the Supreme Court decision to stay out of the complicated constitutional question and allow presidential rule without a Parliament for an unspecified amount of time permits the President to consolidate power and entrench ‘rule by the generals’ – rendering even his prime minister and cabinet of minister helpless observers in the face of the development.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who marked 50 years in politics very recently, is facing the biggest political challenge of his lifetime political observers remarked on Twitter clearly alluding to growing tensions between an a president intent on militarization and a political party led by his elder brother.

On 2nd June the President also appointed a second Task Force led by Secretary Defence Kamal Guneratne for the “management of archeological sites in the Eastern Province”. Media moghul Dilith Jayaweera is also a member of this task force in his capacity as Chairman of Derana Media. To deal with the sensitive issues of contested cultural heritage and land acquisition in a ethnically diverse province, President Gotabaya has picked an exclusively Sinhalese 11 member team.

When Colombo Telegraph contacted Jayaweera about his appointment to the task force on archaeology, he responded: “i is a subject I have had and interest in since i was a child”

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    On one hand, Is that what majority of SLAVEs expected, we cant do nothing them dissapearing in their destruction.
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    On the otherhand, I think WHOEVER whatever being interpreted for their selfish gains, let alone later, SC will have to see it right that the VOICELESS majority of the people in Srilanka would not tolerate any kind of authoratarian rules.

    It is high time at least SRILANKEN law and order authorities to protect this nation not the country be thrown to the hands of the devils.
    :
    President has highly criticised about the traditions wihtin prisons (like holding mobile phones, being active with drug trafficking, perpetrating further high crimes
    and all) – SOUNDS good and honest if he woudl do what he can standing against them in a blod manner.
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    Paradoxically, he himself together with his THONDAMAN like BROTHER broke the RULE of COVID-related quarantining last week amidst the protests of the right thinking srilankens.. so people have lost their hopes fully that they kept on these bitch s sons. Their behaviours are no different to tribal leaders in Black africa even if they in africa are lot more advanced by their performances today (see Ethiopia).

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      They have now been trying to collect their sums by importing milk cows.
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      I think we have enough COWS within the country- that could breed further and expect the numbers of the cattle that the country needs.
      :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnlzzTkOF48

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    It is easy to blame Gota for everything. If the task force is to get rid of drug menace and illegal and terrorist activities on the the balance it will be beneficial to the country. Democracy in a third world country rooted with giving favors to friends and foes and voting for meal packet and dram of Arack it is unlikely you elect desirable people to the parliament. Gota can evolve in to dictator but the author is scaremongering the unprecidendad situation created bu Global problem.
    There will be a election withing months weather Gota or Ant Gota forces like it or dislike. It is the duty of the people who love this country to have civilized groth it is better to give direction to people to how to elect there members who is going to the parliament.
    More articles shouldbe written on identifying least corrupted people to be sent to parliameent , height like the situation like breaking laws by govenemt and create a better culture for voters to be sensible in

    • 42
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      Jack,
      Most of those who was involved with illegal drug, arm sale and terrorist activities are with him. Almost 95% of illegal money is with them. Nobody can save Srilanka.

  • 41
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    It’s not “Gota’s Junta”. We have a legitimately elected president.
    Let him run the country.
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    You idiots have done enough to harass him. There should be a limit to everything.
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    Please note that we are not going to take everything face down forever.

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      Ms Pasqual,
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      Let me ask you how you define ” Legitimate” standing on your head or changing your position ?
      -Did not that NAGAYA-RelicsStory- mislead the innocient easy targets turning them their voters ?
      – Is legitimate from the BOOK similar to that of brothers’ practices?
      -How would you then apply what brother duo did last week with THONDAMA funeral ? breaking all laws and sending the message across the countrx ” we are bitch s sons and born criminals, we dont care about the laws, even if the folks would have been infected increasing the infected numbers in volumes” ?

      Gota is just a refugee in his brother’s boot camp – he has proved it sofar not having acted enough. Nothing is done by his own so far…. Nor does he come to see the press … how would you explain all these ?

      Come and tell us please one single good action, he took as of today in order to enjoy with ” wow effect”. I dont think you need lot more time to ponder it .. right ?
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/shanikas-cartoon-17/

      Dadly SIRISENA and his modaya Brother are not winners ?

