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Mayhem In Mirihana; Shaken Gota Is Home Under Curfew

By Rajan Philips

Rajan Philips

As cries of “Gota, Go Home” echo everywhere, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is in his official home, lights on and safe under a weekend curfew imposed on a lightless country. The President has been silent after protests broke out from Thursday night into Friday morning near his private home in Mirihana. The sites of protest were later visited by the Prime Minister and many other state and military dignitaries as if they were on a photo-op pilgrimage. The President did not go there and he has been quiet as the country stands on edge. He finally spoke but only through the dumb official state print of the all-too-familiar Extraordinary Gazette, declaring a public emergency in the island with effect from April 01, 2022. No, this is not an April Fools’ Day joke. Unless it is the current government’s idea of a joke. You can never say.

When I wrote this piece first on Friday afternoon, online media was registering the following sequence of events on Thursday night and Friday morning:

Thursday/Friday (March 31/April 1)

6:00 PM – Protesters gather at the Jubilee Post in their “tens of thousands”.

7:30 PM – March towards Pengiriwatte Road leading to the President’s private residence.

8:39 PM – “Several hundreds” protest at Pengiriwatte Road, chanting “Gota, Go Home.”

9:48 PM – Tense situation as protesters try to the break police barricades.

10:27 PM – Tear gas and water cannons fired as protesters break through barricades.

11:51 PM – Sri Lankan Army bus and jeep set on fire. Vehicles overturned.

12:30 AM – Kandy-Colombo Road blocked by protesters at the Bulugaha junction.

12:32 AM – Injured people admitted to hospitals in Colombo and Kalubowila.

12:43 AM – Police curfew imposed in Colombo and Nugegoda Police Divisions.

05:59 AM – Police curfew lifted.

These events were seen live by Sri Lankans at home and abroad, from Colombo to California.   Scores of people including journalists have been arrested and some of them have been released. To their current credit, the police have said that “those arrested during the protest will be charged under the Penal Code and Public Properties Act and not under the PTA.” That may not go down well with government operatives who seem internally divided in their search for political explanations.

There is no need for explanations. Mirihana is evidence as to what the public mood is. Howsoever it came to pass, the Mirihana protest summed up the mood of the people and their boiling anger at the government’s utter ineptitude and its heartless insensitivity. For the first time, public anger directly targeted the highest in the land. Once public anger is breached, it is hard to predict what course it will take. The perception of inaction by opposition parties is also opening up space for seemingly spontaneous protests to fill in.

While social media has been telling everyone about a major protest planned for Sunday, April 3, there has been little or no public intimation about the Mirihana protests, except for reported warning by state intelligence sources. The media has been reporting continuing “public outrage against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa” on social media. Protests and demonstrations continued on Saturday with a ‘white cloth’ campaign outside the Nelum Pokuna theater. Candlelight protests have been going on in several parts of the country as it plunged into darkness with extensive power cuts.

The imposition of island-wide curfew is clearly intended to stop the Sunday protest from going ahead as planned. There is no clear information about the organization of the protest planned for Sunday. A Whatsapp message sent out by a social media group has been asking people to come out to protest on Sunday morning. Political parties have denied involvement and a number of them have called on their members not to participate in the protest on Sunday.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) is being accused of having it both ways – encouraging the protest but disclaiming involvement. “People are suffering in darkness, they don’t have gas, food. We have tolerated the government enough. It’s time to act therefore join us and take to the streets on April 3,” Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa reportedly posted on his Facebook page. The post triggered “harsh criticisms” against Mr. Premadasa and calls to political parties “to stay out of it.”

The UNP, whose leader Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the All Party Conference convened by President Rajapaksa, has indicated that it will not participate in the protest on Sunday. In a twitter statement, the UNP said “the United National Party will not be joining any protest organized by anonymous groups. We are committed to conducting our Sathyagraha Campaign around the country. The next Sathyagraha will  be held at Matara on April 6, 2022 .”

The JVP has also “cautioned against protest campaigns that cannot be traced back to a recognisable and accountable organiser or group.” While acknowledging “the people’s right to organise their own protests against Sri Lanka’s worsening economic crisis,” the JVP has warned of “dangers lurking in a protest movement that has no accountability.”

Before Thursday night it seemed that India was ready to do some heavy lifting to protect the Rajapaksa presidency. Now, all of India’s lines of credit in cash and kind may not be enough to either prevent Humpty Dumpty from his great fall, or patch him up after the fall. But India has no permanent interest in Gotabaya Rajapaksa or any other Sri Lankan political leader, for that matter. If Gota is gone, as he is being asked to go, India will look for the next best bet among aspiring contenders. But is there any way that Gota can stay? He could, but only temporarily and only after contritely asking the people for their permission.

