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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Dangerous & Sinister Speech May Signal Imminent Repression

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa just addressed the nation. It will go down as the worst speech he ever made and marks the nadir of his political career and more tragically, the manner he will be seen by history. Most seriously of all, his speech—the one he agreed to read out—may signal a round of repression that sends the country plunging into the abyss.

For a man who had a romantic political history as a dissident and rebel, Mahinda’s speech failed utterly to empathize with or even understand the sentiments and aspirations of the young protestors. A politician who always had his finger on the pulse of the people, he has now completely lost touch with their sentiments.

He has also lost his touch as a communicator. His speech was cold, stony, and slightly sinister. He was no longer the appealing rascal of many decades. No longer the exception to the Rajapaksa rule, he looked and sounded like a harshly admonitory spokesperson for the family oligarchy which is determined to rule, overriding the sentiments of a vast majority, most especially the island’s youth.

He unblinkingly defended the regime’s economic record, with the single exception of promising to restore the fertilizer subsidy. If the ongoing mass movement achieved something it was that. It took the recent mass protests to secure even a pledge of the return of that which had been snatched away cruelly by the regime.

Attempting to give himself and the regime an air of moral superiority, Mahinda Rajapaksa took the moral low road. Knowing full well that the Jayawardene regime falsely accused the JVP of the attacks of July ’83 and repressed it, thereby driving the country into civil war, Mahinda echoed that false propaganda, accusing the protestors or the alleged organizers of the protests of proceeding on the same road as the violent JVP insurrectionists of the 1980s and worse, the LTTE in the North.

He then went on to say that every second that the protests went on, obstructed the dollars that could be coming into the country. What the logical connection was, remained unexplained. How the protests could be a greater causative factor of the dollar shortage than his kid brother the President crashing food production thereby requiring imports, as well as ruining tea production which was a traditional foreign exchange earner, with his zany fertilizer policy, wasn’t explained either.

Where Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa enacted his very worst moment so far in politics and history, indelibly tarring his great historical contribution of winning the war, was in his remarks about the military.

He said that everything the protestors said and did, including insulting his family may be excusable, but what cannot be excused is the disrespect and humiliation – the trashing, so to speak—of the military; the war heroes. He gave absolutely no evidence, failing to cite any person or place. As far as I can tell, as a keen observer of the reportage of the protests, is that there was never any disparaging by the protestors anywhere, of the military, present or past. That is of course, unless of course, a girl in dungarees giving a rose was such a disparaging act.

In short Mahinda Rajapaksa was making at best, a false insinuation; at worst, making an insidious and false accusation. It seemed and sounded to me like this falsehood was uttered for two purposes. Firstly, to rouse the ire of the armed forces towards the peaceful—if verbally impassioned—protestors. Secondly, to pre-emptively justify the deployment of the military in a crackdown on the protests.

Taking the totality of the speech the logic was clear. The protests prevent, by the second, the inflow of much needed dollars. The organizers of the protest are proceeding on the path of the armed insurgents of the 1980s in the North and South. The protestors are dissing the armed forces, and are the sort of people who disrespect the armed forces.

I have heard this kind of thing before. National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali made such a speech on TV in 1984. The very next day two university students were shot dead by the Police, one in Peradeniya the other in Colombo, before my eyes.

I have also heard this type of discourse all over the world. I was in Indonesia accompanying my parents the month before the military coup that massacred 1 ½ million people. (My father was last foreign journalist to interview DN Aidit of the PKI, the unarmed Indonesian Communist Party, murdered months later by the army). I was with my parents when my father smuggled in a clandestine communication from the BBC London to the BBC correspondent in Athens, where the Colonels had just seized power.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech tonight could be a curtain-raiser on a military crackdown on the protests. If there is such a crackdown, it will wreck the negotiations with the IMF which now cares about governance criteria. It will ruin tourism and foreign investment. It will lose Sri Lanka GSP Plus. It will shrink markets for our products in the West. It may lead to sanctions. It will turn international opinion totally against the Government. It will accentuate the nearly planetwide protests by the Sri Lankan Diaspora from Poland and Estonia to the USA and New Zealand. isolate Sri Lanka and crash an already free-falling economy.

A crackdown will in short, lose many times more dollars than Prime Minister Rajapaksa accuses the protestors of causing the country to lose.

A crackdown on the peaceful protestors, who are no more or less forceful than the ones Mahinda Rajapaksa was prominent in, back in the day, which include the demonstrations of 1987, will simply not restore order. Like a tsunami wave it may recede momentarily but will return with irresistible force and mass, sweeping away the Rajapaksa regime.

Meanwhile the protestors, especially the parties of the left which are engaged in but hardly dominate or monopolize the protests, must remember the lesson of world politics and history. The only answer to military or fascistic repression is the combination of the broadest UNITY, UNITY, UNITY, and the widest INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY.

