15 August, 2020

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I Will Be Presenting Myself To Matara Courts Tomorrow

By Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala Samaraweera MP

In the guise of investigating a clash between UNP supporters and participants of a Rajapaksa/ Rajamahendran sponsored march in Matara on 5 October, the Matara police led by SSP Deshabandu Tennakon initiated a witch hunt against senior UNP activists of the district.

In fact, I personally handed in 24 members of my party on Sunday 6th October at the request of the police, although I have photographic and video evidence to prove that they did not indulge in any violent activities during this confrontation where five people were shot including an innocent bystander who the doctors say will be partially paralyzed for rest of his life.

The police including the said SSP thanked me several times over the week for my cooperation and I have been in and out of the SSP’s office during last week as the rest of my supporters continued unabated.

According to the video evidence available it can be proven beyond any doubt that 30 out of the 37 UNP activists who have been arrested so far have not participated at any violent activity at all and their only crime seems to had been staunch and loyal members of the United National Party.

The police intelligence are in possession of video footage of the club wielding thugs of the Rajapaksa / Rajamahendran march and these videos clearly show the organisers of this march distributing clubs from a parked vehicle at the very start of this march that morning. However, only seven of the club wielding goons have so far been arrested.

Jaliyah Jayawardana, senior vice president of UNP Matara ex-co was brutally beaten up by a group of thugs led by Herman Gunaratne, immediately prior to his shooting spree and Jaliya’s life was saved by the timely intervention of a lotus flower seller nearby who got down an ambulance to send Jaliya to hospital. Jaliya Jayawardana was arrested and chained to his bed while receiving treatments at the Aparekka Ayurvedic Hospital while Sunil, the flower seller, is now languishing in the Matara remand prison with my other supporters! None of the club wielding thugs who are easily identifiable from the photographs available have yet been arrested.

As I informed parliament last Thursday the impunity extended to these thugs is perhaps because of the presence of Presidential Security Division personal in this march. In fact, we have reliable information that some of these PSD personal in civilian clothes who were attacked by enraged UNP supporters received treatment for minor injuries secretly at the Matara Army camp.

It is in this context that I met SSP Tennakon several times over the week after giving two statements to the police voluntaraliy last Sunday (13) morning. It was only last Saturday (12) that I met SSP in the morning and again DIG Chandana Wickramaratne along with the SSP the same afternoon and they thanked me once more for the cooperation I have extended to the investigation and they promised to conduct the inquiry impartially and fairly. They also promised to arrest the thugs from the other side if we provide them with a list of names. At this point I pointed out to the police that my job is not to play the role of a police informant and the police should be able to identify and locate these people with the same level of enthusiasm that they displayed in pursuing my UNP supporters in Matara.

It is in this context that I was amazed to hear from media that the Matara has sought a warrant for my arrest.

I will be presenting myself to Matara courts tomorrow at 9.00 a.m. Not only will I continue to fight against the Rajapaksa / Rajamahendran sponsored witch hunt against my supporters in the Matara district but I will also continue with extra vigour to expose the true nature of this evil and despotic regime.

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    Sad to say it is no longer possible to tell the difference between an SLFP politician and a UNP politician just as it is difficult to tell the difference between a Sinhala Buddhist and a Sinhala Christian.

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      Asia’s Belarus is in the making.

      “The King” must have learned a few new tricks from the mad dog of Belarus.

      This is exactly how they handle potential political competitors in Belarus.

      PS: Mangala himself has been an accomplice in creating this system. He was corrupt CBK’s right hand guy for 11 years. Plenty of time to establish an independnent, transparent law & order system in Sri Lanka. They did not. Instead they used and further entrenched the despicable system. Now you have to pay the price yourself.

      Cheers!

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    The more you read of Mangala S the more you begin to like him – despite
    his many excesses when he was under CBK. He has begun to show courage
    and fearlessness against open thuggery – something that cannot be expected from the weak Ranil. Ranil will not be seen in spots where
    there is physical fighting. This is his record from his Biyagama days in 1977. Physical fighting is what you must expect from the Rajapakses who also use men in the army in civils to intimidate and manhandle
    the democratic opposition.

    Varathan

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    Well i just don’t have the time to go through in what this guy has to say.No problem in attacking Mahinda.But why Mr Mahendran?Playing the racial card?Mr Mahendran has done a lot to SL cricket.What has this idiot done to SL?These idiots wants to replace MR on the pretext of promoting HR and free media.A bloody joker cum born loser.MR was very lucky in getting ride of this idiot.

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      Max Silva,

      “MR was very lucky in getting ride of this idiot.”

      Do not worry! Your hero “The King” has countless other idiots by his side.

      In fact, most of them hold ministerial posts in “King’s” circus of a Cabinet.

      Cheers!

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    Why the Judge in Tangalle could not issue an arrest warrant on the murderers of British National Kuram Sahike..? There were photographs of the perpetrators of this crime in the media…everyone knows who they are…

    now the future King of Britain Prince Charles is coming to talk to our President for Justice….hik..hik..hik… like Sunil Perera said in his song..probably the CHOGM is coming to learn from Sri Lanka..how to murder and keep silent. ..heek..hik..hik..

    Whole CHOGM should be ashamed of this pathetic performance of its Chairman to be for 2 years..

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    Isn’t it strange how “swiftly” those who are presumed to be guilty of any crime are held accountable or arrested, while those belonging to the same party as the mob family are not only not arrested, but protected by the brothers Grimm? Britain still waits for justice for one of their citizen who was brutally killed, his girlfriend raped, by a rajapaksa favourite.

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    Managala ,

    i must give all due credit for your bravery and subsequent actions, it is no secret, from the beginning of MR regime you stood up against the tyranny and shown the world that you do have balls to challenge the mighty Rajapakse brothers by openly criticizing and highlighting the corruptions on endless occasions, it is indeed a worthy cause when official opposition leader appears to be half a sleep , but i have got one question though , why did you organize a support rally for RW on the same day at the same venue , wasn’t your intention to sabotage the democratic right of others who are having different views to your own?

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    Reading Mangala’s articles on CT amuses me. Here is one of the most unscrupulous politicians in the world hurling completely baseless laughable allegations at one of the most respected, albeit controversial business magnates- Mr. Rajamahendran. Yes, I am partial to him. And why not? He does more for Sri Lanka in a single day that Mangala has done in his entire life. Does Mangala directly support the lives of over 30,000 Sri Lankans of all races and religions? Does Mangala immediately sweep into action whenever Sri Lanka is faced with a natural catastrophe? Has Mangala brought an ounce of international credibility or fame to Sri Lanka? Mr. Rajamahendran does. He is responsible for Sri Lanka gaining ICC Test status, although this fact is often swept under the carpet today. It was his vision that founded Dialog GSM in Sri Lanka when GSM technology was not even heard of in the US. It was his leadership that turned the media on its head by relentlessly innovating. It was his company that forgot about the bottomline and dedicated its network for months on end to help Sri Lanka rebuild after the Tsunami. It is his organization that continues to attract and retain bright young Sri Lankans, preventing a brain drain that could be devastating to SL in years to come.
    Mangala, if you read this mate, remember this: You are not only cheating yourself. You are cheating Sri Lankas tomorrow. You are gambling with our children. You can play politics for all you want mate. But let the good people of Sri Lanka continue along their way. LEAVE THEM OUT OF YOUR TWISTED WORLD. And if critisism is levelled at you, take it like a man. But that’s wishful thinking.

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