6 December, 2022

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Legitimate Demands Of Protestors Need To Be Met

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The mass protest in Colombo by a large collective of trade unions, student movements, opposition political parties and social activists failed to make an impact. The government had made its own preparations which were more cohesive than those of the protesting groups. They were met with a mobilization of police forces who blocked their way. The police declared early that the protests on public roads would not be permitted. Following the advent of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the government has been interpreting the law narrowly and ordering the police to restrict the scope of protests to places that do not block the roads, inconvenience the general public and will be little noticed.

The situation in the arena of public protests has changed significantly from what it was six months ago. At that time the campaign to oust the government reached its peak with the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Not just the roads, it seemed the entire country got shut down to join the protests. This was also a time when one of the main slogans of the protest movement was to bring to book those who had impoverished the country through their corruption and misrule. When there were rumours that some of the government leaders had withdrawn to a naval base there was concern that fishermen, outraged by the lack of diesel for their boats, would blockade the naval base and even seek to enter it.

By way of contrast, the political parties and trade union leaders who took part in the protests last week were much more circumspect and did not wish to confront the security forces. They gave up the protest at the point the police had put their barricades to prevent forward movement on the road. They were hooted by the students and radical political activists at the protest who wanted the mainstream leaders to be with them when they toppled the barricades and stormed forward. In not forcing a confrontation that would have led to violence the mainstream political leaders preserved the peace. But they failed to uphold the democratic right of people to protest against injustice that has impoverished the masses of people.

Winning Propaganda 

Those who uphold human rights as their first priority have been extremely critical of the government’s refusal to permit public protests and its harassment of protestors by means of arrests and detentions. Prior to the protest, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka reiterated that the police should not use the provisions of the Police Ordinance to violate the fundamental rights declared and recognized by the Constitution of Sri Lanka. The HRCSL made this statement in response to a letter submitted to it by trade unions and mass organizations, informing the commission that the Police had notified them to obtain permission for the peaceful protest. The HRCSL highlighted that peaceful protests were permitted according to Section 77 of the Police Ordinance. It warned the Police that the Constitution of Sri Lanka was the supreme law of the country, adding that violating fundamental rights would result in serious consequences.

On the other hand, six major business chambers in Sri Lanka issued a joint statement calling for the halting of the protests that they say could undermine efforts taken to stabilize the economy. The chambers added that negative publicity could seriously derail action that are being taken to revive the economy, particularly the efforts taken to revive tourism. The statement by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Chamber of Young Lanka Entrepreneurs (COYLE), Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL),

National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) and Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC) stated that ‘Any act of destabilization taking place at this time and any negative publicity arising from it would seriously derail actions that are being taken to revive the economy including the efforts being taken to promote tourism.’

For the time being the government appears to be winning the public propaganda battle with its narrative that political stability is the need of the hour. The need to give priority to economic revival is an indisputable truth in a context where previous governmental actions such as cutting taxes, banning the use of inorganic fertilizers and turning a blind eye to large scale corruption has caused inflation to rise to over 70 percent overall and 100 percent in the case of foodstuffs. The statement of the six chambers of commerce makes the need for political stability a truism in the current context. The rich and poor alike need the economy to revive for which political stability is important. But more than political stability is needed, as can be seen with the foot dragging by the IMF suggesting that all is not what it seems.

Uneven Application 

There is an alternative discourse that has been silenced at the present time which may explain better the present malaise. During the height of the Aragalaya, there was a demand for accountability. The young protestors said that those who had bankrupted the national economy needed to be punished and their stolen assets seized and returned to the national treasury. But with the suppression of the public protests and the arrest of protest leaders, these issues are not being given prominence either by the political parties or by the business chambers perhaps in recognition of the need to live with corruption. They have been picked up by a handful of conscientious civic organisations and individuals who have canvassed these issues in court, where the Supreme Court has given them leave to proceed with the case and, indeed, ordered government departments to provide reports and answers to questions.

The government’s success in restoring the outward appearance of normalcy by suppressing the protest movement and in ridding the roads of long lines of vehicles in front of empty gas stations, conceals the economic difficulties faced by the masses of people. Meetings with community leaders in Anuradhapura and Kurunegala just after the mass protest had fizzled out made it clear that the appearance of normalcy is deceptive. In both of those areas, which used to be strongholds of the ruling party, there is a sense of total estrangement from the government. The statements that people made regarding the economic hardships they face do not bode well for the government notwithstanding the goodwill and understanding of the business chambers.