      • 14
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        Mr. Leela ge …..
        .
        Two things are infinite.
        The universe and human stupidity. And…..
        I’m not sure about the universe.
        .
        – Albert Einstein

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        leelagemalli
        The latest slogan of the anti-Rajapakshe mafia for the General Election is ‘Gotabhaya is trying and capable of improving the situation of the country but Mahinda Rajapakshe and Namal Rajapakshe are obstructing.’

        The aim is to block 2/3rd at the General Election. Sinhalayo are not going to buy this crap.

        “Gota is just a refugee in his brother’s boot camp”

    • 34
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      It is a Junta. Where is the parliament? Where is the independent court? Only one family ruining the entire country as they please. Sri Lanka is a ‘Pariah’ State.

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        GATAM,
        “It is a Junta.”
        According to Cambridge English Dictionary “Junta is a government, especially a military one, that has taken power in a country by force and not by election.”

        Dumbo, did President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe took power by force?

        “Only one family ruining the entire country as they please.”

        This is the situation prevailed during ‘Jadapalana’ Government when the ‘Royal Family’ ruined the entire country as they pleased.

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          Hey fool Eagle droppings, have you heard about Adolf Hitler?

          He won election after election and became the ruler! Same thing.

          Well, Jadapalanaya was replaced by Jarapalanaya by zombies.

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            IDIOT GATAM,
            .
            So does
            Otto von Bismarck
            Colonel General 1871–1890.
            .
            And
            Ulysses S. Grant
            Commanding General of the United States Army 1869 – 1877.

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        Mr. GATAM,
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        Shhhhhhh …..
        Don’t shout.
        Parliament is sleeping.

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          When will the president fall asleep?

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            Mr. GATAM,
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            I can assure you he will not.

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      S. C. Pasqual/Claim not an idiot
      ” We have a legitimately elected president.
      Let him run the country.”
      Accepted, we are idiots so let us read this too,again
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-illusory-executive-presidency/
      The Illusory Executive Presidency
      By Nihal Jayawickrama

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        Mr. Sisira Weragoda,
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        Let him who has a rifle use his rifle, let him who has a sword use his sword!
        And let those who have no sword take up pick-axes and sticks.
        .
        – Ho Chi Minh

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          Ms. Senali, that was not told by Ho Chi Minh. It was told by your greatest Teacher. Skipped your ‘Daham pasal’ didn’t you?

          For your information, read about Adolf Hitler. Ever heard about him or you pretend not to know about him?

          He too won the election!

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            Mr Idiot GATAM,
            .
            So does John. F Kennedy – Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve.
            So does Theodore Roosevelt, Colonel, U.S. Army.
            So does Gerald Ford, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve.
            So does George H.W. Bush, Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Navy.
            So does Andrew Jackson, Major General, U.S. Army.
            .
            Enough……..?

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            Mr. GATAM,
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            And you are trying to teach me history…..? Go back to kindergarten.
            .
            That is Ho Chi Minh.
            .
            After the shelling of Haiphong by French which cost 6000 Vietnamese lives…..
            That is Ho Chi Minh’s call for armed revolt.

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          Dear Ms Pasqual,

          It is really sad to read your kind of thoughts SUPPORTING only ones that bear the wahal mentality- slave-mentality. Where on earth you will find volunteers from democrasy to slavery. As if the animal called ” urulaewa” just moved around. Stinky animal cant do anything for its stink. I am afraid, I felt so each time, after reading your comments.


          ——————————
          I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen.
          Tom Stoppard

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            Mr. leela ge …..
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            Your comments are getting funnier by day.
            Keep it up.
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            And the way you murder King’s English is marvelous.
            You might end up in death row.

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      Well said..

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    Isn’t there a contradiction in the title?
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    Where on earth has a ‘junta’ Gota’s been dependent on a SC (or any other) ruling to engage in its ways?
    /
    Sounds like written by the ghost Andradi (the fake Cornell alumni) under another of his bogus names. Perhaps Kaalagola of the Observer (of the lost wallet in Genewa fame?) currently out of favour and jobless?
    /
    These so-called ‘journalist’ wonders badly need eduacetion1

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    SC ahs has shown the Greenlight for GOTA to militarize the government. In short Democracy in Sri Lank is danger One and the last solution is the decision b the people to ensure that two-thirds majorities are given to GOTA to become a dictator. I with th tat government will not RIG the election as the military is there all over Let lord Buddha save the island

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      Kuviyam,
      Don’t worry. Sumandiran who did not utter the word ‘Democracy’ when megalomaniac Prabhakaran ruled Elam said he will continue the struggle to save democracy.
      I wonder for whose benefit Sumanthiran wants to save democracy because Sinhalayo do not want democracy. This country became a hell because of democracy imposed by Brits that created the right environment for ‘Para’ Demalu to play hell.

