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JVP Acknowledges 88-89 Bloodbath Should Be Probed

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today agreed to the appointment of a special independent commission to probe the incidents that occurred during 88-89 period, which saw a blood-bath in the country.

JVP 89Speaking at the final day of the second reading of Budget 2016, currently in session, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said his party will both agree and support an independent mechanism to investigate 88-89 incidents.

Dissanyake however stressed that such a probe should be carried out in an impartial manner while investigating all sections involved and also the incidents that led to a youth uprising in the first place.

Dissanayake while welcoming an independent investigative mechanism said that such a probe could also help to avert such disasters in the future.

The JVP leader said that such a commission should involve persons with indisputable integrity and expert knowledge, since some of the persons who were directly and indirectly responsible for the killings at the time might still be members of the current government.

Earlier during the budget debate, Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayanth called for a full investigation into the events of 1988-89 which saw unprecedented destruction to both man and property.

Premajayanth urged the appointment of a Commission to investigate the mass killings that took place during the period in question when the JVP staged its second uprising.

Meanwhile, the vote after the second reading of the budget will be taken in the evening today.

President Maithripala Sirisena who arrived in the country yesterday after visiting Malta and France was seen at the parliament premises since early morning.

Sirisena held a group meeting of the SLFP members in parliament and urged them to vote for the budget. He requested those SLFP MP’s who have opted to sit in the opposition to abstain if they cannot say “Aye” to the proposals, a SLFP MP said.

Meanwhile, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that at least five opposition UPFA members will vote for the budget.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa were not seen within the house during the morning session at the ongoing second reading of the budget.

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    “Former President Mahinda Rajapakse not seen in the Parliament….”

    It is strange that CT did not know that Former President Mahinda Rajapakse was elected by the voters of Kurunegala to “Abeyaramaya Temple” situated at Narahenpita. He participated in the Budget debate from that “Temple” where only his supporters were present so as to assure him that no questions would be posed and answers were not to be given. It is not known HOW MANY of his “Constituents” were PERMITTED to be present on that occasion.

    In due course “HE” will express his thoughts on this proposal of appointing an Independent Commission to look into 1988-1989 uprising again from “Abeyaramaya”. Please await “Breaking News” on that matter.

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      JVP Anura Dissanayaka.

      RE: JVP Acknowledges 88-89 Bloodbath Should Be Probed

      “The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today agreed to the appointment of a special independent commission to probe the incidents that occurred during 88-89 period, which saw a blood-bath in the country.”

      Yes. Fess it up. Clean it up. Take responsibility. Make it part of History, and move on.

      Ask forgiveness from the surviving Victims and their families.

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      Abhayarama? Has he become a monk then, or does he like free alms now that he cannot commandeer public assets and loot the Treasury?

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    Anura Kumara Dissanayake

    JVP Acknowledges 88-89 Bloodbath Should Be Probed.

    A great news for Truth Seekers in this island.

    Thanks.

    Are you prepared to submit a complete dossier of JVP’s share of war crimes, robberies, … ………. ?

    Could you now call for a complete independent investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since 5th April 1971, by all sides to the conflicts.

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    JVP will become more relevant with the promotion of nepotism, deal making, no transparency happening even under the so called Good Governance. President has done a very despicable act by appointing his brother as the Chairman of TRC. The government should not do things that will push the youth towards another insurrection.

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    Well done Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake. You are the only politician in SL with a backbone. I hope you one day get to lead this country and put it right. Re look at your party constitution and make it inclusive for all Sri Lankans irrespective of race and religion. Drop titles like comrade etc and give-up your revolutionary style approach. Be relatable to the people. You are doing a good job but we need you to be a lot more adaptable with your policies. Retain some of your socialist ideals (if you have to )and shed others and make it a market driven economy like China and Russia. We will vote for you.

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      What a laughing stock you have written pot shot! Why dont you tell them to first name a shadow cabinet from their own party ‘comrades’ in order for us – the voters – to know who will lead education, foreign service, finance etc. etc., in the event of jvp being in power.

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    In 1971, aged 19 years, Maithripala Sirisena was jailed for 15 months for being an alleged member of the JVP (Wikipedia).

    Thus, the President himself should be interested in the past history of the JVP, and could contribute very vital information.

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      justice

      “In 1971, aged 19 years, Maithripala Sirisena was jailed for 15 months for being an alleged member of the JVP”

      My Elders told me Vasudeva Nanayakara too spent some time in prision custody.

      My Elders also told me more than 125 young employees of Ratnapura Kachcheri were taken to a remote location to be shot and killed by a senior police officer.

      Then a Tamil old codger intervened just in time to save all of them.

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        Native Veddah, you have clearly shown your true racist colours.
        The so called “Tamil old codger” intervened and stopped the slaughter of the 125 young kachcheri staff who may have been a majority of Sinhalese youth employed in the Kachcheri. He is in fact a Hero to those lives he saved.

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          Yasin

          “you have clearly shown your true racist colours. “

          Why do you think so?

          I was also told that nearly 200 of the Kachery staff attended his funeral in Jaffna a few years later.