*Dr Dayan Jayatilleka was a Vice-President of the United Nations Human Rights Council and a former Chairperson of the ILO

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    Here are highlights 1) My family is loosing precious $ because of your protest. 2) instead of gota go home, you go to work 3) remember what happened to those youth who protested before you 4) Blame Covid lockdown and previous gov and not us 5) war heroes suffered more economical loss in keeping you’ll alive. 6) alternative to democracy is military rule.7) we will continue ruling because no one wants to join us.

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      chiv

      How long these psychopaths going to earn living by citing war and looting the country? If anything Mahinda and Gota think people are very stupid. We know they are stupid but they are not that stupid to live and work on empty stomach.

      The war was won by VP for Rajapaksa clan with the support of USA and UK.

      That was 13 years ago.
      What has it got to do with current situation?
      This starvation was created by Gota, single handedley.

      Did he say as to why he should stay?
      The usual Fascist response.

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        “How long these psychopaths going to earn living by citing war and looting the country?”
        They will continue until Sinhalese people are fools. This is the man who murdered Lasantha in a daylight. This is the man who ran away to UNHRC against the Country. This is the man who robbed the Tsunami fund. This is the man who sold this country to China. This is the family behind Easter Bombing. I am sure Sinhalese now understood the real monster face of Rajapaksa’s.

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            EE, you’re doing Eagle talk ……. now, all you guys have turned into Kaputas …….try Kaputu talk. The moderator will let you in ….. as long as you don’t hit Basil’s
            Dandu Monara – times are tough, all the planes are grounded.

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            Eagle Dumbo Eye

            According to latest report 8 people have died while waiting in the queue. We do not know what percentage of people especially children and the old are malnourished and weak.

            Go kick the rulers out of office out of the country into an open prison that Surgeon General discovered in the North some months ago.

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              In all the YouTube comments Mahinda is called Maina ………. does anyone know why that is?

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                Nimal, there is a word in Tamil………Maina. That is referred to the dark coloured bird but much smaller and nicer looking than a crow. I have not seen them over 38 years since I left Jaffna, but they have a yellow beak. I could be wrong with the beak, but it is a small black bird.

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            Oh, ear, “Ukusu Aha”,
            .
            Oh, I know that an “Ukussa” is is a smaller fellow; a kite. Never mind!
            .
            You’ve actually got 21 “Likes”, and then got moderated out! Absolute tragedy!!
            .
            More to say, but the lightning is starting up. Oh, Zeus! Spare us!!
            .
            Panini

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          Ajith,
          “This is the family behind Easter Bombing.”

          What a dumb assumption!
          You think Ranil Wickramasinghe and his ‘Royal Gang’ were so dumb to allow Rajapakshes to carry out terrorist attacks to return to power when they had all the information about the attacks.
          Use your brain before using the keyboard!

          • 15
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            EE,
            It is not an assumption and it is not coming from me but from evidences and facts from various sources publicly discussed in parliament and other places. Ranil is not dumb but he has close relationship with the king family. That is why he did not bother about the crimes and corruption made by Rajapaksas. Do you know that Lasantha was murdered near a military point in a day light? Why so far the police or intelligence under Mahinda or Ranil could not find the murderers? Who is Saharan? Is there any relationship between Zaharan and Rajapaksa family? Why Zaharan did not target Buddhists? Who benefitted from Easter Bombing? What happened to CID Shani who investigated Easter Bombing? Why Rajapaksas did not take action against Sirisena or Ranil?

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            Even BBC and CNN news and their reports are biased and full of lies. The whole world knows that Tony Blair was one of the war criminals in this world. Where is justice in this world?

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          Got this from a young person I know:
          This embalmed fossil announces subsidies because they f**ked up agriculture by introducing half-baked policies.
          Then asks us not to insult the army & the police because they keep us free, as if this protest is not about the corruption and criminal behavior these state instruments protect.
          Ends by saying they are the ones solely responsible for bringing about a country where the Sri Lankan flag can be raised anywhere.

          Nothing on taking ownership, nothing on compromise, nothing acknowledging the fact that there are masses of angry and desperate people demanding their rights. If they aren’t serving the people and the people don’t want them there, then what are they doing there?
          This family and all their hangers-on think they own this country because people have let them live in a delusion all this while. Now that they have to face reality, they can’t even do lip service to the actual responsibilities of the offices they hold. Out of touch, out of time. Time to go home.

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            old codger

            “Now that they have to face reality,”

            Does the clan really understand people are dying from both starvation and exhaustion?

            From the President downwards nobody seems to have any clue, as to how people suffer.

        • 4
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          EE,
          Hattrick missed

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        Is this writer living in another world, praising Mahinda Rajapaksha. The man is in a alcoholic daze all the time. The war was won by the genocide of the Tamil people. Now we need some grass roots leaders to unite and give leadership to the spontaneous righteous uprising of the people. The Rajapakshas should be brought before the court at the Hauge for human right violations. They and all their ministers, department heads and all the other hangers on should be asked to return the billions of dollars to the country or face jail time.

