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In The Name Of God, Go!

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

“In the name of God, go!” – Oliver Cromwell, 20 April 1653, London, England

Two weeks from today, nearly 400 years ago, Oliver Cromwell sacked a corrupt British parliament (the Long Parliament) and scolded away its MPs, “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go”.

Sri Lanka has no Cromwell, but it has its people. And their will be done.

The two-billion-dollar (Lanka’s current forex balance) question is who will go first, the President or the Parliament. The Parliament is ready to go for reelection but only after the President goes through his resignation.

It has been a hectic week in politics that began with “Go Gota, Go” protests at Jubilee Post, Mirihana, on Thursday 31 March. There is no sign of the President resigning any time soon, nor is there any sign of the people letting up on their insistent demand that Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa must leave. To-date there has not been any public sign of support for the President to continue in office. There is no mistaking the direction in which the political wind is blowing. It is more than the proverbial wind. It is a storm, an unprecedented tsunami on the political landscape. At the same time the economic crisis and the people’s hardships are not showing any sign of abating.

Speechless & Powerless

The President is yet to address the nation even though the events of this week and the continuing hardships in people’s lives warrant a national address by the President. A Head of State is not a backroom operator but the interface between the state and the citizens. Effective national communication is an essential part of an elected president’s job. In the current situation, when so much is at stake and so many people are genuinely hurting, the President is also guilty of not showing empathy besides being unacceptably unforthcoming.

All we have are reports that the President had informed political parties in the government that “he will not step down from the Presidency but will hand over the government to whoever that holds 113 seats in Parliament.” Later the President let his dummy in parliament, Johnston Fernando, the Government Whip, declare in the Assembly that “the President will absolutely not resign.” On Thursday, the President showed up in parliament and took his seat, only to be seen but not heard.

By continuing in office, the President is not only aggravating the challenges facing the country, but he is also setting himself up for a harsh exit relative to the somewhat quiet way out that he can take advantage of now. So far, the government has tried imposing a curfew, declaring a State of Emergency, and disbanding the SLPP-led government and forming a new national government. But nothing has worked. The President has all the powers but he seems unable to execute anything.

He declared a State of Emergency on Friday and revoked it on Tuesday. Easily the shortest duration of Emergency Rule in Sri Lanka. The government knew that parliament would have rejected an extension. The curfew last Sunday became a political picnic for the people. The President staged a cabinet resignation as a sop to the protesting people. Now he cannot find enough MPs to have a cabinet of more than four ministers. One of the four, Ali Sabri, who was shuffled from Justine to Finance, first resigned out of principle and his revoke his resignation apparently compelled by his patriotism. Brother Basil who flew over the ocean to become Finance Minister is nowhere to be seen or heard.

Thankfully, however, adult hands are back at the Central Bank and the Treasury after two years of Cabraal-onomics. The new Central Bank Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe and Treasury Secretary Mahinda Siriwardane have hit their strides impressively fast as they try to “catch up” after preciously lost time and mad hatter decision making. They are moving fast to start negotiations with the IMF that has been waiting for months for some sane head in the government to talk with.

The currency keeps falling and the current rate is at Rs. 326 for a US Dollar. Deposit and lending policy rates have been raised by a record 700 basis points. Amidst calls for its overhaul, the Monetary Board under the new Governor is overhauling its message and its approach. But the costs of delayed remedies are going to be high and severe with or without the IMF. The political question is whether Gotabaya Rajapaksa should continue as President to administer the bitter medicines required to cure the country’s economic ailments after twenty years of the Rajapaksa yugaya. Is he going to wait till the rupee drops to 500 per dollar?

Deadlock in Parliament

The government has lost its two-thirds majority in parliament. But the governing party, the SLPP, still has about 112/113 MPs out of the total 225. That slender and fleeting majority of SLPP MPs is the only political support the President has in the country. The near-equal divide in parliament is not a portrayal of the country that is overwhelmingly united in calling for the President’s resignation. As I said earlier, there is no one outside parliament standing up in support of the President staying in office without resigning.

The President’s efforts to form a national government have been brutally rebuffed. On Thursday, the JVP/NPP leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake greeted the President’s attendance in parliament by reiterating the JVP’s position that it will not accept any proposal for an interim government unless the President resigns. The Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, has said the same thing on Tuesday. And so has every other political party in parliament. Forty two MPs have left the governing alliance. The government has a majority of one, one day, and no majority the next day. Still, the President seems to think he can go on merrily for three more years without resigning.