Protests and Options

He could emulate what President Lyndon Johnson did when he stunningly announced at the end of a televised address on 31 March 1968: “I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.” After becoming President in 1963, following Kennedy’s assassination, and his landslide victory in the 64 election, Johnson was hugely successful on the domestic front with truly historic achievements in civil rights, social welfare and social justice. But he was undone by the Vietnam war which started dividing America and destroying his presidency. Lyndon Johnson opted to take himself out of office and out of politics for the sake of the country.

Short of resignation, the best that the Sri Lankan President can do is to announce that he will not seek a second term but will use the remainder of his single term to work with all the political leaders and parties in parliament to make sure that Sri Lanka avoids mass starvation and that its derailed economy is put back on track. He should also commit to dissolving parliament at the earliest constitutional opportunity, in March 2023. Beyond the current term, the President and the family should forget about any more extended terms in office. They should consider themselves lucky to get through with what they have now.

For the country, getting rid of Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the weekend is not going to solve the country’s foreign exchange crisis and its chronic shortages. Deposing the regime is not going to bring shiploads of food and fuel next week. As the constitution provides, if the President were to resign, the Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, will become the acting President until Parliament elects, by majority vote, an interim President from one of its MPs to serve out the remaining term of the resigning President. Let us not mention impeachment.

In a situation where Gotabaya Rajapaksa finds no alternative but to resign, Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot conceivably continue as acting President. He too will have to reign, and he might be even considered ineligible to be Acting President as he has already completed two terms as President. Parliament will have to find a way to elect some other MP as President, who will then appoint another MP as Prime Minister and still others as cabinet ministers. In the same breath, Parliament can pass a resolution calling for its dissolution, which the new acting/interim President will have to duly comply with.

All of this can happen and can be even fun if the country were in normal times. But it will not be fun for parliament to become theatre when people are running out of food and the country has already run out of fuel and electricity. On the other hand, allowing the incumbent President to continue, but on a tight leash from parliament, will avoid disrupting the pressing tasks of keeping essential supplies flowing to avoid mass starvation and endless dark nights. In this scenario, it cannot be business as usual for President Rajapaksa and for the rest of the Rajapaksa family.

The President will have to find a way to engage all the parties in parliament and form a new cabinet focused on immediate relief measures and negotiations with the IMF. The 11-Party is calling for an interim government until parliamentary elections are held. The SLFP is once again threatening to withdraw its support of the government unless the President forms a caretaker government. Neither is mentioning ‘National Government’, in light of earlier speculations about it with Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

On Friday, Harsha de Silva posted an article entitled, “The Government cannot go on this way,” in which he draws attention to the collapse of public and investor confidence in the government and calls for “the complete overhaul of the monetary board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL),” whose decisions are the main cause for the current crisis. The President has no option but to do this if he is to stay in office, and along with overhauling the monetary board, the President should also surround himself with a new team of advisors who will recommend Sri Lanka’s negotiating team for the IMF. It cannot include GL Peiris, Ali Sabri, Nivard Cabraal and S.R. Attygalle.

If the SJB or the JVP have other alternatives they should let the country know what they are. If parliament can muster a majority resolution to dissolve itself, so be it. But it would be ill-advised to do so in the current circumstances. It will leave the Executive President in total control until a new parliament returns. Worse, it will be a disruptive diversion from the more pressing tasks now – to scour for foreign exchange, streamline supplies, and restore electricity. Even if elections are held this year, it could still end in a ‘hung parliament’ under the proportional representation system. How would it make it easier to get things done than it is now?

When I first wrote this piece on Friday, I was inclined to see the lifting of the curfew in Colombo within five hours on Friday morning as a positive sign that no one in the government or the family is thinking Rathupaswala (August 1, 2013). Not anymore, and after the reimposition of curfew and making it country wide. Now we have the declaration of emergency rule. There are legitimate fears that the government may use the current protests to clamp down militarily. But any clampdown will only worsen the situation of food shortages and foreign exchange crisis. The sanction-happy West will impose itself with vigour and will make IMF assistance inaccessible. All the currently assured cash and kind lines of credit from India will cease. China alone cannot feed all Sri Lankans, and it will likely not even try. There are better options. If they are not taken, the rejoinders will be severer. No regime is immortal.

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    Not read the article yet got to step out but thought the caption should be changed.

    THANI ATHIN YUDAY DINU VIRUWA KUSIYA HANGAI.

