28 September, 2022

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Operationalizing The ‘State Of Emergency’ Giving Government Headache

The government has run into a crisis following the declaration of a state of emergency for 10 days.

It was when documents following the gazette notification announcing the emergency was drafted that the possible repercussions have surfaced, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

Source involved in the process reveal that the ‘nitty gritty’ will cause the government embarrassment in relation to the ongoing engagement with the UNHRC and resolutions thereto.

In addition, there could be a negative impact on the tourism industry as well.

The Government didn’t have any options either, given the circumstances where communal violences threatened to spread and go out of control.

The Government is currently struggling to draft the provisions for the operationalising of the emergency. Colombo Telegraph learns that the task is yet to be completed.

A state of emergency has been proclaimed by the President in terms of Article 155 of the Constitution read with section 2(1) of the Public Security Ordinance of 1947 bringing into operation Part II of the said Ordinance. However, no emergency regulations have been made as provided in section 5(1) of the said Ordinance. Under section 5(1), the President is empowered to make such “emergency regulations” as appear to him to be necessary or expedient in the interests of public security and the preservation of public order and the suppression of mutiny, riot or civil commotion, or for the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the community. Currently, action is under way to make emergency regulations that are necessary to bring an end to the current state of emergency, and it is expected that the regulations will be made and published in the Gazette by Wednesday.

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  • 16
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    Where is the Maha Sangha? Still sleeping!

    • 15
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      Goraka

      “Where is the Maha Sangha?”

      Too busy thinking about how to effectively destroy the proposed draft constitution.

      • 2
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        Exactly what JR did in 1983, Maithree and Ranil did in 2018. Too little and too late. Gammanpila promised this years back that his colleagues in the Sinhala Racist teams will one day achieve the Repetition of 1915 riots once again after 100 years. Ajith Prasanna, Gnanasara conducted this in full Sinhala Buddhist Terror style as always its been done to the poor Tamils and Muslims with fake false flag incidents drama acted by their own fellows wearing Muslim scull caps and sacrificed the 41 year old Sinhala youth who died in Teldeniya. He was murdered by the Sinhala Racists in the hospital, in a plot to turn this into a full scale riot as it is goin on just now. Gnanasara and Ajith pPrasanna openly speaking nice words to fool everyone, but there are a lot of code words being used in their videos to incite their teams to go ahead with the pogrom against the Muslims. This is a well planned operation conducted with the support of the state. Thats why the actions are late and slow by the govt. Thank you Maithree and thank you Ranil for burning the country.

      • 0
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        Native

        “Too busy ……………………………. constitution

        Democracy paves the way for that but saffron cloth isn’t good for that.

      • 0
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        good one native.

    • 5
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      This is the price for not voting for Mahinda in the presidential and parliament election. Mahinda is very active now than ever. He will not stop until he achieves his target “king forever”

      • 2
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        Why was this “wonderful” president strangely silent when Muslims were attacked? Why didn’t HE and his sidekick brother, Gota, doing ANYTHING to stop the BBS, and the hate crimes going around? Why didn’t they respond immediately to Althugama? King of Cunning, Corruption, and Censorship.

    • 2
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      Goraka
      The Maha Sangha is not running the country.
      You have a YAHAPALANAYA govt to look after its people. The President., PM have not visited the area which is the first thing to be done. They should talk to both communities and call for peace.
      It seems that they either do not have the courage to go there, or do not mind this festering to shift the spotlight away from their own inadequacies.
      Aren’t their respected community leaders from both commmunities who can take the initiative here. They should be people with no political affiliations. Peace Committeees withrepresentation from both communities could be one approach.
      Also important is that the blame game should stop here.

    • 0
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      Goraka

      Sangha don’t have official duty on current matters so they have a right to sleep if they want.

  • 25
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    Give SF the Law & Order Ministry to quell the situation. The opposition, SLPP, UPFA and BBS are all destabilizing the govt because the President and PM are indecisive and doesn’t show strength in leadership. PUT COUNTRY BEFORE YOUR POLITICS AND DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISE. Otherwise say ta ta to any hope you have on holding on to power. President, don’t trust the serpent i.e. MR lying still waiting to upset the coalition and take SL back to the stone age by looting and pillaging after selling us to the Chinese.

