22 October, 2020

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Rally For Unity – ‘Hate Has No Place in Sri Lanka’ – April 28th, Colombo

A movement to show that moderates are strong & united against hate and are committed to promote understanding about the strengths of diversity & unity.

Given the recent spate of hate speech and the marginalization of minority communities in general, a voluntary movement of concerned Sri Lankans from various institutions, professions and industries are organizing a series of nonpartisan, non-violent awareness campaigns and rallies against racist actions and hate-speech in Sri Lanka.

One such event is the April 28th Rally for Unity – Hate Has No Place in Sri Lanka; which we hope will be a catalyst for similar events and initiatives. We believe this will empower the silent majority of moderate Sri Lankans to stand up for an inclusive Sri Lanka. We welcome your kind support and assistance. In order to remain non-partisan please refrain from organizational branding at this event. We look forward to your collaboration in respecting and embracing the diversity of Sri Lanka.

VenueGreen Path (in front of Nelum Pokuna Theatre), Colombo 7
Time: 10.45 am to 12.45pm

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    Good Luck!

    Hope your efforts are genuinely to address the current needs of Sri Lanka & this would no way link to any political party or any race / religion or ethnicity or any NGO / INGO but to Sri Lankan Identity.

    Stand for the pride of Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan identity. May everyone stands for the rights of Majority the same way they stand for the Minority! May everyone stand for the right cause than what is most popular. Respect other nations and just don’t let Sri Lankans say or think that we are superior to any other Nation just being Sri Lankan. If we are truly superior in our spirit; it will be visible in our actions not just in words. May all Sri Lankans enjoy equal rights!

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      Excellent – glad to know that Colombo civil society is on the move… Keep up the good work and let this spring blossom into Summer!

      TAKE BACK THE CITY OF COLOMBO FROM the Rajapassa brothers and Sons! PLEASE!

      Colomboites, particularly Cinnamon Gardens folk need to reclaim Colombo 7 and the MULTICULTURAL city of Colombo where fifty percent or more are first language ENGLISH and/ or Tamil Language speakers from the uneducated and barbaric, uncultured, money-mad Hambantota Rajapakse thugs and criminals who are land grabbing and renaming all the streets of Colombo –

      We want Ananda Coomaraswarmy Mawatha back from Rajapassa!

      They have turned Victoria Park up-side down stripped it of its wild tropical garden aura and the ponds where water birds used to nest and turned it into their notion of a bourgeois-military exercise zone/ park!

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      Bravo! Great that the Face bookers have woken up but they need to build up a coherent campaign to educate the people on the sorry state of the country under current political leadership – Rajapassa, Wickramasinghe, JVP JHU are all alike. This campaign is and must remain a Tri-lingual one!

      A non-violent protest campaign to take back the streets of Colombo from the corrupt and speeding politicians and their military convoys and make them safe for citizens is needed. Politicians and their sons in racing cars must be held accountable for breaking speed limits.

      Also, we need to take back the streets from the visual pollution of politician’s posters and advertising campaign billborads. Spray paint GRAFFITI over them – the students from the Institute of aestetics on Horton place – over to you!

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    A good idea. But we don’t want to see Islamo, Eelamo and Christiano Fundamentalists and agents of Western Imperialism – NGO/Rights/Civil Mafia – in the demonstration. Physician, heal thyself.

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      Whom do you want to see- Bodu Bala Sena or the bay badu sena.

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    As the saying goes “Wars are too important to be left to Generals only”
    So is governance, in today’s Lankan context. The Rajapakses have had over 8 years now and have only made the economy and the unity of the country far worse than when they took over. No one denies there has been a stunning growth and development in the fortunes of their own immediate family and friends. This mantra “we beat the LTTE, won the war and saved the Sinhala Buddhist nation” has long past lost its steam with the more initiated in society.

    Efforts such as this, where members of civil society totally outside the obligations and trappings of the political hierarchy, come out into the streets needs to be supported and helped to grow. That is part of the essence of democracy. It is not known yet who is/are behind the leadership of this body. If they are men/women untainted by a political past and established leaders of society, it will help gain popular acceptance. It is time similar organisations start all over the country to protect the people from the mis-management and excesses of the government – whatever the popular mandate they received may have been in the beginning.

    Senguttuvan

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      Wake up…..!