Community leaders representing farmers said they were receiving only about a third of the fertilizer they needed for their fields. They did calculations that showed with the price increases of inputs, it was going to be difficult for them to break even. Preschool teachers spoke of children fainting at Sunday school in the morning as they had not eaten in the morning. The biscuits they might have eaten were now unaffordable with biscuit companies increasing their prices three fold or more. These problems may not be visible or noisy or disruptive as the public protests, but they will ensure that the government has little or no support at the grassroots level.

Peaceful protest engaged in by the mainstream opposition parties is a fundamental part of democracy. The first phase of the Aragalaya is a clear example of this strategy. It brought people together and was a way for ordinary people to be heard. It captured the imagination of the people in Sri Lanka and internationally. On the other hand, suppression of issues eventually has led to eruption later in many cases, and this is unlikely to be an exception. Addressing them and preventing the build up of emotions and tensions would be a better way for the sustainability and stability for the country. Unless the legitimate demands of the protestors are met, the government risks being propped up by the security forces using the law unevenly.

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    Legitimate Demands of Protestors Need To Me Met
    President ruling on old formula when he met the president of UK, and others countries in Egypt know what they are asking from our President how is Sri Lanka progressing and coming out this crisis. He cannot walk tall after having so mush of experience he is seen as failed and suppression of legitimate demands of protester and front the young prime minister of UK The president would have asked for help as the environment of people of sri lank most poor people to truly believe that they could someday escape poverty

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      “During the height of the Aragalaya, there was a demand for accountability. The young protestors said that those who had bankrupted the national economy needed to be punished and their stolen assets seized”
      Well then, who exactly bankrupted the country? OK, the obvious ones are the Rajapaksas and their hangers-on. But what about every government since Independence? Who acquiesced to majoritarianism, which led to a war which ruined the country and spawned war profiteers? Was it not the parents of these “young protesters ” who voted in racist and profligate governments? Didn’t many of these protesters help in Gota’s media campaigns?
      The politicians who brought disaster on the country were all voted in with thumping majorities by the people themselves. I hardly think they have any basis to complain.

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        OC
        That is what happens when we over-emphasize the personal dimension.
        We are collectively to blame, and cannot escape with simple excuses.
        Have you played the games that goes “Who Sir? Me Sir? Not I Sir? Who then Sir? He Sir! Me Sir?… etc.”?
        It is a blame game that looks at faces but not the underlying issues.
        Each has decided on a donkey to flog and will keep flogging until the donkey is dead and even after.

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          SJ,
          “Each has decided on a donkey to flog and will keep flogging until the donkey is dead and even after.”
          And then they’ll elect a different coloured donkey to flog.
          So depressing.

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        Old codger
        The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey
        Aesop
        A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by his side a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So the man put the boy on the donkey, and they went on their way.
        But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”
        So the man ordered his boy to get off, and got on himself. But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, “Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”
        Well, the man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey. By this time they had come to the town, and the passersby began to jeer and point at them. The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at.
        The men said, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours — you and your hulking son?”

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          Old codger

          The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey
          Isn’t it what happened to the island and its people?

          Do you think deepti silva has any idea as how the donkey drowned?

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      At the beginning of the struggle there was a miracle to the eyes of the elders. Some asked me what was behind this.
      Some of them clearly said that they have never seen such a peaceful protest in the last 5-6 decades. They compared it with that of protests in europe.
      The rich people of Colombo gave food, shelter, medicine and drink to the agitators. Many of them were in the minds and heads of the United National Party, which lost badly in the 2019 and 2020 elections. Even if UNP loses, it is not a real defeat but like a fire buried in ashes. I have not supported any political party. However, I supported the thoughts of the good leaders who emerged risking everything. Being born in Sri Lanka, it belongs to me.

