26 October, 2021

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Navy Commander Attacked Journalist On Human Rights Day

Employees of the Hambantota Port and journalists covering a protest were attacked while Human Rights activists around the world were celebrating the Human Rights Day.

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been accused of attacking journalist Dileep Roshan Gunasekera. The journalist was reporting the tense situation at the Hambantota Port yesterday.

Employees of the Magampura Port Management Company launched a protest a few days ago demanding that they be recruited to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

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    Navy hierarchy get abused and chased away from the public stage by Muslims in the east.

    Neither navy nor the Army can even venture in to town without the permission of the one time LTTE political wing the Vellala TNA permission.

    In fact it’s Leader Mr Sambnadan forced himself in to an Army Camp in the old LTTE capital Killinochchi.

    And the poor Army was Forced make him Tea.

    In contrast our Yoing Sinhala Jour nalists get abused in filth and bashed by the same Navy , when they are doing their job of reporting on PM Batalanad.s E conomic Development Plan.

    That is Yahapalanaya,

    Didn’t,t Batalanada say in parliament that he can fight back , when the young Journos in De raraj gave him. a hard time?,

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      Was the chief of sea patriotism trying to strangulate the journalist with a bare hand neck snap, sort of public execution?

      Does his wife share the same bed with him?

      Is there any connection between this thug’s wealth welfare and Chinese interests in this island?

      “And the poor Army was Forced make him Tea.”

      Instead of malt?

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        Dear Native,

        He looks a bit like your hero Soosai who piloted the LTTE Navy craft himself , all the way to Oslo with Stanislaus and Adele on board.

        May be he is now ready to do the same if Abraham and Co need any help..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “He looks a bit like your hero Soosai who piloted the LTTE Navy craft himself , all the way to Oslo with Stanislaus and Adele on board.”

          He dropped him in Thailand.

          While Soosai was sailing his ship to Thailand with a high-value target, what was Ravindra Wijegunaratne (the thug in uniform) doing in his ship?

          By the way, did he have any business connection with Namal who once known to have operated a passenger service to Australia, through silk route?

          Let me know.

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          Sumane,

          UNPers appears to be comfortable in the window seat and watching. You go ahead and occupy the aisle and carry out the Act.

          Port is yours; management company is yours; rioting employees yours; whipping navy is yours; As you are dying hard to support a journalist first time, he too appears to be yours. So the Act is complete only if you occupy the aisle seat and conduct the comments on this thread.

          Well wishes for your success!

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      Did you notice yourself talking filthy racism here, and not making any sense?

      Now please, don’t say “A Sinhala man’s comment was ridiculed by a Muslim”. It is your actions that reward or punish, not your religion

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        Ahmed L.

        “Did you notice yourself talking filthy racism here, and not making any sense? “

        KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera just types, he does not mean any thing. He does not what he is typing on this forum. No one in this forum take him seriously and why should you?

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        You must be referring to the Yahapalana speech which UNP Wije made ,about the Race based Politics of you lot, specially your Political party mates sitting along side Wije himself.

        Wonder where Hakkeem is nowadays?.. it is one Kbeer,, Faisal and Marrickkar who are calling the shots, and not forgetting Two up ex Mayor from the Megapolis who is going to get the HC gig in KL

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          My Elders tell me Hindia sneaked into this island through the North when they found out USA was planning park their bump on Nilaveli beach and visit Kinniya hot water wells when they were tired of policing the world.

          Now Hindia may be planning to sneak into the island through the South because China shows lot of interests in this island.

          Do you have any information on this matter of importance?

          Do you also see Hindian hidden hand in the workers unrest in the deep South? Does it sound like a conspiracy theory? To me it does.

          This is the least I could do to help you to fan your paranoia. One day you will thank me for my geopolitical analysis and helping you to see things in black and white.

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            Dear Native,

            How come your mate Batalanada Ranil. has gone cold Turkey on ETCA, after bragging that it is the Thing which will make Yahapalana suckers the richest in Asia.

            May be the Professionals who sucked up to Yahapalana ,now have become intelligent. and do not want to F$$$ themselves .

            Anyway Modi can,t be a dumb ass to take on Chinese even in Himalays ,let alone in Mr Zi Jing,s own backyard .

            Thanks to Mr Putin, even Trumpy wouldn’t,t try to do silly things like your PM Rudra,s mate Obama tried to do..

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              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              “Thanks to Mr Putin, even Trumpy wouldn’t,t try to do silly things like your PM Rudra,s mate Obama tried to do..”

              Its like VP helping MR to win elections, Putin too did his best for Trump.

              Buy the way why have you switched your colour to Blue from Green?

              MS hasn’t put out a statement in support of the thug in uniform.

