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Spate Of Cases Before Supreme Court Challenging Port City Bill In Spite Of Govt’s Well-Laid Plans

Foiling the Gotabaya Rajapaksa Administration’s plans to prevent serious legal challenges to the Colombo Port City Economic Commission bill, a spate of petitions was filed before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Thursday (15).

Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has appointed a five-judge bench which will start hearing the petitions on April 19. The bench comprises the Chief Justice and Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardane, Murdu Fernando and Janak De Silva.

The Government tabled the controversial draft legislation late last week, restricting the number of days for petitions to be filed before the highest court. Challenges to draft legislation must be filed in court within a week of being tabled in Parliament. Five out of the seven days available to potential challengers were public holidays.

But with lightning speed, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka not only appointed a special committee to study the draft legislation, but it joined several other petitioners to work through the New Year holidays to meet the filing deadline, sources told Colombo Telegraph.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) the United National Party (UNP), the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Samagi Janabalawegaya (SJB), a group of engineers were among the petitioners who filed by the April 15 deadline.

Significantly, Ven. Muruttetuwe Ananda Thero, Chief Incumbent of the Abhayaramaya temple in Narahenpita – once the spiritual and political HQ of the Mahinda Sulanga campaign – was also among the petitioners. The SLPP aligned monk said the government’s draft legislation creating an autonomous administration for the Colombo Port City, which was financed and constructed by China, would create a ‘Chinese colony’ and a separate state in Sri Lanka.

Attorney Sunil Watagala, appearing as counsel for the JVP, said the Government was giving the Chinese a separate administrative region with the Port City bill, to govern according to their whims and fancies. Special laws could be made specifically for the Port City, Watagala noted after filing his case.

Transparency International said its challenge was grounded in three central corruption concerns. ISL urges that the bill is in violation of several key articles of the Constitution and that it creates pathways for corruption, by facilitating or enabling illicit financial flows, and money laundering. TISL noted the lack of transparency in ownership of the ‘offshore’ businesses that will be set up at the Port City, since ultimate owners of businesses registered need not be disclosed. “Access to such information by law enforcement is crucial,” TISL tweeted.

The anti-corruption watchdog also said it was concerned about a lack of transparency in relation to the operations of offshore banks in the Port City, that could be free from the purview of the regulatory framework applicable to local banks, posing a risk of turning the Port City into a “secrecy jurisdiction.”

TISL said it was also deeply concerned that the bill leads to the evading of parliamentary oversight on public funds and matters within the port city, creating a serious gap in public accountability.

Observers remained skeptical that the Supreme Court would intervene to bring the Government’s proposed legislation within the framework of the constitution and insist that the reclaimed city conforms to public expenditure regulations.

The Supreme Court has frequently appointed hefty benches to hear multiple petitions filed on singularly controversial and constitutionally existential issues, held days upon days of public hearings and eventually thrown the cases out without providing even one line that would indicate rhyme or reason for why the bench was deeming the cases meritless.

Political observers noted that it had becoming less and less likely that the highest court of the land will intervene to prevent the government’s infringement on citizens’ rights, after the Supreme Court failed to take positions on the unlawful delay in parliamentary elections, the mandatory cremation policy that went to the heart of fundamental rights questions, the 20th amendment, and other key matters.

“Since President Gotabaya’s election, on every burning question of the day that has been the cause of deep suffering for the people of Sri Lanka or struck at the heart of our democracy and constitutional freedoms, the Supreme Court has declined to make a meaningful intervention. The apex court has given us no signal that it will rise to defend constitutional democracy and fundamental freedoms against the headwinds of authoritarianism and executive overreach,” a political analyst emailed Colombo Telegraph.

It was therefore unlikely that the Court will cross the Government on the Port City matter, that was of critical importance not only to the President and his Government but also to one of the world’s most powerful countries which holds the purse-strings and perhaps Sri Lanka’s economic future in its hands, the analyst wrote. (By Chinthika De Silva)

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    6.9 million Sinhalese people wanted a Hitler as their leader and got their wishes: I hear they are annoyed that Gota is not fulfilling their wishes fast enough.