    • 1
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      Richard

      As a matter of fact; no strength in leadership & your choice of SF is another crazy idea.

      Coalition is already upset so why don’t you cry for an election instead?

  • 6
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    #firepujitha

  • 22
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    All those who are doing these dastardly acts not only destroying the Muslims but their own country too. It’s like cutting their own necks. Just after thirty years of carnages, the country is trying to look up, tourism and investment are picking up, country’s image too getting better but now all going to be reversed, and toll of it going to be the burden of all the inhabitants of the country. The moment tourism drops, all those investments in that sector would suffer , when no one invest in a troubled country, and unemployment would shoot up. The oil market is going from bad to worst due to the fracking revolution in North America, and solar and wind power revolution all over the planet. Middle Eastern oil producing countries are feeling the pinch, and packing off foreign workers. Over 1.5 millions of our workers are there, when they return, if the economy is not sound enough to absorbed them, there are going to be a terrible choas in the country. When things are like this, do any one guess there going to be a better economy in the future. The whole trouble is our rotten and opportunistic and fishing in the troubled water leaders, politicians and officials are not communicating well enough with the people to educate them about the harm of these terrible things going have on their daily lives. It always a peaceful country would lead to better lives for all. A country in crisis would be crisis for all, none live better, including huge hardship for all these trouble markers.

    • 1
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      Silva,

      Fear not! The plan is that our labour will be OK; they plan to keep our workers to run their countries whilst they send their jihadists to help the Muslims here to defend themselves and regain respect. Expect a lot of young ‘middle eastern tourists’ in the next few months.

  • 12
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    In Kengalla,, Digana, a Muslim person’s property is next to the boundary of the Pallekele Army Camp but the house in it was ransack and looted last night. It all appears, the police and the army are with the trouble markers, else how such thing like this could happened. If the authorities wouldn’t be able to protect life and belongings of the citizens of the country, there wouldn’t be a future for the Muslims and the minorities in SL. Local people have behaved well but all main ham was planned and done by outsiders. There is a force and well organised group is at it. State intelligence agencies should go after them, penetrate into their organisations, and nail them hard for good to end these troubles. Other wise just after the death of this Sinhalese gentleman, how could all these materialize. There should be some persons or an outfit to organise these in such magnatitude to burn and destroy so much innocent people’s properties. Government could make an appeal to all social media outfits to monitor these people’s Activities in their platforms. All over the world, Facebook has appointed local monitors to check for hate activities. Why wouldn’t our IT authorise lias with them to stop these hate activities, definitely if request is made, they would oblige owing to their responsibility towards the well being of the society and the world for all these creating terrible consequences to all the communities in the country.

  • 7
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    All those who are doing these dastardly acts not only destroying the Muslims but their own country too. It’s like cutting their own necks. Just after thirty years of carnages, the country was trying to look up, tourism and investment are picking up, country’s image too getting better but now all going to be reversed, and toll of it going to be the burden of all the inhabitants of the country. The moment tourism drops, all those investments in that sector would suffer , when investment shrinks all would get affected, and unemployment would shoot up. The oil market is going from bad to worst due to the fracking revolution in North America, and solar and wind power. Middle Eastern oil producing countries are feeling the pinch, and packing off foreign workers. Over 1.5 millions of our workers are there, when they return, if the economy is not sound enough to absorbed them, there are going to be a terrible choas in the country. When things are like this, do any one guess there going to be a better economy in the future. The n

  • 10
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    Weak President = Weak Country. President does not have the guts to appoint Sarath Fonseka, the one who can stop this nonsense.

    • 0
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      Silva,

      Fear not! The plan is that our labour will be OK; they plan to keep our workers to run their countries whilst they send their jihadists to help the Muslims here to defend themselves and regain respect. Expect a lot of young ‘middle eastern tourists’ in the next few months.