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        Eagle Eye you are talking ubbish., Is Angoda hospital is close to your home? Why not visit the hospital Talk sense

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      Mr. Kuviyam,
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      You really are living in a dream land my dear.
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      There were three elections last year.
      .
      Do you see a single reason to believe GR need to rig a election.
      .
      It’s people like “whole idiot” who wants to rig election even before holding it.

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      Kuviyam,
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      SC s court decision is being misinterpreted for their gains. That is it. Whoever whatever being done, people will not go for elections so long social security would be guaranteed. Let s wait and see. If people would respect JUNTA style rule, JVPrs should long have achieved a lot. To the eyes of every rational thinker, JVPrs have done lot more good all together during the recent past, compared to others in grand parties.

      Not lord buddha, but some buddhagama monks calling themselves buddhist monks. Truly saying, buddhism has nothing to do with the nature of the behaviour being displayed by CURRENT day SAFFRON clad pesudo monks.

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        Kuviyam,

        in today s backdrop, misinterpretations are easy becasue their goons such as Derana TV and Hiru TV would not give a chance oppositions to express themselves as was the case during previous govt.

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    Democracy in Asia is the election of a leader by the majority to rule the country. One can not specify the leadership style. In Singapore Lee Kuan Yew was elected democratically and had autocratic leadership. There is nothing wrong with leadership style as long as the constitution of the country is not violated. When I see the objectives of the task force, all are good objectives. The problem in Sri Lankan society is that they cry for democratic freedom and are not ready work hard, make sacrifices and behave disciplined and law abiding manner. If the society chooses that path, then the leaders are pushed to adopt autocratic leadership. In a family, if children behave well, parents do not need to be tough. This applies to a country as well. I don’t care who are in the task force. What matters is their actions, methodologies and results. I don’t believe anyone who is ready to work hard, abide by the law and order and mind own business is in any sort of trouble under GR’s leadership. As I repeatedly said, he is yet to violate the constitution. He knows it as one would seek SC intervention, if he does that.

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      Atu,
      Sri Lankan society is not crying for democratic freedom. They are looking for a tough leader who can create a ‘Hikmunu Samajayak’ (Disciplined Society).
      Some Civil Society and NGO jun keys and politicians of minorities want democracy so that they can play hell to destabilize the country.
      Sumanthiran who did not utter the word ‘Democracy’ when Prabhakaran ruled with an iron fist says he will continue to fight for democracy. He has forgotten that it was Rajapakshes who gave democratic freedom to Demala people by liberating them from megalomaniac Prabhakaran and LTTE barbarians.

      “The problem in Sri Lankan society is that they cry for democratic freedom”

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    With regard to military involvement in civilian activities, I have a legitimate explanation. To end the 30 years war required massive enrolment of security personnel. At the end of the war, either they have to be delisted or use for a purpose. Delisting of soldiers who had been trained to focus hard and fight a war and who had been undergone so many traumatic experiences is a dangerous move. Such people will behave in society erratically under no command or leadership. As the Government has to maintain them with all overhead costs, the best option is to use them for an alternative work. Also these people are trained to be disciplined, focussed and achieved a target. Hence, they will be immensely useful for a government. This is why GR uses them for getting Civilian works done. There is no danger to the society other than benefits. Only my suggestion to the government is to ask them to wear civilian cloths and them not to carry weapons unless required for own safety due to historical reasons of participation at the war, holding key positions. If they are capable of doing a job, being a soldier should be a deterrent.

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      Spelling mistake ” shouldn’t be a deterrent”

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    I have message for minority as well. In Sri Lanka, there is a problem of rich and poor, powerful and not-so powerful, disciplined and undisciplined, ethical and unethical, empowered and not empowered etc. etc. However, these problems are not specifically for the minority but for all ethnicities. When the minority people label the above problems as problems specifically for them, the majority have an added problem specifically with the minority. When the minority ethnic people started separation from the majority and ask for independence to deal with those problems, majority gets suspicious what next. When the minority become violent attacking innocent majority, the resolution becomes harder and harder. This is why end became so ugly. Such a war has innocent victims from both minority and majority. Problem suffers of minority should have got together with the sufferers of majority and fought. If they did that, the history might have been written differently. Segregation and separation would never win in a democratic society. Rich people in any ethnicity do well and the poor in the same do bad.