      In retrospect, the struggle was a great victory. Had Gotabhaya proceeded, the real danger before the nation would have been unimaginable.

      tbc

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        Also, Mahinda Rajakashe is like a deadly cancer of the nation, or like a blood-sucking man of this nation, hiding in a corner of the ship and forcing the buggers to escape. If he was killed by mobs on that day, there would be no SLPP today. That means, those high criminals that are behind him today would have been weakened forever. There the Sri Lankan forces could not accomplish that task. Mahinda and his family deserve the same response that Gaddafi and his family met in those days.
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        These are not simple victories. Even today I salute the strugglers again and again. They are not only student activists but various militants of the country. . All of them were not the leading groups of Wasantha Mudali but all of them were mixed thinkers. But they all worked for one purpose, to drive away the middle-class dogs.
        .
        It was because no one in their right mind could tolerate Gotabaya’s absurd performance or not performing anymore. For every deliberate mess, he should be hanged by the balls, if the majority of our people were civilized, that would be the result.

        tbc

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          3/
          Until those undergraduates started doing DIYABUNG, or water gymnastics, in the presidential swimming pool, in what many called a “peaceful protest by the people of Sri Lanka.”

          After that the whole world criticized that Sri Lanken youth have no respect to law and order. This caused world wide greater disrespect on srilankens in general.
          Some Europeans called it the anarchic Sri Lanka. How can future graduates set an example for their nation by working against existing laws? Srialnken graduates are fortunate to be blessed with a free education. However, they don’t feel that way because they don’t care about law and order. In times of bullying, they hurt new students like greedy hyenas or similar animals treat their prey.

          There was no leader to lead the struggle. Then the undergraduates joined. However; Many of these protesters supported to a common goal which is to drive away Gota…. a man with known crime record but became the leader of this nation in Nov 2019.
          Nobody else, but whole lot of these protesters and their parents elected Gota in Nov 2019.
          . Similarly, in 2015, Sirisena, a man who would not have knowledge to rule, but to sweep the floor, was elected by various forces. That says all about the ” basic knowledge of voters in this hell”.

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            leelagemalli,
            Our comments on CT have no impact on the political course of our country.
            Our aim is the same. A livable country for our citizens.
            Rajapaksas and Sirisenas will always be there. Wickremesinghes will not vanish anytime soon. Bandaranaikes will pop up here and there. We cannot change that.
            Our focus should be on promoting an entire generation and a new face / name.
            The Sinhala media version of CT would be more useful. Give it a beginning.

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              Dear Nathan,
              The cancer of the nation is Mahinda Rajapakse and his blatant lies are becoming more common day by day. It is decorated with the so-called war victory achieved not only by him but also by the armed forces and the collective.
              Even if a low quality toffee is beautifully decorated, it can be marketed to an ignorant nation like slaves. It is similar to the fate of Sri Lanka today.
              Majority of our people are still completely politically illiterate. Teachers and other professionals also belong to the category.
              The outcome of the election depends entirely on them. I think various reasons make them even more idiots. Cultural forces are dominating this country as predicted by Professor Kaur.
              As you know this cancer has invaded every corner of the country because nothing can easily reverse it. If that cancer were replaced by a new force, things would definitely work out in favor of contentment.

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            Dear LM: You were silent for a while. Welcome! I really appreciate your thirst to end the “Rajapakse Clan & the connected Mafia” from the political arena of S/L.

            We could have achieved that (1) If “Aragalaya” was properly DIRECTED and LED by genuine “LEADERSHIP” – “TEAM of Leaders. (2) Most importantly, if Ranil W – the “TRAITOR” refused to accept to be the Prime Minister under GOTA. That was a well-planned “Coup-de-Deta” both by the “GOTA” (Pohottuwa of Basil R) and Ranil W of UNP. “Rajapakses” knew that GOTA left, Ranil W – the sitting PM will become the “President” and the Constitution provided that process. So Ranil W is now the “President” of Basil R’s Pohottuwa with 134 votes in Parliament.

            Do you accept this and why not take on Ranil W of UNP for giving a lifeline to Rajapakse Mafia?

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              Thanks Simon. You have only answered topic 2.
              I neither accept nor agree. But what are the other options until the constitutional lock is gone?

              Also put your thoughts on how we can put that BP gold in jail. Don’t you know that bugger raped a girl 3 years ago?

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                A dark cloud hovers over Sri Lanka. I see, it is dark day and night. How to drive it away is the million dollar question of the day. As you know gold or they mislead your bazaar people he bathes a pot of boiled milk not while it is boiling. People from different walks of life nod their heads as if approving the man. I think that if those magicians and sorcerers were eliminated like in Indonesia, this country could have been a paradise for the remaining good people. The media should take the initiative but as long as Mahinda Rajapaksa is physically present it will be a dream.

