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Has MR Signaled A Bloody End?

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

“Every second you protest on the streets”, said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his televised address, “our country loses opportunities to receive potential dollars”. It was an address which followed soon after a clash between pro and anti-government demonstrators in Chilaw, a worrying phenomenon that had disrupted an otherwise spontaneous and peaceful mass movement spreading island wide. The Galle Face Green is slowly turning into Colombo’s Tahrir Square, where the demonstrators vowed to stay until Gotabaya and his regime go home. Meanwhile, the opposition neither wants to take charge of the demonstrations nor in a position to provide an alternative to the current stalemate. With a situation threatening to descend into total chaos the regime obviously has panicked, and it was that panic which must have prompted MR and not GR to address the nation this time. In that address he also reminded the protestors how the armed forces defeated the separatists in a 30-year war to bring peace and protect the sovereignty of the country. In this reminder was a hidden warning to protestors not to test GR’s and MR’s patience.

In my previous piece, GR Presidency a Colossal Liability, I referred to the two pillars of support, military and monastery, on which the regime is relying for its survival. There is of course a third, the pro-regime rabble that would be willing to stage counter protests on behalf of the regime if called upon. In fact, the clash in Chilaw was caused by the counter protest organized by that rabble. Of the two pillars however, the second had kept unusually silent so far, other than appealing to the government to attend urgently to the immediate needs of a suffering people. Apart from that the Sangha had said nothing about the legitimacy or otherwise of the ongoing street protests. Voices of erudite minds like that of Ven. Galcanda Dhammananda, whose ideas on Buddhist governance, the most needed political advice at the moment seem to have disappeared in the wilderness. True, Buddhism does not support any violence let alone violence in defence of or against a ruling regime, but history had demonstrated that Buddhist priests had been in the forefront of encouraging violence as was demonstrated recently in Myanmar. Coincidentally, it was MR, when he was the President, spread the red carpet in 2014 to welcome one such monk Ven. Ashin Viratu from that country, who the Time magazine described as the “Face of Terror”. The military of course, at least the top rank had promised to uphold the constitution, which means that they would not tolerate any extra-parliamentary attempts to overthrow the present regime. However, whether all the six regiments and their rank and file would obey orders from the top to make the confrontation bloody is not certain. I had given my own reasons for that pessimism in my previous piece and reckoned the support from the two pillars wobbly. However, the regime, backed by pro-government rabble, gendarmerie, and at least sections of Sangha, decides to clear the streets and centres of protest with violence and bloodshed that would be the regime’s Swan Song. Prime Minister’s address to the nation is predicated on that sad reality.

Even if the streets were to be cleared of demonstrators, would that help to solve the economic crisis? It is highly unlikely and has become even more difficult with the official declaration of bankruptcy by CBSL. International credit rating agencies would downgrade Sri Lanka’s credit status further which in turn would drive away foreign investors, depreciate the rupee more and induce another round of price increase. All this could have been easily avoided with less pain had previous CBSL governors, particularly Professor Lakshman, put their foot down and insisted on GR for an early approach to IMF. Now that the inevitable has happened and any bloody confrontation with demonstrators would worsen an already prevailing negative international opinion against Rajapaksa regime. IMF is also bound to stipulate more stringent measures to repair the economy. As the new chief of CBSL said quite rightly the other day, economic stability, and from his point of view, macroeconomic stability is contingent upon political and social stability, and political stability imposed through force and blood is no stability at all but a precursor to future confrontations.

More importantly and from the point of view of the gasping economy, CBSL’s reversed monetary policy must operate in tandem with a set of fiscal and trade policies enacted by the parliament. Apart from the revenue reducing fiscal measures of GR, one of the most serious obstacles that retarded implementing revenue raising fiscal and trade policies had been the cancer of nepotism and corruption. How could one expect a corrupt regime like the current one to eradicate these anti-growth evils? Even IMF underlined its willingness to assist by insisting on tackling these evils. When MR said that each moment streets were occupied by demonstrators, potential inflow of dollars was disrupted, he should have made it clear to his listeners as to what happened to the millions of dollars that came in all this time. Shouldn’t dollars wasted on white elephants and went into pockets of ministers and their contractors be accounted for? Will this regime have the resolve to clean up corruption starting with the first family itself?