It is unfortunate that the Speaker of Parliament, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, reportedly ruled out the possibility of Parliament asking the President to step down. Apparently in his view “Parliament has no democratic right to ask the president to resign.” I beg to disagree. Parliament can ask for anything but the President does not have to abide by it. Yet, a resolution calling on the President to resign will carry a powerful symbolic effect. It will resonate with what the people are calling for from outside the scaffolds of the state.

To his credit, the Speaker also made a special statement in parliament to warn about an impending food crisis and “appealed to lawmakers to sink their political differences … and come together to find solutions.” The Speaker knows full well as to who is stopping lawmakers from coming together. It is the President who is refusing to resign. The role of the Speaker in the current situation is unenviable. His role is not to intercede on behalf of the President in parliament. It is to faithfully convey to the President the mood in parliament, which ought to be the mood of the people.

On the other hand, it is wrong for GL Peiris, the resigned and re-sworn Foreign Minister, to suggest, as he reportedly ‘explained’ to Colombo’s diplomatic community, that the current demonstrations are “not directly against the government, a political party or the ruling party but against the entire political establishment of the country and that the very foundation of the system was under criticism.” It is also beneath him to use isolated protest rhetoric allegedly calling “for all MPs to resign and allow academics and professionals to run the country,” and suggest that the protest demands are infeasible. They have only one demand – for the President to resign.

Minister Peiris is also reported to have “outlined the Constitutional provisions that are currently available which included the Prime Minister taking over for 60 days in the event an incumbent President resigns, after which the MPs would have to elect a suitable leader among them to lead the country for the remaining period until an election could be held.”

Perfect! But he is speaking to the wrong audience, the diplomatic community! The former academic should conduct a tutorial for the President and the Prime Minister and explain to them that there is nothing unconstitutional about the public outcry calling for the President to resign. He could also be helpful by suggesting that both the President and the Prime Minister should resign and Parliament can elect one of its MPs to be sworn in as interim President. That is all the people are asking for.

Not only Minister Peiris, but opinion makers and editorial writers are also missing the mark when they keep preaching to the people to keep peace and avoid violence. Instead, they should aim at the bullseye and call on the President to resign with honour and spare the country from prolonging the agony. In the current mood of the country, the only way the President can serve democracy is by resigning. He can do it in time for the country to celebrate New Year in high spirits even if people’s stomachs are not full and their nights are without lights. And he can do it in time for the country to mark Easter with new hope and optimism.

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    In the name of God, go
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    Indeed!
    In the name of the most high, all freemasons and tares must step down from all positions of power!
    They can do it willingly, or be taken out!
    Look up Mark Alan King and his gematria website for real insights into what is really going on.

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      Now the man who defended a criminal for 34 court cases misleading the nation, Ali sabry, is putting entire blame on Ajith Cabral.
      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKPDALjMKHc
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      To me the day I see, Ali Sabry, Gota, Ajith Cabral and mafia boss be rotten in a prison cell will the day I could breath in properly. Stop scapegoating !…. these ballige puthas would never respect law and order. Ali Sabry is highly complicit for srilanken mess.

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    In the name of God, why can’t the USA Ambassador declare the TRUTH that NGR
    was an American citizen at the time of submitting his application to contest the Presidential election. Are they playing a game with the Sri Lankan citizens?
    There aren’t terrorists in SL apart from his goons in civilian or armed forces. Military intelligence is working not for the people of SL but to Rajapakshas

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    R’s are only digging their own grave by not resigning. Honorable resignation might give them chance at coming back at another time. Their refusal to part with power is too telling of their megalomania. They will never be voted for again. In no way will most of the parliament ever work with them. The country is descending into chaos.

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    Rajan , people need to remember Mafia family, have no respect for law ,constitution, people’s need and wishes, or their pain and suffering. They only care about staying in power to enrich their kith and kin. Mahinda tried entering illegally where Supreme court eventually told him off. Even as a president he illegally tried extending his term with a help of white collar criminal GLP.. Now Gotha says he will stay put regardless of what people say or think.Even Pissu Sira who tried desperately to hang in when told, left without much kicking and screaming. But Rajapaksas are a different lot.