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      So the game plan is clear. Sri Lanka will be in Lockdown on the basis of a gamed Media narratives and staged protests until the IMF debate and operation for Washington to take over Lanka’s economy, energy and foreign policy is done on April 8 in Parliament..
      This is like the CIA staged colour revolutions and regime change operations during the Arab Spring.. Pakistan’s Imran Khan is also under pressure as he visited Mr. Putin.
      Every year since the Staged Easter 2019 attacks (that were claimed by ISIS which was set up by the CIA after the Invasion of Iraq to do Regime change in Syria), in the months of March-April Sri Lankans are put in lockdown.
      In 2020 and 2021 Covid-19 was used as an excuse for 2 years of economically devastating lockdowns, purchase of 16 million Pfizer booster injections and often war games are conducted in its Indian Ocean coast.. This is a pattern for past 4 years .
      Lockdowns and curfew compound the economic disaster and democracy deficit and enable External Actors including Digital Nomads to digitally colonize, control the (Social)media narrative, and Euro-American hedge funds to asset strip lands and minerals resources and capture data systems and institutions while society and economy was decimated. The American Rajapakse brothers are addicted to curfews…

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        This year the Endgame of the curfew is to facilitate confusion and prevent protest against the IMF and Washington’s capture of Sri Lanka’s economy with the collusion of the corrupt and incompetent US citizen Basil Rajapakse Minister of Economic Disaster, who is heading for Washington..
        This is a Full Spectrum Dominance (FSD) operation. Sri Lanka is paying for rejecting the MCC compact in 2019, just as Pakistan must pay for Imran Khan’s visit to Russia.

        As Sri Lanka’s political-economic crisis compounds the IMF is presented as a Deus ex machina. The Solution to all our ills – by BOTH the opposition and the Minister for Economic Disaster – US citizen Basil Rajapakse who is set to take wing to Washington – our Saviour and of course US puppet Ranil Wickramasinghe..
        The IMF is however no savior of the common man who is always forced to bare the burden of AUSTERITY MEASURES that should be imposed on corrupt and criminal political and business elites who the IMF works with..
        The IMF and Washington Consensus is fundamentally a Structural part of the Global Social and Economic Inequality Crisis. Not a Solution to it. Until this is understood and ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS are found, and Sri Lanka looks to Asia and the East for development and economic growth this strategic island like Lebanon and Pakistan where the CIA has deep roots will lurch from crisis to crisis..

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        “Chinese-owned debt (including public debt and publicly guaranteed debt) represented only 17.2% of foreign debt in 2019. But the real devil lies in the effective interest rates of the ISBs, which are more than double those of Chinese loans. Sri Lanka’s interest payments alone took up 95.4% of government revenue in 2021. For comparison, its credit rating peers Ethiopia and Laos have rates of 11.8% and 6.6%, respectively.”

        “After sweeping tax cuts in 2019 led to a credit rating downgrade in 2020, Sri Lanka lost access to international financial markets and, subsequently, its ability to roll over the ISBs. While some of the repayments were supplemented with increased multilateral and bilateral borrowing, Sri Lanka started dipping into its foreign reserves to meet its debt obligations. This resulted in foreign reserves plummeting from a healthy level of USD8,864 million in June 2019 to USD2,361 million in January 2022 (of this, usable reserves are in fact only USD792 million).”

        https://devpolicy.org/paradise-squandered-sri-lankas-economy-20220331/

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          Best Bana I’ve listened to in a long time ……….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1gN6hF0fsA

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            Gota shouldn’t go home: he should go to prison.

            Gota go to prison!

            If Sarth Fonseka did, why can’t Gota?

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              This is exactly what I would’ve said, if I had the chance ……. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6irb6iv6Vjs


              Well said!

              Gota should go to prison ……… not home.

              This is the message we should spread now …….. no clean getaway after all the crimes.

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                Great choice, nimal.
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                That coherent video gives views of an educated middle aged man speaking eloquently and to the point in clear Lankan English.
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                He is correct. Throw them in prison, locate the stolen money; get it brought back here.
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                The first cousin of Gota and Mahinda pleaded guilty in America of defrauding the Lankan government. He was then Ambassador in America. Somebody, please convert that money to Lankan rupees – how many millions?
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                See their focus after defeating Prabhakaran in 2009. Even in defeating Prabha, they broke all laws of decency, and made money on commissions.
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                Now let all Lankans recognise that we have allowed politicians to rouse communalism, ruin this country, and enrich themselves.
                .
                Do this: THINK about replacement government. I have done my thinking, and decided on the NPP (the most important constituent is the JVP; but I’m not JVP, nor is Dr Harini Amarasuriya, National List MP, a member of the JVP).
                .
                Now do your THINKING. My comment is only guidance. Do what you can; some will get distorted a little when conveyed. See below – 17 minutes in English – and make corrections.
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                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7fQ0o8ypSY&t=44s
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                Panini Edirisinhe

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      Gotabaya promised that he would not let any of his relatives be appointed, but the bugger did was, total opposite.
      .
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q1DpiXcUuM
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      People tolerated almost anything and everything introduced by the mlechcha family… now it is too late… people will have no other choice but to suffer.