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    AKD is a brainless useless bugger. The silly fucker wants only his share of misery be hyped and chewed over for a show piece to rescue them from political refuge and oblivion. They don’t want us to think of in terms of cause and effect. Why were JVPers killed like dogs on roads? Because they acted like dogs, barked like dogs and theorized like assholes, they burned, killed, robbed, plundered, conspired and thalibanized the Sri Lankan political space and time. They brought in a culture of terrorism, anarchy, disorder and destruction. And a lawfully elected government had no option other than to stop them. True certain elements in the forces and police took advantage of the occasion too. They bartered, sow and disseminated violence, death and destruction and they reaped the harvest not different from the seeds! And that misfortunate Sri Lankan gene is called JVP which still lives on and demands major societal, political and civilizational DNA surgery to remove it without any trace from the Sri Lankan psyche.

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      wow……wonder how the 1st sentence of this comment MISSED the editors net…. interesting how some get EDITED….

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      Silva,

      MR who led the Mother’s Front of the JVPers as the Crusader of the Human Rights, who later turned out to be the biggest violator of Human Rights of all in the country, will be able to shed more light.

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    At last there is realisation that it is necessary to hold war crimes trials if the country is to wipe away the system that was built on a callous and total disregard of the minorities which included the Tamils as well as the Sinhalese poor. But, the JVP of that time was a communalist party intent on killing not only Tamils but also the old and the infirm. What was callous was that in the pretext of killing JVP cadres whose brutality parallels ISIS, the government also killed a large number of innocent young people. It is the same army that displayed a callous disregard of Tamil lives later on. The need for demilitarisation is obvious. The holding of war crimes with foreign judges will also help to cleanse the local crooks who constitute the judiciary. It will hinder politicians resortting to ethnic and religious chauvinism in the future. The UN must carry out its decision to hold war crimes trials. They must include those responsible for the killing of the Sinhalese young.

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    Yes of course it should be probed, but at the same time JVPs murderous activities lead by people like Wijeweera, Somawansa, Wimal, Anura, Tilwin etc must be probed, as well as the actions of both sides at the 71 uprising. The fact of the matter is this so called civilized predominantly Buddhist nation is more interested in killing their neighbors and kith and kin, as much as their enemies in the power struggle for upmanship. They are good at talking about what happened in Cambodia or Vietnam etc, and reciting sutras on platforms, but have not got grey matter to reflect on their own deeds, never mind paying lip service to meditation, nowadays done as mass, talking meditation lead by loud speakers. All a load of bunkum!

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    Whisky Madam’s Mom and, Keselwatta Kid’s Dad share the title of the biggest butchers of Sinhala Buddhists besides Vellala Hero Pirahaparan..

    And it is a fact.

    Batalanda Ranil was a member of the Cabinet when Keselwatta Senior unleashed that inexplicable carnage on the young, as well as middle aged Sinhala Buddhists in the rural sector.

    Bataland’s Uncle , Junius is the other President . unleashed terror on Tamils in Colombo.

    So the score card doesn’t bode well for the Yahapalana architects and enforcers.

    Why didn’t the JVP Prince call for this Investigation himself?.

    Will his agreement to accept the investigation affect his pay and perks , when the new employer, the Leader of the Opposition does the next Performance Review on Kumara?.

    Because Kumara is insisting on totally impartial judges, will Batalanda Ranil and Boru Sirisena give the White Judges in the Hybrid Courts an extension to do this investigation as well?

    I mean with Galleon FM finding it hard to get FX nowadays , it may give us a bigger bang for the buck..

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    A genuinely impartial inquiry into ALL uprisings in the country including the one in the North will help to bring out the Truth. What is most important is to look into the root cause of the uprisings!
    There should be emphasis on two matters, namely, impartiality and the root cause.
    Sengodan. M

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    How did gun trotting Wimal Weerawanse escape?

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      He took his cue from Raghavan.

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    The people should give a chance to the JVP to govern the country in the next elections. Both the UNP and SLFP have shown that they are not interested about the well-being of the people of Sri Lanka. The present national government is a farce. Forget about the 70s and 80s. Ranil has had torture chambers in Bataland. Almost all leaders have skeletons in their closets. Why not give the JVPers a chance.

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      Very easy for the JVP to be upright and principled when they are in Opposition. Give them power and see how they will change! They are no different from all the other corrupt bastards who have run the nation since Dudley passed away.

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        JVP has not run the nation yet. As Douglas has suggested below, in any of the next elections to be held, give the JVP an opportunity to run a provincial or any other council first since the people have to wait another 4-5 years for the next general elections.

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          Patriot

          “JVP has not run the nation yet.”

          Are they electable?

          What if JVP convert this corrupt state into another North Korea?

          They are yet to exorcise most of their past demons.

          AKD is caught between old ideology and modernization. He needs to put some effort learning about the goodness liberalism.

          He needs to kick a few of the old guards out of the party into the wilderness. They will be lost for ever and that would be good for JVP, good for the members, good for the youth, good for people, good for the country, good for the world.

          He also needs to learn to communicate with minorities, take them into trust, ………….