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                jamjar

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                Brilliant

                Thanks for keeping it brief

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                  You have no briefs stupid maggot except live off journalist seepage.

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              “”K A Sumanasekera””

              Thanks to Mr Putin, even Trumpy wouldn’t,t try to do silly things like your PM Rudra,s mate Obama tried to do..

              What piece of crap is it. Putin is broke once again like before invasion of Iraq (if you watched the TV then he received $2 billion to feed his people – but pocketed the money) and needs a few billion dollars from Trump to keep him off Syria. Putin has alredy said only a fool would fight NATO the second fiddle force (USA funds 80% of NATO) So the EU women leaders are now freezing because Trump has said you mind your business and we mind ours-
              ¬Make America Great¬
              In the USA `Dump Trump` movement has turned to `Trump Forever.`

              BTW speaking to CPC members this morning – XI is having a nightmare with worker losing jobs and is afraid there would be a revolution- no one is investing but running away to the west with offshore accounts.
              If Xi tries trade block he would end up like Mao did- 2 eggs per week for family of 8 Or like Iran he won’t get the $2 trillion due.
              Cowboys would be Cowboys.
              NV – is barking for his dinner and keep on barking till he can bark no more.- small village in the world wants Nation to enjoy DPL, passport- Even Nadu cannot have it so the smart and prosperous speak good Hindi and are in demand worldwide.(1/2 billion speak English while 1/2 billion speak Hindi.)

              But I can tell you this too America China and India would DUMP LANKA to fend for itself- Come on Lankawe cannibals get your act together.

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              K A Sumanasekera
              “”like your PM Rudra,s mate Obama tried to do..””

              tiger rudra never had balls to be anyones mate.But minted money via American Social Fund as refugee lawyer.(main business of mediocre lawyers in the west to become multimillionaire overnight therefore legal aid has been cut to bare minimum and human rights is to trimmed- make America great again)

              BTW Obama not only help the sinhala buddhist government of Rajapakse to slaughter lankan folk but rescued Rajapakse from criminal case by Trinco 5 plaintiff- that was precedence in the annals of USA history- President of USA interfering in the Justice Department.
              Obama is also releasing the top flight drug dealers and the number he has released is close to 1500. last month alone he pardoned 94 Before he leaves he would break the 2000 mark.Pakistan you blood brothers must be inviting him to their harem like they did with Harry Truman.
              You have no women of that quality but
              Lanka’s are gunne natthe ballo- Only your tummy and the rest go to hell.

              Vaddukottai author SJV Chelva was a fascist catholic so his son chandra lived with his Sinhala secretary. You ask the magistrates of Colombo at that time just before 1983 when he was defending Tamils taken in under PTA.
              LTTE write bogus stories about Nation of Tamils and its leaders- all crooks.

              The only intelligent one showed the peaceful way out to JT’s by laying flowers at the buddha statute.- that is wisdom.

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      These comments are very serious if true and if not, CT must not publish. CT must check the authenticity of the comments you get.

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        k.soysa

        “These comments are very serious if true and if not, CT must not publish.”

        The fact is that the assault is very very very serious matter. You should focus on the actual disgraceful behaviour of the officer and a thug than on comments from concerned people.

        “CT must check the authenticity of the comments you get.”

        Why should the CT introduce self censorship when the officer himself has behaved in a commendable manner?

        You should request the CT to investigate this thug’s behaviours, during his service in the navy for the past 36 years.

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      This navy commander is a war criminal.

      Very bad reflection for SL.

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        Nice photo Fathima. By the way are you an ISIS follower?

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      What is the difference between your Raja and this Raja: both the same behind the curtain jointed twins. Just cheating the public, and turning on the guns and thugs on demonstrators in response to their grievances.

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        thrishu

        “Just cheating the public, and turning on the guns and thugs on demonstrators in response to their grievances.”

        The officer and the thug has every right to kick some butts because he too won the war singlehandedly.

        In this case, the butts belong to poor workers. It’s alright then.

        Please leave your door open to this thug.

        “What is the difference between your Raja and this Raja: both the same behind the curtain jointed twins.”

        Who said there is any difference between Rajas?

        Did you see UN Human Rights charter in both of his hands when he tried to neck snap the journalist?

        Probably the journalist is a heavily armed terrorist too.

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        Thrishu, the thugs are the demonstrators. These are “MARA”s henchmen.And we all know that the owners of “Hiru” and “Derana” are MARA’s lap dogs.

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          davidoff

          “Thrishu, the thugs are the demonstrators.”

          Look at the front page of patriotic Island. Do you see a halo over the navy chief’s head?

          http://www.island.lk/

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      JOurnalists think that they are an all powerful chosen lot. they don’t want to see them as some blood thirsty sharks looking for weak.

      first thing is Politicians should not involve in these and big mouth politicians should make news issues supporting journlsits.