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      old codger

      Where are you?
      Are you also looking for Gota, Kamala, Shavendra, ….. ?
      You might find them hiding behind their female folks.
      Where are the saffron brigade with their two cents worth advice?

      By the way I have been sent whatsapp clips from most English speaking countries where there have been protest by Sinhala Diaspora against Gota.

      What is Manori Unambuwe going to do about them?
      Manori suggested there should be a global electronic (Artificial Intelligence) to monitor, Tamil Diaspora especially the second , third generation, and their communications, social media, etc.
      What is she going to do about Sinhala Diaspora (especially the second, third generations) who are also fighting to liberate their mother/father land from Fascists?

      One more thing, it is the pattern of behaviour of the rulers, functionaries, security forces and their politicians that should be questioned, not just Gota and his clan’s rule.

      Did you see our friend Nimal Fernando, chanting effortlessly, “We want Sinhala/Tamil Eelam, Bring Back Prabharan, Bring back LTTE, Bring Back hanging”?

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        Native,
        “We want Sinhala/Tamil Eelam, Bring Back Prabharan, Bring back LTTE, Bring Back hanging”?
        I’ve been saying the same thing to Lester, but he’s too far gone to listen.

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    I think CT should NOT display this man s picture with his number plate, because murderous men in power are merciless. I am really sorry for the people. People were misled from the day one for their political survival.
    :
    Millitary junta of Gotabaya is in making. Those were the days, entire world considered ours to be the oldest democracy in Asia, but hambantota criminals turned it to a junta regime. May curse be with Rajapakshes.
    .

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      I don’t have as much sympathy as you do as 6.9 million voted for family rule and they got it. Unfortunately non of them have even the basic education sufficient to manage the economy and all of them are so pig headed that they will not listen to professionals.

      Everyone connected with this govt should be disbarred from politics and holding public office. They have ruined the country to a point that it will take decades to get out of this mess.

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      Dear Leelage Malli: You say “People were misled”. What do you think of the MPs who voted for the “20A” on the “Promise” that New Constitution would be brought to prohibit “Foreign Nationals” would be disqualified from holding any public office. Those MPs included “Dr. & PS” Wijedasa Rajapakse, Prof. Vitharana, Attorneys Vasudeva and Gammanpila, and Wimal. Didn’t they know that “20A” was to bring Basil Rajapakse to the Parliament and appointed the Minister of Finance? Then what of the SLFP MPs including MY3? Now they “Confess” they were “Mislead”. Shouldn’t all those bastards have demanded that provision (permitting a Foreigner) to hold public office be removed?

      I can understand innocent people being misled, but why do we overlook these “Professionals” and the so-called “Educated” and “Intellectuals”? Were they “Misled” or “Partner in Crime”? Please don’t blame the “Ordinary People” all the time. Deal with the those “Partners in Crime” and take them to task. They must be in JAIL

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        Simon,
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        do you think those so called ” Professionals” under Viyathmaga are real professionals ?
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        Jayasumana ( I refrain from adding the bugger s academic titles) and his men including that APAWITHRA DEWI were seen in the crowds of Dhammika paniya -… I can not believe, but true how all these men sipped that ” concoction” justed mixed by a man, whose profile is similar to a ” mentally ill person (kaliamma controlled) “.
        .
        And that CHEEWARADHARIYA (now VC of UOK) – with a PhD from Sorbonne University /Paris the manner how he himself made the public statement about ” Nagaya-carried-fake relics” story……

        Please compare the basic knowledge of VIYATHMAGA candidates with your ” Kadamandiya people”: that will reveal you lot more..
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        Now only the very people have realized it…. our people are so stupid….. a country which was in good shape… irrespective of various other problems let to be destroyed by the total ignorance of the people …. I would never forgive .6.9 millions of Moadayas..but i am sorry for the rest of the people.
        :
        My wish – they the authorities should not allow RAJAPAKSHES leave for any other destinations. Namal Baby#s wife incl. 7 members have left the country for Dubai this morning. THat is what I go tot know from others.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpIFxoXOGQc

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    The People better take extreme care and protest as peacefully as possible….these are murderers, who will not hesitate to kill….like they killed Lasantha…those poor civilians in the North, and those who protested that they had contaminated water to drink. Keep in mind he appointed a few war criminals like Shavendra Silva in vital positions for this purpose. They are utterly ruthless scoundrels.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Wimal threatens to bomb Parliament
        http://www.dailynews.lk/2017/10/27/

        Wimal warns Ranil to leave by 8am tomorrow
        http://colombogazette.com/2018/10/27/

        Why don’t you advise your fellow racist to carry out both (bombing parliament and expelling Gota and his clan from government and the country)?

