25 September, 2020

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“Sri Lankan Govt. Abducting Student Activists” Says IUSF

Two student activists were abducted by the Government of Sri Lanka and 17 student activists were remanded until May 19th, says the Inter University Students’ Federation. 

Issuing a statement the IUSF today said; “Abducting and illegally detaining students without warrants and assaulting them is a grave violation of the fundamental rights of the students activists. We categorically condemn this political witch hunt of student activists by the police in collusion with the courts, especially in the context of the Higher Education Minister S.B.Dissanayake’s open threat towards IUSF activists and their families. We invite the people of this country to organize and rally to protect educational, political and fundamental rights of the students.”

DNP_6241We publish below the statement in full;

Although the Government of Sri Lanka has failed to give solutions to the cut in the Allied Health Sciences’ degree and the resistance action of Rajarata students against the repressive university administration, it has launched a campaign of repression against the student activists fighting for education rights.

The latest step by the police in this direction is following students in civil attire and abducting and illegally detaining them. Police has conducted two such illegal abductions. In both these abductions they have produced fake warrants against the students. These abductions happened when the students were leaving after a protest action held in front of the University Grants Commission yesterday (16) afternoon.

The first abduction happened at about 3.45 in the evening in front of the Post Office in Town Hall. Police officers in civil attire have followed 4 students, ambushed them and a three wheeler and a jeep that arrived suddenly have abducted them. Then they were illegally detained at the Kirulapona Police Station.

Second abduction happened at about 5.35 in the evening. Students have got into a bus to go to Colombo Fort and again police officers in civil attire had got into the bus had attempted to arrest a student under a warrant issued in the name of a different person. Students had protested the illegal arrest of the fellow student and the police had arbitrarily ordered the driver to take the bus along with the 13 students to Slave Island Police Station. When the bus arrived at the Police Station the police have inhumanly attacked the students with batons and poles right in front of the Police Station. As of now, students who were injured were not even hospitalized.

Students were presented in front of the Fort Magistrate at his residence in Mount Lavinia at about 10.30 in the night and the Magistrate had ordered them to be remanded until 19th. Allied Health Science Students activists of Universities of Ruhuna and Peradeniya are thus being illegally detained and Students Council President of University of Peradeniya, Dimuthu Gunasekere is also among the illegally detained.

Abducting and illegally detaining students without warrants and assaulting them is a grave violation of the fundamental rights of the students activists. We categorically condemn this political witch hunt of student activists by the police in collusion with the courts, especially in the context of the Higher Education Minister S.B.Dissanayake’s open threat towards IUSF activists and their families. We invite the people of this country to organize and rally to protect educational, political and fundamental rights of the students.

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    This is so frightening. The rajapaksa rogue regime is stifling any threat of dissent, by arresting these students, and trying to deter others by this example. We have had our journalists kidnapped, murdered, and missing, publications blocked, protests prevented by road blocks, and free speech is dead. The opposition does nothing.

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      Why is it frightening? We have seen far worse than this under JR and Premadasa’s UNP in the Eighties.

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        Yeah – then it is all right. Let’s beat the hell out of the boys. JR did it. Premadasa did it. MaRa can also do it… What a logic, mate!

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          I am not justifying it, just pointing out the hypocrisy.

    • 2
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      Manel

      “Manel mal Pipila”. Rajapaksa’s manel Flowers have Blossomed.

      So Arrest 17 students, 2 disappear. Did they find the bodies?

      So, All students, warning, The same same can happen to you.

      Follow our rules and hegemony or disappear. The choice is yours, students. If you do not like, just leave the Land of Native Veddah.

      Many journalists have dome so. Those who didn’t have achieved Nirvana or was sent to Heaven, courtesy, the President of the Republic. Anyway, the choice is yours.

      Or, you my start a revolution, like what others have done all over the world throughout history.

      Again, the choice is yours.

  • 2
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    This is what called as Vaadai Kaattu(Northern Breeze). It comes from North. The school students protest against Bathiudeen’s Standardization was changed over as armed movements by Sirimavo’s and JR’s efforts(suppression).

    If King’s party does not win the presidential election, this Northern Breeze has a chance of turning into Hurricane too. Students and parents should know to protect themselves.

  • 0
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    “Jaathiye Aadambarakara Thatha” in action.

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      [Edited out]- Megalomaniac would face it the same manner Premadasa met with it.
      There Rajapakshes will have to use new machineries to search for their body parts. Days are numbered for them. Their tactics are short lived. You cant fool the same nation everytime. People will get this if not now in a couple months now. Jaya niythai. Let´s stay in our patient demeanour – besides, all criminal tactics are being implemented by them if would go against them publicly. Latter is the case for UNPers right the moment.

  • 4
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    It’s a joke to watch how when GOSL spent over 600 Million rupees on a show off one week World youth conference with the participation of over 163 countries when their own students are deprived of their basic fundamental needs and rights.

    There are so many other wasteful projects GOSL have carried on, which could have well spent on university students.

    Only (0.01%) point zero one percent of children get the opportunity to enter a university and even with this low entry it is pathetic to note even their fundamental needs are not fulfilled.

    These are our cream of future and they should be looked after and guided well, but they are not. Infact they are been treated as a liability to our country.

    All Politicians children either go to Private schools or study abroad.

    This is clearly supression of students rights and double standards implied on those who have nots.

    This has to be stopped and stopped immediately.

  • 3
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    IUSF, JVP, Mangala and many others worked so hard to bring MR to power. Now its payback time. They say a sucker is born every minute.

    • 3
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      Kevin.

      “They say a sucker is born every minute.

      In Lanka, the land of the native Vedda, occupied by the Paras, a sucker is born every second.

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      Cheers Kevin. This is the Tamilization of the Sinhalese. The Sinhalese will be raped and tortured like the Tamils. Good no. Nothing like a good dose of rape and torture. That will make them all join the diaspora and then they will be banned. Ban Ban Ban Choon, Ban ban BankiMoon! Now the Sinhala Modayas will be joined by the Indian Modiyas.

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    Where are the students, journalists? Guantanamo?

  • 2
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    The arrests by the police appear to have been approved by the magistrate without even asking the arrested students – in private, as required by the law – about their side of the story.
    Thus the judiciary now approve illegal arrests by police without question.
    Do we need judiciary like these?
    Such “approvals” are now the norm.

    • 0
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      justice

      So now the Magistrates are Shills too!

      See what the Paras have done to the Land of native Veddah Aethho..

      They need to be sent to South India.

  • 0
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    This is very good idea. Arrest all these student activists and keep them starved in the jail for some weeks and then ask whose doing from behind.

    What these student activists doing are wrecking sri lankan education as well their future.

  • 2
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    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Tamils, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Tamil.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  • 0
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    Compassion and Free education in SL because we a budshit! Ha Ha.

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    You only reap what you sow all who watched the rights of poor sinhala boys then the tamils lose there rights watch out its your turn

    Don’t bother blaming the the JR Sirimavo or Rajapakse lets just take responsibility for what we created it’s our fault not the Americans, British Indians or the jews it’s just us.

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