29 September, 2020

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Take Swift Action To Ensure Stop Another Uprising: Friday Forum Tells The Govt

The Friday Forum has called upon the government to take swift and firm measures to ensure the country doesn’t undergo another uprising of the masses like that which occurred during 70s or 80s.

Dr. A. C. Visvalingam

Dr. A. C. Visvalingam

In a statement issued today the Friday Forum has noted that the absence of the rule of law and lawlessness in the country that has been nurtured by those in power may push the oppressed to become rebels.

They have pointed out that its unfortunate that Sri Lanka has failed to learn the proper responses to either communal tensions or the successive revolts of the past against state authority both in the North and the South in order to prevent its recurrence.

We publish below the statement in full;

The Law and Order Crisis

Few would deny that the law and order situation in our country is in crisis. Remedial measures are urgently needed.

The welcome Seventeenth Amendment to the 1978 constitution was adopted unanimously by Members of Parliament present. It brought forth a set of changes to restrain the President of the Republic from exercising discretionary powers entrusted to him in the Constitution arbitrarily. The Eighteenth Amendment did not receive unanimous support in Parliament unlike the Seventeenth Amendment, and restored the powers of the President to exercise his discretionary powers arbitrarily and in an authoritarian manner. It further removed the restriction limiting the periods of office to two, thus permitting him to seek election as many times as he wished. The implications of this are all the more serious when considered in conjunction with the provision in the Constitution that a President, while holding that office, cannot be subject to any judicial proceedings for any act of commission or omission whether in his official or in his personal capacity.

When the key positions in all the important institutions in the country are left to the unchallengeable choice of a single political party leader, it is patently impossible for Parliament and the judiciary  to exert any meaningful check on the inevitable excesses (to be expected) of the Executive. The corrosive effects of the Eighteenth Amendment on the judiciary and the law enforcement authorities are plainly evident, just as they were predicted by concerned citizens well before it was passed.

The many incidents of the police and army being passive spectators in the face of criminal violence are shameful. They speak negatively of the hierarchical chain of command. On the one hand, the public have

turned against the police in increasing instances, a manifestation of the desperation they have been thrown into. On the other, the inconsistency and the clearly apparent timidity in the exercise of judicial authority make the public fear the law rather than respect it.

The seemingly unending recurrence of police inaction or criminality is a pitiful slur on the dignity of a vital public service. Their gyrations to accommodate political expediency are a major contributor to this pathetic state of affairs.  There are retirees from earlier times whose sane and experienced counsel on curative measures could easily be marshalled if the will were there to do so.

Inaction in the face of ongoing unruliness or its imminence, the killing of persons in custody with routine and implausible tales, attempts at concealing or delaying investigations, the persecution of upright officers, failure to recover unauthorized firearms including those issued generously to politicos and henchmen by more than one dispensation, and a host of other serious misdemeanours have seriously and rightly dented public confidence in the police. The rather obvious lack of commitment to help solve even such high-profile public crimes such as the killings of Lakshman Kadirgamar, Lasantha Wickrematunga, the Mutur aid workers, the Trincomalee students, dozens of journalists and others, rudely disheartens citizens. The real position in these cases is hidden in a fog of half-truths and outright misinformation.

Another question is why the reported detection a few months ago of the massive haul of no less than 260 kilograms of heroin, many thousands of times more than some of the “retail” seizures, has apparently not merited any serious follow-up.

The improper restraints under which members of the police force have to act in trying to carry out their lawful duties is grossly unfair by the competent and decent among them, who we believe, would probably be in the majority in the absence of such restraints.

Criminality among politicians engenders a natural aversion among the public. Politicians in power are seen to have arrogated to themselves “the right to do wrong with impunity”! They fail to perceive that the very indiscipline encouraged by them may one day turn out to be a double-edged sword.

Public institutions are so corrupt that a flood of palpably illegal orders percolate down to the lowliest constable or soldier on the street with magical speed and efficiency. This warrants major public concern. It must also mean that the long chain of command makes many along it culpable. There are legal protections for those brave and ethical enough to defy illegal orders but it requires an independent judiciary to secure these.

It is commonly believed that when rulers are tyrants by actions, the oppressed become rebels by necessity. One dreads the day that great numbers may decide to take the law into their own hands. Tragically, we have not learned the proper responses to either communal tensions or the successive revolts of the past against state authority both in the North and the South, so as to prevent escalation and avoid their recurrence.  The activities of the Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya and other such movements may well lead to similar situations. The government must act swiftly and firmly to avert another 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983 or 1988/9.