    Gota has already indicated that the justice system should not obstruct (Sinhalese) people’s will.

    So we see a Nazi regime unfolding in the island: The only difference between the German Nazis and the Sri Lankan Nazis is that the former was a superpower at that time while the latter is a poor third world country begging for money internationally.

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      things could not be worse,
      .
      This is what the people have achieved for the last 15 months..
      .
      God save srilanka from weeraketiya cattle thieves.
      😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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      Hi SENSITIVE READERS,
      .
      Dealdasa aka Dr Wijedasa Rajapakshe is now caught by Karmic Retribution.
      .
      He was the first minister of Justice in previous govt, deliberately blocked TODAY president, being caught by LAW AND ORDER in this country, today, the very same defender is being treated by the criminals as nothing like that kind of incidents occured.
      :
      See, this govt would not last another few months. Be happy, we knew this long before.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a6p3AsIzJs
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wivO6tx1ZKg
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qthmWgwXr9k

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        Dear LL: Thank you for giving those “Links”. I watched it live and also that followed by Wijedasa Rajapakse after receiving a “Shower” of “FILTH” from the President. This Wijedasa Rajapakse was the Minister of Justice in “Yahapalanaya” who “Delayed….Delayed and Delayed” establishing the “Special Courts” to hear the cases against the “Maharajas & Co.” and was ultimately “SACKED” from the Cabinet. Now, true to his “Tactics”, he, at that Media Briefing mislead the public once again by telling that he was “Sacked” from his Ministerial position because he voiced against the “Hambantota Sale”. If you missed it, please view it again. In actual fact, a group of UNP MPs led by MP Ajith Perera campaigned to remove him for his “FAILURE” to institute those “Special Courts” for nearly “THREE” years to hear all the cases against “Big Wigs” of “Rajapakse & Co.” Now this MP Wijedasa is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of “Observing” public. I believe only that “Punnaku Eating” (your preference) would fall fo it.

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          Dear Simon: You are spot on. This man DEAL DASA is not a clean person. In the days to come, lot more about him would come to light. Anyways, I am glad to see, that the real face of ” Weeraketiya Cattle Thieves” to have come to light as of today. I also have some reliable sources from CA; they shared us their inside thought about REAL face of NANDASINI considering how they found him during NANDASINI s refuge in the states.

          May well be, Dealdasa makes every effort to earn some respect at this critical point of the nation. I have no doubt, this govt would not last longer there another few months.

          We were all right about our reading of GOTA and MARA.
          Thanks Bro… always, a pleasure to read from you.

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            Dear LLM: “We were all right about our reading of GOTA and MARA”. Why not add to that “LIST” (many more) for now this Wijedasa alias “Dealdasa”? Remember him and mark him. This could be another type of a “DEAL” and a “Different Stroke” Hope that “6.9 million” have had followed the ritual of “Hisa Thel Mangallaya” (Oil anointing ceremony) so that they can open up their minds.

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          MAHARAJAS, Wealth robbers of Sinhalese Aryans Country, Sri Lanka (Heladiva) Is he brought the money from the moon to established companies in Sri Lanka? We all know the Indian Bora community brought the money from India and established their business in Sinhalese Nation, Sri Lanka

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            N.Perera,
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            Weeraketiya cattle thieves have turned the country to a ” ALADIWA” = pancreas ” as of today.
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            Thanks to bitch s sons, we are today identified with LATIN AMERICAN banana republics. :::: You the kind of backlickers would stay SLAVE forever. Best example is being displayed by the EAGLE EYE.

