29 September, 2022

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Unheard Sounds And Faint Memories Of ‘Bloody’ White Vans

By Vishwamithra

“All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor” ~Walt Whitman

Gotabaya and Mahinda

In the questionable days of the Rajapaksa regime, the most dreadful sound, amongst many a sound of shooting in Rathupaswala, Katunayake and post-war Jaffna, was the one that you did not hear: a white van parked outside your home. How many men and women were forcibly shoved into the van and taken away and threatened, their bones smashed, and spirit drained, one may never know. Among those countless shrieks and screams and unbridled impunity to those who hurt innocent men and women who happened to hold a different view from that of those in power, their broken noses and shattered bones might yet be bleeding.

Those who wrote a different story, different from the garbage thrown out by the state-owned media and sycophants of the regime garbed in officials’ dress, had vanished. The heart-wrenching saga of a wife going from one government desk to another is still being written in many a newspaper page, yet she doesn’t seem to get any plausible answer. Prageeth Eknaligoda was no ordinary journalist who happened to write the Rajapaksa-fed flattering stories about the glories of the First Family’s far-fetched and exaggerated triumphs. Eknaligoda’s disappearance has been in the realm of news stories that would haunt the reader’s curiosity for many an year. Those government politicians at the time either maintained a muted demeanor or those in the then Opposition tried hard to bring forth this unbelievable tragedy to the attention of a placid public, invariably and tragically fell short. Prageeth Ekneligoda was supposed to have written some investigative piece which was allegedly devastating to the collective personality of the First Family. It is more akin to a mad dictator’s reaction to an unfavorable account of a nasty act committed by the Family.

Prageeth Ekneligoda’s disappearance cannot be rotting away in an empty, socio-political quarry forever. Evan in the unlikely event of a Rajapaksa comeback into governance-territory, the body of Prageeth, still breathing or not, has to be produced (habeas corpus) to reach a finality. Otherwise the rule of law is absent; investigative arms of the basic governing body of any society cannot just be cut off in order to conceal the evil deeds of a democratically elected Mafia bosses. The ‘fixers’ of a greedy and power-hungry members of a ‘Family’ need to be exposed but how can that elementary distinction of the rule of law be made to exercise its basic function if the present-day rulers turn their eyes and ears the other way? One can still remember how the infamous Alfred de Zoysa of the Kalattewa fame was convicted of murder when the bodies of those who were murdered were missing. Neither State-sponsored terrorism nor an impotent non-response of the State is any answer to legitimate grievances of a wailing public.

But the irony of the situation is even more heartbreaking. A government that was ushered in on a podium of eradication of corruption, nepotism and impunity from the rule of law, seems to be even more entrenched in its own mass of lethargy, indecision and saliva for money. While a sad cloud of the Prageeth Ekneligoda saga is still hovering over a docile and ineffective government, those who are accused of executing this dreadful deed on a freelancing journalist and his family are still free. And the answers don’t seem to be forthcoming. That is not a complementary commentary on a Yahapalanaya government. The net-effect of such placidity and indifference to the real world is the likelihood of the return of the villain- the Rajapaksas.

On top of the Prageeth Eknaligoda case, the incident of the daytime murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Editor of the Sunday Leader, the premier newspaper that went after the corrupt practices of the Rajapaksas, too weighs heavily on the those who are charged with the investigation and pursuit to an end of its legal process. Two and half years is long enough time for the investigations to produce a result, one way or the other. The snail’s pace at which the judicial processes are meandering gives room for suspicion and distrust in the totality of the process. Is someone deliberately instructing the investigators to go slow or not to proceed along the lines which are getting too close for comfort for some close members of the former First Family? The inquisitive public is getting weary of this disgustingly sluggish and tortuous snaking.

Lasantha Wickrematunge had friends in high places. The then circle of diplomats and foreign envoys, especially those representing neo-liberal Western and North Western Europe, exhibited and adopted a curious, keen and encouraging stance and embraced Lasantha’s fearless attitude towards going after the corrupt and degenerate. In the eyes of the public, reading or otherwise, there was only one party that had the motive to silence Lasantha Wickrematunge. That was the regime of the Rajapaksas. Into whose closets Lasantha looked and what degradation or decomposition their contents were in, we are not able to see. Lasantha Wickrematunge’s murder is a gruesome reminder of what political power, gone to the fringe, could do not only to a worthy man, it is even more of a reminder of that power that could be mustered to thwart the freedom of expression of a people, a fundamental right of human society.