        Did Gota invoke emergency powers to facilitate clearing streets and help opposition to have smooth rallies ?

        What a benevolent dictator.

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          NV,
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          No point off adding any links to a man whose brain is totally dead.
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          EE too will have to face the music next day, not only his criminal rajapakshes.
          .

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    The arrests were probably faked.
    This is a tactic they use world wide and people are waking up to it and calling it out.
    When there is a protest, some crisis actors (who are freemasons or paid by them), will turn up to a protest.
    The police (who are freemasons) will turn up and ‘arrest’ them and load them onto a vehicle
    The media (who are also freemasons) will be present to record the incident then televise it, the intent being to scare people so they dont protest.
    Meanwhile the ‘arrested’ people are released somewhere down the road, out of sight.
    Culprits were caught doing this in Canada, whos prime minister Justin ‘Castro’ Trudeau, also used that ’emergency power’ nonsense, to try to silence the mass protests against the illegal lockdowns and illegal attempts to force the jab on everyone:

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/QknSqzUkHuE3/

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    Dear Bert,
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    Do you live in Lanka?
    Far too few people who write in the detached way that you do about 6.9 million fools, seem to realise that those guys were only fools, and not knaves, and that there are many million others who live and suffer here.
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    Youtube access has been cut here, and even phones don’t work properly – not owing to knavish design but because most towers don’t have electricity to transmit signals.
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    I’ve sent off lots of sms messages on these lines:
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    “03/04/2022, 12:30 am – From Panini Edirisinhe in Bandarawela.
    I want to walk to town today, Sunday morning, starting 9.00 am, making sure that I have a COVID mask on.
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    The purpose is to defy the government curfew.
    My home is about 2 miles from the town, on a hill referred to as Diyabibila by the people of the area.”
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    There will be no heroics from me: I will quietly go home, after telling the security forces that I don’t think that they ought to be accepting ludicrous orders.
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    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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      Sinhala_Man take care. Don’t give them any excuse to arrest you.

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        Not to worry Paul. The Rattle Snake is safe.

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      Sinhala_Man: I have suggested that people should come out in Thousands and Thousand during CURFEW and let the Law Enforcement ARREST them. It will be the burden of that very same arresting authorities to house and feed the arrested. More and more should get arrested. What can the Law Enforcements do? Of course, the protestors have to be PEACEFUL and DEMOCRATIC and do not resort to violance.

      Sir – Take care and be careful. The above proposal is in line with what Mahatma Gandi did against the British Government when they imposed Taxes. The main Principle is “NON-CO-OPERATION” – Do not pay taxes, Light Bills, Travel without Bus Fares, Do not allow the MPs to visit their homes and invite for any ceremonies etc.

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    The declaration of curfew is acceptable to prevent further anarchy and violence today based on the experience at Mirihana and other places. However, this should not continue. The immediate root cause should soon be addressed. The government (whatever) should immediately negotiate with the IMF to obtain $ 10 billion to end the fuel crisis, energy shortages, essential imports, and loan repayments of this year. Then the unrest might subside. Debt restructuring can be done from next year. If the government is multi-partisan, it is very much better in negotiating with the IMF. There is no point in obtaining ad hoc loans from countries although those could be utilized later. It is already too late. IMF officials completed discussions with the government officials in December although the Report came out in February. This is April. Whatever the weaknesses or biases of the IMF, it is the main international mechanism to rescue countries under international monetary constraints. Undoubtedly, Sri Lanka must agree for strict conditions which could be negotiated. When you fall into a pit, you must escape from the same pit.

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      Laksiri Fernando,
      Could you tell me which other pits you have in mind?
      I pity you!

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        Nathan

        Please forget and forgive him, for proposing honourary Doctorates for Mahinda (LLD) and Gota (DSc) in the Colombo University Senate.

        These were awarded to them not for their services to the country as a whole but for teaching a lesson that Tamils never forget, undermining the Uni’s reputation. LLD and DSc were awarded to butchers.

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          Laksiri, continue to boot lick Rajapakses. Your chances of being appointed high commissioner to Australia is remote. By the way, the consulate in Sydney was closed due to lack of money. So that is also out for you.

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          NV
          Its not too late for the University of Colombo to withdraw these honorary doctorates given to persons that bring disrepute to everything they touch and protect the university’s name and standing in society.

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            Bert

            I do understand and accept your point.

            However the proposal for the awards initiated by non other-than the Dr himself. He knew very well the Rajapaksas were butchers and not angels (Gota’s role in search and destroy missions between 1987 and 1991, Lasantha’s murder, and the war crimes committed by Mahinda, Gota and his Gundas (security forces) … and refused to form a Truth and Reconciliation commission to genuinely seek truth, … yet he proposed …… undermining Colombo Uni’s credibility, …..