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    Going after the history and trying to punish wrong doers would never work. Accept everyone involved in a war did good and bad and move on. Join the majority and work hard to make the country better for next generation. If anyone is angry about what happen, just document it and tell to someone and release the pain and the suffering. Justice, good, bad are relative words and those words are relevant to each differently. Give GR and the next government time and freedom to do the job majority wanted him to do. When a minority percentage (I do not mean one ethnicity here, number only) disturbs him, he will use every ounce of legal avenues to do the job alone without consulting whole society. Do you know legally the parliament must have one meeting per 12 months? After appointing a cabinet, he can run the country convening parliament only once a year. The choice is really yours.

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    This is not mine but forwarding a comment from elsewhere ” Lets see how much disciplined, virtuous and lawful are the members of the current government” . I was also told that a deceased politician once slapped a police officer for booking him on charges of driving under influence. Is this task force , only to discipline public like the social distancing ?????.

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      Mr. chiv,
      .
      Yes.
      It’s a long march forward.
      But…..
      We will march forward.

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    For any ruler, the military (if always remaining loyal) is that they obey orders and do not question their leader. Therefore, even wrong or disastrous decisions of a leader can and will never be disputed, and the damage done will be accepted. This is not democracy although SL does have “Democratic” in its republic name also. Do the majority of voters agree on this?

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      “I think the King is but a man, as I am. The violet smells to him as it doth to me. The element shows to him as it doth to me. All his senses have but human conditions. His ceremonies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man.”
      .
      – King Henry in Henry V.

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    GOTA’S JUNTA is the biggest and deadliest SOCIAL GROUP in the country involved in all kinds of illegal activities: violating the constitution, breaking the law, nepotism, extortion, intimidating public officials, abusing the judiciary, abusing the armed forces, using public money to buy votes, harassing the minority communities by hate-mongering, abusing the media and spreading fake news, harassing the people in connection with COVID, and much more. GOTA has surrounded himself with the worst elements in politics today: those who rioted in the parliament in Oct 2018, those involved in various crimes like rape, murder, drug-peddling and bribery. Many of them even have dealings with the underworld, with organized crime. From Aluthgamage to Weerawansa, their names span the entire alphabet. And now, to top it all, this task force comprising alleged war-criminals. Is this the kind of “discipline” people voted for ? I don’t think so. If people are sensible enough they can preempt an authoritarian takeover by defeating Pohottuwa soundly in the coming election.

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      The Rajapakshe name gives constipation to some people. Then what should come out from the bottom end start coming out from the top and become ‘Verbal Diarrhea’ (VD).

      Quote “GOTA’S JUNTA is the biggest and deadliest SOCIAL GROUP in the country involved in all kinds of illegal activities: violating the constitution, breaking the law, nepotism, extortion, intimidating public officials, abusing the judiciary, abusing the armed forces, using public money to buy votes, harassing the minority communities by hate-mongering, abusing the media and spreading fake news, harassing the people in connection with COVID, and much more.” Unquote

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    To the Editor,
    The Supreme Court has made a determination. There is no logical connection between the Supreme Court determination and the characterization of the current government as Gota’s junta.
    Readers of Colombo Telegraph ought to recognize that Gota is the duly elected President and not a dictator installed by the security forces.

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      Sunil Abeyratne,

      Courts in general would not make determinations. But courts make decisions.
      We all know that Gota got elected by misleading the folks that are the easy targets of the poor island nation.
      :
      But Gota has failed do what he is appointed to … Yet today, nothing is achieved to treat him with ” WOW effect”.
      .
      What if he is becoming a dictator which is now in making ?

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        Have you noticed any “Wow” effects during 4 and 1/2 years of previous government. I did not. majority also did not that is whey they elected GR. He did not mislead public. He told the truth and public accepted. Even now they know, GR is genuine of his efforts and MR’s team is not so genuine. So, he openly told public select good people at the election and give him 2/3 power, I will deliver the results. He said, if you do that i do not need two terms. So, you expect “Wow effects” from GR within 6 months without giving him correct team and even necessary powers to make decisions. Majority like this kind of a dictator than “harmless and useless” leader

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          Just imagine, why have the people voted for Gota ?