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        Thank you very much, Mr “leelagemalli.” Those three videos go a long way towards proving “our case”.
        .
        I have already submitted a comment (below) in which I overlooked the need for at least one commenter to identify himself. I shall here do so.
        .
        Let the world know that not everyone can be expected to identify him/herself. Let me assure you that all (by now) 28 others who have commented are those who are regular readers and commenters, even though we don’t know one another’s names. Mine is acknowledged by all to be genuine. I claim no virtue in that; it only indicates my reckless desperation.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) aka Sinhala_Man

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        Readers of Dias-Poda and PEE-LUM Kallathonies, already dead and gone. 12% Tamils in Sinhalese Aryans Country whereas 74.% Sinhalese Aryans ruling modern Sri Lanka (Heladiva). In Malaysia, 68.8% Malays, Chinese 23.2%, Indians including Tamils 7%. Fiji Islands. Fiji Islands 56.8% Fijians, Indu-Fijians 37.5%. Majority of the each country belongs to them.

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      Not only racist sinhalese but some greedy and opportunistic muslim and tamil businessmen voted for him also.
      They work together and committ fraud relating to importing goods. The sugar scam was one example.
      Land grabbing is another one.

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        Humble,
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        best example is being produced by ALI SABRY – baggage boy of MEDAMULANA cave.
        .
        What have those 6.9 mio voters achieved sofar is nothing. They talk high about having contained the COVID 19, but that is another lie, because the containment is somewhat beneficial for all countries that are islands and located in tropical regions.
        .
        Apawithra Wannihami is the most incapable minister of health to have ruined ministry of Health of today.
        :

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      I don’t think Muruttetuwe hamuduruwo’s stance on the matter , or Wijedasa Rajapaksa’s, should be taken seriously.These are the very people who wanted the people to give Gota two-thirds. So , what are these opportunists whining about? Sovereignty? What the hell were they doing post-2009 when the Rajapaksas borrowed billions to build useless highways and monuments to themselves instead of paying for war expenses? And did they object when the bloated armed forces were not de-mobbed but increased? This is at the heart of the economic problems which will force the regime to sell off its assets. Of course Gota took them for a ride, but do these clerical and legal hypocrites have any viable alternative?

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        OC
        Fence sitters exhibit the first signs of instability. They rightly or wrongly sense big trouble ahead, get the jitters and start screaming.
        Overall, they know the game, the risks and escape routes.
        They are seldom taken for a ride.

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        old codger

        Wijedasa Rajapaksa is another racist.
        When the Batticaloa saffron thug Ampitiye Sumarathna found himself in hot water over his racist physical actions Wijedasa Rajapaksa rush to Ampitiya’s residence and made a nasty speech against Muslims, and provided the thug with an PHOTO OPPORTUNITY.

        Lets wait and see how the smart (ass) patriots including Dayan are going to react.

        Remember Gota has two names- he warned only a few weeks ago.
        Asgiria blessed him hoping him growing into a fully fledged Hitler.
        He got 6.9 million votes.

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      For 75 years the cart has been slipping downhill. Now explaining the driver, Hitler will make the horses pull it upward is only election mirage. The fact is, the things that intelligent Hitler could not do with the advanced Germany, cannot be done in Wild Life Sanctuary, by a Modaya. Sinhala Buddhists vote for opposition party-anti-incumbent and anti-Tamils. Royals understand this better so they were patiently hiding under their shadows for their return, until Yahapalanaya bugger off. Now, they are alert & conscious about the 2024 election. They will make sure even with another 18A that the power stays with them. This tells Sinhala Buddhist that they needs new constitution to turn the country around and climb the hill. Even Chandrika couldn’t have the heart to remove the EP from constitution. No more the 2500 years old Appa Diplomacy has food for this hunger.
      It wouldn’t be overdone if we repeat this in every comment we post. Tamils, if you want a Singapore-Malaysia relationship, don’t let Sinhala Intellectuals, the strange spices on the earth, vilify Tamils and play the Pipe Piper Music to Sinhala Population to drive them into another Pakistan. The never ending supply of Oxygen to Sinhala Racist governments to hanging around with dictator policies is the fact that Tamils are living under their majority control.

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    The primary duty of Judiciary in a democracy is to safeguard the impending infringement of the rights of citizens by the government.

    Will the judiciary in Sri Lanka rise up to the occasion?