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          Malkanthie,
          Good Morning.
          This habitual interlocutor is regularly moving between this world and the next!!
          His internal inertia propels him to the “Lordships palace” and for unbeknown reasons to the interlocutor, rejected and sent back!!!
          This has been the sorry and unwanted status for the recent past, unfortunately
          When in transition and ‘pearly gates’ are in view, he is culpable of intransigence, which we must overlook and excuse his wandering all over the shop, repetition of baseless assumptions and culpable accusations!!

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          Genocide of Tamils? when did you visit to Sri Lanka last time?. Still millions of Tamils are living in north. you are either ignorant or lying. Rajapakas should be charged for corruption no doubt about that but there was no genocide in Sri Lanka.

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            Thaaveethu, however the percentage of the island’s Thamizh population has been reduced from around 27% at the time of independence in 1948 to the present 15.6%. This is within a period of 74 years. Chingkallams proportionately increased from around 66.6% to 75% within the same period. Muslims or Sri Lankan Moors from around 5..6% to 9%. What does this say about what happened to the Thamizh? All this was achieved by 1 million were made stateless soon after independence and most of them were forcibly deported to South India, strange land to them, despite many of them living on the island for more than 5 generations and earning most of the foreign exchange. Then another million indigenous Thamizh originating from the north and east were forced to flee, largely to the west during the 30 years due to state-sponsored Chingkalla persecution. Another 300000 largely civilians were, deliberately targeted killed during the war on the pretext of fighting with the LTTE. Around 145000 of this in May 2009. 30% of the Thamizh homeland is now stolen/ethnically cleansed and settled outside Chingkallams, to deliberately change the demography, especially in the east.

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              Your comment proves that most Chingkallams still want to deny what happened to the Thamizh and are happy about this. This is the reason they voted en masse for these racist psychopathic war criminals, as they appreciated the atrocities and war crimes done to the Thamizh and wanted to reward them and have more of this. Now howling, crying, and protesting not because of anything else but their racist war heroes have taken them for a ride, and these racist policies from the time of independence have not worked and they are starving. As per your statement the Rajapakses committing war crimes and large-scale killing of Thamizh and stealing their lands and possession and giving them to Chingjkallams is fine and not genocide and war crimes, but stealing from Chingkallams and starving them is a definite no and need to be punished.

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                RAVIPERERA, is this a competition between you and Evil , good luck man.

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        Dear NV
        Yes when are these good for nothing fellows going to realise that you can not fool all the people all the time.?
        Heartless creatures having sucked every drop of blood from the economy they are still playing the same old rhetoric of race and war
        Leopards can’t change its spots midstream.
        For the sake if the 22 million souls let their be a regime change

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          Not change for change’s sake.
          People should know what to expect.
          We had such changes several times before, especially 2015.
          What happened? Back to good old business.
          It is time that we are told what the change is intended to be about.

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      Please read also the excellent analysis by Prof.Indrawansa de Silva, Professor Emeritus.
      Quote:Another aspect we should not overlook is that the government would like to see a violent break as it gives them the green light to use violent force from their part to crush the Opposition.
      As I write this, it has already begun. There has been a clash in Chilaw.

    • 12
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      Chiv, Dollar loss was not due to protests, but robberies.

    • 8
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      We must give credit to DJ for quickly identifying the motive of MR’s latest speech. The title of the article is even more appropriate. The war ended 13 years ago and the Sinhalese youth rebellion occurred more than 30 years ago. He is bringing this up to save his clan. He is not worried about all the difficulties people are facing now.
      He is extremely loyal to his clan enriching them with fair and foul means. He is also interested in transforming his family into the ruling clan of Sri Lanka. He is now giving false promises to the people that his clan will bring everything back to normal without any clue how he will achieve it. His attitude indicates that the country will take a long time to return to normalcy.

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    DJ , first they divided Tamils from others to continue their power. Then they divided Muslims from others to get back to power. Now they want to divide their own SB to desperately hang in, instead of leaving. They came claiming to have won the war. Now they will create one when asked to leave.Their ckaimsof only patriots to defeat extremist will be told again when you protesters are facing war heroes

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    Is he threatening and warning the youngsters not to turn “Galle Face Green” in to the “Tiananmen Square” of Sri Lanka

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      Oh god! 😥

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      Of course he is. As Prof, Indrawansa de Silva, Professor Emeritus, points out, Mahinda has spent his whole life preparing Prince Namal to take over. He is not going to let that slip.

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        True enough, even for a day, and then the tide would change so fast, Namal nor the Father would have noidea what happened. He doesn’t seem to read the mood of the people.
        Your winning the war is History now and the matter of interest is starvation and lack of fuel and food!