      This is new for NAVE. they should have approved procedures for everything. When a procedure fails, they should revise the procedure.

      The best thing was to push the journslist to water and pretend no one saw and no one expected it. Expect him to come to shores swiming with his camara.

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      Sumanaya you never cease to amaze me with your stupidity.

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    When monkeys were given hand grenades on 4th February 1948.
    From the days of joining the Non aligned movement NAM Lanka deviated from a constitutional democracy and forced ethnic communities to leave the island and with it went the free press and rule of law the legacy of the British Raj.

    Lankans don’t cry for god as its not the issue.

    The real human right is water which was used as a weapon against MR1.

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    Ben Hurling

    Where are you?

    Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne WV (Weerodhara Vibushanaya) , RWP (Rana Wickrama Padakkama) X 2 & Bar, RSP (Rana Sura Padakkama), VSV (Vishista Seva Vibushanaya), USP (Uththama Seva Padakkama), ndc, psn, ….. and graduated from Karachi University, and received a MPhil from University of Madras, alumni of National University Washington, Britannia Royal Naval College, and an old student of Royal Colege, …..

    He spent quite a lot of time studying and training at prestigious institutions and all what he learnt was how to be thug.

    If ever he aspired to become a well known thug all he had to do was to join Cyril Mathew’s lumpen Sinhala/Buddhist Bhumiputras, or Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya (JSS), and could have gone to Jaffna burn down the library, earned another Padakkama for his gallantry.

    What a waste of time and resources.

    He has good chance of becoming the civilian patron of BBS.

    What do you think about this Officer and a thug?

    He is fully qualified to take up mugging. A Mafia enforcer, …

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    Is this the Navy Commander that look like Captain Haddock, best friend of Tintin?

    The guy started yet another special forces unit, The Marines, when the Navy already has the SBS (Special Boat Squadron).

    It seems Sri Lankan defense has no strategic direction with anything. The air force is trying to purchase a fleet of fighter jets. Who is the conventional foe SL is planning to defend against? Maldives??

    Whether is internal or external conflict, the only advantage Sri Lanka has is on the ground.

    Air and Naval assets will be obliterated within days if its an external foe. It will take years before an internal enemy establish their own FDL when jet fighters become a necessity.

    Sri Lanka only needs land forces – infantry. Naval and air assets should all be geared as a support role for the infantry.

    When a conventional foe lands, the infantry uses the home ground advantage for a war of attrition. When its an internal foe the infantry uses its numbers to wear it down.

    The entire military should be small, agile and nimble. It should all be small teams that co-ordinate and engage like a swam of soldier bees in a hive.

    All men and women should be equipped with the best weapons and technology. It should have an excellent communications network, with surveillance and intelligence gathering capabilities.

    If you want it done, give it to me. I will make an army that can beat anyone in their own game.

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    a war hero compared to a “O Level pass, unable to pass A Level’ (OPUPAL)’honorable’journalist! What a farce!

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      Are Journalists required to learn their ABCs of Journalistic Ethics, before they are given a Camera?

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        Yes, Hamlet. Not only journalists in this Third World country but, apparently even in the mighty USA. Most TV channels there tried their level best to run down Trump and all those plans ended in utter failure.

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          davidoff

          “Most TV channels there tried their level best to run down Trump and all those plans ended in utter failure.”

          When comrade Putin came with the goody to help comrade Trump.

          VP once helped MR.

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    Will the so called Navy commander have the same guts to attack a pro tiger sympathaizer (not an innocent tamil) in the North without peeing in his pants….?

    Where were these Yahapalana military commanders now in in full swing on international human rights day, hiding a fortnight ago on 27 November when the tiger rump was openly celebrating pirapaharan’s b’day in the North?

    Count my word. This naval buffoon will go scot free with the blessings of the prime suspect of the bond scam, thanks to yamapalana. What more evidence do you want to prove shameful wrong doing?

    Where are we heading as a nation ?

    Have we lost shame and conscience both at the same time…..?

    We are reaping nothing but the ripe fruits of what we sowed……!

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      Weerasuriya

      “Where were these Yahapalana military commanders now in in full swing on international human rights day, hiding a fortnight ago on 27 November when the tiger rump was openly celebrating pirapaharan’s b’day in the North?”

      Good question.

      Where were they when JVP rump remembering their fallen heroes every year since mid 1990s. By the way, where were they when IPKF forced itself on this island in 1987, and stayed here for more than two years?

      Actually, they were hiding behind VP’s bump supplying him arms and ammunition and much-needed medicine.

      By the way, they were too busy killing innocent youth in the south.