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    Just watched a youtube of Cardinal??? Malcolm Ranjith saying it is god’s vengeance (svenson possibly does not believe in this) on the RATpakeses of the sinhala “SoRI cant pay LOANSKA” Fortunately because of Covid sinhala land is now not as prevalently known as paedophile (in paedophile web sites) tourist destination PAEDOPHILE LANDKA as was during the war years, and the RATpakes WANTING every dollar to LOOT turned a blind eye to this activity.

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    Hie will go and so will his government, however, who is going to replace them? Another lot of opportunistic, nasty, lying, swindling, Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist psychopaths, again elected largely by an ill-informed, brainwashed, racist majority Sinhalese electorate, to deliver their ethnocentric, Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist Nirvana on the back of a marginalized Tamil population? To start the same story again? I say Tamil as all the three Tamil-speaking populations on the island, indigenous Eelam from the northeast, Indian origin, and the Muslim or Moor are all Tamil by ethnicity.

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      High time Sri Lanka gets a Tamil president. All will be country unity and soverignity…..no separatism….rights of SB’s assured. Only a Tamil president can give the much needed brains for survival of the Motherland.

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        Ramona Fernando,

        There are plenty on the Sinhala side who can bring foreign investment to the country. People like billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya. When the rupee is trading at a massive discount to the dollar, the government should offer incentives to dual-citizens, excluding Tamil diaspora who financed LTTE, to buy properties or take a large stake in state-owned corporations. This would allow for a massive inflow of USD, providing much-needed short-term liquidity. When the Greek banks collapsed, plenty of investors were willing to “take a gamble.” Sri Lanka is actually in a better position because unlike Greece at that time, its Central Bank is independent. There are “creative solutions” to what we see now, from private investors. Unfortunately the government will try the usual failed methods: IMF or China.

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          Lester,

          Lankan investors are afraid to invest with the R’s after R’s stole the country investments and imprisoned businessmen like Lalith Kotelawala.

          Working on in-country investing solutions were too intricate for the R’s. They were into the ease and grandiosity of the alternate-global-order investment (toppling of the world order), and placed the money of the country on what China and Russia enticed them into.

          See Port City? That’s where the money of the hard-working-suffering-Sri Lankans is. Huge bank of money placed in bit-coin and shell accounts sitting in-waiting, that can only be released after the China-Russia global takeover (the USA meltdown). R’s are still hanging on, awaiting the fulfillment of soothsaying prophetess Gnana Akka.

          Too late for now, to reinvoke Lankan investor confidence. People will invest only after R’s have been driven off.

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          Lester,
          “There are plenty on the Sinhala side who can bring foreign investment to the country. People like billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya.”
          Chamath is not ” on the Sinhala side”. He is Canadian/ US educated , hardly speaks Sinhala, and is much more American than Gotass and Kaputass. He describes himself as a refugee from Buddhist extremism. Go do your research before you post rubbish. Nobody with Chamath’s brainpower would be “on the Sinhalese side” as you fondly describe your masters.

          https://youtu.be/PDmLTCo-oN4

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            Codger,

            I don’t know why you try to speak for any Sinhalese, since you can’t even admit the LTTE are terrorists. Your goal is a separate state using whatever tactics available including suicide bombing and mass murder. You are on the same level as ISIS and Taliban. I would go so far as to say, your views don’t even represent the mainstream Tamil view. Regarding Chamath, clearly you don’t know anything about him.

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              Lester the ignoramus,
              “Regarding Chamath, clearly you don’t know anything about him.”
              Why don’t you watch the video and see what he says about himself? Or don’t you know what a “refugee” is.? Or have you no money to watch it?
              At least learn to admit when you’re checkmated instead of bringing up irrelevant rubbish. BTW, when did you last fly to Kadawata?

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                Chamath is not a “refugee.” Sinhalese don’t call themselves “refugees.” We went on the plane, not the boat. I know who Chamath is because I follow the US stock market. He has the same background and mindset as me, to invest in technology. Unlike you, he doesn’t care about some fake freedom struggle.

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                  So you know what Chamath calls himself better than he does?
                  Watch the video, dumbo.