          That will give the answer to your questions ATU…. I dont think Slaves voted for him, to see his brother is making hay out of his election victory.
          :
          Today not even simple issues such as DISTRIBUTION of 25 dollars to a family who are really in need has ended up in even more corruptions. Why is that if GOTA is that capable of doing wonders ?

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        Hello Leelagemalli,

        Thank you for pointing out that ‘decision’ is more appropriate than ‘determination’.
        Yes, I agree.
        The definitions are noted below (Melbourne Law School)

        DECISION
        In relation to a court, a decision is a court’s final determination of a dispute between parties. Although lower court decisions may be appealed to higher courts, those decisions still remain ‘final’ in the sense that the parties must abide by that decision.

        In administrative law specifically, a decision involves a very broad range of conduct by a decision maker (for example, a Minister’s delegate) including making, suspending, revoking or refusing to make an order, an award, a determination, giving permission, approval or consent, or attaching conditions or requirements to these things.

        DETERMINATION
        A determination is a decision on a question put to a court or tribunal. In administrative law matters, determination can also mean a decision by a member of the Executive (for example, a minister declining to grant an application).

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          Dear Mr Abeyratne,
          .
          I did not check the terminlogy in LAW, as I was passing it, but you may be right.
          :
          However, what is seen today is the SC s decision is being misinterpreted for their selfish gains. People regardless of their sympathy to parties, they would not want to go to polls and vote for anyone UNTIL covid risks are clear. Germany and some other countries in Europe have lifted today it to some extent, but there ae speculations that not many from EUROPE would travel to asia for holiday this year. Meaning ” cutting the head” in srilanken small scale entrepenuers in Tourism Industry. Ours is an economy that is highly dependent on FOREIGN EXCHANGE being gained through import of slaves to ME and tourism. If both these would not work as had been before, nothign will work properly.
          :
          Good kind of leaders that would read the pulse rate of the EUROPEANS- rich nations could bring lot more funds to us than Rajakashes or TRUMP like mentatlieis that only focus on SO CALLED ” nation first”. We should stay as a nation but not trying to be branded as NATIONALISTs. Nationalists in general – sound no good in Europe or any countries where civilized cultures are there.

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        leelagemalli
        Then some more Demalu can go to Greener Pastures as ‘Economic Refugees’ charging Gotabhaya and the Army are torturing minorities. As proof, they can use ‘self inflicted’ wounds.

        “What if he is becoming a dictator which is now in making ?”

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          Will the people have any other choice if CRIMINAL Rajaakshes would ruin this nation ?

          Just give us any other options please. Srilanka is th eonly country filled with pingonnu,that paved the way, RATAKAPU PALHORU be back as their leaders. I thought almost every nation would and could see it right after some time. But our SINHALA Buruwas, would never learn it. Let s wait until divine forces clear it sooner than later. Get well Mr Eagle..

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          Eagle Eye -perhapas eyeless and earless ! All these are tolerated with us becoming old that is okay, but we hate you promoting the term ” DEMALU”- they are srilankens and the terms “THAMBI” to fellow muslim srilankens. Looking back we the sinhalayas to be blamed for all teh mess to have made sofar in this country, within last 7 decades. At least today, we the majoritarians in that island should behave well, so that our young generations could feel that ” we are all the same” so long we belong to ” homo sapiens category”. Basta.

          when preparing a meal, if you would add more sault, you would not be able to eat it, likewise, if you would stay racist forever, the society would have to stand against you the like ILK. Sinhala BPs have been betraying us for some reasons and the poor rank and file support them.. this moves like we are walking on a curve in this country. OR not ?
          :
          I am very often compelled to see whether you belong to “homo sapiens” whenever I am forced to read your two cts on CT.

          Bythe way, I rather think we few here belong to “Homo Deus”.

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      Sunil, Adolf Hitler was also elected.