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    What a shame… However, when this thug, SL Navy Commander, writes a book on how he helped to execute bad people ( mainly our Tamil brothers judged and executed by these thugs), our fellow SB countrymen would lined up and buy the book like “Unu Kawum” and this thug would be rich…
    Army General Kamlal Gunaratne’s book about on how he killed our fellow “bad Tamil” countrymen, sold more than Malalasekara’s English-Sinhalese dictionary sales in the last 70 years, in one week.

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    There is no point lamenting that the Sri Lankan Navy Commander attacked a journalist on world Human Rights Day. There will be no relief for that poor victim Sri Lankan journalist who was there only to do his job of reporting the news to the world.

    It should be obvious to everyone in Sri Lanka and to all human rights organisations throughout the world now that Sri Lankan service personnel whether they are from the Army, Navy, Air Force or Police are all above the law, not just the human rights law. No one could dare to touch them. They are all sacred cows.

    Serious war crimes, crimes against humanity and various other human rights violations were committed by the Sri Lankan service personnel during the final stages of the Eelam war. Despite two UN Human Rights Council resolutions no action has been taken against any service personnel until now though the war ended in May 2009.

    Practically there is no difference between the Rajapakse government and the present Ranil-Sirisena government.

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      Hi Naga,

      There is some TRUTH about the crimes committed by service personnel against innocent civilians during the final stages of the Ealam war, but this is about a crime committed by civilians amounting to “piracy”. Why won’t you focus on the bigger picture? Are all journalist “babes in the wood”? Isn’t it apparent to you that there is a political hand in this strike and the journalist had no business getting into the midst of the strikers? He was asking for trouble and he got it. There is no point in whining after overstepping the line and crying “media” as if the “media” is vested with super powers to do what they want including influencing the public with the stories that they spin at their whim and fancy.

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        Kalu Nangi

        “There is some TRUTH about the crimes committed by service personnel against innocent civilians during the final stages of the Ealam war, but this is about a crime committed by civilians amounting to “piracy”

        Oh dear me, the armed forces and police were at it since 1981 not just during the last stages of the Eelam war.

        The gentle thug assaulted a journalist who was only doing his job.

        ” Why won’t you focus on the bigger picture?”

        Have you closely observed the clip, the thug almost killed the journalist with his bare hand neck snap?

        What is the bigger picture?

        The right question you should ask is what made the thug to rage and attempt to kill a journalist. That is the bigger picture. Did anyone or interested party promise him a large Santhosam?

        “Isn’t it apparent to you that there is a political hand in this strike and the journalist had no business getting into the midst of the strikers?”

        My next door neighbour’s 10-year old son knows better.

        ” He was asking for trouble and he got it. There is no point in whining after overstepping the line and crying “media” as if the “media” is vested with super powers to do what they want including influencing the public with the stories that they spin at their whim and fancy.”

        Are you the Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne or his b***s carrier?

        Or simply a smart ass patriot who has immense patience for abusers.

        The wife should start worrying. He seems very agile with his hands.

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          Native Vedda,
          You are shedding crocodile tears for the slapped journalist but cares nothing about the arbitrary seizure of private property. Robert Knox described Veddas as “wild men”, which aptly fits you! Your nonsensical ramblings sounds so much like the negative words of the Vedda language. Perhaps we can have a meaningful dialogue when you shed your “Vedda” characteristics and become civilized.

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            Kalu Nangi

            “You are shedding crocodile tears for the slapped journalist but cares nothing about the arbitrary seizure of private property.”

            If you read my comments again again and again you would note my concern is about the journalist who has nothing to do with “arbitrary seizure of property”.

            Don’t side step from the main issue which is the behaviour of the Top Navy commander and how he was about to break the journalist with his “bare arm neck snap”.

            You should be proud of the journalists who throw themselves in unknown danger to bring us what has been wrong with this island. If the thug thought the journalist was over stepping his limits he should have had him arrested and charged him at the courts.

            Remember we are not living in medieval times. Did you find the thug’s behaviour fascinating, just like Mervyn Silva’s antics?

            Rest assured I don’t hesitate to shed crocodile tears when I see injustice are being meted out to people who has no recourse to justice.

            Barbarians are given uniform and unlimited powers, one day you will come to regret it.

            “Perhaps we can have a meaningful dialogue when you shed your “Vedda” characteristics and become civilized.”

            Forget civilising me in your mould, I am happy as I am.

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        When identified a Journalist receive a different treatment from a striker, irrelevant of the spot he was standings. Any of his illegal conduct has to dealt in court of law, not with the hands of Rapist army-Navy. Don’t plead one more time for impunity. The scene looks like the movie of Eraj in Old Royals time. It is the same old Royals. Name changed from Chitanta to Yahapalanaya.