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    I apologize if this is too blunt. I don’t have a good opinion about the Sinhala people and I have never heard anything good about them. I am not afraid to say that. Some Tamils/Muslims may have had good friendships with individual Sinhalese and they are friendly and nice people on an individual level, but from what I read and heard from many people, I think that collectively the Sinhala race is very violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited. That is the reason, every mean-spirited racist act of Rajapaksa brothers against the minorities are collectively endorsed and welcomed by the Sinhala masses.

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    Good initiative, but you moderate folk have a lot of work ahead!
    The Rajapassa establishment is racist and makes no bones about it. It has not notion of culture as a living process of ideas, beliefs, innovation, lived realities.. The regime’s cultural programs are arid, baron, stereotypes of some imagined ancient Sinhala culture that erase minorities and Lanka’s diverse cultures and makes Lanka seem like it is caught in a Sinhala nationalist time warp.

    Last evening I was at a Korean – Sri Lanka cultural show at the Nelum Pokuna to promoted north south reconciliation. The show was an all Sinhala affair – not a single word in Tamil or recognition of Tamil culture and a bet no Tamil folk were present in the audience bused in form Rajapassa strong holds.

    International donors should be more aware of how their funds for cultural promotion may be used by the uneducated and racist Sri Lanka regime which has not concept of MULTICULTURALISM.

    Ravibandu’s troop which opened the show and represented Lanka is very Sinhala culture centric and should try to incorporate other elements. Ravibandue presented a FROZEN, standardized, midiocre and POTTED image of nationalist Sinhala culture with no individual creativity. The Korean performances were an eye opener – focused on youth and musical innovation and technical virtuosit. Gangnam Style and all that – what a relief – it portrayed culture as a living and moving process of innovation by youth. What a relief when compared to the tired and banal performance of Ravi Bandu’s troop which had no relationship to the real world or popular youth culture and dance in Lanka.

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    WE CAN, AND WE WILL UNITE AND STAND TOGETHER AS SRI LANKANS AGAINST RACISM AND THOSE WHO PREACH HATE.

    “There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.”

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      Let the SL spring begin.

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    Sounds great.

    Count me in.

    Looks like Sri Lanka is rising to the challenge finally.

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    ‘A BREATH OF FRESH AIR’.
    I wholeheartedly welcome this much needed peace initiative.
    Extremism goes against the ‘SRI LANKAN DREAM’ which is
    ‘UNITY AMIDST DIVERSITY’.
    Extremism is a kind of sickness of the Mind, which unfortunately
    is infectious. So lets us all collectively make our utmost effort
    to nip it in the bud.
    Thank you so much, I admire your courage and commitment.
    May God bless and guide us all, to carry on in the right direction.

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    ‘A BREATH OF FRESH AIR’.
    I wholeheartedly welcome this much needed peace initiative.
    Extremism goes against the ‘SRI LANKAN DREAM’ which is UNITY AMIDST DIVERSITY.
    Extremism is a kind of sickness of the mind, which unfortunately is highly infectious.
    So let us make a collective effort to nip it in the bud.
    I admire your courage and commitment, and may God bless you.

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    we wholeheartedly support this bold and wise move.

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    To me this sound like people trying to eradicate symptoms of the issue. And also this motto sounds very much like Sinhalese-Buddhist one and based on one of the ugliest Sinhalese-Buddhist emotion – “VIARAYA”. I am not sure this word can be translated as hatred, to me VIARAYA sounds worse than hating somebody…
    I guess aim should be to minimize injustice, improve core-values, improve respect & tolerances towards other cultures, forgiveness……. of all people in SL.
    We also can promote the idea that – All those hardcore Sinhalese (including Ghotabaya) could have been Tamils or Muslims in their last birth and there is possibility that they could be SL Tamils or Muslims in their next birth….
    Anura

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      MR regime is in a real mess of their own makings.They have
      started to feel the heat from all quarters for their follies.
      The more they stay the more they get trapped.Inaction against
      the open hate campaign of fanatic Buddhist monks led groups,
      has definitely exposed their claim that they crushed “LTTE”
      AND NOT TAMILS.Cat’s out of the bag.They are now working to
      find escape route.They may also have thought that the best
      way to address the ethnic issue in accordance with LLRC
      report,without losing face is to get the Sinhalese tired of
      another cleansing.So they helped create a BBS out of the blue
      and possibly tested Sinhalese war triumphalist mood putting the
      lives of Muslims at the Altar.