The Prime Minister and his political party are still failing to understand that the slogan “Gota Go Home” is not simply one that demands the departure of President GR alone, but more than that it encapsulates a clear Vote of No Confidence by an awakened citizenry, which is angered and frustrated at the way this regime and its predecessors had exploited Sinhala Buddhist nationalism for decades in order to gain political power and enrich themselves through organized loot and cheat, all in the name of economic development. Also, the slogan “No 225 in Parliament” is not a rejection of the democratic system as MR misrepresented in his address, but to make democracy more meaningful with fewer but more capable and honest elected representatives, who would at least “understand the difference between a sovereign bond and James Bond”, as remarked by MR’s immediate predecessor Prime Minister. In political terms therefore, these slogans imply an immediate re-amendment of the 20th Amendment with previous 19th Amendment and more, abolition of the executive presidency, re-empowerment of parliament and a new constitution based on freedom, equality and justice. Therefore, there is absolutely no reason why this regime should continue even for a day more.

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    ….the slogan “No 225 in Parliament” was a calculated effort of the Rajapakse clan to divert and dilute the “Rajapakses must go”.
    There are indeed some of the best in the ranks of the 225 – as Harsha said in a Derana interview early this week:-
    The new CBSL Gov spoke to me before accepting post and was assured full support of SJB. He also said I spoke with new “FM” Sabry twice in the last two days and gave him all advice and he agreed with that.
    This is someone we direly need at this hour.

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      My View, the biggest mistake at this hour is to give ANY oxygen to these pirates to run the government a single hour more! Be it Nandalal or Cumaraswamy coming to salvage the economy or Harsha and SJB assuring their support for any type of fiscal or monetary policy changes are absolutely stupid decisions!! Stay away…..!!! Because the current mayhem is single handedly crated by robbing the national wealth for a decade under Rajapaksha regime. So the ONLY cure is to terminate the Rajapaksha regime. Until that is done nothing will change and the country will further go down the cliff! End of story!!

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        I’m in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka .
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        I’m resigned to dying of slow starvation . It may be that I will survive a little longer than the poorest people.
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        It’s easy for Jit to say these things from the USA. Our approach must balance the requirements of knocking out the Rajapaksas with ensuring that at least 90% of the current population survive for another year.
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        There are some deaths every day in any country; granted. But Jit, you’re being coldly smug.

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          “I’m resigned to dying of slow starvation . It may be that I will survive a little longer than the poorest people.”

          Don’t worry, no need to starve, we can start a crowdfunding page here …….. as long as we all can stay anonymous/incognito …….. if in appreciation, you try to find out who we are to thank us individually ……. then people will be reluctant to contribute ……… because of the white vans ……

          First things first. ……. Once the Rajapakses are gone, we can all get together and have the biggest Baila party Lanka has ever seen! ………. Man, I’ll tell you my life-story and then some ……. until you don’t want to know!

          I have my Baila moves pat ……. I’ll wipe the floor with all you buggers!

          Salli deela gawuma mahuwe andegena yanna …….. Alli dekakwath dura baha adiya thiyanne

          I can just picture Ramona doing her Baila strut in her ten inch stilettos ……… Old Codger doing the duck-walk around her in bended knees ………..

          Let the entire lot of Rajapase bastards go to hell …….. it’s nice to see the young people taking the country back.

          We Lankans still have hope …….. what a relief!

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            I feel, the best way to get rid of the Rajapakses is to persuade the nice folk at the US state department to have a little chat with Gota and make him an offer he can’t refuse.

            I’m sure, in 2015, either John Kerry or Obama had a nice chat with Mahinda to persuade him to go. With 2 US-citizen brothers, that was an offer he couldn’t refuse. US has subtle ways of tightening the noose when they want to.

            Now that Mangala is watching from above, who’ll pick up the phone …….. will Ranil talk to the Yanks? Harsha? Eran? AKD?

            Sajith is not the man ……. he is too into Armageddon ……… the bloody Yanks will be confused out of their wits ………….

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            Ahhh….not me Nimal. How I wish, though.