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        Nangi

        The Navy cadres did what they had to do . A bunch of thugs could’nt be allowed to destroy Hambantota’s image as an emerging seaport of International significance .

        The bearded man in shorts and tee shirt had no right to behave the way he did . He set his troops a very bad example . What school again ?

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          The Oracle

          “What school again ?”

          Royal College,
          Rajakeeya Mawatha
          Colombo 07

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            Royal. Yes all thugs, white collar and gentleman crooks as well as bond scam crooks come from this school.

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      Naga

      Do you know where this thug served when five students were killed in Trinco and few were kidnapped for ransom elsewhere by his fellow thugs in the Navy?

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    The short man with a huge (BADAGEDIYA) wearing black shorts and a blue T shirt surely can not be the Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. If that is the case, he is not fit to be in the navy in the first place.

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    “Navy Commander Attacked Journalist On Human Rights Day”,

    Very good move! This is exactly what has been lacking in Sri Lanka after the new government was formed. Every Tom Dick and Harry was full time abusing the new found freedom and obstructing day today activities, violating the human rights of ordinary citizens and obstructing the progress of the government and civil activities. I recommend the Police and Army too adopt this method in future to control the anarchy that is pervading in the country schemed by Rajapaksha thieves. I am reminded of the astuteness and foresight of late great JR Jayawardena who crushed such sabotaging strikes at the very 1st occurrence thereby ensuring at least the present developed state of the country. If this utter chaotic state continues in the country further no investor will come to this country and we all will be living in another Ethiopia very soon! The motherfuckers who are behind these senseless logicless sabotage efforts do not ever raise any valid questions such as, for example, what is the practical plan to develop Hampanthota port without Chinese aids, what industries and will Chinese bring in environmentally harmful industries, are Chinese people going to be employed in those factories, air pollution, water pollution etc. and a whole gamut of related issues. These are the topics the whole country should be discussing by now and sorting out. But alas! The whole gang of motherfuckers in the country are running after trivial vanities with heightened egocentric mania! Judging by the moronic outlook and appearance of the donkys in the country I think it is better to give this country to Chinese who are hardworking, creative and initiative. God save this unfortunate country of buffalos!

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      Silva

      Are you being sarcastic?

      Whose interest does this Officer and a thug serve?

      JR had Cyril Mathew and his thugs (JSS) to put down all legitimate strikes (grievances of the workers) and burn down Jaffna Library.

      If these are the sort of disgraceful actions you want to encourage and justify, then of course you should fight for your right (as you see it) to abolish constitution, all laws and human decency, install a dictatorship.

      Would you recommend the constitution drafting committee to change the country’s official name from “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka” to Dictatorship of the Lumpen Officers?

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          Silva

          “[Edited out]”

          Brilliant

          Thanks for keeping it brief.

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      Good comment!
      The strikers had no business to seize vessels at the Hambantota Port. If they had struck work, why did they seize vessels? It was pure intimidation. Obviously, controlled by a hidden hand. The Hiru Journalist had no business to get into the midst of the strikers and confront the Navy when they were struggling to control the situation. Hiru is owned and controlled by Duminda Silva’s brother Ranynor. It supports the JO and the way the Hiru Journalist provoked the Navy Commander it appears to be well planned. It is no surprise that he received such treatment at the hands of the Navy Commander. He must be thankful that it was only a shove and a push with a scolding under the Yahapalanaya regime. Had it been the former, he would be dead by now, or spirited away in a white van!

      The media must be impartial in their reporting and in their investigations. If they come to a scene with a pre-planned story, then they are just prostituting journalism. The media has the incredible power of influencing and shaping peoples’ minds. This story of the journalist being attacked by the Navy Commander, is targeted to create sympathy towards the journalist and anger at the government. The bigger picture should have been the strikers illegally seizing the vessels as that has tarnished the image of the country.

      I am surprised that the media had not thought it fit to report the seizure which amounts to “piracy” as stated by the Minister. It is much more serious than shoving a journalist. The entire country should know the extent to which the workers are being used as pawns by political opportunists. I hope the Police files action against those who seized the vessels under the criminal laws of this country.

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        Kalu Nangi

        By any chance you are related to sach, eusence and H L D Mahindapala.

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          Native Veddah and Kalu Nangi seem to have all the time in the world. I am sure both must be pensioners.

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            davidoff

            One doesn’t need to be pensioner to comment frequently. It is a matter of time management.

            What matters is quality of well informed comment. I am still learning.

            You too can do it if you keep learning.

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    “Navy Commander Attacked Journalist On Human Rights Day”

    Unlike gutless Ranil and Sirisena, at least some one had the guts to put his foot down and stop this nonsense.

    The functioning of the country and the disruption of traffic cannot be allowed on a daily basis.

    I say, the navy commander for president!