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    One does not have to wait longer to realise what’s in store as they opted out of
    resignation in mass . It is pointless to expect Decency , Wisdom or Intelligence
    from a well known family of Crooks who had been Crooks all along although
    people like Dayan saw years back , this man’s juggling as real ! Dayan , where
    did you learn Pigs do not eat faeces ? I am not a political scientist to wrongly
    diagnose a rogue politician to any other standard for any hell of a reason !
    People wrongly dressed him up for all wrong reasons and now the same people
    are Undressing him in front of the whole world and he has no shame ! Who the
    hell did expect him to be a man of dignity in the first place ? He always loved
    to be in the circle of rogues to achieve what he wanted in life ! People like you
    washed his laundry for him to climb the ladder and what was your analysis
    then ? Majority of people of common sense already know that unless people
    are clever , the country is in real mess or even worst ! People gave it , now
    they want it back ! The army will not protect the rogues , they all know the truth
    now ! Between 2009 and 22 , thirteen years have gone and Ytube , FB and Whatsapp
    have replaced printed pieces !

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    He also omitted to mention that, as the Minister of Finance, he presided over and bears full responsibility for the financial disaster that has engulfed our country

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      Dear Mevan.
      Not only that omission but his saying these shows craftiness.
      :… we will be reinstating the fertilizer subsidy to once again to equip our farmers to optimize their craft….
      As if a new thing to get credit – no apology for the chaos it created.
      …“Friends, every second you protest on the streets, “our country” loses opportunities to receive potential dollars”…..
      Substitute “ OUR FAMILY” to “our country” in above.

  • 9
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    Why the change in Mahinda?
    Maybe he has been cloned.
    The freemasons are very much into it, and always pass hints about it in their movies like
    ‘Gemini Man’

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    This is a menacing speech. He invited the opposition parties to join him. It is clear that in his view, they did not have the option to refuse : so it was an order that he issued. His right to issue such an order: the fact that they are the current government.
    .
    That his brother, Gota was given the 6.9 million votes is true. However, my observation: in poorer families, a dominant male commanded the rest of their families to vote for Gota. The fact is that Gota was almost definitely “disqualified” from attempting to contest. He was an American citizen. See:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
    .
    It is probable that the Easter bomb blasts were engineered by the Rajapaksas. Carried out, without doubt, by some deluded Muslims who expected rewards in heaven.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      “It is probable that the Easter bomb blasts were engineered by the Rajapaksas.”

      What a dumb assumption!
      You think Ranil Wickramasinghe and his ‘Royal Gang’ were so dumb to allow Rajapakshes to engineer a terrorist attack to return to power when they had all the information about the attacks.
      Use your brain before using the keyboard!

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        EE,
        RIGHT UPTO THIS MOMENT – READING YOUR COMMENT – I WAS PERHAPS FOOLED THAT YOU ARE ONE OF THE ‘INTELLIGENT AND CUNNING’ JOURNALISTS RETIRED OR OTHERWISE AMONGST THE SRI LANKAS’ 4th Pillar of DEMOCRACY!!
        Now all those hopes and earnestness has been dashed to Smithereens!
        Splendid indeed!!
        Also puts to shame the Vistas of prosperity and splendour, vis-à-vis Organic fertiliser of the 1st Citizen, propelled by the ‘Athana, Methana’ and the paediatrician turned agricultural advisor, causing Food Shortage and collapse of the Tea Industry out put!!
        FANTASTIC AND UNMATCHED!!

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        Dear EE
        I don’t know how much of a dumbo Ranil was, but Maru Sira was in it. He started a story of an assassination plot to kill him AND GOTA, yes and GOTA to give him prominence, along with a maddo Namal Kumara, and transferred the IP who was on the trail of Zahran.
        Since then nothing heard of the plot or Namal Kumara, Ha Ha.

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        Eagle Dump Eye

        I must congratulate you.
        Finally you have managed to get your typing published.
        I am very proud of you.
        It is not just I who is proud of you but the entire nation/world that is very proud.

        By the way Hopper Sirisena was the president at the time. While he was president he ordered his stupid security services from disclosing intelligence reports to Ranil.

        Sri Lanka is in Indian Ocean. Are you looking for it in South China Sea. SJ might help you.

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          One may look at anything through anything but that glass ball of yours to have a sane view.
          This should help both of you.

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        It’s an achievement, EE to have got rejected by so many, including the moderators.
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        Congratulations!
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        Panini Edirisinhe

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      Maithripala was a man for whom I had high hopes in 2015, but he has proved to be of inferior calibre. So, here we are. This monster claiming that he now has the right to tell us, the people, exactly what to do; according to him, we have no right to dissent from his decision to suppress us.

      No, let us not accept this position. This man mustn’t be allowed to usurp our rights.
      .
      The craftiest man in the clan speaking possibly marks the success of his coup within the family. Gota likely stubbornly insisted that he was the man elected, and floundered, ignorant of his Machiavelli.
      .
      Incidentally, this article reads well. I have been extremely critical , especially recently, of Dayan’s articles. This sounds sincere, and has more universal appeal than we are used to. We must make it possible for a man to redeem himself. The problem, partly, is that we know him to be very clever; so we’re always wary of being taken for a ride.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      You are missing out on a singular feat to congratulate EE??!
      Please do!