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            nimal, I have never seriously bothered with the knowing the identities of Native Vedda, or of oc.
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            There was an excellent guy named Amarasiri. Where is he now?
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            Probably rolled round in earth’s diurnal round, with rocks and stones and trees.
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            It would have been nice t have said goodbye to him.
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            The Sinhalese aphorism asserts that we can’t have it both ways. Drink you soup, by all means, but don’t bother when you mustache gets wet.
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            Panini Edirisinhe

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        Jit ,

        Spot on ! The economy is blunted by decades of Abuse in the form of
        loot and swindle ! While the Swindlers positioned as the Gate Keepers
        what do you want to reform ? Cheap and cunning sentiments aside ,
        be sharp , Get the Culprits out ! Top Priority ! Criminal Politics created
        this economic turmoil so , Political action before the economy !

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        Jit/
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        U articulated it as no others/ thanks brother/ I wonder why very same folks are silent yet about “Mahinda go home” / it s becoming clear there is something that average people dont yet realise. Media mafia is the biggest business run by Rajapakse criminals/ this is the reason why people get things much later!!!kapito?🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🤔🤔🤔🐕🐕🐕🐕😎😎😎😎

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          LM, absolutely! The media mafia keep running its dirty game well alive – damn shame on their ‘fourth estate’ duty. Most journos in SL are no better than ‘pohottu bath gotto’ who work for a packet of lunch and a half a bottle of Arrack!

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            SIRASA TV is opening the eyes of the people at least to someextent, but it seems media minister, Dalas Alahaperuma is still in his hibernation mode regarding let foreign TV channels entering the country.

            Whole lot of people in the country dont yet seem to know the gravity of the problem of today. People s mind set is so made so that Rajapakshes are the WEERAYAS….. for no good reasons actually.

            From what the average folks add being in fuel ques explain tell it all- but why they took that long to stand clearly against injustice is the million dollar question.
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            As we everyone knows, people s primary source of info is TV telecasts. In order to decorate it they would not allow the same fans to leave them. So one behind the other, there are teledram series so that each and every households could be tied to TV channels almost everyday. Meaningful political discourses are not enough in local TV channels. Universitiy dons and the ones that should actively engage in improving the awareness of the nation is still in their long slumber. Had they done their job long ago, things could have improved. All in all,…. it is now too late to give saline to the nation.

            :

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      MyView

      Here is an excerpt from Hindustan Times (12.04.2022):

      “A shipment of 11,000 MT of rice from India arrived here on Tuesday to help the economic crisis hit Sri Lankans celebrate the traditional national new year.”

      Since the consignment is from Hindia, can you tell me whether the smart nationalists and anti Hindian campaigners like SJ, Weerawansa, Udaya, Dinesh, ….Sangha, …. Chmpika, … N Pererass, …… not going to consume rice at all.

      The Sinhala speaking DEmela, Ravi Perera has no problem with Hindian rice.

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        NV,
        “The Sinhala speaking Demala, Ravi Perera has no problem with Hindian rice.”
        It would be very entertaining to follow and understand the theory propounded to justify his claim, perhaps on the lines, although the rice was produced in Tamilnadu, it was possibly eventuate only due to the waters originating from the WESTERN SIDE (Kerala state) OF THE GHATTS MOUNTAIN range to FLOW INTO THE BAY OF BENGAL SEA on the EASTERN SIDE OF THE SUBCONTINENT!!
        Opportunism brings out the best of Men and Mice!
        My plea – don’t deprive him the benefit of the traditional Aluth Avurudu Kiri bath!!

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          Some water from a dam in Kerala called Mullai Periyar but most water from rivers flows through Tamil Nadu, one major river Kaveri originates in Karnataka close to the border but then flows through Tamil Nadu to the sea. Does this really matter? Tamil Nadu produces a lot of food and even dairy products. Kerala heavily relies on this agricultural produce from Tamil Nadu.

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            Correct Rohan. I more or less stated the same but in a little more detail. but the comment was disallowed. Strange cannot understand what I did not abide by.

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        Native, I advised the same to SJ.
        ( under Laksiri ‘s article) If Indian rice is not good enough consider Chinese as alternative
        ( organic). I wish those Pseudos a “prosperous and splendor new year”.

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        MyView

        I wonder whether Sunil Handunneththi bought and ate Hindian (TamilNadu) rice given his anti Hindian credentials.

        By the way what is his position on “Gota Go Home”?
        Does he wants Gota to stay or leave?
        He too does not come to his points.

        I am lost.
        Knowing Sinhala_Man’s affection for JVP he should be able explain.