      So, my guess is,it’s a face saving attempt of the govt or the
      govt itself stands to benefit from this.Let’s wait and see.
      Either way,let’s hope sanity prevails at all costs.

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      Anura,

      Why go as far as “last birth” or “next birth”.

      Those of us who have had blood transfusions may well be alive today with Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher etc., blood in us!

      Peace Dove

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    This is a day that we were waiting for. This will be a inspirational initiative for others towards a unite Sri Lanka. Best Wishes!

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    The Rajapassa Mafioso, Mafia, Ra-Mafioso is racist and makes no bones about it, and even using Buddhism to promote Ra-Mafioso.

    What a shame.
    They lie.

    This is the worst bunch of political things to even surface in Sri Lanka.

    Now only, JVP, Jatika Vimukthi Peramuna, the National Liberation Front can save Lanka.

    The dogs, BBS, Budu Balu Sena, are funded by Ra-Mafisos, Norway and the USA.

    The JHU, Sinhala Ravaya are political thugs of the Ra-Mafisos.

    Just go for National Unity.

    People rise.

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    The greater the numbers of Sinhala Buddhists rising up against hate towards the ‘other’ ,the more effective it will be. Let the government take a strong message that they cannot win elections by portraying as the Defenders of narrow Sinhala Buddhist interests;rather as defenders of inter communal amity and common SL identity. Good luck for this token show of protest against hate . I will be there .

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    See you all at the rally. We need a campaign like this all over Sri Lanka. I am a little worried whether the politicians will take over the rally. will they make speeches and make their presence felt. I hope the organisers don’t give them a chance to take over it. When the politicians can’t stop it they infiltrate. This happened to UNP May Day rallies in the UNP days then a Women’s day lost its vibrancy when it became a welfare programme. Some persons even spoke against women’s rights. All the best

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      Yes, infiltration is a real possibility, now that you mentioned.

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    Politicians are in the habit of taking over what the civil society does for instance when the civil society organised a protest opposite the Saudi Embassy then Ranjan Ramanayaka walks in as if he had organised it. Then again when we organised against the sudden eviction of the Tamils from lodges, Mano Ganeshan walks in and takes the lea.

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    These events are most welcome. Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Let us be peaceful as poasible so that the Police does not cook up a reason to take you in.

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    We’ll have some tea at Otters and cruse by this multi-coloured swapshop to see how things progress for Colombian Tigers, Wahhabis, evangelists, ‘true’ Buddhists and et al.
    Leela

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    This is the time for the YOUTH of Sri Lanka irrespective of ethnicity,religiocity,to come forward in unity for this is their future.Their future is at stake.Rajapakse exlcusive governance has destryed the social fabric of Sri Lanka.Rajapakse era brought to culmination the Sinhala Buddhist ownership of the Country eliminating saner counsel for inclusive governance as the work of the Tamil diaspora,Ngos or anti patriotism.Some comments appear in this column by the few un-enlightened people who see the cup half full.
    Bravo the organisers of this essential programme.We can call this as the platform for inclusive governance where all ethnicities will work for the good of all.Please get the support of Tamil and Muslim intelligentia in this worthy cause.Congratulations, we are with you,

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    Most people have written comments about this gathering. But there is no any information about who are the promoters of this gathering or objectives of the meeting.

    I think this may be another stage drama going to be staged by Night Club Buddhists, Face Book Buddhists, E-Rasthiyadukarayas and Colombeans who does not have any feeling about the true Sri Lankan culture or values. There are 20 million people in Sri Lanka, it is my expectation this Night Club Buddhists or any other groups are only a minor percentage of the Sri Lankan population.

    I also would like to see what is the agenda or objectives of this gathering. Those matters to be published with the promoters of this event.

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    good luck-pleace dont make this another NGO event-we are with you -also going to night clubs or not is not the issue-hate is simply wrong

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    THE ARAB SPRING STARTED, WHEN ONE ALGERIAN YOUTH SACRFICED HIS LIFE.
    LET US WHILE PRACTICING OUR RELIGIONS RESPECT THE OTHERS.LET US PUT
    COUNTRY FIRST.WE CAN ALREADY SEE THE NEGATIVE ATTITUDE AND COMMENTS.
    “Do not walk in front of me,since I will not follow you.Do not follow me since I cannot lead you.But be by my side and be my companion on this
    journey to bring about change.Together we can, and we will.”

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