            This is the man who claimed to have spent all his life learning (whatever that maybe) yet he was with the war criminals. This island belongs to every person who believe they have the right to live with safety, security, dignity, … etc. He has been presenting himself being a liberal do gooder who respects basic rights of every person on this island.

            Has he ever condemned the state for its use of excessive force on innocent people and demanded accountability, independent investigation, …. ? He is is part of the parochial Sinhala/Buddhist war crime denier.

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              Native,
              “He is is part of the parochial Sinhala/Buddhist war crime denier.”
              Actually, he isn’t a Buddhist. But I suppose he’s following the example of those other famous Anglicans, JRJ and Bandaranaike.

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      LF@

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      What else we can expect from u the diehard Rajapakshe backlockers. U too should take the responsibility to have promoted sons of bitchs not studying the profiles. .
      .
      WE REMEMBER THE MANNER U AND OTHERS WERE TAKING THE LEAD AWARDING TITLES TO THEM😉🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃🐃

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      Laksiri, I thought you had at least an iota of brain not to be seen among these comments. You are part of the problem for giving booster injections to these world class pirates few years ago knowing very well how they robbed the country 2004 Tsunami robbery -2015, to take over our beloved motherland from a much better administration – yahapalanaya. How dare you come here now and preach ‘bo kola talks’ as if nothing has happened? You are part of the problem – NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION!!! Please stay hibernated somewhere safe!

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        Laksiri’s PSA value will again make him clear soon, how it works in a form of karmic retribution. I dont wish it even to an enemy, but enough is enough. LF was among the few that publicly supported that “52-day political masturbation” of MS-MR in October 2018.
        These senile men should be accoutable for the mess created to our motherland, just because they could not recognize who the RAJAPAKSHES are.

        Yello pets – forces are silent today- not being able to believe their eyes the way, people s power could do lot more than appeared to be.

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      (Part I)
      Laksiri,
      “The government (whatever) should immediately negotiate with the IMF to obtain $ 10 billion to end the fuel crisis, energy shortages, essential imports, and loan repayments of this year. Then the unrest might subside. Debt restructuring can be done from next year.”.
      I am at a loss to understand, how you have come to state the 1st proposition US $ 10 Billion to be given by IMF to overcome the
      1. The energy shortage
      2. Fuel crisis
      3. Essential imports
      4. Essential consumable imports
      5. Loan repayments due in 2022
      What a hair brained idea, it is?? What does all these issues of a crisis in this country denote?
      I am surprised, that such an idea is emanating from you! Because I believe you have an understanding of how these lenders work, internationally. First and foremost,
      I. Trust
      II. Then competence of the borrower to manage loan and repay
      III. Finally the circumstances leading to the crisis!
      The people in power – from top to bottom (Peon) does not understand
      A. “What governance management is?”
      B. They had ample time for past almost 2 years to envisage this point of crisis
      C. “Buried their heads in sand”,

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      (Part II)
      as if nothing untoward has happened or going to happen!!
      D. ‘Business as usual’ until last Friday, 1st April 2022, when it ‘came to a head’ at Pangiriwatte Road, Mirihana Nugegoda, which happens to be the president’s private residence.
      What ludicrous thoughts are, being suggested by you, which no sane lender, would accommodate??
      Unless we think that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and their executives are nincompoops, none can reasonably positively respond to the above request from this international body.
      Coming to your 2nd proposition, beg to disagree, the commercial lenders, let alone an international lending organisation would request that to happen first before the lending of any funds to SL.
      That would be the most important foundation which would be the “Sheet Anchor” to decide and agree on any lending to Sri Lanka.
      Sorry to say, have ‘put the cart before the horse’ if I may use that phraseology.
      Add to this, the chief Messiah, when he did the borrowing from Chinese, all recognised professionals advised against such expedition!!
      That individual did this going on an “ego boosting trip” (Mama Kerala pennanang and Mama Thamai Kere), and aggrandisement, isn’t lost on any intellect, ‘worth his salt’.

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      You have plenty men and women of high intellect and integrity at IMF, who scrutinise applicants from all over the world regularly and their competence is unmatched!
      Basically, what all this is about, there is not chance in hell that lender would “BUY”
      Even, if (big if), your reasoning “passed muster”, then the question of the current teams ‘proven’, INABILITY to manage the current crisis and whether they could be trusted to manage the US $ 10 Billion (If they agree) loan and future restructured repayments effectively!!!
      Cabal-Rala, is 1st on line and the monetary board and then the Economic council in sequence and not limited in any fashion. There are peripheral causing the macro-economic calamity of SL!!
      Now coming to your ref,
      “When you fall into a pit, you must escape from the same pit”
      Who dug the PIT or GRAVE?? The Messiah himself and his acolytes, like Cabal – Rala etc., who perhaps would make a “Kamba Inimaga” for him to now climb out of the PIT!!! Anchored at the top by his past secretary LW and others!!!