Jayantha Dhanapala                              Dr.Upatissa Pethiyagoda           Dr. A. C. Visvalingam

on behalf of the Friday Forum

Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Dr.Upatissa Pethiyagoda, Dr A.C.Visvalingam, Professor Ranjini Obeyesekere, Rev. Dr. Jayasiri Peiris, Mr. D Wijayanandana, Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka, Ms, Damaris Wickremesekera, Professor Camena Guneratne, Professor Arjuna Aluwihare, Mr. Faiz-ur Rahman, Dr. Deepika Udagama,  Mr. Ahilan Kadirgamar, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Mr. J.C. Weliamuna, Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran, Ms. Suriya Wickremasinghe, Professor Savitri Goonesekere, Ms. Manouri  Muttettuwegama, Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, Dr. G. Usvatte-aratchi, Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, Ms. Shanthi Dias ,Mr. Chandra Jayaratne.

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    Friday Forum doesn’t have to tell the Mara junta what to do to prevent another uprising:

    Gota knows what to do: He has done it in Matale mass graves, he has done it in Mullivaiakkaal genocide of Tamils, and there must be more yet to be unearthed.

    Furthermore the army police and the military personnel and machinery have ample experience from the first JVP uprising in the seventies:

    They know what to do; crush them like flies – the problem is solved and people won’t bother – they go on with their lives as if nothing has happened. They may even light fire crackers in celebration.

    Sure there will be plenty of help from abroad: All you have to do is to brand them as Sinhala, Muslim or Tamil terrorists and the whole world will make a bee line to Sri Lanka to crush it.

    Why worry Maha-rajapakses, go on unruffled with your mission – paradise on Earth – until it is accomplished!

    • 1
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      So it should be; zero tolerance towards any terrorist group. Thanks to decisive action taken by the govt to crush terrorism, we are now seeing peace and a booming economy. Rajapakses have proven the experts to be wrong by doing what they said cannot be done.

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        lal loo

        “Rajapakses have proven the experts to be wrong by doing what they said cannot be done.”

        Hindia did what it wanted to do. MR like VP put his neck out and served the Hindians well. Hindia paid a small advance to MR for election expenses which was transferred to VP for his services to democracy. VP elected MR.

        VP won the war for MR in return made Hindia very happy, MR and Gota said that they did what they did for Hindia. This was stated on the record.

        Without the support of Hindia and VP MR would not have dreamt of doing what he did.

        Ask your cousin Lalu Prasad Yadav who may be able to give you more details.

      • 5
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        The plus marks you can give the government for defeating terrorism is more than offset by the minus marks you have to give it for corruption, wastage, nepotism, human rights infringement, lack of freedom of expression, impunity, land grabbing, passive police and corrupt judiciary, not to mention war crimes.

        The booming economy is more than offset by extreme financial disparities, raging inflation and sky high cost of living.

        One or two accomplishments in certain spheres cannot compensate for glaring deficiencies and failures in a multitude of other areas.

        That is the reason why international rating agencies look at multiple indicators when ranking countries. They don’t wear blinders and focus on just one or two factors.

  • 12
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    “The government must act swiftly and firmly to avert another 1958, 1971, 1977, 1983 or 1988/9.”

    How about averting another 2007-2009 mass massacre of 150,000 innocent Tamils in Vanni?

    Less wicked governments than the present one couldn’t avert all the massacres above, can this satanic regime avert any?

    Surely if it is not wishful thinking, what is it?

    Friday Forum – appeal to the UN to do the job instead, if you all are wise.

    • 10
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      Thiru

      “How about averting another 2007-2009 mass massacre of 150,000 innocent Tamils in Vanni?”

      Has anyone done a credible body count?

      • 4
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        If anybody credible or not tries to do a body count he or she will be wisked off in a flash in a white van.

        In the meantime we have no choice but to base our estimates on heresay.

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          We are not here to split hairs but to go after the truth, once the truth is out there is no argument of numbers: Sure it is genocide.

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            Thiru

            “We are not here to split hairs but to go after the truth, once the truth is out there is no argument of numbers: Sure it is genocide.”

            Until you unearth truth, you should say

            alleged killing of 150000

            an estimated 150000 death

            Where did you get these figure?

            On the one hand the state denies war crime accusation on the other Tamils throw out number which does not have any basis.

            Between these two lies it is going to take decades to find truth.

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              NV ,

              i’m not trying to be confrontational with you , according to GA population (IDP) as of Oct 2008 was = 429 ,059
              population (IDP) as of Oct 2009 was = 282 ,380
              Difference = 146 ,679

              now i’m not suggesting all these missing persons have been killed by the government troops , but there must be some sort of accountability mechanism to find out the truth , until such time SL government will be held accountable of all these missing people.

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                srilal

                I am only trying to get to the bottom of this matter.

                The LTTE was accused of over subscribing to GA’s register to get more food and medicine than the actual amount needed for the civilian.

                The Army had a register where it recorded all those who surrendered during and immediately after the war. Govern promised to published the register but went back on its promise. That register would be one source.