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    Definitely to be expected : Supreme Court has declined to make a meaningful intervention. The apex court has given us no signal that it will rise to defend constitutional democracy and fundamental freedoms against the headwinds of authoritarianism and executive overreach.
    The constitution of the bench alone is an indication – it will be 3-2 at best, to 5-0 at worst from them, knowing past rulings of those in it.

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      3-2 because three of them are wellknown acolytes of the govt.

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    Before embarking on these Mega projects there should be extensive consultation with the public and cross party consensus is a must. – It is best atleast now to have a dialog with other political parties and public interest groups and build better undestanding within Sri Lanka.

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    Today Wijedasa told media Mr. Lanka called him early in the morning and threatened him with explicit language. Reason Wijedasa had expressed concerns over Chinese colony. Ever polite Chamal called SF donkey and challenged him outside of parliament premises. What next ???

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    Next Port City will be in Jaffna.

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      Next Port City will be in Jaffna!

      Maybe, but more importantly, next:
      ….they will finally come for you… (since that’s nature of ruthless dictatorship is that it rules with an iron fist)

      It pays for everyone to remember the last words of Lasantha Wickrematunge

      “And Then They Came For Me”

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      you mean
      sell Jaffna to India
      sell Trincomalee to USA
      sell Port City to China?
      Hambantota already sold to China?

      and show two fingers to Sangha and Sri Lankans
      and scoot off to USA and live in luxury

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      Next Port City will be in Jaffna.:
      =======
      you mean
      sell Jaffana to India
      Sell Trinco to USA
      sell Colombo Port City to China
      Hambantota already sold to China
      and shout from the roof top this is a Sinhala Buddhist Country we will not surrender our Sovereignty
      .

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    Once again the Chief Justice not appointing the full bench to sit, clearly shows that the Chief Justice is a Rajapakse Slave. Shameless act of his in this most important case of the decade shows that rule of law is not being protected even by the Chief Justice who has become a Cheap Justice. Its sad that the hopes I had that a non-politician Gota will bring about peace and order into the country has been ruined from the time he gave his first acceptance speech in Anuradhapura where he clearly stated that he is the President of the Sinhala Buddhists that too who voted for him. Sad state of affairs. Its better to be a US Colony than a Chinese Colony, looking at how Hong Kong citizens are treated by China and how Myanmar a friend of China is treating its citizens. Sri Lanka under Gota is fast moving towards a Myanmar.

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    There is no doubt that China’s Port City Bill go through the Supreme Court that is now just follow the orders of NGR. This will go through only unless the Buddhist Monks protest against it as they did with the East Colombo Harbour deal. Gotabaya has no other option than China to get the money needed to run the country but the problem is he needed the Buddhist Monks support to continue his own agenda of military dictatorship at least for next three years. NGR will not dare to go against Buddhist Monks now like he does with Tamils and Muslims because other partners are now started to ask questions. Other Partners now think that the same will happen to them that happened to former President Sirisena and SLFP. But one day it will happen to Buddhist Monks as well.

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    The Supreme Court has to take a decision whether to go for a referendum after two third majority, or simply a two third majority or a simple majority is sufficient.

    What we hope is for the Supreme Court to decide that it is necessary to go for a referendum after two third majority.

    That is the Constitutional provision

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    If we get a hang of the “BASICS”, the appointment of a “Commission” to administer this “Reclaimed Land” from the “Sea Border” (still within the country) of Sri Lanka, cannot be an “Ultra Vires” the Constitution. We had similar “Commissions” earlier, e.g. “Greater Colombo Economic Commission” (GCEC) “Free Trade Zone” (FTZ), etc. Those “Commissions” too were established “Exempting” their activities coming within certain Legislations that were prevailing in the country. Those too were established with an “Act of Parliament” with the sole purpose of “Economic Development”. Here, too, the “Purpose” is clear and the establishment of the “Administering Commission” is appropriate. Yet, there could be a question relating to the “Geographical” nature of the “Port City” itself, in that, there is a a “Specified Area” that belongs to China. Is this “Administering Commission” empowered to administer the entire landmass or the portion that belongs to Sri Lanka? How the Government empowers a “Commission” appointed by the STATE to decide on the type of “CURRENCY” to be used in that geographical area of the Country? Like manner, there are many more questions relating to “EXCLUSIVITY” from the existing Legislations of the country. What is the “Role” of “Foreign Entities” such as China in the area called “Port City”? What is the “Composition” of the “Commission” and how does it going to affect the “Political, Economic & Social” activities within the country?