Along with a the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda and the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge came the Rathupaswala and Katunayake murders of innocent civilians who chose to exercise their fundamental right, protesting against the government policies. The murder of a Tamil journalist attached to the ‘Udayan’ newspaper has been swept under the carpet. All these are among a crowded field of journalists such as Upali Tennakoon, Keith Noyahr, and Poddala Jayantha against whom violation of human rights had been committed.

But what stands out like a brutal reminder of ignobility of a ‘Power Family’ is the mysterious killing of Thajudeen on unbelievably personal grounds. The evidence has emerged connecting very high-up personalities at the time to this murder and the public is still awaiting finality, not to mention  the Prison Riots that claimed more than twenty five lives of inmates.

These are all crimes, plain and simple. Killing is a crime. It is the principal and most horrendous crime one can commit. If the criminals are not found and convicted and punished, the rule of law, upon which every civilized societal structure is founded, collapses. Either anarchy spreads or authoritarianism of a ‘Family Junta’ would begin its heinous grip on a docile and totally breakable society. The battle for such a choice between two revolting options has been fought by the Joint Opposition (JO). Theirs is ostensibly for a faster-developing and a more orderly society. Faster-developing yes, but more orderly is loaded with frightening potential for the control of our basic rights; for control of minds and of every aspect of our lives. That is certainly not an enchanting prospect.

Every member of the Joint Opposition and every financier of that movement, if left to his or her own devices and demeanor, would be a dangerous parasite in our midst. Bringing back a democratically defeated political force that is controlled at the center by corrupt and evil predators of one single family is no option for the civil sustenance of our society. 

But what is even more disheartening and depressing is what lies at the end these arguments and debate. A government that is purported to be founded on Yahapalanaya is sadly lacking in focus and seems unaccustomed to the vagaries of political storms. Yet overcoming a potentially damaging no-confidence motion, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe is basking in a false sense of relief. If he fails to pursue the wrong-doers of the last regime and bring them before the rule of law and justice, if he once again fails in that crucial task, then he might as well say good bye to power, come next elections. If, on the other hand, he does succeed in bringing the Rajapaksas before the rule of law and secures unforgiving sentences that go with it, Ranil Wickremasinghe might have a fighting chance, that again if he manages to contain a squabbling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and a league of Muslim parties.

The choice before Ranil Wickremesinghe is, to use a worn-out cliché, as clear as crystal. However, it could be extremely unpleasant, not to others but to himself. If he intends to remain as leader of the United National Party and also is infatuated with idea of contesting the forthcoming Presidential Elections in 2020 as its candidate, he has only one single choice: vigorously go after the Rajapaksas and their henchmen and pursue that judicial process to a successful conclusion. If, on the other hand, Ranil Wickremasinghe opts to stay out of the said Presidential Elections and yet continue as the UNP leader, then that might offer a more pliable leverage to would-be contestants such as Sajith Premadasa and Navin Dissanayake.  

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com      

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    These barbaric Rajafucksas will be back in power unless legally eradicated soon. If they ever come back to power (god forbid) they will go killing all those who investigated them and contested against them.

    More than 32 journalists were killed during their horror regime. Over 5 Tamil MPs were killed.

    These Rajafucksas are an eye sore.

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      We want the Rajapaksas Criminal Network to be sent to the Hage for trial for their crimes against humanity…

      For all those who were white vaned, the journalists who were tortured, for Wasim Thajudeen the Sri Lankan rugby player who was murdered and the many unknown victims that we didn’t hear of or are yet to hear about!

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        Anonymous – “We want Rajapaksas Criminal Network to be sent to The Hague for their crimes against humanity…” This is very unlikely with My3 and Ranilpucksha at the helm!

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      Mr Vishvamitra
      How about reopening the 1989 Bheeshanaya file? Will go by the chronological order. You may come and go, but Ranil has a life after 2025 – at least like all moartals he believes so (and we hope so).
      Soma

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        Lick Rajapaksha back

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        Absolutely Soma, why not start with ’83 and then ’89 to 90 and then on wards to today.
        If Vishwaamithra is so belly aching about the so called white vans why not look in to 1000s killed during the Bheeshanaya!

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          wannihami

          “Absolutely Soma, why not start with ’83 and then ’89 to 90 and then on wards to today.”