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      Dear Panini
      Yes how dare these goons dictate to the oppositionor or to the nation?
      Although the people are united to oust the regime, unfortunately we have not seen any concrete move by the elected politicians of all political and ethnic devide.
      Look at Pakistan supposed to be a failed State. They dismissed the thier Failed PM effortlessly. Our fellows are dancing round the musical chairs.Clowns of first grade

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        RN
        “Look at Pakistan supposed to be a failed State. They dismissed the their Failed PM effortlessly.”
        Pakistan was more of a “failed state”, if it has been one, under the former rivals who joined hands to topple Imran Khan.
        List the most corrupt rulers of Pskistan. You will see why they toppled the government.
        Imran Khan’s biggest weakness was that he was not corrupt: that lost him important political frinds.

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      Apparently these guys who blow themselves in the name of Islam are promised 72 virgins await for them in heaven

      this poor fellow apparently went to heaven and asked where are the 72 virgins.
      He was told I am sorry mate you were misled
      what you get is 72 year old virgin

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        R
        Which heaven with how many virgins did VP promise his Black Tigers?
        His leadership put hundreds of thousands of Tamils through hell.

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      Sinhala_Man,
      “It is probable that the Easter bomb blasts were engineered by the Rajapaksas.”
      This theory that Rajapaksa had direct contact with Allah to get Zaharan commit suicide with the whole family deserves ten Nobel prizes.
      In your opinion what Rajapaksa would have offered Zaharan?
      Dollars on earth or virgins in heaven?

      Soma

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        Dear Soma.
        Remember Zahran was indoctrinated and intoxicated with his extremist views. He was assured by his own thinking that he will get his reward in heaven – R’s need not give him anything.
        He only wanted time and space to do his suicide, and which the intelligence and Rajapakses with Sira co-operating gave him.

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          MyView
          My basic puzzle in life is how people know what they claim to know.
          How did you achieve this extra sensory perception you seem to possess?

          Soma

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        soman

        “Dollars on earth or virgins in heaven?”

        For a change please consider virgins on earth Dollars in heaven.
        I know in this Kali Yuga you might find there may be a short supply of Virgins.

        Where is the saffron thug Gnanasara?
        What is his position on this new kind of pretest?
        I suggest you unleash him on the protesters.
        What democracy?
        How dare they could demand Gota Go Home?
        Shouldn’t the tell him to go to hell?
        I wouldn’t ask him to take you with him.

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    I have some suspicion on Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech. We all know what happened to the former Chief Justice Dr.(Mrs) Shirani Bandaranayake. Likewise we all know what happened to the youngsters during R.Premadasa’s period. Even Namal Rajapaksa’s statement gives rise to suspicion. There may be an ugly face of the military on the innocent people probably after the Sinhala & Hindu New Year. Youngsters be aware.

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    Is this writer living in another world, praising Mahinda Rajapaksha. The man is in a alcoholic daze all the time. The war was won by the genocide of the Tamil people. Now we need some grass roots leaders to unite and give leadership to the spontaneous righteous uprising of the people. The Rajapakshas should be brought before the court at the Hauge for human right violations.

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      Malkanthie,
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      I dont think you and the new faces on CT are born yesterday.
      :
      The writer himself was the guy who spoke being flanked to Wimal buruwanse for Rajapakshes in that Nugegoda rally- bywhich then joint-opposition painted the picture Rajapakshes are the saviours to this nation.
      :
      After sometimne, the very same writeer got posted to his postion as the ambassador to Russia, closing his both ends until 2019. Remember ? So please dont take anything serious if it comes from self proclaimed political analyst – CLOWN- Dayan Jayathilaka. These men are equally complicit to have put mlechcha Rajapakshes above for some wrong reasons.
      :

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    I don’t think the Prime Minister issued any warning to peaceful protesters. The wordings that have been used to convince people may have given a wrong meaning.

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      Champa,
      “The wordings that have been used to convince people may have given a wrong meaning.”
      The person giving the message, being the PM should use words carefully!! otherwise he is not ‘FIT’ to be PM!!
      Unless he repudiates, the meaning is as what he uttered.
      Otherwise correct the misconception right now!

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      Champa,
      .
      Just imagine – if anyone else would have been the premier today – how people and media would have rabbleroused the nation ….. yet today, main stream media is far from CALLING a spade a spade – elephant is in the room, nobody talks about the beast. :::::::Why do they protect Madamulana meeharaka further ?

      Believe or not, like or not it is the collectivity caused the relay race of CIVID war to be ended that way. Also to that time, LTTErs were already weakened. That was the truth. But Medamulana rascals painted the picture in favour of them. Besides, just because he was the leader at the time, tri forces and all other civil momments, won it, it is no fair to misinterpret it as MARA did it. Atleast today, people should see it right.
      :
      I think majority of SRILANKENS in general are PUNNAKU drinkers.
      :

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      Dear Champa ,
      .
      The wording was in Sinhalese.
      .
      Are Mahendra Percy and you now forgetting your Sinhala?
      .
      That’s much worse than the American Kaputa forgetting crows.

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        SM,
        .
        Please explain us how can we now understand this particular writer -Champa. Not long ago, you yourself praised her back and forth.
        Remember ?