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    Even if you file 100 cases you will never receive justice from the deaf and bling judges who were appointed after 20th amendment.what ever said and done in order to please the 8 or 9 SAKILI MUSLIM MP’S WHO VOTED IN SUPPORT OF 20TH MUST GET GOTHAYA TO BUILD A MOSQUE IN SIDE THE PORT CITY USING THE FUNDS OF CHINISE GOVERNMENT-ALLA HOOO AKBAR-SAADU-SAADU-JAYAWEEWA TO SINGALA MODYAAS WHO VOTED FOR THIS GOVERNMENT-DMO CRAZY WILL BE BURIED IN SIDE THE MOSQUE IN THE PORT CITY.

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    Today, I found the news item that shows NGR has no other options other than selling the Colombo city to China. One of his MPs Vijayadasa Rajapaksa and few Monks did not like the selling of Colombo Port city and voiced against it. NGR made a direct threat to both Rajapaksa and Monks.

    “Parliamentarian Wijayadasa Rajapaksa today alleged that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had telephoned him early morning and threatened him over his allegations yesterday that the Port City would transform into a Chinese colony.”
    Daily Mirror

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      Ajith: Further info. on this “Press Briefing” of Rev. Muruthettuwe Anand. After this started rolling in media (Social) our “Respected” “Prof. G.L.Peiris rushed to meet the Rev. Anand. Who follows him? Of all the people “Hon”? Bandula Gunawardane. We know “Prof” GLP represents “GR” and MP Bandula G represents PM Mahinda R. This Rev. Ananda is one of the petitioners, and I am certain MP Wijedasa Rajapakse is behind it. The details of the “Discussion” of Prof. GLP, MP Bandula G, and Rev. Ananda are still sketchy. Keep watch.

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    Educated Buddhist Sinhalese, it is time for you to reach the IC for 500 years Old Pizza Diplomacy.
    They put the blame of selling the Colombo Pong Cing and Hangbangtota on Ranil. Those who hang on pure racism for one or two seats, like Rear Admirable, Lemon Puff, Ganapathy Pillai, Communist Pakaya are all will be gone. This is a dead end for them. GLP may live with a national seat.

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    Some compare this to Vatican City, Monaco, New York, Hong Kong. Those places have long historical connotations when the global the capitalism network wasn’t established yet. Hong Kong came about when China became communist, and all the money from China escaped to Hong Kong, with no one to catch them. But no place is becoming communist so Port City can benefit at this time. But the whole of the West is a
    waiting, ready with economic machinations or worse, to catch those going against their global monetary order. What a risky venture GoSL is undertaking, when China is using our Motherland as an experiment for furthering the Chinese-power potential.

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      And Singapore made use of the money of its very stable S.E. Asian region to become its commercial sector. The region welcomed Spore’s expertise.

      In Sri Lanka, most of S.Asia is reluctant to invest in Port City, and we have much instability due to separatists.

      Chinese money will give the initial boost, and they hope S.Asia will buy into it for Chinese to keep their banking at optimum. However,
      Western protectionism is strong and the blocks and stumbles will be enormous, save some kind of war, where Motherland will be easily obliterated for the sake of peace.

      The risk of failure is high. It is very embarassing and worrisome to see GoSL going along with plan in the midst of the obvious.

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        The best thing is to build some low cost housing and office space in this reclaimed land.
        There are more than enough hotels in Colombo so no need for more hotels.