    Line up all the politicians and just shoot them.

    They have had their entire life-time to put things right but they haven’t. You have to be a Lankans to believe they’ll change.

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      nimal fernando

      Are you being serious?

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      Bravo, Nimal Fernando. We need more people with guts to put down the thuggery and disruption to daily lives of people being carried out by these morons.

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    Attacking the journalist is a collateral damage. However, a Navy Commander Vice Admiral’s presence on the scene is necessary is a question, let alone how he reacted.

    On the other hand, I would say the Navy has done the right thing to chase away those fake protestors organised by MR with the strategic intention to disrupt and tarnish country’s peace and image day by day.

    After all, someone got to do the job!

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      Wait for your turn to be at the receiving end. There will be justifications.

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        And did you know that we, the people on a daily basis at the receiving end collectively, and will continue to be at the receiving end if we entertain these sorts of protests and strikes?

        Looks like you are a rich kid who was not at the receiving end when there were private bus strike and the government hospital doctors strike recently?

        A journalist getting attacked is not right, but look at the bigger picture. Now striking has become an everyday thing for anything, everything, anywhere or everywhere. No doubts, soon SL will be called ‘nation of strikes’ whether ‘Wonder of Asia’ becomes a reality or not.

        While PM keeps silent and Prez is always willing to entertain these further with wasting his valuable time taking these thuggish mannerisms to the discussion, who will save us from these hooligans?

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    This navy commander must first loose some weight!

    But what is important is for the GOSL to address issues. These are HUMAN problems and we are duty-bound to address them and resolve them.

    Can we know what the real problem is and how the GOSL intends to resolve it? Lives and livelihoods are at risk.

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      kumaran,

      These protestors are the very same people who attached visiting MPs when Rajapaksahas were in power! What an irony of fate! Now it is the turn of those who suffered at their hands at that time and I think the government is serious in teaching them a lesson on parliamentary privileges!

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    True the attack was unwarranted and absolutely wrong. Then again our journos are dam too much particularly Derana,Hiru and Sirasa basta.

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      Very true Dealdasa agree with your comments. These protesters dont have any decency and they strike at the drop of a hat and now the media coolies will twist and turn things the way JO wants. Well done navy Commander thats how protesting should be handled. Both PM and Executive in sleep mode!

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    The journalist was only recording the actions of the navy in resolving the unlawful act of the strikers holding a ship hostage.
    The navy commander acted like a common thug without any provocation.
    In any other democracy, he would have been relieved of command and subjected to court martial.

    The military have got away with injustices in the north and east during and after the war and find it difficult to now function with restraint as befits a nation committed to democratic governance.

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    Well done Navy at least you are taking the leadership. Next go after the rest of the protesters at fort railway station and lipton circus.

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      Chamuditha Senanayaka

      “Next go after the rest of the protesters at fort railway station and lipton circus.”

      Navy – The branch of the armed services of a state which conducts military operations at sea.

      The definition is clear, Navi is not meant to go after or against the working men and women. The workers have right to protest to win their dues or what is rightfully theirs, peacefully of course.

      If there is disorder let the police deal with them, not the war criminals.

      The Navy has other useful national duties to perform, go after sea pirates, poachers, and smugglers. Tell us how successful the Navy has been in the last 7 years.

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    The behaviour is unbecoming of an officer,
    Shameful!
    Resign and go home!
    How can a commander of a navy behave like a common thug?

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      Dear Srinath, (sorry, even if this is incoherent, but I have to add it since i know you work for lanken racial groups)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhiK5UEUZMA
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW0OawPRTo&t=132s

      pleae check the link for your infomration.
      Please share your thoughts the way the father is upto.
      Please work for unity than paving the way extremists to rise up.

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      srinath.gunaratnam

      “How can a commander of a navy behave like a common thug?”

      He had earned the right to kick some butts because he singlehandedly won the war for himself and MR. How could you brand him as a thug?

      As a smart ass patriot, your duty is to defend everything that is wrong in this island. Aren’t you being a traitor to the country?

      Did you see him neck snap the journalist?

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    This is an extremely brutal act. Navy Commander’s behaviour is extremely inappropriate. He is applying brutal force and language to unarmed civilian protestors. He should have used his brain and delegated to disperse this protesting employees to a much junior officer or the area commander.

    I have lived and worked in developed English speaking countries. I have never seen an army or navy commander behaving in this manner. If this happened in a country like Australia, USA or UK, the following day, the navy commander will be sent home.

    I think this particular commander is sitting on his brain instead of using of it.

    The real issue the present government does not a clear vision for the economic development of the country, which is favourable to the country.

    The selling or leasing out this harbour to a Chinese Company is a national crime. They are selling a national resource, which could be developed for the benefit of the future generations of this country.