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          My affection is not for the JVP. It’s for the NPP.
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          Handunnetti’s warning about getting enslaved has been put on the back burner.
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          Let’s first rid ourselves of the Rajapaksas. Then let others discuss these issues.
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          Given my age, I’d like to shut my mind to politics. Younger people must run the country.

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      MyView: Today Harsha said: ” I feel sorry for Gotabaya. He is a good man and wanted to do something. But a gang of supporters took him into custody and misled him”.

      Yet I don’t underestimate his capabilities as a Young Politician. But he must be careful in making public statements like these.

      The new CBSL Governor has appealed to the expatriates to send “Remittances” and has opened “Three Accounts” to credit such Dollar Funds. The Expatriates said: NO so long as Rajapakses are in power”. Now the news CBSL Governor has to send that “Message” to both the President and Prime Minist. Period.

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        Simon,
        In other words, Silly Lankans have elected people to govern, who are totally and absolutely inept at reading the peoples response and inclinations!
        Hope they will remember and ensure that there is no repetition of such melodramas?!
        Clear message for everyone, please think and contemplate deeply, before you decide on whom to vote to power and not an afterthought!!

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        Simon, Yes, I saw it and my gut wrenched with utter disgust, although not surprised. Few months ago, I commented in one of his articles in CT that he should stop advising a corrupt government how to run the economy but get out to the streets and organize people to topple this rotten to the core government and establish a new government to serve people with dignity. Alas! It seems I was just dreaming!! Harsha is almost unanimously being accepted as a clean and honest politician among most intellectual professionals in the country. Now people, look who he is!! This is his truest colour!! When he whitewashes an obvious, world class rogue and murderer like Gota, why should we NOT class Harsha as another GL Peiris too? Who Harsha is trying to hoodwink here, the masses or the asses?? In short, is he not conniving with this despicable regime to survive and ruin the country further? Is he not betraying big time those brave people who took to the streets in the past few weeks to topple this sh***y regime??? Absolutely disgusting!!!

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        Simon

        I have already mentioned who Harsha is.

        Please read:
        UNP will not allow war crimes charges against Sri Lankan leaders – MP Harsha de Silva Nov 24, 2014, ColomboPage



        “I am telling to the world. We (UNP and myself), will not allow anybody to take President Rajapaksa or any other leader to International court about War Crimes, We will not allow the President whether he won or lose to be tried before war crime tribunals,” Dr. de Silva stressed.


        ..
        “I am a proud Southerner and a Sinhala Buddhist. I have no desire whatsoever to align with the Tigers and betray my country,” the MP stressed responding to the accusation against him from the government Minister.
        http://www.colombopage.com/archive_14B/Nov24_1416845441CH.php

        Not much new, same people with different shades of same colour.

    • 9
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      soman

      Do you know Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa also trying to jump ships. He vouched to chase Rajapakchas out of government.

      In case if you find yourself being chased by young protesters don’t worry you just ask SAmbandan for refuge. I am sure he will oblige especially if you tell him you are an acquaintance of CT readers, Nimal Fernando, Old Codger, Sinhala Man, ….. You are safe.

      Make sure you do tell him you belong to Sinhala community and follow Buddhas teaching although it is a lie.

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        He jumped the ship not knowing which direction to swim.

        Soma

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          soman

          “He jumped the ship not knowing which direction to swim.”

          He is not an exception, but the norm.
          Like yours, his personal interests and his hatred for OTHER people including Indian predominates his whole life.
          I wonder if you ate Hindian rice today.

          You know what though Ravi Perera the Sinhala Speaking Demela is a practicing racist and bigot he has no qualm enjoying one or two plates of Thamil Nadu rice.

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      Not sure if I trust any of the officials from the past. We need young active blood to get SL back on track, with no corruption.

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    Although it is hard to do, both you and your brother Nandasena have eclipsed Trump!

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    “News Just in – Mahinda is ready to talk with the protesters”

    This comment I saw on YouTube ……… better be safe than sorry …….. can never trust the Rajapakses.

    Dileepa Ethapane
    2 hours ago
    Don’t fall to his trap. He wants to find out who the leaders are. Then he will send the white van. The biggest problem the Rajapakses have is that they do not know who is organising the revolt. Don’t fall in to his trap. All the Rajapakses must Go . Period.