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      Rohan aka Pandi Kutti aka Sankaran Sharma,

      You are right that Tamils will get nothing whether Gota stays or goes. LTTE killed all the good leaders: Neelan, Kumar, Rajani, Lakshman. Stupid diaspora supported suicide terrorism and TNA. Now reap the benefits. Funny part is, LTTE never touched loser Ranil. Now he is whining to the world about his “surplus” in 2019.

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        Lester,
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        You must do your home work before adding such comments. Rohan is not PK or SS.
        .
        May well you are an UK citizen, but you need to learn lot more Lester… we still remember how you guys stood with most abusive politicians in our motherland. Rajapakshes fate will be similar to that of Gadafi…. with days/weeks to see the pictures, I wish if those who supported the criminals would have also been punished by every means.

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          Leela,

          Today is almost 19 years to the date of the fall of “Elephant Pass.”

          According to the TamilNet of Monday, 28 April 2003:

          “The third anniversary of the fall of the strategically crucial Elephant Pass garrison and the successful defeat of the Operation Agni Khiela by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was celebrated Monday on a grand scale in the grounds where the Sri Lanka Army artillery base in Pallai once stood. LTTE senior commander and Intelligence chief Pottu Amman participated in the event, sources said “

          Do you know what happened to this Pottu Amman bugger? He was buried 12 feet under as Gotha executed the “white flag” terrorists. You are saying Gotha abused the motherland. Check again, Leela, it was Gotha who ended terrorism once and for all. By the way, Gadafi was also a good man. He gave up his nuclear weapons and the West betrayed him. Norway tried the same thing with MaRa. See for yourself: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EgGZhOGXsAAPLIj?format=jpg&name=large. This is what your hero Ranil was preparing for.

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        Jester, I am neither a Piglet nor a Brahmin Sharma. Just stick to being a Jester, in the Rajapakse court, instead of trying to guess who I really am.

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          You may be surprised as if you live in the UK, I may be living quite close to you.

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        Jester, Rohan( really!) aka Pandi Kutti( mmm that is lovely me ) aka Sankaran Sharma( what! I am not that old, sorry). Please compare me to something lovely like Miss Piggy or Babe the pig, or even the three little pigs. Do not insult me by stating I am a human and an older one too. I am a rescued Piglet that now lives in a luxurious, former pigsty that has been converted. You are free to visit me at my lovely abode and enjoy a lovely mudbath. It will do you lots of good and may end up being a nice lovely person inside and out.

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    RP,
    Well written article, except, ‘Thursday 31 August’, which should read as “Thursday 31 APRIL”
    probably due to auto proofing!

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    Some sinhala land crooked RATpakse supporter member of the menagerie sinhala land “law” house (parliament) stated that the persons objecting to the RATpakses rule are terrorists. This was the approach taken by the barbaric sinhala armed forces (supported by 6.9million sinhala voters) when they killed ceylon tamil civilians. When these RATpakses erstwhile supporters are killed by starvation lack of medicines (one noted officially but I am aware that prescribed medications are so exorbitantly expensive that the ill take the medicines in intervals of days or portions (eg half) not consistent with the required say daily dosage or complete pill) resulting in many unreported deaths. When these erstwhile sinhala RATpakses supporters are protesting and dying THEY can consider that their erstwhile (“Lion” )/ Jekyll/Hyena of Ruhunu consider them a terrorist?

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    Longer he waits, worst it will become. This should be taught to him, if anyone close to him, … to a manner, zoo workers get on with stubborn animals.
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    Looking back, Gota s govt did not succeed any single thing since they grabed power. So it is rigth school going children to go on protest marchs and ask for his resignation.
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    If opposition did not force them to go for covid vaccinations, lot more people would have died. They starting from stupid speaker in the parliament, minister of health (Apawithra DEWI) and all were publicly busy with sipping – a syrup concocted by a kali amma controlled schizophant.
    :
    Gota became today a laughter stock to own folks and the rest of world. – COMMON term -PISSA- mad man being used to attack him go viral these days.
    :
    If Pakistan premier did not involve, Gota and his mlechcha regime would not have allowed COVID death burial rights.

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      Leela,

      “Longer he waits, worst it will become.”