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    Author seems to be jumping the gun.He sees what he wants to see.Let the president clean up his own shit.Sajith is not a toilet cleaner.The shit has hit the fan and its all over the house not only the toilet.

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    The million dollar question is what is china going to do. Is it going to give the 2.5 billion dollars that sri lanka has asked of it.It is pissed off because sri lanka broke its contract with it for wind farms in the north and gave it to india.It also wants us to sign the free trade agreement without any review in 10 years,which sri lanka wants.So let us see what china is going to do before we as the author hopes wave the rajapakshes goodbye.The main problem is diesel.There is a ship full of diesel waiting to be paid upfront to unload it.If the govt can pay that sum it will have short term relief because that diesel can be used to generate electricity.Electricity is the main problem.Let the people travel in bicycles and bullock carts.But they can’t be without electricity.So the govt must use the diesel they get to the power stations only.Then they should next step transport the diesel to those who have generators.The government must make generators freely available and affordable.

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    From the little that the author tells it is made known that Prez is holed up in his official house, may be the one at Fort. His predecessor too contested only once and now he is required to vacate his self-made official mansion at Paget Road in 4 weeks’ time as a temporary measure. The issue of moving into official residences after election started with the assassination of PM SWRD Bandaranaike. Elected Presidents JRJ and Premadasa lived in their private homes. The successors DBW, CBK and MR occupied the Mansion in Fort for living and Premadasa MR used the Temple Trees in Colombo 3 as their “workplace”. Interestingly, both UNP and JVP cautions the joining of protests called by “unknown parties”. I am sure they are in the know of who the unknown parties are. It could well be an “inside job” just to get rid of Gota so that the “other guy” has only to get a parliamentary majority to fill in the remaining period of Gota’s presidency. Getting votes? No problem for him. It is further rumored that the elusive Minister of Finance who absents himself from parliamentary scrutiny has performed a vanishing trick to his “motherland”.

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    Thanks Rajan for the update. The JVP’s stance shows that it is implying that the protest movement is not a spontaneous mass expression but that is the work of a black-hand, a Rajapaksa or Imperialist conspiracy!
    Does it also think that the attempts to block the Internet, cut social-media and declare curfew are also the work of the masses!!! Having missed the boat the JVP instead of joining the people is casting around for imagined villains.

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      People are in misery, suffering, and angry. Politicians as usual want to hijack and exploit adversity. Its victimizing the victims further. Haven’t we heard and seen all. Apparently social media is restricted too.

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      Another thing.
      …cautioned against protest campaigns that cannot be traced back to a recognisable and accountable organiser or group…says JVP statement.
      Meaningless theory of JVP.
      Violence can break out in any protest with a large number of people – it is spontaneous and has happened many a time. Even the Mirihana one was good till…..
      So how can any organiser or group ensure that violence will not result, however much no one desires it. Crowd behaviour cannot be predicted – needs only a little trigger.
      May be because they have no control in these non-political rallies.

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    This article speculates about possible scenario for a change without Gota, but within the constitution.

    All political parties and factions are clueless and only think in terms of next elections.

    All leaders lack vision or strategy and confidence to capture power constitutionally or unconstitutionally. They are all bewildered about the economic situation.

    Only God can save Sri Lanka.

    That is the weakness of this article. Normally Rajan Philips write better insightful articles with an international perspective, but this article is below our expectations.

    The situation is really revolutionary and as in any revolutionary situation future is uncertain.

    The equilibrium is disturbed and how the new equilibrium will stabilize is anybody’s guess.

    Geo- politics is very important and India had made it clear that she wants to play the major role with western support in remolding Sri Lanka to suit her security concerns and India wants Sri Lanka to be well within her sphere of influence.

    Western countries surely will back Indian efforts, but will encourage Indian hegemony..

    IMF, World Bank, ADB and JICA will make a joint effort to rescue Sri Lanka from major economic
    crisis and Sri lanka stabilizes with a new constitution.

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      “All political parties and factions are clueless and only think in terms of next elections.”

      That is because politicians have made the constitution hopeless. As is even if the President resigns, there wont be a election according to the constitution but the PM will become President, but the constitution also limits the term of the President to two and the current PM has already done two terms. The constitution does not address that. If the PM becomes President the parliament will elect the next PM. With govt having the majority Basil could become PM.

      Is the above frightening or funny?