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                LM: I have answered “Topic N0.2”. Re-read my simple answer at the beginning. That applies to all questions.

                I firmly think that only a Government by JVP/NPP would put all those “BPs” behind bars. That is why “Rajapakses & Mafia” are mortally scared of JVP/NPP. Do you think any others e.g. Ranil’s UNP and Sajith’s SJB would do that?

                Remember Ranjan’s statement: “Mun Okkoka Yaluvo Malli”. Haven’t Ranil W and Sajith proved it? A Government by both UNP and SJB will NEVER do it.

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              Hello Simon,
              I was on vacation. Maybe that’s the reason why I stay away from CT some days. That’s why I couldn’t post on CT again. And while spending hours in waiting lounges, I also posted mine as I was delayed at airports for my travel arrangements.

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    Legitimate Demands Of Protestors Need To Be Met
    That is the only way to turn things around.

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    It is very deceiving. What we are seeing is the calm ahead of the storm. Ranil does not have a mandate from the electorate of Srilanka, period. He has never been the choice of the people. He does not have the legitimacy to sign a loan agreement with any lender by being not elected by the people whose ultimate responsibility, it becomes to pay back the loan. If he indeed is the dignified man he claims to be it is imperative that he sought a mandate from the electorate. Besides, he was put there by a person in service parlance who deserted his place of duty. In other words the President went AWOL (absent without official leave) for which a charge sheet should have been filed. Ranil provided him with a durable cover. If Ranil is the man he claims to be he should have dissolved the the Parliament instead of leaning on a handful of Members who have lost their mandate to keep him there. In the same vein JVP/NPP is not the obvious choice either.

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    hanchopancha: “In the same vein JVP/NPP is not the obvious choice either”. Can you please give reasons why JVP/NPP is not the choice? Thank you.

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      Dear Simon,
      Topic 1
      Long time no see, It seems that RATHTHARAN is back to Kattadi work again, how come the bugger was not imprisoned yet ?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZR9Bqa9X3s

      ****
      Topic 2
      I have got following questions to you about JVP.
      How is JVP better? What have they achieved for public good in last 3 decades? Why do people reject them again and again?

      Although they are not new to Sri Lankan politics, why have they failed to convince the people with their politics?
      Have they been able to prove their practical nature? Politics is not an easy task in our country where the majority of people are no different from venomous reptiles.

      Are they capable of reaching the grassroots, the majority of voters in this country?

      For me, Janata Vimukthi Peramuna is good at standing up against corruption and setting examples of corruption-free or less corruption. Everything else is foreign to them, how to connect with people, how to be a part of society, etc. If Sri Lankans are emptied by Covid 19, the best ideology will become the people of the future.
      .

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        My Dear LM: Thanks. My short and simple answer is: JVP doesn’t know to play “TRICKS” of the trade name “Dirty Politics” that works in Sri Lanka where the majority voter base is “Selfish”, and “Venomous” (as you said above). In contrast, Basil R knew all the parameters of those “Dirty” tricks to bring a newly formed SLPP (Phottuwa) with a thumping majority to elect a newcomer Gota and a majority in Parliament

        The trouble with JVP is: They try to WALK the TALK, and as a result face failure. Remember they experimented with it in Chandrika’s Government and lived for a very short time of 14 months. Now the environment and the time are different. We NEED those who can WALK the TALK. JVP/NPP is the choice.

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          JVP /NPP is the choice/however, they should also connect with the corrupted MAJORITY. Ethiopians are progressing today, perhaps our men could learn it from them.

          So no one else they the JVPrs shoiuld be practical, Youth and JVP can always criticize till they come to power. the truth is politics in south asia is 10000000000000 times difficult than that in Europe. People are to be blamed… people are not serious enough…. they become easy prey to any cheaters.
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          Sri Lanka is considered to be the oldest democracy in Asia to statistics .. The world is yet to see such a country in the grip of dictators. If it was the opposite, it could be thinkable.