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    When an equilibrium is disturbed, not a catastrophic equilibrium, not simply a physical equilibrium, but a socio- economic –political- equilibrium, it will take many, many attempts to restore at a different, but higher level. Until such a thing happens so many painful things may happen with false equilibriums. This is progress- a human progress- a zig- zag way to progress..

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    Malkanthie,
    Good Morning.
    This habitual interlocutor is regularly moving between this world and the next!!
    His internal inertia propels him to the “Lordships palace” and for unbeknown reasons to the interlocutor, rejected and sent back!!!
    This has been the sorry and unwanted status for the recent past, unfortunately
    When in transition and ‘pearly gates’ are in view, he is culpable of intransigence, which we must overlook and excuse his wandering all over the shop, repetition of baseless assumptions and culpable accusations!!

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    Eagle Eye is flying into electricity wires, trees and other obstacles repeatedly. Poor man. He should read the “Comments Policy” like we all do before putting fingers on the keyboard. The Comments Policy is clear on what can be said and not said.
    At the same time, we can infer from it that endlessly repeating oneself and doing so meaninglessly is also discouraged.

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      Sarath
      CT can do with providing us with part of the serving so that we know what is objectionable.

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    I say Blind alias HLD, where are you hiding. Immaterial where you are soon Sri Lankans will take care of you. Your moda leaders are now having their last desperate attemot to get out. The lokka now trying his best to set the army against the Sri lankan people. Police already with the people. These thiefs are in a big mess, cant escape here and cant escape abroad too. All the loots are a public secret now. Uganda, dubai, Seysheles, Singapore, Switzerland. But sadly there are some para dhemalus helping these thieves to manage their loot. Even the piad drug addcit coolies employed by the losers to cry “we want Gota” are being chased out. Rs 5000 each, bath parcel and kudu packets are a waste. Days in numbered bang including you. So count down has started. If army intervenes then your Sinhalay or nikang lay or whatever will be a forgotten past. It will be Republic of Biafra or Ruwandi.

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    My prediction is that Gota will sit out the demonstrations and protests. People will tire of it eventually. After all, some things will come back, like cooking gas (at least some available); heavy rain will reduce power cuts; milk powder to some extent will be available; diesel queues will become less although not disappear; and food inflation of 50% or more as it is, will simply mean people eat just cheap stuff, no fruits etc or fish, meat, and will still survive, although death rates from preventable conditions will increase but no one except some health professionals will know; childhood malnutrition will make children more dumb (together with corona closures, paper shortage and power cuts). Rural folk (the vast majority of SB 69ers)will return to toil for their meagre existence and come election time, either of the major parties will win and the parliament circus will continue. Percy’s threats yesterday will seem like a patronizing but well-meaning father’s advise to a misguided youth… and guess what? This writer will again be ambassador or advisor to govt..!

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      LP, either that or a movement by George Soros funded Open Society will wipe out Rajapaksha gang forever. Remember Rajapakshas were NEVER an icon in Sri Lankan politics until 2005. That is just 17 years out of 74 post independent years, and thanks to that idiot mongal Samaraweera, these cattle thieves were shown the way to the thorn!!. What most of us are hegemonized with is that thy are an intrinsic political force in SL politics is just a bloody nonsense. Given the right leadership, jarajapaksha mafia should be vanished in to thin air in no time.

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        sorry typo..throne

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      Lasantha,
      Ever the optimist, eh?

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        OC
        Realist I will say.

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      I hope ( I am confident) that wish of many commenters here will not be materialised.

      Soma

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        soman

        “I hope ( I am confident) that wish of many commenters here will not be materialised.”

        You are not only a bigoted racist but a sadomasochist too.

        PS
        Sadomasochism
        The derivation of sexual gratification from the infliction of physical pain or humiliation either on another person or on oneself.

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          NV
          Your gang here on CT are praying for a Tiyananmen Square.

          Soma

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            soman

            “Your gang here on CT are praying for a Tiyananmen Square.”

            I understand your desperation.
            You are messing with the wrong generation.
            We know Kamala and the Surgeon general are itching for one.
            If your war criminals are reluctant lets wait and see how Saffron brigade can garner support for a Tiananmen Square massacre. Then unleash the terminators.

            By the way there is an alternative to Tiananmen Square. Can Gota not send his TID to find LTTE, arms, ….. VP’s photos saved in Mobiles, ….. under Sambandan’s amude, Sumanthiran’s sleeves, Hakeem’s takiyah (cap)…. ?

            Think about it.
            This advice is given to you free of all charges.

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      LP
      Thank you for this most sober and insightful comment.

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      “People will tire of it eventually.”

      Because there is no alternative to Gotha at the moment. A populist movement needs a populist leader. A Wijeweera or Trump or MaRa. Who is going to rally around Ranil, maybe some elite ladies from C7. The so-called “Opposition” is fragmented and lacks vision. The only way the Gotha regime collapses now is internal dissent, but there is no reason for that.