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        So is…..
        Charles de Gaulle – Brigadier General
        1944–1946 & 1959–1969

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        Hitler was elected alright but that was a mistake and innocent people paid for the idiots that elected him.
        What is the common thread between Gota and hitler?
        “Unpublished letters and a diary written by veterans of Hitler’s wartime regiment are among newly unearthed documents that challenge previous notions about how the conflict shaped the future dictator’s views.
        The documents overturn Hitler’s subsequent portrayal of his unit, the List regiment, as united in its intolerance and antisemitism, with Hitler “a hero at its heart”. They challenge long-held views on Hitler’s supposedly brave war record, revealing that frontline soldiers shunned him as a “rear area pig” based several miles from danger. The papers also disclose that List men saw Hitler as an object of ridicule, joking about him starving in a canned food factory, unable to open a tin with a bayonet. He was viewed by his comrades in regimental HQ as a loner, neither popular nor unpopular.”

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    ha, ha and the kallathoni is now using his military murdering racist war criminals gannankarraya’s to restore discipline in the Kota uda bankrupt sunk forever by the rajapuka’s
    =
    he has conveniently forgotten how when in 1988/89 when he was in charge of the Matale area he killed alive many a misguided youth who had an affiliation with the JVP.
    =
    then when he was pompously seated as the secretary for the ministry of defence claiming that he along with his better or worse half were pure vegetarians he reared sharks as pets at an enormous cost entirely borne by the government of the day and I was reliably informed that as a special treat the sorry victims of the white van syndrome were fed alive as a bonus.
    =
    he was an arrogant son of a bitch whilst he held this position made himself a joker of the highest category with his broken unpalatable English
    His interview with the BBC Hardtalk programme is and was a good living example and he became the world’s best-laughing stock a reputation which he holds till today.

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      rj1952,
      The two don kees with fake beards who attended the press briefing did not say this. Did Rajitha tell you this?

      Quote “I was reliably informed that as a special treat the sorry victims of the white van syndrome were fed alive as a bonus.” Unquote

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    It is a sign that Sri Lanka will see another Pol Pot of Cambodia or Kim un Jong of North Korea. Will there be Constitutional guarantees in crisis.

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      AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM,
      There is no chance of Sri Lanka having another Pol Pot or Kim un Jong.
      If Rajapakshes did not liberate Demalu from megalomaniac Piripakaran and LTTE Tamil terrorist barbarians, the chances of Demalu living under another Pol Pot was very high. The hobby of both Piripakaran and Pol Pot was ‘KILLING’.

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        Even Gota is no exception.

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    “For the first time in Sri Lanka’s republican history, the President of the country has made the civilian authority – the public service – subservient to military officials. “

    This is official now. It is the new presidential task force is bringing out it to everyone what the Tamils have suffering for almost a century. The judgement of 7M in November, 2019 is “why only it is our Tamil Brethren are suffering alone. Let’s us all take share in their plights.” In the north it is military run the school. It ordered no TNA MPs can visit school for any reasons. In all school occasions, military has to be present and higher officials have to be seated in stages and honored at the start of the ceremony. Indian FM Sushma Swaraj said military is visiting for all private Northern attained girls’ sari ceremonies as uninvited guest.
    No longer only North East now even South will have escape from the draconian PTA. It sounds like soon we may meet out CT colleagues Eagle or Soma or Champawati……….. on a street of Western country as an new addition to their refugee claimants.
    Best Wishes!

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “It is the new presidential task force is bringing out it to everyone what the Tamils have suffering for almost a ‘CENTURY’ .”
      Did Brits harass Tamils during the last stage of their rule?

      “No longer only North East now even South will have escape from the draconian PTA”
      Sinhalayo do not have to bother about PTA because only Tam mils and Mus lins have produced terrorists.
      JVP has renounced violence.

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    SC in Sri Lanka means “Sinhala Court” which is worse than the Kangaroo court which has always been the mouth piece of politicians not a venue of Justice.
    Thanks to the “Sinhala Court” very soon you going to have a govt controlled by the military and led by war criminals.

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      Burt,
      “soon you going to have a govt controlled by the military and led by war criminals.”
      Have to correct the mistake you made.
      Soon you going to have a govt controlled by the military and led by war heroes.
      I do not think President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe will take LTTE cadres who committed war crimes into the Government.

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    So the majority has spoken and got the military rule they wanted and the civil liberties and civil administration is outdated because it was ineffective.

    Can the politician Mahinda do something to neutralize his military prone brother. Because at he end of the big MR and his goons will left with nothing to do in our blessed motherland.