    • 0
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      Appointing the old Field Marshall will be licence for more chaos.

  • 4
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    It is all their fault. When they realized that there could be a tensed situation in Theldeniya, they could have imposed police curfew and installed a few check points on the Kandy Road before the incident occurred, not after. The problem is, IGP is unable to work on his own “police instinct” as before. He has to get the instructions from the PM + M/LO or from the President as “Reconciliation” matters to the government more than Law and Order of the country. Therefore the Police is in the dark unlike before when there is communal clash. That is the reason for the Police to impose two riot laws in the country – one to the North and another to the South, and three separate laws for three ethnicities; Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.
    Government has two options: 1. fulfilling reconciliation at the expense of law and order or 2. maintaining law and order at the expense of reconciliation.

    • 0
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      Champa stop your nonsense suggestion. Enacting laws for different communities amounts to racial discrimination. Every one should be equal before law. You are asking to enact separate laws to north and south. This is the basis of federalism which Tamils are demanding. When you oppose federalism how can you advocate different laws for regions as well ethnicities. Government has only one option. Enshrine justice to eradicate discriminatory laws and practices and enforce law and order equally to all communities. If this is done reconciliation will automatically materialise.

    • 0
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      Champa,
      “The problem is, IGP is unable to work on his own “police instinct”.
      The IGP is a person who forces his subordinates to engage in Buddhist religious practices. He says he got his job due to “bodhi poojas”. Every Police station has a Buddhist shrine in it.
      What sort of police instinct do you expect? Soon we will have to import Chinese or Indian policemen to keep the peace impartially.

  • 4
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    Just imagine SF was appointed the Minister of Law and Order at the reshuffle.

  • 7
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    Kiriella demands in Parliament that the Sinhala Buddhists Inhabitant population must apologize to the Muslims.
    Great..
    But the 45 % of the inhabitant Sinhala Buddhist population who voted against Kiriella and his leader Dr Ranil do not live in Degana .
    Neither do they live in Ampare,
    Even the few who are in Ampare wouldn’t need the Muslims to sterilize them , because they are struggling to put the food on the table, let alone overtake Muslims in Reproduction stakes.
    Dr Ranil and Mr Kirra kept Mum on Ampare.
    Dr Ranil’s UNP cadres in white Helmets wee flogging Rajanganaya Youth with long sticks while the UNP Police were holding them in headlocks.
    And Dr Ranil said in Parliament that outsiders were causing these riots.
    Agree.
    Now they are firing both Barrels at Sinhala Buddhists while slapping on the Emergency on them.
    Why ?
    Who are the People , the Politicians , the Political Parties and their Overseas Mates who are going to benefit from these racial clashes ?
    I will leave that for the intelligent patriotic dudes who want a fair go for everyone to work out.
    All I can tell you now is Dr Ranil’s No Confidence is off the Table..
    And Dr Ranil has forced the Inaugural next Election Rally in Nugegoda to be cancelled…..

  • 10
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    Now I don’t think there is any use in going behind finding faults in political level as the politicians have miserably failed to prevent this negative energy being created, or we even don’t know if they are the creators of it. As the situation has escalated and this negative energy spread is usually auto-pilot at this stage, it is the law & order, religious leadership, the media and the right thinking people should act together to stop further spreading of this.

  • 0
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    This is not an isolated incident.there is some big hand with lot of black money behind all this trouble.whole blame should be made against MY3.all thugs and some in police and forces are hoping to see the return of KING-MAHINDA so they can do any thing and get out.when media published stories about MHINDA-MY3 SECRET MEETING these guys were happy and getting ready to attack.WHY DID NOT MY3 ISSUE A STATEMENT to deny at least he MET MAHINDA. VERY SOON SOME KIND IF FOREGIN PEACE KEEPING FORCE WILL BE IN SRI-LANKA

  • 0
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    “………..The Government is currently struggling to draft the provisions for the operationalising of the emergency…..”.
    We lived through decades of Emergency rule – the first emergency in 1958.
    ‘Operationalising’ after all these years? Is it incompetence or abject incompetence?