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      Nimal,
      Totally agree with you.
      There is nothing to negotiate now, meaning before the departure of R Bros. Inc., as they must depart in totality!
      End discussion!
      Only condition, is after departing, if Medamulana are gentlemanly as claimed, return stolen wealth!!
      None could negotiate on that aspect, such as the night of 8the January 2015!!!
      Unfortunately, there are no rogues in the other side to engage in negotiations entertaining similar thoughts to ‘Rob the Nation’!!!!
      Inveigling the usual way the people to negotiate and then repudiate!!!!!
      Mislead the masses over and over again including the elections with Gal arrack, Bath Parcel and SL Rs. 500 to rip the country and economy.
      What was the government doing, when the crooked officials were engineering the country to follow bad practices??
      Sleeping and in deep slumber at the controls??
      We don’t need such nincompoops in government of 225 + 1??
      Just go home.
      Enough of Skulduggery!!!!!!

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      Nimal Fortunately students of today seems much more intelligent and smarter than their retired professors. The protesters refused to meet the conman and simply told the family to get out.

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    My view
    You are right that the slogan “No 225 in Parliament” +1 by Rajapaksas is to show that they are the only people who love democracy and who respect democracy. They think that under this democracy people have given them rights to abuse power, rob the nation, bribe the MPs, abduct & murder those who ask for justice, sell the country for bribe, appoint all family members from inside and outside as ministers within that five years. Even Gota said he had two faces openly that includes massacre of civilians. People have the right to change the constitution of the country any time or remove any power that handed over to President or Parliament if they misused that power. It is now well proven that this government misused the power and they should go.

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      Ajith,
      “It is now well proven that this government misused the power and they should go.”

      Can you please cite few examples how this Government misused power.

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    Blood have been shed on Galle Face Green before, in 1956 when Chelvanayagm and Tamil MPs staged a satyagraha against the Sinha only act.
    The Govt of the day unleashed the army on the non the non violent protesters.
    Now in 2022 the country has come full circle completely bankrupt due partly to that 1956 Sinhala only act and partly to the corruption of the all politicians over the years.
    Today its the youngsters Tamils, Muslims, Sinhala youths all united and protesting on Galle Face Green
    MR – in his recent address to the nation reminded the Galle Face protesters of the youths burn alive with tire around the neck 1988/89 – a think threat – please disband the protest and “you go home”
    MR also now says he agrees to talk to the Protesters.- The protesters have said there is nothing to talk – just you and your family and hangers on fuck off
    I wont be surprised if MR resorts to the quell the protest by deploying the army
    Blood will flow again in Sri Lanka
    But if he deploy the army he can also say bye bye to IMF and World Bank

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      “Blood have been shed on Galle Face Green before, in 1956 …
      The Govt of the day unleashed the ARMY (capitals mine) on the non the non violent protesters.”
      Really?
      I must have missed the news that day.

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        What did you do with the news you picked up without missing? Ask Sampanthar Aiyya; he will tell you what happened those days. You picked it up too, but traded with Siri Ma O to go study communism in England.

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          I do not blame you but a combination of chemicals added to your system.

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            So, now, can you accept that you lost by becoming a client of Deva or going to keep babbling? Your relatives & friends fear the Angoda medical staff retaliating for dumping you as their burden, even the close ones to you are not ready to take care of you. Otherwise why would you hang in like a discarded orphan?
            When I told you what Sampanthar Aiyya was delivering, you couldn’t bear the defeat and switched over to chemicals. Probably if Siri Ma O is still there she might come running to wipe the tears of her foster child? Did she bear all the communism leaning cost or someone else took share out of that?

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            SJ , We do not blame you but a combination of neuro chemical transmitters missing from your central nervous system.

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        SJ,
        Don’t pretend too much. ARMY may have not brought or there is no shooting of protesters but you know what happened to protestors by thugs and hooligans in front of police is real.

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          There was no army involved at the time. Check it out.

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            “It was a peaceful sit down protest outside the House, on the Galle Face Green… On that day, the police were all around but allowed the Satyagrahis to be beaten up…”
            https://tamilnation.org/indictment/indict005.htm
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            The guilt of the police was inaction.
            The army was called in rather belatedly to deal with civilian problems only in 1958, that too, shamefully, under much pressure.

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              “The guilt of the police was inaction.”
              Is it inaction or following the orders of PM?

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            SJ says its ok for Tamils to be beaten up by police and not army

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        When people go gaga that is what happen.

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          The grammar too goes gaga.