    Yahapalanaya boot lickers are commending this brutal act.

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      Sunil Dahanayake

      “I have lived and worked in developed English speaking countries. I have never seen an army or navy commander behaving in this manner. If this happened in a country like Australia, USA or UK, the following day, the navy commander will be sent home.”

      Here in this miracle of Asia we promote them to next rank, in his case, we will create the next rank and appoint him as the admiral or one rank further as the first lord of the Sea.

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      Sunil Dahanayake

      This is Sri Lanka if you walk on the street you might meet lot of these characters best thing was he is not saffron robes,dont you see our parliamentarians,one of the Dr from UK happened to be the brother of a minister was same torn,our head of state’s son got away with his crime good dady protected him.

      Who follow whom you would have seen the batti monk ,police in uniform behave like monk and the monk behave like police officials it would be better swop the body covers.

      Don’t even talk about the economy no tangible developments at all,no job creation for youngsters,corruption everywhere,one time respectable profession and purely service orientation but now its like old ports authority union bring it to standsill and the authority to be on the knees,

      The only option now is to lease them or sell it.like kids old story getting the golden egg.

      LTTE gone it’s not fully shut but make way for ISS ,these business community provide jobs and pay taxes.

      Biggest foreign exchange from these high risking jobs of our women mothers,daughtres from middle East.but sadly all these champions are happy as long as money comes in now we export prositutes as well,these women have to leave the vulnerable children in volatile ,these children has to face unsocial probs,and face sexual abuse from within the family members as well.

      In the north far wirst.. no help no orders …

      Now only to protect mahawansa ideology.

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    The bearded guy in a blue shirt looks an absolute Thug – the same type that killed lasantha perhaps?! GROBR!

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    [Edited out]

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      Silva

      “[Edited out]”

      Brilliant

      Thanks for keeping it brief.

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    Disgraceful behaviour of the Navy Commander. Don’t these fellows have any dignity or decorum. Worse than street thugs.

    Ah well it is Hambantota isn’t it. The home of the Mafia boss. Thuggery is the only style of administration and behaviour they know.

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    Viewed the video .Are these the disciplined leaders of our beautiful isle .Do we have to handle humans with such rage ? Media personnel or otherwise .We have heard of third degree treatment of witnesses or pathetic humans at cop shops by lowly constables .., but this is just not called for .Or is this the conditioning of the mind of the forces to use bully boy tactics to get people into submission .Pity his family when he is in this mental condition of power and rage .We are happy that a serious crime did not happen and it was not curtains down for this guy anyone in that area when someone of this physique is on the rampage .

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    The Navy commander’s behavior is now a political issue to CT Chitanta gang. From their comments it is apparent they feel it is an opportunity that cannot be missed. Of cause they did very well on CBG Emil Mahendran case, Sagala Ratnayake’s phone call case and they are doing well on this too. In the first two cases it’s UNP’s fault. Here what happened is so far not yet clear. It appears like Koliyum Unkanrai- Pulumgalum Ungknrai. The Paddy is theirs and the hen eating is also theirs. They would not welcome you chasing away the hen if it destroy the paddy. It may indicate that it doesn’t need UNP’s or others’ talks in that.

    Everybody knows the Port is a white elephant project that trumpets the Old Royals’ commission reaping excellence. UNP came to power by promising resolving these loans interest problems. Everybody’s first thought was a negotiation with or legal actions against China’s unfaithful deals. But UNP has further clawed into it. The Port deal is not going alone for sale of to China. It is locked with a massive land sale to China too. Chitanata people do not like the sale. It is not because they are losing the sovereignty on the part of the land. Those cardboard weeraya’s patriotism is nothing but Cardboard Patriotism too. Two elements are hurting them. First is if UNP makes the sales they lose the chance of earning commission on it. So they would prefer UNP pay the interest until they take over power and then they will sell it like the way they did the Port City land sales. You know when the Port City was sold No protesters were on the beach and No navy was beating them. Second is their pride is being hurt when UNP is telling that it is selling because the of the loan interest. We yet to know who the Magampura Port Management Company is and how did it got the contract to service Hambantota Port. But there is little doubt about it is Chitanta Company and employs Chitanta acolytes. So they are not going against the company, but against the Port Authority. Now their contention is Port Authority property is UNP’s property. So they would like to play the devil thovil on that.
    This navy was formed under the Chitanta policies. The commander cannot allow Journalist to witness the operations of his subordinates carry out.

    We don’t know if the Journalist is a Chitanata Laptop journalist. He though clearly identified that he is a journalist, but did not attempt to back off to protect him. He rather moved straight to face the rowdy, who was advancing to attack him. If he was looking for an encounter he has to be also categorized a Chitanta Journalist.

