In one of the most progressive political speeches made in the recent past, the JVP frontliner made a public pledge to fight for the rights of all those facing oppression.
“We stand for the rights of the working class…The working class is being oppressed by the bourgeoisie. Within the working class are those who face further oppression due to their gender or sexual orientation etc.,” he said.
Silva told the crowd that due to various cultural and sometimes legal reasons, those from the LGBTIQ+ community face various issues. He vowed to stand with them and work against the oppression they are facing.
“Depriving someone of their entitled rights based on their physical appearance or their sexual orientation is not acceptable…We don’t agree with any type of oppression,” he added.
Silva went on to note further that the JVP does not wish to be part of a political journey that aims to only win elections while dragging the country into defeat.
“Racial tensions are stirred to exploit votes but that victory is short lived. People’s security cannot be ensured by stirring racial tensions…Weaknesses in public security can be exploited by external forces to a point that it turns into a threat to national security,” he added.