          -However, we know that Sri Lankan democracy is abused again and again to get elected by people….. , and then it becomes a DEMO of madness. Except good governance govt, all other govts, did not fulfil any pledges after they got elected. Good goverannce at the begining they did it partly.
          .
          Hopes about JVP may be theoretically correct. But every party has at least a few good candidates who are not corrupt. Even those who looted this nation were supported by a few people who were not corrupt.That was because they were caught by the public perception which was made by Rajapakshe clan for their selfish gains.

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      Simon: Please look the pathetic state Nicaragua is in with Sandinista Leader Daniel Ortega. That is the danger lurking with JVP/NPP. leadership.

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        About a decade ago I listened to AKD during a JVP Rally in Kandy who read out a long list of demands he posed to the government like the 300 kgs of heroin that arrived in a container with the blessings of the Ministry of Buddha Sasna which have now disappeared into thin air. They say empty vessels make lot of noise. JVP MPs collect the same filthy lucre as other MPs do. Their excuse is that filthy lucre goes onto the Party coffers. It is like the saying that the monitor lizard morphs into an iguana when one desires to eat its meat. HA believes that the best person to catch the thief is his mother.

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        hanchopancha: Sorry. You have not answered me. Neither I accept your “Escape Route” via Nicaragua nor the “Speech” of AKD. I have long passed that “Decade” you speak of and presently live in 2022 and think beyond what could be left for our children and their children who could even have room for further changes that they think better for the country and people.

        Please read the answer given by Leelage Malli. At least he has made a genuine attempt to answer my question to you. I thank him for that.

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          Simon. It has got no connection with Nicaragua. What I mean is that history can repeat itself. Among this crowd Mr. Hadunnethithi shines better than the rest.

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            Simon. I am sorry I missed out a crucial point. When you start digging a well for water you must dig until you go below the water table. If you come out with a list of demands you must pursue until your demands are met. I thought AKD meant the same.

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    Our Lankan Masses, honest and hardworking, know that they perpetually exist upon a rotten system. And this rotten system only became worse 15 odd years ago.

    Certain Lankan businesses thrive on this of course, but when their foundations reside upon this very rotten system, they can only survive by pulling resources from the smaller common-man business, i e. the suffering Middle Eastern worker money.

    Masses are howling and screaming, but to no avail. The moment they protest, they are tortured and killed.

    Can’t believe our Motherland resides in the shameful unevolved mindset of the embarrassing political clans.

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      RTF,
      You talk about hard working people. Hardworking people are not the majority in our country. This is a factual statement based on my own research. Not now, for the past 15 years I have studied our society and its evil nature.
      Many of them fall prey to tricks, sorcery, witchcraft. It doesn’t matter if you graduate from local and international colleges, eventually they become easy prey for cultural tactics used by criminal minded people. The state of mind of our nation is common to everyone. They are weakened by invisible forces like no other country in the world. All our people (90% of our people) are being misled by astrology, witchcraft, sorcery, permission and various methods.
      I think that in order to clearly change something for the benefit of people in this company, along with a paradigm shift, people’s attitudes also need to change.

      Please think about what I have added above. Professor Kovor, a psychology researcher, long ago predicted the true nature of our society and people as a whole. The real face of Mahinda Rajapaksa is still not clear. But his opportunistic political greed is not in the least understood by the village mentality.

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        leelagemalli,

        When people get poorer and poorer, they become more and more superstitious. They also have no other recourse but to place themselves in the hands of those that took their wealth for their own ambitious purposes. Idealism and principles aside, they need to feed and educate their starving children. Yet that they are protesting shows that they still retain some honor and integrity.

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          This is certainly related to people being poor, however, it is not the only factor that makes them behave this way.
          :
          Look at how many people in the churches of America where you live are nodding their heads (as blind believers)before an unknown god. Going back to my student days, in mid 90ties, I was tormented by the efforts of missionary Christians to convert me to Jehovah. They behaved like leeches. Most of them did not have basic knowledge of school biology and evolution.
          In Europe, the number of pagan followers is around 5%, but in the United States it is 10 or more, and in Sri Lanka and the South Asian region it is more than 90%. The number is also high in Africa but much lower than the number in the South Asian region. Just to tell you, recently, I watched a YouTube video in Sri Lanka where a man totally cheated his prayers, using the natural explosive effect of calcium carbide with water. The buggers interpreted it as ” hidden godly power”. It is said the man is coming from RODI KULAYA in Badulla area…. The audience are all illiterate rural people…however they abused the funds allocated for free education for decades. .
          .
          tbc