        Get the state engineering coporation to mange this by giving an opportunity to Sri Lankan expertise and skills.

        More recriatinal space and sports facilities is a crying need for Colombo City dwellers.

        May be this could be the new home for our International level athletes with proper training and lodging facilities.

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          Sounds a good plan. And US will give us the money to develop in that way very gratefully, for not going against their interests.

          But wonder if the US and China can come to an agreement that will allow the Chinese, a quarter to a half of the financial operations China wants.

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      History as narrated by Adrian Mole (aged 13 3/4) and retold by RTF:
      “Hong Kong came about when China became communist”

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    BRAVO!!!!!! I salute all our brave Sinhalese, including Maha Sangha, who filed court cases against the Port City Bill to thwart another Kandyan Convention-style betrayal against Sri Lanka.
    Clearly, the Port City Bill is the Constitution of a separate Chinese state in Colombo seas. Actually, we should name the Port City Bill as the “COLOMBO CONVENTION” or the “PORT CITY CONVENTION”.
    Gotabhaya and Basil are utterly corrupt people who have no attachment to our beloved motherland.
    By surreptitiously approving the Port City Bill without anyone’s knowledge, Mahinda and his Cabinet also proved that they are utterly corrupt. Did China bribe Mahinda and his Cabinet colleagues too?
    Will the Supreme Court rule against Sri Lanka’s Fourth Foreign Invasion/Occupation? I highly doubt it.
    The Supreme Court’s previous decision to approve the 20th Amendment demonstrated their partiality towards the Rajapaksas.
    If the Supreme Court and Parliament both have become doormats of the Rajapaksas, the only available option is an instantaneous public awareness campaign followed by a protest.

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      I fully agree with the writer of this article about the timing of the Port City Bill.
      Corrupt Rajapaksas deliberately tabled the Port City Bill at the beginning of April New Year Holidays to avoid public attention and leaving only two working days for anyone to study the Bill and file petitions. The government declaring April 12 as an additional public holiday was also part of this.
      Then there is another huge conspiracy to merge the heart of the Colombo City with Port City.
      Through the Ministry of Urban Development, corrupt Rajapaksas are planning to sell government owned heritage and other buildings in Colombo City to foreign investors. If the Port City Bill is passed, then there will be an exploding amount of offers to buy Colombo hotels and various other business establishments. Then one day, Sinhalese will lose Colombo City entirely to foreigners along with Sri Lanka’s sovereignty.
      I don’t think I have to explain the dire consequences of the possible merger of Colombo City with Port City. This will happen. I know it. That is why in my comment to Mr. Rusiripala Tennakoon’s article I asked the Sinhalese people whether they remember the Portuguese, Dutch and the British invasions, how they breach agreements and take advantage of our hospitality.

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        We, Sinhalese, are fighters, people!
        With all our power, we must stop dictatorial Rajapaksas from passing the Port City Bill & signing a treacherous Colombo Convention one day, in which they will merge Colombo City with Port City.
        I invite all Sinhalese Buddhists to unite and make one voice against the treacherous Bill.
        Why do I always use the term Sinhalese Buddhists? Because, I want to remind everyone that before the arrival of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, ALL SINHALESE WERE BUDDHISTS!
        I urge the Sinhalese who still support non-Sinhalese Rajapaksas, to FOLLOW the path of our valiant Sinhalese General Monarawila Keppetipola, abandon non-Sinhalese Rajapaksas the same way General Keppetipola ABANDON the British and JOIN the true-blooded Sinhalese who fight against the treacherous Port City Bill.
        We all have a fighting spirit in our blood.
        This is the moment. Think hard.
        The Kandyan Convention was signed by a handful of Kandyans whose origins were not Sinhalese. The Rajapaksas are also a handful of non-Sinhalese who conspire to sign another treacherous convention similar to the Kandyan Convention. Are we going to allow the same treachery to happen again?
        Show your strength, people.
        Throughout our history, our valiant Sinhalese ancestors have fought against foreign invasions/occupations.
        Be a true Sinhalese and fight as one to protect our motherland!!!!