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          All we hear is radio ga ga
          Radio goo goo
          Radio ga ga
          All we hear is radio ga ga
          Radio blah blah
          Radio, what’s new?

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          新年快乐
          Happy New Year
          புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்
          අලුත් අවුරුද්දක් වෙවා

          Please avoid Fish, Meat, nian gao (Chinese New Year Cake contains egg) ….. as usual stick to vegetarian food. Some milk rice, kavun, …. You can have non-veg

          You can have your next Chinese new year (2023) any day between 21st through to February 21st.

          Today you can have Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) Chinese red date today.

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        SJ – suffering from Dementia or selective black out?

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          It cannot be your dementia that makes you imagine things.
          Read carefully.
          There was no army anywhere near at the time.
          The police stood and watched thugs beating up protesters.
          If you cannot tell the difference between the claim and the reality, it is your tragedy.

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            thugs army police its all the same for Tamils – geta life

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              SJ wants to nit pick –
              oh no its not the army its the police
              oh no its not thugs they were Buddhist Monks
              oh no its not the Army its thugs

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              Rajash , for some government sponsored political violence dosen’t matter but was it police , army , civilian disguised as security, security disguised as civilians, party members, street thugs, underworld, all of the above , none of the above, such finer fetails do imatter.

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                sorry, such finer details do matter.

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          R,
          Did you suffer a bout of blackouts recently?
          I doubt if they make one dyslexic.
          In any case take care of your health.

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            SJ wants to nit pick –
            oh no its not the army its the police
            oh no its not thugs they were Buddhist Monks
            oh no its not the Army its thugs

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      Rajash,
      “…partly to that 1956 Sinhala only act…”

      What the hell Sinhala Only Act has got to do with the economic crisis?

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        EE – What the hell Sinhala Only Act has got to do with the economic crisis?
        ——-
        EE – I said partly to the Sinhala only act not entirely due to the Sinhala Only Act
        Here is the road map
        Sinhala Only Act ->Racism->Discrimination->race riots->30 years of war->30 years of rocketing defence budget->corruption in arms procurement->loans ->Default of loan ->Bankrupt

        Kaput!

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          ——- and the Kaputas hitting the RR engines!!

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        Constructive, Imaginative, biased, fiction and amnesia

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    “The Galle Face Green is slowly turning into Colombo’s Tahrir Square”
    There is a limit to fantasy.
    *
    “…the opposition neither wants to take charge of the demonstrations nor in a position to provide an alternative to the current stalemate.”
    Has the author wondered why.
    It seems that the parties read the pulse of the public more keenly than that of the protesters.
    Had there been pressure from the supporters of a party across the country, they would have done everything to hijack the protests, regardless of the desire of the organisers to preserve the chastity of the protest and keep it free of part politics.

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    Voting on a no-confidence motion would show the public where each member stands. This vote should never be a secret vote but a public vote by voice as it is important for the voters who are asking all 225 to leave the Parliament to know where each of their representatives is in asking the Rajapaksas to leave politics for good.

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      Very good idea to let know the public the felons from the tidy lot!

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      B1
      There are the law and the constitution.
      If the protest could persuade enough MPs there could be things like no-confidence vote and impeachment. With luck there can be successful litigation.
      If the protest convinces sizeable sections of the security forces, there could be a coup of some kind.
      Only an electoral decision can persuade any politician to leave.
      *
      Anger is justified, but sentimental decisions take us nowhere any good.

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    All the heading of the news and article on this speech is only in one direction: ” a threat of Army taking over”. They may be right or wrong, but the public perception of the Royals is, clearly, gone with the wind.

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      Elder Brother Prince said, that he doesn’t need a Shoulder Cloth, but, importantly, he needs a dress to wear.

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    The sinhala only act in my view has been very good to tamils. They realised that they needed to learn english and have done so. I was told of village boys in eelam studying the english dictionary. I noticed that the FEW sinhala only professionals that I come across have limited ability to articulate credibly to counter when in my presence and me carrying out out my one person ANTI sinhala propaganda which at every opportunity that I have I do

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    The RATPACKses are in sinhala land and internationally PARIAH SINHALAS and are aware of this. These RATPACKses seem to absolutely have no self respect whatsoever and seek more opprobrium on themselves. This shows the level of ABSOLUTE SCUM these RATPACKses are.