      Once in a century, I agree with you. If people are starving, the protests will turn violent. There will be riots, worse than ’83. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. My opinion: a bailout is being negotiated with China.

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        Lester the pesterer !
        You are a pain to many of us. THAT YOU KNOW VERY WELL AND THAT WAS THE REASON YOU BASTARD TO BE OUT OF CT FOR SUCH A LONG TIME:
        You the kind of low lives are the reason Gota and his brothers to become what they are today. As CBK once said it louder… uncultured, uneducated bastards, produced DA Rajapakshe. TOday the people are caught by all anxities, not knowing how to move forward – curse should go to the brutal family…. I know that their end will not be different to that Gadafi s
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        Not even my pet dog would behave to the level of Rajaakshses, to me, I am afraid, I don thave any leader in activity today to compare with.
        .
        Mahinda should be jailed forever.. we would love to see him being faced with beyond what RR goes thorugh today. In fact, RR is a gentleman, who did nothing to the n ation.. to fall this depth.
        MaRa s last breath should occure in a prison cell for sure.

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          LM,
          “Not even my pet dog would behave to the level of Rajaakshses,”
          Lester may be Gota’s pet . Even though he claims not to be gay like Ranil.
          But, please don’t insult dogs. At least they know when they are being screwed.

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          Leela,

          Don’t you know CBK is the biggest hora in the history? So many Supreme Court cases against her. That’s why SLFP choose MaRa instead of her in 2005. It was a good choice. Even with Tamil Tiger terrorism, Sri Lankan economy grew 6.2% in 2005, 7.7% in 2006, 6.0% in 2008, and 2.5% in 2009. When CBK hora was in charge, GDP growth was -1.6% in 1998 and -1.9% in 2001.

          I see you are obsessed with RR. Another loser who was using the public funds for phone sex. Kindly search on Youtube, as I cannot link to porno here. Mr. Leela, you need to follow winners, not losers. Perception is the key to success. Btw, I left CT for business reasons. Terrorist supporters and moda ranil backside lickers here, one has to prioritize.

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            Lester,
            “That’s why SLFP choose MaRa instead of her in 2005.”
            Are all fake patriots as ignorant as you are?
            Mahinda was selected because CBK had done 2 terms. What a dumbo know-it-all. At least do what you’re paid for properly.

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              OC/
              .
              No point of wasting ur precious time for tompatsha being dropped down by a fool like lester/ why not bugger joined with pro- Rajapakshe protest marchs today? 🙂😎🐃🤔🐕😉

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                Lester was misled by rasakatha fabricated by Pachawahinis/ that is why the kind of thanakola eaters believe yet today Gota liberated srilanka from northern rebels. As little benjamin I too was misled again and a again bt fairy tales because I did like traditional food in sl. Those fairy tales persuaded me then but as a mid quintagenarian I would nt go after the kind of lanken rasakatha/ but whole lot of Pingonas of lester s nature would take another decade or two to see it right / we can recommend this bp to go and see our brave youth in Gotagohomegama/😉🐕🤔🐃😎🙂😍😶🍬😡🤥✌

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                Mr. Leela,

                It looks like you lost again. IMF loan will come, protestors will go home, MaRa will continue with business as usual. This time the business will be harder as IMF will likely demand austerity. Hope Gotha will not threaten to hang them, as credit facilities will be limited going forward with $51 B default now guaranteed. The “Ape Anuduwa” Opposition of ex-terrorist JVP, Tamil Tiger spokesmen, and C7 Anglicans will have to re-group for the next round. Maybe Namal bugger will make a run for President? This time, I will be part of the “Opposition” if your hero Ranil stays out.

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        Lester
        The Jester

        ” My opinion: a bailout is being negotiated with China.”

        Probably another war crime denier Palitha Kohona who is just like you, may have known what was going on.

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        Hi Lester
        Hope springs eternal in the human heart!
        Whether such hopes becomes Reality is entirely another matter!

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    My Dear Tamil brothers and sisters please thing twice before giving your support and getting fully involved in this latest protest against the government by majority singalese.once there demands are met they will show there real face to the tamils.when any proposal that by any singala party come before them none of them will show their support openly to the tamil.THIS IS IN THEIR BLOOD.PLEASE DO NOT BECOME FOOLS BY SUPPORTING THEM.ONCE THEY GET GAS,POWER AND FOOD THEY WILL GO TO SLEEP AS USUAL.