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          Champa,
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          You have said many bold and brave things. Your final appeal is to make the protests “Sinhala-Buddhist”. I know that you are sincere; I know that you are honest.
          .
          However, I appeal to you to broaden your appeal. We need all Sri Lankans to join in this fight. You will be faithful to the cause that you have trumpeted, but a few others will betray us. We must extend our appeal to all our citizens. Without a doubt, a few will betray us; among them will be a few Sinhalese who are Buddhists. Please let religion (and even ethnicity) be irrelevant and personal considerations.
          .
          In my own comment, I have appealed to the entire world of humans; how advisable that is for individual citizens to decide.
          .
          I have given “Likes” to your first and second comments; I have abstained from expressing a view on your third, but someone else (who has ignored your two earlier comments) has “Disliked” your third. As I type this – what is displayed is one view per comment. Two are mine, one isn’t.
          .
          The spirit you display is fine; but do some thinking as well.

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          Champa

          “We, Sinhalese, are fighters, people!”

          You are not fighters but cowards.
          If anything you kill not your enemies but you unashamedly kill unarmed innocent people.
          I do not have to remind those historical incidents.
          Therefore please stop your bull first.

          “With all our power, we must stop dictatorial Rajapaksas from passing the Port City Bill & signing a treacherous Colombo Convention one day, in which they will merge Colombo City with Port City.”

          When it was time for you to cut the clan and its cronies to size you were carrying Wimal’s b***s. on the one hand and praising Rajapaksa clan for teaching lessons to minorities. You should stop you bull without further delay.

          When the racist state and its corrupt leaders fail they find some excuses to start a riot against minorities or train their guns against the people.

          Its time you collected contact details of all those foreign/western Human Rights organisations.

          Maybe you should seek protection from saffron clad thug Ampitiye Sumarathna.

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          Champawati,
          We shouldn’t get into this as Colombo Pong Cing has nothing to do with Tamils. It is in Lankawe. Further Colombo is a gone city. Anybody can sing or dance, but it will not change the situation. We tell you, even America or EU can bring full sanctions on Lankawe and China, same case. Nothing will change. Colombo is not the last one going to go. Even Kandy Ayatollahs’ Amudes flying in Gallface Green’s air soon. The purchase prices are already remitted in the foreign Bank Accounts by China. You spent $400B for the war to take Tamils as slaves. You looted Tamils lives, property & respects worse than Genghis Khan did in West of Mohamed Ganzy did in India. After that, now you can bark or howl, but nobody will respect you. 75 Years, Sinhala Buddhists lived with falsifying the Ceylon history and selling their pride.
          Last chance for you; take or leave. There is nothing anything anymore any Sinhalese do in Lankawe to save them. Unless you people willingly approach IC or America, when Buddha come back 2500 years later, he will regret for having the land made into part of China by giving responsibility to Sinhala Buddhist to save it his arrival. You may write any reply for this. I will read that because that is my obligation. But nothing will change anymore! All over! Period!

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    The 22 countries that supported the people of Sri Lanka at the UNHRC must be thanked for having given Michelle Bachelet the authority to inquire into the extent to which we, the people of Sri Lankan need protection from the government that we ourselves elected in polls conducted in November 2019 (Presidential) and August 2020 (Parliamentary).
    .
    We cannot contest the fact that those ballots were really cast by the hands of Sri Lankan voters. If there were instances of fraud those were insufficient to change the ultimate result.
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    The problems probably arose within half a million households in Sri Lanka where a dominant member of each household (usually a male) dictated to others how the others should vote. There is no power within the country that can challenge and stop this Junta from now riding rough-shod over our rights. The twenty-two comments already visible make that clear.
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    This is what common sense tells me; I have no idea of what the legal intricacies of this are, but that is what one identifiable citizen of the country feels.
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    The extent to which the readership of this website operating in English agree may get indicated by green or red thumbs. The world will need to decide how much of a threat a rogue pariah government poses to the world order.

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