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    “Will this regime have the resolve to clean up corruption starting with the first family itself?”

    Didn’t 6,217,162 retards who believed fabricated stories of ‘Regime Change’ mafia about corruption of Rajapakshes sent them to Medamulana in 2015 and handed over the country to ‘Appaya’ and ‘Mr. Clean’ to clean up corruption. What happened?
    Now the same dumbos telling Rajapakshes to go home.

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    Now that the Rajapaksas have announced that we have defaulted on our 51 b billion debt, making us look like a failed banana republic, what are they going to do to help the long suffering citizens of this country? They can give us relief by releasing some of their stolen loot and giving us basic necessities, be absolutely obedient and cooperative with the IMF, and show none of their arrogance, or continue as usual, reshuffle the deck, with the same stinking policies that brought us to this terrible situation – corruption at major proportions, nepotism (including the in laws), cronyism, appointing unqualified felons and thugs to rule the land.

    Threatening and attacking protestors will not look good for them, so they better think twice before resorting to violence.

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      Ashan,
      You are absolutely on the money.
      If not for the indiscriminate ‘robbing and looting’, National wealth, no shortage of funds for essential imports and any protest, whatsoever??

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      Ashan,
      “Now that the Rajapaksas have announced that we have defaulted on our 51 b billion debt…”

      Talking rubbish!
      Government has not defaulted the debts. They have temporarily stop repayment of loans until they finish negotiations with IMF and restructure debts.

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    soman

    Do you know Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa also trying to jump ships. He vouched to chase Rajapakchas out of government.

    In case if you find yourself being chased by young protesters don’t worry you just ask SAmbandan for refuge. I am sure he will oblige especially if you tell him you are an acquaintance of CT readers, Nimal Fernando, Old Codger, Sinhala Man, ….. You are safe.

    Make sure you do tell him you belong to Sinhala community and follow Buddhas teaching although it is a lie.

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    Here we go again: sinhala land BEGGING for money from diaspora to facilitate further looting by the RATPACKses obviously. They are all in it:

    Bankrupt Sri Lanka BEGS diaspora to send cash” – Weerasinghe said he had set up bank accounts for donations in the United States, Britain and Germany and promised Sri Lankan expatriates the money would be spent where it was most needed”

    Much of the foreign cash donations meant for [Tsunami] survivors was rumoured to have ended up in the pockets of politicians, including current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was forced to return [ALL? DOUBTFUL!] tsunami aid funds credited to his personal account [WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER HORAS NAMAL, BASIL GOTA did they return? DOUBTFUL!!!] .

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    SINCE independence the sinhalas periodically LOOTED from the ceylon tamils and the sinhala politicians LOOTED from the sinhalas!!!

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    EE

    There are much more RETARDS than the6,217,162 retards you claim who believed fabricated stories of ‘Regime Change’ mafia. Possibly 90% of the sinhalas are RETARDS when you add the ones that voted in the RATPACKses

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    “understand the difference between a sovereign bond and James Bond”, as remarked by MR’s immediate predecessor Prime Minister
    ———
    Which prime minister?
    Bond scam ranil?

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    I read some news that the protestors have replied to Old Rowdy King. They didn’t care that Rowdy set up the protestors against the Army, by saying that he will take some untruth lies on him but they are doing it to the Army, so he could not take it. They put out a few paragraphs as that was already communicated to Old rowdy. They said they were not standing there for Parippu, Manjoca, or kerosene…. they were standing there to bring about a change in the first place. Once the Royals are out, they can talk about the cost of living that is constantly nibbling them, day and night. If these guys can uphold that high standard philosophy for a few more days, their protest/revolution will be written in history with the American Civil war, French Revolution…
    Jayawewa

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      Mallaiyuran,
      “…they were standing there to bring about a change in the first place.”

      They did the same thing in 2015 and brought ‘Appaya’ and ‘Dr. Clean’ who ruined the economy and peace and stability restored by Rajapakshes after eliminating Tamil terrorists who terrorized the people for three decades by allowing Muslims to carry out terrorist attacks.

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        Eagle, Please read their (protester’s) Official statement. You know I always put out all news in colloquy, which always create wrong interpretations. But, this time they wants a change in political culture, bit not regime change like in 2015. So, please, be worry free, if protesters send home Royals, that is final.