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      Paragon, you are right. The Tamils are cheated again and again. They keep returning for more kicks in the face like a dog who wont leave his brutal master. So where is that oh so clever Tamil brain? And who are the modayas? This time it will be no different, just wait and see what the TNA does next.

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        Oh, due you love kicking dogs and ill-treating animals? Is that why you love sadists, psychopaths, and racist war criminals and can closely identify with them? Are you bitter cruel and twisted because Viking Sukkar Papa ill-treats you? Is he a brutal master and makes you walk on all four, woof, and beg for your meals? Has a reindeer kicked you hard when you tried to ill-treat it? You should be reported to the Croydon animal protection society. So sorry that life has cheated you and now your fellow Chingkallams. I live in a luxurious converted Pigsty with lots of space and rooms to provide shelter to ill-treated damaged animals and bitter cruel humans. We nurse them rehabilitate them and rehouse them. Please contact me as you are badly in need of some respite and psychiatric treatment. Once this is done I will try my best to rehouse you with a nice master who does not illtreat you and kick you.

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      Paragon,

      I wish if you formulated it ” DEAR SRILANKENS instead of TAMIL BROTHERs”:
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      Name of god, name of our youth in our country, please dont try to spread hatreds. Enough is enough: We are all srilankens …. that is what goes through the little ones that lead protest marches today. Did you hear any slogans being against Muslims, Tamils and others.
      .
      This rise is unique. Please give it a chance.

      I have no idea about your age group, but many older guys regardless of their ethinic back ground… they promoted racism or supported anyone that promoted it directly or indirect.
      .
      Now time has come to go for a palpable change in rebuilding the society. If PEOPLE down there would consider them ” as SRILANKENS as one nation” only we can see better future for our youth.

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    “All 225 should go” is just a slogan which doesn’t mean a thing. When we are angry with someone we say “I don’t need anybody, get vanished”. We should stop this “all 225 should go” as Gota and cohorts are trying to hide behind it.

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    In the face of public wrath, two groups of people of authority have a dilemma to face. One set wants to cling on to power the other set wants to be the nice fellows in the public eye. Supposing the President resigns, then one of the MPs must be elected as the President by Parliament. Now, although the governing members seem to be in a disarray winning votes for other “smoothies” is quite simple for some. If the current parliament were to elect the successor to NGR, then clearly PMR cannot stand as he has already served two terms, but BRR can do the trick like how he got the votes to enact the 20th amendment. I think this would go from bad to worse. A result closer to the public will may be achieved if a new Parliament were to elect a successor to NGR. For that the MPs must pass a resolution requesting the dissolution of the Parliament. Whatever it is Turkey would not vote for an early Christmas and therefore such a resolution seem to be out of the question and instead keep on shouting “Go! Gota Go!”.

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    Rajan Philips –,
    Your entire article speculates only probabilities within the framework of the existing constitution.

    When the crisis in the streets overtakes anything constitutional.

    it is a revolutionary situation is similar to English Civil war, French revolution, Russian Revolution and Arab spring. It is history in the making.

    Remember “Constitution is only a piece of paper”.

    People are more powerful than the constitutions.

    Think out of the Box !

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    “The two-billion-dollar (Lanka’s current forex balance) question is who will go first … …”
    According to weekly reports issued over the past two months, beginning from early February to date, our foreign exchange balance has remained static at two billion dollars! How can that be? Haven’t they touched it at all? I think the actual amount of dollar reserves right now cannot be more than 500 million dollars. And what is the position regarding the gold? Come on, guys, let us scrape the bottom of the barrel! We have to eat!

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    First Gota, Mahinda & Co should go home (Jail) for all the crimes they committed against humanity. Then rotten parliament should go.

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      Our hospitals are in dire need of life saving medicines, medical devices to save newborn babies lives, and various equipment needed to help dying patients….time for the Rajapaksa’s to use some of the ill gotten gains stashed away in tax free havens, and use it to save the lives of our people. Collectively if all the Rajapaksa’s were made to give back all they have stolen we could solve many of the problems we are facing right now. The most corrupt regime/family in our lifetime.

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      Ajith,
      Home is the jail !