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        Why would anyone hear anything different from the anointed ‘Court Jester’?
        If he does, he would be unemployed!!

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          Another failed terror supporter aka Mahila. Where is Eelam on the map? You are frustrated because 3 decades of suicide terrorism by your mob boss resulted in fish curry at Nanthikadal. Iyo!

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          Mahila,
          No, he’ll be back under another of his names, supporting another rat-bag with fake news. It’s the world’s oldest profession.

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      Lasantha Pethiyagoda

      “After all, some things will come back, ……… ……………..”

      So will the men from ….:

      State Intelligence Service
      Special Branch
      Terrorist Investigation Division
      Criminal Investigation Department
      Directorate of Military Intelligence
      Military Intelligence Corps
      Department of Naval Intelligence
      Directorate of Air Intelligence

      Men from ministry of Prince of Darkness (Sarath Weeresekera), … Gundas from Kamala’s ministry of defense, Surgeon General’s …… Men from Avant Garde Repatriation Mafia, ……………. reinvigorated Gnanasara and his thugs, ….

      This is not going to end here …….

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      Dear Lasantha Pethiyagoda ,

      More than what any article says, I pay heed to the comments by you and old codger .
      .
      I’m sure that both you and I want all that cynicism to be disproved.

      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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    Svenson
    .
    I recollect you used the term toilet nadu for tamil nadu. At least it seems that there you can go to toilet. Some international report on computer programmers gave top spot to tamil nadu IT professionals

    I have a new terms for SoRI cant pay LoANsKA , which is” SoRI cant toilet pee Lanka!”

    “Every time I go to the toilet, it’s 20 rupees. If I go five times, even that’s too much — it’s too expensive to pee these days,” says I Karunasinghe, who sells lottery tickets.

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    USA News think tank report heard recently said that the USA and India (well known) aided the SoRI cant pay LoANsKA in the defeat of the LTTE!

    As to the fact that there are tamils living in SoRI cant pay LoANsKA used to deny the genocide of ceylon tamils is akin to there being jews in Germany being used to deny the genocide of jews in that country!!

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    Young Buddhist Monks supposed to be marching to the Galle Face protest site – disband and run away !

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      I meant to say
      Young Buddhist Monks hired to support “We Want Gota” slogan and supposed to be marching to the Galle Face protest site – disband and run away !

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    A fraction of the Sinhala majority may shout “Gota Go Home”, but they cannot shout “Bauddha Sinhala Go Home.” Buddhism and Racism against minorities cannot be separated from Majority Sinhala Nationalists. Senior members of Rajapaksas and Junior Namal are fully aware that they can swindle the country with their policies of Buddhist Nationalism and racism. Rajapaksas are ready to crush this temporary protesters till the new year. These protests are not new to the Srilankan Governments. The then prime minister Srimavo Bandaranayaka crushed the Tamils’ satyagraha in 1961 and again crushed “Che Guevara” movement in 1971 and killed thousands of innocent Sinhala youths in the South. This was just after the 1971 Sinhala New year. Almost all the Sinhalese in the country understand very well of the brutalist character of Rajapaksa Brothers. They can kill anyone (even their best friend) to earn their corrupted dollars. The respectable journalist Lasantha Wickramasinghe was the best example. If a human being can have the heart to murder the sweet guy like Lasantha in the broad day light, what do you think about the fate of handful of current protesters?
    The President and the Prime minister keep their military and police ready to massacre and kill the protesters just after the Sinhala new Year 2022.

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      I fully agree with you. All this Unity amongst Sinhalese and Tamils and Sinhalese and Muslims blah blah blah are because now the Sinhalese needs the support of the rest.

      Where was this same unity when the going was good and when minorities were at the receiving end.

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        ReginaldShamalPerera,
        Am I losing myself!
        Where was this unity when the going was good and when minorities were at the receiving end, cannot be from you.

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        RSP
        Can I pinch myself?

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      Thamizh Lankan,
      You are right Rajapaksas are capable of using Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism against protestors. The march by Maha Sangha Buddhist monks may be funded by Rajapaksas against protestors. However, this problem is much different to Tamils Sathyagraha or JVP armed struggles or LTTE armed struggle. It is about poverty, basic food, water, electricity, gas and medicine which affects every citizen and this problem is now not an internal matter and it involved regional and international partners or competitors. It is impossible for Rajapaksas use military against the children of Buddhists parents. If that happened all civilians, particularly Buddhist Sinhala community have to die from poverty and this country may be come under the rule of China or India.

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        “If that happened all civilians, particularly Buddhist Sinhala community have to die from poverty and this country may be come under the rule of China or India.”
        Wonder what you had before making that utterance.

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    What od you expect? buddhist bhikkus marching in support of Hora Gota and the corrupt looters of the sinhala land treasury RATPACKses is natural AS BIRDS OF A FEATRHER FLOCK TOGETHER!