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            I remember a slogan painted on a wall. ‘JR Eelam handata ahenna’ (JR (Jayawadene) LISTEN to the call for Eelam).

            At that time the JVP was not a racist party. I knew some Tamil members. The JVP were urging the Govt. to listen to and try and understand the reasons for the call for Eelam. The JVP soon found that they could become much more popular if they pandered to Sinhala racism, and that’s what they did.

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              Paul

              From its inception, JVP was built on racism and anti-proletarian ethos. All you have to do is read up Rohana’s lesson 5. Diatribe of the worst kind, it went on to identify the upcountry hard working Tamils as the 5th column of Indian expansionism.

              I was told Somawansa and numerous other JVP members escaped to Hindia with the full knowledge and support of Hindian establishment, facilitated by Tamils with whom JVP had had contact.

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    Patriot: Good proposal. But I would propose to put them to manage and administer the Provincial Councils and test them for their capabilities. That would give us the opportunity to test their ability to do what they preach before they are put into power in the Central government.

    Paul: You are correct in expressing your “Doubts” of JVP performance, because most of the time, excepting in few instances of a “supportive role” they never had an opportunity to hold Governing power. That “Supportive role” was also under corrupt Leadership of a majority party and they learned the bitter lesson and had to leave in disgust. So as I proposed above why not put them to TEST at Provincial Level? Let us see how they perform. So far I have not seen they are suspected of corruption that you wish to brand them with the rest whom we had the opportunity to test out. Don’t you think what I am suggesting is good for the country.

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      Douglas

      Now that old guard Somawansa has left the party AKD has ample opportunity to modernise the party.

      He has been doing the right thing since he was elected as the leader, he is willing to own up past mistakes and say sorry to the people. This is a good start in itself. However, he has a long way to go. He is preaching to the converts, must go out and speak to the people. Party rallies are good, long speeches are good for the leader’s ego, but the leader has the responsibility to educate the people while prepared to learn from them.

      Hope he doesn’t fall for the cheap, nasty, destructive divisive politics of the past.

      I wish him well.

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    Native Vedda: I totally agree with you. That man Somavansa’s departure was a “Blessing in Disguise”. Imagine with whom he is trying to take refuge – Wimal Weeravansa! That itself shows his caliber. JVP must be thankful for his departure. Now AKD has a chance to “modernize” the party and make it an ALTERNATIVE to the corrupted political parties like the UNP and the ULF. This time AKD very well represented the Official Opposition at the Budget Debate; although TNL failed to see the “Dark Side” of it and voted for it. Also ADK has a good team of educated and disciplined people and as you said they must go on the MISSION of “Educating” the People who are the ultimate decision makers. I too wish ADK and the party well in their future endeavours.

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      Douglas

      “But I would propose to put them to manage and administer the Provincial Councils and test them for their capabilities.”

      JVP has been opposing Provincial Councils since the day 13th Amendment was introduced in the parliament. In principle and practice, JVP would not support any form of devolution. On the other hand, they continued to contest Provincial Council elections and enjoy power and perk though limited which accrue by the virtue of the office.

      This I find another hypocrisy on the part of JVP. Now is the time to come clean about devolution.

      A senior member of the JVP once told me that devolution leads to separation and councils would become mafia dens. That was their official position then. Has JVP changed its position since? I am not aware of it.

      Its for the police to deal with Mafiosos if indeed JVP can establish good governance. “Devolution leads to division of country” is only a slogan to build the party support base. JVP should leave the worrying to Hindia.

      I am not sure JVP has begun to address these vital issues.

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      So do I. Somawansa was given refuge in India thanks to his sister being married to a UNP minister. That is how he became the only politbureau member to survive the crackdown on the JVP. The JVP are well rid of him.

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    The ****** waited till the election is over to help Batalanda.

    Soma

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    Native Vedda: Thank you. I myself do not know the JVP stand on the issues of “devolution” and the implementation of the 13A. Only I know they took to the street when this 13th was brought in. Anyway, I have sought their opinion on this matter and hopefully will get some info. I only look at them for the present from the one angle of “Responsible and Accountable Governance”. So far looking at the way they conduct themselves in the Parliament and the way the party affairs are managed, I am to a great extent convinced of them being comparatively considered an “Alternative”. Yet, too early to predict.

    Paul: Thank you. For me Somawansa is good for nothing; but JVP remembers him for whatever good he has done for the party. That was the opinion expressed by AKD at various TV interviews I saw and he stops at that.

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    There is a saying praying sun good after dust. Why these people are talking about JVP killing now after all these days. Is it because we Tamils wanted justice for killing of our innocent people by Singhalese. Very sad, if JVP act in time to punish those unlawful killers, they could have not tried it again on innocent Tamils – Modias , do something better without cheating public again – Public lost confidence on you long time age – you only do things to get vote to lead a good life. MR is still trying to ride on poor people’s back – make those killers to experience the pain of those innocent people – If people can’t get punishment to them,God will punish them when the time comes – Karma will chase those killers where ever they hide – Mahabaratham. MR & Gotha.L can justify their killings to poor singhala modias but they can’t justify to God. They can manipulate to fake Bhudist monks but not to any real monk/God.

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