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    Native,

    This is very interesting, especially what he says about Asians at about 1:03:00 and later about Singapore ……… have a listen ………… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGG_rt1Dfqk

    Contrary to what many believe ……… Gota didn’t make a jackass of himself because he lacked experience ………. he made a mess of himself because he lacks intelligence and knowledge.

    Simple as that!

    If experience is what he lacked, then how come all before him with decades of experience progressively made a mess of the country?

    The best example; Sirisena ……… after several decades in politics, did Sirisena lack experience? ……….. what he lacked was intelligence and knowledge ………

    Our minds play tricks on us and we are conditioned to accept them without scrutiny. ………… Now Old Codger might interject and say, when it comes to gals, it really doesn’t matter; only Nathan will be clever enough to disagree with that ……..

    We carry unexamined myths within us that need a honest brutal re-evaluation ……….

    That’s why I have argued 100,000 Watt searchlights to be focused on the next-in-line, Sajith, JVP ……. et al ……….

    We can’t walk into the next phase …….. with our eyes closed ……… only trusting blind-faith ….. once again ………….

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      Nimal,
      “That’s why I have argued 100,000 Watt searchlights to be focused on the next-in-line, Sajith, JVP ……. et al ………”
      My suggestion, for what it’s worth:
      Let Tim Sebastian interview all the contenders. That should separate the men from the boys.

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      nimal fernando

      “…..he made a mess of himself because he lacks intelligence and knowledge.”

      What do you call those who lack intelligence and knowledge?

      I have listened to Warren Buffet at length before, not Charlie Munger.
      Interesting young man.

      By the way many Tamils are still not satisfied that the 6.9 million and their racist robber barons have genuinely changed changed. They cite the absence of voices (placards) demanding a genuine investigation into war crimes and crime against humanity. And the how the state and functionaries treat them. For example day before yesterday a lone MP Gagendran stood on the streets. A police inspector told him to move away because they were not allowed gather on public places. He questioned the policeman why the police was not forced the large crow to vacate in the south. The policeman had no logical answer. He said it was meant to be like that.

      I am afraid the 6.9, politicians, Sangha, … are going to miss another opportunity.

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    WTF the TNA want the tamil nadu government to give food aid to the sinhalas who were according to a budhhist monk I jeut heard over you tube say that these sinhalas bought the ammunition and paid for food personally not from government moneys for the sinhala [barabaric] armed forces [in the rapes murders and killings of tha tamils!!]

    I hope Stalin of Tamil Nadu has more sense that the TNA and does not help the sinhalas of the ” SoRI cant pay LoANsKA “and the welcoming of paedophiles LANdka . Anyway I expect to see EE loudly agitating and refusing aid from Hindustan! as I expect any self respecting sinhala to refuse this aid and contemplate death by starvation and lack of medicies as dignified! All those sinhalas who protest and die (because of lack of medicines and starvation, malnutrition etc) are mere sinhala terrorists per RATPACKse supporters!!!!!

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      It is time Cardinal Malcolm performed the exorcism ceremony :

      “Behold the Cross of the Lord.
      Flee away ye inimical powers,
      The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered,
      Alleluiah, Alleluiah, Alleluiah.

      And whilst swinging the incense burner, shout aloud :
      IN THE NAME OF GOD, GO!

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        Oh,…and sprinkle the Holy Water also to drive out the Devils!

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          👆For the R’s, i mean.

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    ‘opportunistic, nasty, lying, swindling, Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist psychopaths,’
    ‘ethnocentric, Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist Nirvana’
    ‘barbaric sinhala armed forces’
    ‘THIS IS IN THEIR BLOOD.’
    ‘sinhalas who protest and die (because of lack of medicines and starvation, malnutrition etc) are mere terrorists’
    .
    Hilarious. These are the people who constantly whine about Sinhala Buddhist racism.

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      Svenson/.

      They sowed the seeds of sinhala Buddhist racism/ consequences as the harvest are being reaped today.✌🤥😡🍬😶😍😎🐃🤔🐕

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    Gota should go but, where to go ? He only holds a registered(lottery) Citizenship in the U.S.A. As he has abused his powers by pardoning murder – convicted prisoners , money laundering with his brothers thereby, made the country bankrupt and for many other reasons even he would face legal proceedings in that country as well.

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