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    A Lost Paradise
    Partdise Losr
    There are many answers to the question as to why the Paradise island is turning hell
    In 74 years after independence the economy has deteriorated due to many factors listed in this article
    We criticized the English, Dutch and the Portuguese who ruled for four hundred and fifty years before 1948.
    It is true, however, that they looted the island’s resources and took them to their country, but it should be accepted that although Portuguese was actively involved in religious conversion, they built catholic schools.
    During the Dutch period they created the law of Desavalamai, Judiciary system , administration and a canal from Colombo to Puttalam and introduced pearl. Fishing Started security service
    The English and created a better education system with English as primary language and Singhalese or Tamil and Arithmetic/ Maths as major subjects’ concert-like administrative service through the civil service. Railroad tracks , tunnels and highways, there was bot kickbacks by the rules or state officials
    In addition, they introduced the postal service the police and the military, Air force and Naval service
    Only one ethnic conflict took place during their nearly 150-year rule of the British .
    At that time, Sri Lanka’s economy was booming, and it was doing well in Southeast Asia. It is not known if there were Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim conflicts .

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    Most probably Rajapaksas may unleash the military on these innocent people after the New Year. It may be like the French Revolution. I think a section of the Army and the Police may join the protestors.
    Mahinda Rajapaksa acting on the instructions of China is also suspected. The youths should be properly advised to take precautions. After all, it is precious lives.

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    “Every second you protest on the streets our country loses opportunities to receive potential dollars.

    There should be briefing when a patient is in the intensive care unit every day to let know what is happening a progress and only after one month there was a speech, The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers that’s what the gall face breeze wants

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    The problem we have had all along is that politicians get into power through people’s votes by telling lies, then once in power, they use military power to stay in power.
    The military and the police are still operating the way they did during the time of the colonial masters.
    The colonial masters set up the military, the police and even the judiciary to protect themselves.
    As soon as we got independence that should have changed. The law and the forces should have been retrained to protect the people of Sri Lanka as their main mandate. After all, we are a democracy and the majority views must be considered.
    This malfunction is the reason why politicians have been getting into power and plundering the wealth, breaking all the election promises and escaping punishment.
    Right now, the military should back the public, and the problem is solved without further damage to the country and its citizens.

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    Racist Moron Blind alias HLD the militancy was created by racist sutpid idiots like you guys. Your cowardice, shameless repeated attacks on innocent tamil children, women and men finally led to Tamil militancy. You goon when Premadas was killed the same night you ran away and sought refugee status in Australia. Shemelessly you fellows went about burning and killing tamils using a electoral list. In 1983 when there was a rumor of kotti in Colombo you know what the veerayas did? They ran, women ran many without even their sarama leaving their looted belongings of Tamils. That is how you guys became the great “Runner Singhas”. If not for India and some other countries by now you and your tamil wife may be working as domestic helps in Jaffna. Now you shamelessly utter terroists. Same think some of your rascals led by your rabid racist handlers put the blame on Muslims and attacked them, the rowdism led by yellow robed thugs disgracing Buddha. No wonder now it is not Buddhism but Sinhala Buddhsim. See how these fools for money going on pelapali wanting Gota. These over fed guys eating from poor villagers dont understand their poverty and hunger. They dont even leave their wives. You moron keep on writing bull shit but it is always edited. best thing is for you to keep away from this forum that is meant for sane people.

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      In circulation saying “international vigilante group anonymous will be exposing GR wealth in 12 days if he does not resign” Whether true or fake is left to be seen.

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    When the RATPACKses let loose the armed forces and other sinhala goons on the protesting sinhalas the RATPACKses and their goon supporters will denominate the attacked sinhalas as terrorists as them sinhalas did when the raped and killed innocent tamils and looted and burnt their properties

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    EE
    EE says” They have temporarily stop repayment of loans until they finish negotiations with IMF and restructure debts”

    In the country that I live in a restructure with creditors is termed a default in commercial contracts!

    However this is sinhala land where they have interpretation that are not consistent with norm eg the RATPACKses LOOTING of the treasury is merely a just practice of reward for being in political power!

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    These shameful sinhalas are eating tamil nadu (toilet nadu?) GIFTED rice!!! May have been fertilised by the toilets of tamil nadu!

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    I wonder Gus whether you are really neither Sinhala nor Tamil. Perhaps all your hate speech is merely to keep the enmity burning. May be you are in the pay of the Rajapakses.

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