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            Before 2005, witchcraft and astrology in Sri Lanka were not as powerful as they are today. And you know why ? With dawn of Mahinda the cheater of all times, his plans were well targeted.
            Pattapal Buru family (medamulana dogs) and media crooks should be held responsible for the trend.
            Pingutaraya (sinhala buddhist monks) community has been silent about this evil development in this country without any reasonable reason. There have also been cases where the promoters of Hakgediya were too rich to leave their hands away from the affinity. There is a man called Galthanna kapuwa, who for their hidden reasons was promoted directly by the medamulana criminals and made him untouchably as of today. This kapuwa s demand for gold for his pujas made him richer.
            . Trained North Korean style people is the best example for such projects. sure, Mahinda the nation s criminal studied this long before for his mlechcha politics.
            If you go south and other parts of Sri Lanka, their parents want their grown up sons and daughters to kneel before any visiting adults. I asked not once but several times why?..They started scratching their ears … showing their helplessness..I was insulted if I continued my questions further.

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          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IonIET71r4

          NUMBER ONE “likes” SOURCE for SRILANKEN youtubers is promotion of SORCERY and WITCHERY
          .
          These youtube beggars are no better.

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            Number one “likes” catcher..
            .
            No matter people would fall mad/ they should earn their dollars.
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            Lm

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    Let us think and act, out of the box thinking by not just by following the young protesters, but advice and guide and in the process, go for systemic changes that will make the protest movement more relevant and move in the right direction without t piecemeal, adhoc solutions
    The protest movement needs guidance and help to have their demands more preciously defined and specific. .
    Some of the systems changes recommended may be;
    • Change the constitution of the country .
    • Reform the electoral system to ensure the contesting candidates genuine, free from bribery and corruption.
    • The bribe takers in the past punished and the public service is made service oriented, effective, efficient and economical and so on…
    • Let us reined these ideas into concrete demands in consultation with the protesters and be ready for the systemic changes.

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      (Part I)
      Sri Krish,
      WHAT USE IS THE “CHANGE TO BE EFFECTED IN THE CONSTITUTION”????
      We have constitution, Justice System, Courts, Criminal Procedure code( CPC) – all well laid out and TIME TESTED TO BE EFFECTIVE – from 1815 – believe 200 years!!! Until 1970, they worked and held the country together and enchanting the world – best Asian Democracy!!!
      UNTIL THE VILLAINS ARRIVED IN 1970!!! Including MaRa!!
      Constitution is not at fault!!!? The non-compliance, non-conformism, to constitutional provisions the the cause of malaise!! Caused by uncivilised, uneducated, ‘crooked people’ anointed and appointed to positions of Power!!! CHANGE MUST OCCURR to effectively change Culture and Attitude and direction of this country!!!??? Simple as that!!! Sri Lankan selfishness the trait – “CAUSE AND CURSE” BEFALLEN THIS COUNTRY!!!??
      Wish to cite following, only exemplify my point, ‘SELFISH’ – although PLETHORA OF EXMPLES!!?? Believe this one, you would be familiar with!!!??
      Post Tsunami, funds from donors were in abundance as humanitarian help! MaRa received equivalent of SL Rs 90 million (2004 conversion), substantial sum to help southerners affected by Tsunami!!! He ‘pocketed’ the funds to his private bank account!!??
      Which was wrong and a criminal offence?? Interested parties petitioned the courts to obtain relief – to ensure
      (TBC)

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      (Part II)
the sum was diverted to Treasury, president’s fund or Public trustee!! Then there was no Disaster management Minister!!??
The courts held that that was not a culpable offence and exonerated MaRa!! At the helm of the court was CJ WHO WAS DUE FOR AN EXTENSION OF SERVICE!!! HEY PRESTO HE AUTOMATICALLY FOUND AN ALLY TO GRANT HIM THAT FAVOUR, WHEN THE (Part II)
the sum was diverted to Treasury, president’s fund or Public trustee!! Then there was no Disaster management Minister!!??
The courts held that that was not a culpable offence and exonerated MaRa!! At the helm of the court was CJ WHO WAS DUE FOR AN EXTENSION OF SERVICE!!! HEY PRESTO HE AUTOMATICALLY FOUND AN ALLY TO GRANT HIM THAT FAVOUR, WHEN THE ALLEGATIONS WERE CLEARED AND THE CRIMINAL BECAME PRESIDENT!!!
UTTER AND PURE SELFISHNESS FOR INCUMBANT CJ’s, PERSONAL UPMANSHIP AND FULFILMENT – EXTENSTION OF SERVICE!!!??
Fast Forward 10 years and to 2014, that ex – by then this CJ, had fallout with MaRa, SENT HOME – claimed at a “Public Political Campaign Opposition Rally to oust MaRa as EP” – that it was A GRAVE MISTAKE ON HIS PART AND INCALCULABLE ERROR OF JUDGEMENT AND REQUESTING THE PUBLIC AT LARGE TO PARDON HIM AND FORGIVE HIS FOLLY!!!