  • 2
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    No wonder the government was dragging its feet. Similar events to JR Jayawardana’s time when colombo was burning, and the President was contemplatin with no action for several days. Why should PM act? Its his UNP key activitists and supporters that might have been behind the stirring up of racial hatred, using as their trump card to deflect the UNP defeat and to deflect public attention from Yahapalu governments failures, of mega bond scam, defeat in the hands of the voters. Shit stirrers could be of any color, or from any ethnic group, given that the objectives are political and to point fingers at SLPP; they are not interested in racial harmony as long as the effects could be harnessed to promote their own cause.

  • 2
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    There is a need of continuing Muslim property vandalizing and Sinhala Bashing. Because, Arjun Aloesius and Kasun Palisena will be given eternal bail this Friday. At present, for reporting purpsoes, the major issue is Muslim property vandalizing and not the BOND SCAM – PCOLI report releasing or prosecuting. Anyway, during the entire parliamentary histroy only one report had been released for the whole 70 years that was Ashraf was killed by a helicopter crash in which Helicopter had not been maintained properly during the war time. Sinhala thugs of Kiriella from Mahanuwara had a valid reason because a sinhala man was killed by muslims. that was settled by mobilizing STF.

  • 3
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    Muslim property vandalizing comes from siriotha brains and another issue is how to blame Mahinda Rajapakse. Earlier blamed Mahiunda Rajapkse govt. Then blamed Mahinda rajapakse getting loans every where. In the mean time, Some Hindian from a Far away state has Asked the Trincomalee area again. I
    MG loan paid $ 154 million to a company for surveying that. Mongloian experts checed the foundation of those rocks, IT was verified and showed that was a set up by those small men. Then their own experts checked it and found to be different. This is why MY3 is really disillusioned because some others talk say we know what is happening.

    • 0
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      Are you talking to the voices in your head, Jimmy?

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        oldcodger

        Who else did you think Jim softy the dimwit was talking to?
        Poor man. He has no one to talk to hence he has to talk to the voices in his head.

  • 0
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    India is not suitable for growing csattle, So Mcdonald has plans to fatten cattle there. One man from thelegy contry has some plans there. He has anda – neth too This covers those too.

  • 0
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    All the so called ‘leaders’ be it UNP, UPFA, SLFP, Pohottuwa, SLMC, Religious leaders, Security force etc. you name it, are all playing politics while the country is up in flames. This is absolutely evident in every single one of them pointing their finger at the other whilst people are being killed or their lives destroyed. Even the ‘educated’ are participating in this lunacy in glee (e.g GL). It is abundantly clear that the Security forces were once again actively inactive whilst law breakers are blatantly carrying weapons, burning, torching and destroying property. There is a lack of honesty and genuineness amongst the leadership regardless of their utterances (e.g. MR, Ranil, Maithree, Police, Mahanayakes, Muslim MPs etc.). The general public have lost faith in them as such everyone now believes in the crap that’s defecated on to Facebook and go down their own rabbit holes and end up at an extreme. At this rate SL is heading no where but to another War. Ultimately it is AGAIN the innocent people and their children who will suffer the consequences for a few generations to come. It seems like we have NOT learnt anything form what happened until just a few years back. Now is the time for those who have been silent to come on to the streets and show the rulers and the thugs that this has to stop. However, I dont think ‘decent people’ of Sri Lanka have a backbone to stand up.
    As for social media, like Facebook, we all need to reflect on the good and bad it has brought us as humans. For all the small wins we’re all got off it, it has helped cause many wars and destroy many countries and it’s peoples (e.g. Ukrain, Libya, Siriya, Rohingya to just name a very few). It hasn’t spared wreaking havoc on a super power like the USA (e.g Trump). Sri Lanka has no chance but on a front row seat to heading to join that list. Think about it!