    By the way now that the judiciary is with the military there is no need for parliament and elections.

    CRY Mother Lanka, CRY

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      Without a parliament some family members and almost all ball carriers will be deprived of looting the state, You cannot allow that to happen,

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    The only viable solution is to strengthen next parliament and the power of Prime Minister .
    The way it could be accomplished is by preventing 2/3 majority and to have unblemished honest and sincere committed members in the opposition and the civil society to be vigilant

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      Srikrish@ what if 2/3 would be predominantly high criminals that ruined the country by 2015?

      I think there are whole lot of people among the CIVIL society activists that could do the job thousand times better than those are named to so called politicians ? Rajapakshes should go out of active politics leaving others to do the job.

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        How the hell a descendant of a slave from Hindusthan dictate Rajapakshes what to do?

        “Rajapakshes should go out of active politics leaving others to do the job.”

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          Eagle eye,
          .#
          Your eyes are ears are filled with loads of excreta of Rajakapshes, so that you would never see it right. Why not you guys give a try to see other way around. If a glass is half filled with water, the rest is still there, why not you guys focus on that that yet today ?
          :
          Not just black and white, – please look at the rainbow colours.. and also think what you get to hear in media is JUST the journalistic point of view – in SL it is higly biased and based on few idiots while we have it open in Europe, so as is the case in Australia. I think you will grasp it at least to some extent in the future; THAT IS my wish, but I there are whole lot of people, that would not…. for their own reasons. Get well Mr Eagle.. and a good day for you.

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        Leela

        Well ,most likely most of the members to be elected both for the government and opposition are likely to be criminals.You and I will not be able to help.

        Gota seems to believe that every problem could be solved militarily.

        Let him try and fail

        Then we will have our day

        Civil society have so far not performed up to our expectation.

        We have to mobilize and lead, because revived civil society is our only hope

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          Srikrish, let s give the order to Monsanto so that they could finally modify them genetically.
          :
          Then only we could get rid of Ms Pasquals and Eagle BPs out of our nation:
          I dont see any other option, I am afraid.

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      If 2/3 is the only issue, Royals will buy it with Donkey Trading. All Ranil’s guy are ever ready for that. Few Tamils, If JVP wins any seats, one or two of them, and Hakeem & Rishard teams are will also agree. Ranil is ready for National Government(Provided, at least he wins his seat). Obstinate people to buy is only Ranjan & Hiruni. They have to be dealt with different method.

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      Strengthen the Parliament? Are you serious?

      Although an attractive party the majority are not willing to buy into JVP. UNP was on life support even before it split mainly due to Ranils incompetence and greed to hold unto power. Premadasa does not look like the best choice. So Ali baba and the forty thieves are going to hold unto Jayawardena Pura.

      Military and the war criminals are content where they are now and working towards Ali Baba getting a good majority and with that will come the next amendment to the constitution removing the time limit for the Presidency.

      Chances are the 7Eleven clerk is going to hold unto this office until MR’s kid is ready.

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    Ominous signs are casting their shadows. Khaki drapes today, khaki elections on the morrow and deemed results to follow. Anticipated judgements as a start, dictated ones in practice, Task Forces for decrees and Courts Martial to enforce. Grin and bear all through habit and inertia is for the masses..

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    Apparently, as per this write-up Dilith Jayaweera has had an avid interest in Archaeology since his childhood!

    Perhaps it is this early development that stood him in good stead in loading and dumping shares on the STOCK MARKET!
    Archaeology and the Stock Market side by side Phew!
    An unholy alliance in more ways than one!

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    This action further confirms that Sri Lanka is now under a Military Government and Democracy is dead. This is the time for the people to think deeply and vote appropriately at the next general election. With the Military Govt in place, I also wonder if Mahinda looses the election, will there be another Parliament or will that Parliament be dead before being born!

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    Majority in kangaroo courts are, who legitimize the actions of Sirisena-junta who betrayed yahapaalanaya in October ’18.

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    To the Editors: “allow presidential rule without a Parliament for an unspecified amount of time” Funny! I thought that the elections are being organized already -so where is the “unspecified time”. it was Yahapalanaya that delayed local govt. elections for an unspecified time. Please be factual and truthful

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    Gota appoints appoints another -Task-Force-for-Archaeological-Heritage-Management-in-East.

    No Muslims or Tamils in the taskforce.