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    “Peaceful protest engaged in by the mainstream opposition parties is a fundamental part of democracy.” The first phase of the Aragalaya is a clear example of this strategy.”

    The author assumes that there are more than one phases of protests by Aragalaya and except the first, other phases are violent and they are not democratic. Sri Lankan politics is very complex and whether we can use the word”democracy” in the context of Sri Lanka..

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    Dr. JP don’t you get it that the Aragalaya was a CIA op. to install the Bondscam Ranil-Ranajakse Regime of Economic Hitmen who also destroyed the Central Bank?!
    Ranil-Rajapakse regime like the Aragalaya was staged. Both Sides are backed by the “Force” in Washington according to Donald Lu ! Have you heard of FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE and OVER THE HORIZON Hybrid war operations, including Exogenous Economic Shocks (Shock Doctrine?), as part of Chaos strategy to destabilize, divide, distract and COLONIZE countries?
    All this was done to ensure that strategic Sri Lanka, South Asia’s Richest Country, can be RAPED and LOOTED by the IMF, Paris Club and their Sovereign Bond Traders like Black Rock Vulture Fund in Partnership with the Corrupt and criminal Rajapakse Regime so that US military bases maybe set up! So please wake up!
    Sri Lanka following IMF Economic Hitmen’s advice is digging its own grave due to morally and intellectually bankrupt leaders, SL politicians are selling our talents in a Race to the Bottom to enable the West to re-Colonize the strategic island and set up Military Bases in its Cold War on China. The global reset is all about the west again looting the best brains, talent and natural resources from the Global South, while Weaponizing the Diaspora .

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    Dr. JP: it is time for the CIA’s NED funded Civil Society and its Human Rights Whores to wake up and recognize the need to issue statements calling for ECONOMIC JUSTICE, ECONOMIC RIGHTS and most important ISB DEBT CANCELLATION and a Ban on Future ISB borrowing and BlackRock!

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    What about the legitimate demands of the Thamizh, who have suffered at the hands of Chingkallams and state-sponsored Chingkalla racism marginalization and war crimes? No one else has suffered more than us. Our population has been halved within the past 70 years due to pogroms, ethnic cleansing, marginalization and war crimes, 1/3 of our ancient historical homeland, especially in the east has now been stolen by the Sri Lankan state and outside Chingkallams settled, with all traces of previous Thamizh occupation of this land completely erased, starting from place names. Thamizh is an official language only on paper, but try using Thamizh even in Thamizh-speaking areas, especially with the armed forces, Police and government departments, they are now even sending Chingkallam speaking doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to Thamizh areas, with no knowledge of Thamizh and expect the Thamizh speakers to talk to them in Chingkallam. Thamizh has been protesting from the time of independence for the first 30 years peacefully and then a war to gain their just rights in their own land, this ended with almost 30 countries including India, the west and Britain.

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      The last colonial power that artificially created a colony called Ceylon in 1833, making the Chingkallams who were only confined to the southern parts of the island, a majority on the whole island then gave power to them in 1948 and created all this mess, helped the racist Chingkallams to commit horrific war crimes and genocide on the island’s Thamizh, especially in May 2009 and are now shedding crocodile tears to hide their part in this crime and pretending to help. When will we Thamizh get justice, what the Chingkallams are suffering is nothing to what the Thamizh are suffering and are still suffering and the Chingkallams, even the ones now protesting created all this mess by constantly voting for scoundrels, thieves and racists, al in the name of Chingkallam and Buddhism.

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    What are you moaning about Pandit? Didn’t you ‘defeat the fourth largest army in the World’?

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