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    As the crown prince declared recently to an Indian journalist, Sri Lanka has never changed governments with mass protests. Wishful thinking aside, the democratic process has not served the people but the parasitic political class that was made up of the SLFP, UNP, SLPP and SJB (in waiting). Elections every four or five years have resulted in a baton being passed by one or the other of the two major power blocs for their turn to slurp at the trough of public property and wealth. Therefore, a system change is what needs to be aspired to, where true representative democracy and justice for all emerges. So far, they were mere pipe dreams that regime after regime ensured they remained just dreams. However, a popular peaceful revolution from the grassroots level can allow a new, genuinely concerned set of people who love their country to emerge, and make things much better for the people. What is happening right now, could be the beginning of that process. Let us all hope that such an era dawns during our lifetime, for the sake of future generations.

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    Get the Rajapakshes to return their loot. Then IMF can start borrowing from SL.

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      hanchopancha

      “Get the Rajapakshes to return their loot. Then IMF can start borrowing from SL.”

      🤣😂👍👌

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      hanchopancha,
      very good idea too. well said

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      HP,
      .
      not just Rajapakhses but Aluthgamage, Johnsten and several others in that bunch too are said to have unestimable wealth in Europe.
      .
      Not even an academic could afford 1.5 million of GBP (Gread Britain Pounds) worth properties in central london, but ALuthgamage is proved to have a house there.
      .

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    “Playboy Minister resigned by the protest of people.” – News
    “A mountain size stomach endured pain only to bear a mouse”. – Comment.

    Royals will not easily give up. They will not be stunned by few crowd gathering in front of their houses.

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      Mallaiyuran, please don’t dress world class pirates as royals! They don’t have any bloody pedigree, class or upbringing other than being infamous cattle thieves in the deep south!

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    Ha ha ha, Gota is shaken! Oh yeah, according to Basil’s ‘script’, he should be ‘shaken’. A lot!
    How did 400 lawyers appear for protesters within minutes of their arrest? It is all pre-paid service, baby!
    Plans of this deliberately provoked ‘civil disobedience’ were afoot for months starting from deliberate disruption to farming practices to shortage of vital necessities followed by long lines.
    Today, I solemnly announce that a well-planned “Indian soft invasion of Sri Lanka” is very much underway through an India-funded, Rajapaksa-orchestrated, violent uprising that will lead to attacks on Theravada Buddhist temples to ‘genuinely’ provoke the ‘deliberately’ provoked Sinhalese Buddhists. The Indian military may already be in Sri Lanka.
    This is an early warning to all major Theravada Buddhist temples. There will be an attack. I don’t know what their first target is. Six thousand swords that have been distributed days prior to Easter Sunday Attacks which were not recovered as of today may be in the hands of paid-mobs. Don’t trust anyone. I dare say, leading Sinhalese activists who are protesting against the government are bribed by the government itself. Other protesters are innocent who may have been rewarded with free ‘ice’, alcohol and money.

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      This is the biggest betrayal in our history.
      The Rajapaksas, all the Ministers, MPs, the Army Commander and Defence/Foreign Secretaries are betraying the country. Navy/Airforce, I don’t know. The Police, well, we can trust them. The traitors mentioned above are betraying the country for US$ 1 billion. Another 1 billion is on the way for a ‘job well done’.
      Please close the “Sacred Dalada Maligawa”. I made the same request on the day of Easter Sunday Attacks. I know a lot about our history. I can’t tell everything yet, but I will tell one thing today about the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha that we believe protects Sri Lanka.
      We didn’t get any relics from India. Our Sinhalese ancestors protected the Sacred Tooth Relic with life. They have cut a ‘giant ivory fake tooth’ to deceive Eastern and Western invaders. The Sacred Tooth Relic that we worship is not one of Lord Buddha’s ‘mortal remains’. It is a tooth that fell out while Lord Buddha was alive. Why did our ancestors place giant gems in place of the eyes of Lord Buddha statues?
      Protect what is yours, Sinhalese! Don’t be provoked!! Don’t destroy your own country!!!!

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    Possibly the next phase is Royals led Military Government. Royal kings are there. Executing division of parliament, the cabinet is not there. There are SC Judgements that the Parliament & Executive President can keep going without Cabinet. Parliament can keep going without election. Real auspicious time now to change over the government form. The Royals will not go for all party government easily. That kind of government can bring their weaknesses to the road. Who knows what is going to come! Sit down with popcorn in front of the TV, even if there is no light or media ban is in effect.
    Viva Langkang;
    Viva Old King;
    Viva Hitler King;
    Viva Xi JinPing.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7l-q4YSRDA

    If a new govt is formed should it ask USA to investigate all Rajapaksa wealth in that country including that of related parties and how they accumulated it.

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