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    The resolve of the Rajapakse cabal to remain and hold out as long as possible [ after all they just cannot afford to lose the hard robbed wealth! ] equals,more or less. the resolve of those involved in the Gota Go Home project.
    That was the scenario until the speech of MaRa.
    The speech is heavily sugar coated; Too good to be true.
    What is uppermost in the calculation of the Rajapakses is for how long can these guys [Street protests ] sustain their struggle?
    The Rajapakses are biding their time……….Enter the Dragon…….Chinese style….perhaps after the New year……

    I agree with the prediction of Dayan. After all he knows Mahinda Percy inside out.
    This time around it could be Percy Sulange at Galle Face.
    But then as an afterthought Plans of Men and Mice go awry ; Dont they!

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    “*Dr Dayan Jayatilleka was a Vice-President of the United Nations Human Rights Council and a former Chairperson of the ILO”
    CT
    You have left out the biggest qualification of all, top advisor to presidential hopeful Sajith P.

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      You have left out the biggest qualification of all, top advisor to presidential hopeful Sajith P.
      ——
      He was also supporter of Gotas Presidential candidacy and canvased for Gota
      —————-

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        And read out MR’s speech for him at the Nugegoda ‘Uprising’.

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      SJ,
      Even at the age of 7, Dr.DJ was observing the coup in Indonesia, and was checking out the one in Greece.
      Never misses a chance to display his humility, does he?

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        old codge

        Sorry, are you sure Dayan had nothing to do with educating Castro on Gramsci
        just before Communist Party of Cuba won the revolution in 1959.

        By the way aren’t you going to advise Dayan to “Stay Home” because he should not mess with the wrong generation. My old man told me to stay home.

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        OC
        That is humility unbound.

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      SJ,
      Do you have selective amnesia? He was also advisor to your boss Rajapaksa family and even to EPRLF.

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    It would seem as the RATPACKses have dug in the further deterioration is inevitable of the SICK MAN of Asia SoRI cant pay LoANsKA . I have many times said that it will take a 100 years and even then unlikely for SoRI cant pays LoANsKA to become a SIngapore AS IT IS today. It seems that the RATPACKses will do a deal with the devil (including the devils in saffron robes aka buddhist bhikkus) to stay in power. My view is that the present crisis in Sri Lanka is not of much impact to the ceylon tamils in their areas as I am told that dollars are flooding into the ceylon tamil areas and that due to past experience during LTTE rule the ceylon tamils are coping relatively well. Bicycles rather than motor bikes is a healthier option! and home grown foods better than imported stuff!

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    IF the perioding and freguent progroms against ceylon tamils and the rapes destruction looting arson in relation to Ceylon tamils and their property the deliberate bombing of safe zones into which peoples were encouraged to go to, the destruction.arson of ceylon tamils venerated instituions like the jaffna library and its ancient manuscripts by sinhalas [cf blowing up of ancient buddhist statues in Afghanistan) IS NOT GENOCIDE?? then what is it? The manifestation of the buddhist dharma????

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    Shortages in the early 1970’s resulted in the wipe out of the divided coalition in the next elections. Therefore politically, no party at this stage wants to be a part of the government, fearing the same fate. Author tells us that since others have refused to be a part of the government the responsibility of governing would be with SLPP. Furthermore, the assertion that the demonstrators are the cause of the economic harm the author in other words indicates that the Galle Face would turn out to be a Tien-an-Mien square in China where the demonstrators were simply chased out by fire power. No IMF and other aid giving institutions? Who cares? Even North Korea exists. All this time silent Mahinda has come out of the shell. Basil and his Indo-American alliance would be placed in the back burner. The friend China would be more important than the relation India. What if the entire set of loans be absorbed by China and then a lot of Chinese “facilitation” in Sri Lanka for 99-year leases? UNP got no elected MPs saving one National list slot. In the next elections SLPP may not get even a national list slot.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/sri-lanka-to-suspend-foreign-debt-payments/ar-AAW7UXT?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=282e26e3e46242c8b4d1b1cbfd0d4689
    Don’t worry China coming to the aid of Illankai and saving Rajapussies( Sic) with more bribes. The grateful Rajapussies will give more of the island’s land and other resources to China, as they also share the same type of East Asian eyes, that the Chinese have. To appease the Chingkallams, some food will be distributed and more money will be provided to build Buddha statues and Buddhist temples, especially in EEzham Thamizh areas. So that the monks can preach their anti-Thamizh and anti-minority Banna to the Chingkalla masses and praise the Rajapussies, with their beautiful cat-like eyes, as the saviour of the Chingkallams. Stevenson/Jester from Croydon, London will be very happy.

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    IT Has happened OFFICIALLY sinhala land SoRI cant pay LoANsKA is OFFICIALY IMPECUNIOUS {except for the worthless sinhala land paper money that it prints in the billion each day].

    This was a result of the war against the LTTE that contributed to facilitating the looting of the sinhala treasury by the RATPACKses by corrupt kickbacks contracts.

    VERY soon IF NOT ALREADY The case in might be cheaper for sinhala land peoples to use sinhala land currency rupee notes to wipe their bums that toilet paper!

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