  • 2
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    All due to the selfishness and opportunisms of Muslim Leaders and Muslims. Had they negotiated and cooperated with Tamils this wouldn’t have happened. They want to be separate from Tamils. and acted selfishly. They organised the Muslim countries against Tamils to serve the —. Now the eyes of satan is on you. You enjoy the companion of the Satan. Tamils This will happen to you also. Think twice before you visit or invest there no matter which ever passport you hold. Double citizenship is not going to help you. Those who portrayed Tamils as Terrorist and helped disarmed them have an obligation to protect the Tamils. The muslim Countries are fighting and perishing themselves and they are not in a position even to help themselves. They won’t come to the help of SL muslims .

  • 2
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    Sri Lanka is drinking in the last chance saloon. The problem is that the present crop of hopelessly atrophied politicians are doing bugger all. They just ignore the ethno-nationalist racialists and hope the problem goes away. Memories of old Banda “just a little bit of a local issue that will be sorted out by the morning” – May 1958.

  • 2
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    My fear is Sinhala Nationalists and JO/SLPP are inviting Taliban or AlQuaeda to come to Sri Lanka. The Government must be extremely careful and a strong Law and Order Minister should be appointed immediately.

  • 3
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    This is well planned by the Nariya Mara . The Police chief is involved ,he should not only resign ,commit suicide. what a shame…. corruption! corruption!! coruption!!!
    Get Fonnie in and punish all these rascals before it’s too late..

  • 1
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    It is the duty of the incumbent government to protect all civilians and their property irrespective of caste creed or religion . This government has failed time and again to uphold the rule of law. We cannot afford a repeat of 1983 which would set the country back another 25 years.

  • 1
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    Shed differences by sacrificing religions

    Nobody will find reason to attack.

  • 3
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    Dilrukshi was removed by President at the request of Rajapakse. Sarath Fonseka was not given the post of Minister of Law and Order at the request of Rajapakse. It appears to me President has another external President over him.

  • 2
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    Sinhalese would have probably also gotten killed by other Sinhalese for blocking the road. . But come to think of it, I wonder how much the US gun lobby is involved in this. Soon Ranil’s 2nd amendment will contain the right to own guns (Evangelical groups are praying for the great many souls soon to go up to heaven in the blaze of gun glory). All a conspiracy to make money for the capitalistic machine of Ranil’s, I think. Whatever it is, Ranil’s golden opportunity to contain all the ruffians and hooligans who are going to up-rise against his economic policies is ripe.

  • 2
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    It is okay…go on and rot until everything gets destroyed…
    we must see an end sooner than later…
    no one can help you idiots …racists, scums,narrow minded rascals..

    every one except some decent people, all are low life pariahs..

    RW and Sirisena …the most inefficient and back boneless good for nothing stupid guys..

    Mahinda is coming by hook or crook..and Gota killer will rule the nation and kill more ….

    Happy now !!

  • 2
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    not a sound from the muslim leaders like rauf hakeem and bathiudeen..Do they want sampathan and sumanthiran to take it up in parliament because they are worried about losing their privileges.

    • 0
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      Tamils are an utter anathema to Muslims, who have more respect and confidence in dealing with MARa and Gota because their running dogs the BBS and the Maha Sanga take orders from.
      What can Sammi or Summi do to help them when Tamils are in a worse plight?

  • 1
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    There is so many factors behind this.
    To destroy Muslim property to loot money and property.
    Jealousy for Muslim business .
    Political revenge for Muslim not voting for MR ..
    Buddhist extremists
    Weak Ranil and M&s..
    For voting UNP..
    So many factors contributed to this..
    Sad to see .
    How do you want kill your own country people.
    Shame on this.
    Still Buddhist religious leadership does not have any morality to condemn it..
    So sad .
    Police and army are supporting these extremism..

  • 1
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    The government has shown good signs by condemning the violence, and the media has also emphasized the need for unity for this country. This is far better than the deafening silence by the previous regime.

    If the armed forces are looking the other way (like they did during the 1983 riots), and not taking any actions against the terror mobs, then they should be held responsible too. The have to prevent violence and protect all citizens from being harmed, as well as property and places of worship. These ethnic problems are a curse on this country, and prevents the country from progressing. It has to be tackled from all angles.

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