    In any case he is a journalist. The free world would expect him to be treated one like that. So, UNP must have envisaged this type of marketing attempts and should have employed government photographers-videographers on the site.

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    Journalists should shy away from the notion that I am lord of all i survey and therefore be immune for criticism as they hold the whip hand for the final say.Even the media will not criticise journalists as they are their plaything and if you write against a journalist for any blunder it will never see the light of day in the air waves or columns.
    Journalists in the main stream media who hold a responsible task of spelling out the truth and media ethics should tread carefully or otherwise the public will decry against their outbursts and turn against them as evidenced by the stupendous rise of access to the Social media to discern the facts

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    I thought we had the worlds most disciplined armed force.

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    Navy is trained for controlling crowds in the lands. Even though this happened in the port, it is related to crowd controlling in the land. STF would have been the best.

    therefore, who ever the minister who wanted to show the might of the govt by sending NAVY should resign if this case continue.

    Because, Journalists may be acting here for a case like this.

    the best treatment would have been in the middle of this commotion pushing some journalists and protesters to the water and keep some boats ready to save them when they are really drowning.

    govt involvement is bad and stupid politics. Sending country day by day to anarchy and it is simply dumb politicians ruining the country.

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    Is this Soosai look alike , Navy Chief trying to get browned points from Batlanda Ranil.?.

    The great Armed Forces which liberated the Nation are in deep depression, for obvious reasons.

    Bodhi Sira helped Batalanda Ranil to cull the great Soldiers who got rid of the Tamil Terrorists.

    Batalanada even framed bogus charges against hem,

    Bodhi Sira then appointed weaklings who were just passengers to lead the armed Forces, again for obvious reasons.

    This is a classic example of the class of officers now.

    Defence Sec who is. Bodhi Sira,s supervisor didn’t,t. Even know that this dude was in Hambantota.

    Now he wants to know why the fat belly got there , and who gave him the. Orders.

    And it is none other. Than Batalanada.s nephew the Defence Minister,

    Wonder whether the fat belly called Batalana,s nephew. Sir too, like the UNP IGP after getting orders to bend the Law from the Police. minister Sagala..

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    KASmaalam

    Read this excerpt:

    Navy chief in hot water after assaulting journalist
    Dec 12, 2016

    …..
    ….
    Official sources said the vice admiral had already earned the displeasure of the authorities after he joined ranks with former air force chief Gagan Bulathsinhala in calling an unprecedented boycott of the eastern province chief minister in May this year.

    The then air force chief Bulathsinhala was not given an extension despite his attempts to secure one through his personal friend and defence secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi.

    Official sources close to the president said Hettiarachchi also fell out of grace and was currently on borrowed time after he sided with Bulathsinhala and Wijegunaratne.

    Army chief Crishanthe de Silva who remained neutral over the eastern chief minister Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed’s issue received a one-year service extension.

    The political establishment saw the boycott of a chief minister called by service chief’s as setting a dangerous precedent and President Maithripala Sirisena immediately intervened to revoke the ban announced by Hettiarachchi. (COLOMBO, Dec 11, 2016)

    http://www.infolanka.com/
    news/IL/dm1037.htm

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    When I saw the incriminating video, i gasped “Surely not”. Is this the much-decorated Vice Admiral of our heroic ‘well balanced and cohesive’ navy, moving like a dump truck with a flat tyre? Luckily, the object of his attention was a puny journalist with nothing but a pen to defend himself. It was a no contest on the quayside but the jury in the real world is, I see, still undecided.

    Vice Admiral PotBellyinshorts reminds me of Major-General Stanley; and I paraphrase the last lines of that well known song written by W S Gilbert

    For my military knowledge, though I’m plucky and adventury,
    Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century;
    But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
    I am the very model of a modern Vice Admiral..

    Now we mere mortals get an idea of what hand-to-hand combat is like. Note carefully that our very modern vice admiral went for the hack knowing a) the journalist was small, b) unarmed, c) the journalist had nowhere to run.

    Our thoughts must be with Vice-Admiral PotBellyinshorts. When that red mist descended, he just went for it, and in the ensuing argy-bargy, our onetime national hero lost his dignity. Moreover, we who have been constantly fed stories of the ‘gallantry and discipline’ of our fighting men, now have yet more proof that ‘things ain;t necessarily so’.

    Never mind, all this will be wiped clean by our ‘shape-machan-palanaya’. No charges, No demotion (but promotion guaranteed). The medals are safe. Definitely no international tribunal.

    Our bathtub navika hamudawa will sail away into the sunset with the hewisi band striking up a catchy chune of ‘life on the ocean wave’.

    ps: What does the Vice in Vice-Admiral stand for? ie What Vice does VICE-Admiral PotBellyinshorts have to deserve this title?

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