                ICRC may have a list of missing persons.

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                  NV ,

                  Mrs Imelda Sukumar was the GA at that time and she never contradicted her figures . as to Army’s record , it would be another zero civilian causality record , ICRC plays see no evil hear no evil policy , hence ICRC participation in any of future investigations would be very doubtful.

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                    srilal

                    “ICRC plays see no evil hear no evil policy , hence ICRC participation in any of future investigations would be very doubtful.”

                    They do keep a record of missing persons and deaths.

                    You wouldn’t know whether UN investigation team has access to these reports.

                    If indeed the International Community want to catch Gota and MR by their ba**s US agencies could supply any number of evidence, from the sky, under water, under their beds, in the toilets, …..

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                      NV ,

                      yes i also have the same $ 64 million question , as to why US have chosen the more time consuming , difficult path when they have an easy , tailor made solution at their disposal , however if you carefully analyze the strategy which US have adapted , you will see their strategy is working , US let MR to formulate his own report and to implement (LLRC) knowing very well that MR not going to convict or prosecute any one on war crime charges , so MR sized the opportunity and appointed a panel just to do that , now he has been entrapped in his own recommendation ( LLRC recommendation – implementation of the 17 Amendment ) and the same time getting the UN resolution to scrutinize the war crime investigation , who is clever ?

                      MR has not much choice left , when it comes to non implementation of LLRC recommendations , after all LLRC is his baby ! can he use the same old rhetoric (western conspiracy) for non implementation his own proposals ? who looks stupid now ?
                      as for the UNHRC resolution , MR can only cry for sovereignty , territorial integrity , Israel double standards etc for non cooperation , but UN has already started it’s work and final result will be out in March 2015 and it’s gonna be similar to PoE !

                      i’m puzzled as to what can UNHRC do with its own finding , is there to be any detrimental decision , it ought to come from UNSC , will that be possible under the current prevailing scenario ?

  • 6
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    Dr. A. C. Visvalingam

    “The Friday Forum has called upon the government to take swift and firm measures to ensure the country doesn’t undergo another uprising of the masses like that which occurred during 70s or 80s.”

    This uprising has to be focused.

    It has to target the Shills, Cronies , and whitewashes..

    JVP what are you waiting for../.

    At Uva they are attacking you…

    What happened to your guts…

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      Dr. A. C. Visvalingam

      The Friday Forum eats Fish on Fridays provided by the government.

      This uprising has to be focused. It has to target the Shills, Cronies , and whitewashes.. JVP what are you waiting for… At Uva they are attacking you… What happened to your guts…

      Let’s look at the Americans in 1776 Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

      “Society is produced by our wants, and governmental by its wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restringing our vices. The society is a Patron, the Government is a punisher….”

  • 6
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    It is shame that all this time we thought affricans and pakis only fight and kill each other but today it is happening in srilanka. We thought Sadam Husain is the only stupid to use chemical bombs on their own Kurdish people but it happened in vanni. we thought the famin is only happen in somalia but there are more chances to happen in srilanka. we thought Ebola will only attack africa but after usage of all chemicals in srilanke, Ebola could attack srilanka. singhalese thought MR & co is killing only in north but it happened in the south as well. So many things happening in srilanka which we never immagined in the past. The huge army which MR& co relies on can not stop many things. The next uprising may not be like LTTE or JVP style. The old saying that when planning to make ganathiyo ended up in monkey.

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      Senthil

      “It is shame that all this time we thought affricans and pakis only fight and kill each other but today it is happening in srilanka.”

      Not just you almost all Sinhalese and Tamils hold this racist view.

  • 7
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    Its very easy to make things right for Mother Lanka. Forget about the 18th Amendment. Let her patriotic sons and daughters take the two ring leaders of the Rajapaksa Mafia, Mara and Gota to Galle Face Green and stone them to death.

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      Navin

      “take the two ring leaders of the Rajapaksa Mafia, Mara and Gota to Galle Face Green and stone them to death.”

      Are you mad or very very mad?

      Would that stop similar leaders emerging in the future.

      If such treatments are effective and deterrent the Muslim world needs not to stone men and women on a regular basis for adultery.

  • 8
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    There was a Sinhala uprising and 60,000 youths died.

    There was a Tamil uprising. Pabakaran as floating in a muddy lagoon.

    Only the muslims don’t know it.

    Friday forumis financed by the people who wanted these uprisings in the middle eastern and north african muslims countries. All those countries are now failed states.

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      What about Sri Lanka? Don’t you think it isfaile d state?

  • 3
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    As long as we have Sinhala people running this country our land will be mismanaged and racism and elitism promoted. The end result will be endless conflict and endemic uprisings. We will never get out of this cycle of violence. Even Lord Buddha in his grave has joined the cycle of violence.