    The brief to the taskforce

    Manufacture fake Sinhala and Buddhist art effects
    bury them in strategic places in the East by night
    accidently recover them in the daylight
    send them to analysis
    and claim Buddha set foot there
    claim Tamils and Muslims have encroached there
    hey presto!
    ….fuck the economy
    http://www.ft.lk/news/President-appoints-Task-Force-for-Archaeological-Heritage-Management-in-East/56-701114

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      Rajash,
      “No Muslims or Tamils in the taskforce.”

      Explanation is very simple. There are no Demala or Muslim archaeological heritage sites in the East. So there is no need to include Demalu or Muslims who are aliens in the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo.
      Demalu who live in two pockets in the East; Madakalapuwa and Tirikunamale are the descendants of ‘K-thonis’ who came from Dravida Nadu and settled there after Sinhalayo retreated due to invasions by barbaric ‘Para’ Demalu from Dravida Nadu.
      Muslims in the East are the descendants of Muslim refugees from Hindusthan who were saved by King Senerath when they faced persecution by Portuguese and settled in the East.

      President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe should appoint a similar Task Force to North to protect Sinhala Buddhist Heritage Sites there. A large number of them have been vandalized by ‘Para’ Demalu and in few places they have built ‘Kovils’ on top of ancient Buddhist temples. All these illegal ‘Kovils’ should be removed.

      “….fuck the economy”
      What fking the economy has to do with ‘Archaeological Heritage Management Task Force’?

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        blinded Eagle Eye

        There is no Sinhala archaeological heritage sites in the North and East.

        Gota wants to bury fake art effects under curfew
        and discover them when the curfew is lifted
        and shout hey presto!
        for Sinhala modaya voters to give him two third majority

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          Rajash,
          Truth is a bitter pill to swallow.

          If you are interested I can arrange a free tour for you to visit archaeological sites in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Yapanaya peninsula.

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            Eagle Eye “Truth is a bitter pill to swallow.”

            I am sure you are speaking from experience

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          My dear child Rajash,
          .
          GR doesn’t need any archaeological discoveries to get two third majority.

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    Gota’s Junta Consolidates After SC Ruling: Task Force For Disciplined Society Ready For Action.

    *** Was that ever in Question. Certainly NOT. Supreme Court has now Rubber Stamped Gothas Authority.

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    If one of the task is to investigate and prevent any illegal and antisocial activities, then what action will the Task Force take against his brother Champa Rajapaksa who was engaged in Kasippu on someone’s name. This also amounted to violation of laws and harmful to society. Even Gota has not accounted for monies received by his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa from the LTTE during the Presidential election. Will the Task Force also take action against Forbes Report as to how his brother accumulated so much of wealth immediately. Will the Task Force give a proper account for the collapse of the Finance Company & the reasons for the detention of its Directors when the company was running efficiently. Will the Task Force give reasons why former Chief Justice Dr (Mrs) Shirani Bandaranayake was compelled to resign. Finally will the Task Force give a prompt answer for the disappeared persons including the killings of journalists?

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    If Gota’s Task Force consists of Military & Police Officers and are empowered, then there is no second word that the Sri Lankan economy will plunge down to unprecedented level resulting in great inflation of its currency. I have my doubt whether people will deposit monies in Bank and other financial institutions. Even there will be no foreign investment. The empowering of this Task Force signals the famine and poverty in Sri Lanka and eventually Democracy will be in crisis. I think he is acting on the instructions of China which means Sri Lanka is going to be a threat through China.

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    There is a latest news item that a specified officer from the Presidential Secretariat had dispatched a parcel from China through the employees at Shanghai Airport to be handed over to Sri Lankan Airlines employees. When the Sri Lanka Airlines employees received, it appears that the specified officer/person had collected the parcel from the Sri Lanka Airlines employees. Having come to know about this, Gota had ordered an inquiry. Whatever the case may be, now itself there is corruption and began to show signs of poor governance or whether Gota is pretending. Only God knows..

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    We have been fooling around with a democracy which the majority of the country including the elected does not have a clue how to exercise. I personally have no issue if the parliament is reduced to 50 seats and save the money for the tax payer. Gota appears to be on the right path. Good luck to him and the country. An iron fist appears to be what is required after 70 years of failed democracy. Take Singapore as an example. Rejected and failed leaders should get out of politics. Follow Mangala…………..

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