  • 0
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    When is this brigade of superannuated and self-righteous privileged citizens of this country going to stop issuing these kinds of ultra-obvious statements?
    The only thing worse than what they have to say is the fact that publications such as Colombo Telegraph continue to give them publicity. All this does is create the illusion that there is some freedom of expression in this country. FF is, in fact, complicit with this regime in its efforts to keep its rule going. FF YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOT PART OF ITS SOLUTION.

  • 2
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    Elite, Anglicans, and the Vellalas run this Friday Forum … Right..

    That is the only conclusion one can make by reading the list of the signatories to this latest demand.

    Of curse the FF has been fighting tooth and nail on behalf of the UNP Christian Faction, and their TNA ally since Nanthikadal for obvious reasons.

    Previous demands such as bend over to , Miss Pillai , Cameron , Harper, BASL and FUTA and the ex CJ have been the biggest campaigns which the FF has carried out so far.

    But this latest is more serious as it can undo all the good work of the last five years.

    Do any of these allies which the FF has been fighting for,have any experience in carrying out any rebellions , I mean the real ones like the 70’s 80’s 90’s 2001, 02 03 04 05 06 07 and 08….?

    Would the Vellalas, Anglicans, and the Elite send their I Phone carrying sons and daughters to shoot Soldiers and kill cops…?.

    Any potential rebellers can come only from the Dalits in the South and the North Just like in the past…

    And the politicians who can muster them are the JVP and the TNA. which claim the sole ownership of the Tamil Inhabitant population..

    Bishop Raiaappu who wield enormous power over his diocese is another potential source.

    Would these poor people leave their day jobs to join a revolt?..

    What is in there for them even if the FF wishes are fulfilled?..

    Is it worth to leave their day jobs and join the call to arms and lose their lives?.

    Perhaps these FF dudes know more than the ordinary punters do.

    The Govt must kindly refuse the requested Nano and get the Holy See on to Madhu in a armour plated Merc, like the ones which all politicians used including the FF mates in the UNP Christian Faction.

  • 1
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    Why bother?

    If there is another uprising, the government will win and the Tamils will again cry genocide. And the government will win election after election in doing so!

    So why worry about another uprising. Bring it on!

  • 0
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    The game of political democracy power continues to played between state and people have been enrich and ensure by MR ruling alliances since 2005.

    Therefor with the participation of social forces by mobilization in elected members has certain authorities dictate terms run democracy under MR ruling alliances has expanded large scale.

    While the central govt. maintain its official domination over the Provincial councils which except Police and Land power and has de jure power to veto can be initiatives by the Provincial councils. Provinces councils also have de factor power to veto policy initiatives by Central Govt..

    In fact not like previous elected governance of democracies that MR ruling alliances an increased in PROVINCIAL Councils responsibilities that power of central and local become more independence. There is no room for another, that insurgence or upheaval or act of terror by JVP and LTTE South or North.

    Hence mass mobilization and political space for FREE EXPRESSION that social groups were extended democracy means and norms by MR alliances. The Collective actions by trade unions nexus individual and social groups were expanded and extended that political participation of superstructure of democracy that exercise by ballots regular basis, since 2005 MR parties alliance came to helm of state authorities.

    MR ruling parties Ever-never undermine electoral basis democracy principles had been practice 1948 that unlike UNP regime in had been undermine democracy base power 1977 to 1994.

    In 1977 1979,1981 and 1983 riots was one of the root cause for LTTE war and encourage JVP pushed into Insurgent 1983 by and large UNP shorted sighted political vision that anti-democracy policy.

    More or less while neo-liberal political-economy by UNP had intentionally created rot cause for anarchism in South and North for insurgences among youth and unemployment in rural poor. All other certain political factors were there, that JVP and LTTE policy dominated by the rain of Terror by gain political power out of barrel of GUN.

    What I mean is avoid situation of insurgence that Government and society decentralization is inevitable. In other words the democratic society must empowered. When peoples power is mandated by the whole democratic of society can become an active actor of democratic game can be constrained and avoid another upraise or insurgent in OUR SOIL. This certain feature of root cause insurgence of Sri lanka.

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    I write this because there is a mention about the Pope’s visit, or the Holy See and the request for a Nano. “The Govt must kindly refuse the requested Nano and get the Holy See on to Madhu in a armour plated Merc”. It would be extremely hazardous taking the Pope in an open vehicle.I presume, the Cardinal a very modest man perhaps, doesn’t see the danger, but a lot of people deplore this indiscretion by him. but to allow him alone to decide on a matter of such import is preposterous. I would think a grave-decision at a time like this. It may be a boon to some people like the politicians, who don’t have deep feelings, their pride comes only from showing off. A tactic, this definitely is, to gather some votes.

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