          Why not from 5th April 1971 to date plus, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1977, 1981, 31 May 1981 – 2 Jun 1981, Puttalam Mosque Massacre 2 February 1976, 10 January 1974, ……………………

          Please stop this nonsense.
          You have been portraying yourself as a clever dick than a man who is concerned about human rights violations, war crimes and whole sale looting.

          Ask yourself a simple question why has Sri Lanka very often needed human sacrifice since its independence when the powers were vested in a tiny minority of the people (Sinhala/Buddhist and it seems the fascists are desperately trying to wrest it from the racists and crooks)?

          It appears you have become one of the leading apologist who justifies human sacrifies by commission and omission.

          When white van strikes you or your grand children there would be no one left to question it except those of us who value life than loyalty to crooks, murderers, looters, racists, fascists,…………………rapists.

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        somass

        We know by raising other human rights violations ( Sri Lanka 1987 – 91, UK, USA, in their entire history, Hitler, Musolini, …. Roman, Persian, Muhal, ……Genghis Khan.. ) you think you can absolve the crimes committed by Dr Gota & Dr Mahinda. You have failed in your attempts and you will fail in your every future attempts.

        In case if you have forgotten I am the only one genuinely setting the timeline for investigation into all war crimes committed by all parties from 5th April 1971 to date.

        Not just the perpetrators but the war crime deniers such eminent people like yourself, Dayan, ……………………………….. should be prosecuted and made to account for your crimes.

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          Chill mate Native you going to stroke out one of these days. Me on the other hand support anyone who is for saving the sovereignty and integrity of this island, dignity of its people (Sinhalese included) , and the lack of stupidity of its politicians and so far mate only Rajapakshas fit that profile even remotely.

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            wannihami

            “Me on the other hand support anyone who is for saving the sovereignty and integrity of this island,”

            What exactly is the sovereignty that you think whomsoever is going to save. What is the integrity when none of you know about it.
            .
            Integrity – The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles or the state of being whole and undivided.

            Tell us how these definitions relate to you, your leaders, your Mahasangha, your state institutions, bureaucracy, judiciary, armed forces, media, historians, businessmen, teachers, political parties ……………………………….. police, ……………. the parliament, the presidency, local governments, ……………………..?

            Don’t forget it was India’s independence that made Sri Lankan freedom possible.
            It was Hindia which as promised prevented the division of this island.
            Rather than wagging your tail tuck it between your legs and pray to your mother Hindia to be the guardian angel forever.

            Remind yourself the creation of Bangladesh. Hindia against of all odds created a new country. You should advise your little islander mates to often remember 26 March 1971. Make sure you don’t annoy Hindians to the extent forcing them to reconsider your sham sovereignty and integrity.

            People have voluntarily forfeited their dignity because they keep voting for the crooks, war criminals, murderers, thieves, their descendants, racists, bigots, thugs, wife barterers, rapists ……………………….. May be Dr Mahinda fits all these categories.

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            wannihami

            You will do well to remember it was your brethren VP the psychopath who fought the last war to reclaim your imagined sovereignty (another well worn out myth of the Sinhala/Buddhists) of the island while the cowards full time members of the armed forces were hiding behind their women’s/VP’s back.

            Watch the coward on this clip who was the conduit who arranged the interview with then 1988 JVP terrorists whom you regard as the person who protected Sri Lanka’s imagined sovereignty (another well worn out myth of the Sinhala/Buddhists).
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs8KHEpTuR8

            Look at the coward who was shaking and shivering at just the thought of Hindian IPKF marching towards south. While he was fighting to save the imagined sovereignty of the island at the home front along with JVP terrorists he also went all the way to Geneva to sell it to the west at UNHRC.

            What a hypocrites you and your leader Dr Rajapaksass are.
            If anything the enemy is within, you, the clan, their b***s carriers, crooks political or otherwise, ………… Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority (now evolving into fascists) ……… the so called smart ass patriots, Ranavirus, ………….

            Treat your own people well otherwise strangers and neighbours will use the opportunity to grope your wife, daughters, granddaughters, mother, mothers in law, sisters, grandmas, aunts, daughter in laws, great grandmas, daughters in law, …………. over a period of time they will start enjoying the company of them.

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          All right Native, what is your opinion about LTTE receiving a big shot in the arm by promoting them as the sole representatives of Tamils
          and holding those who did that accountabile for those deliberate killings of innocent people and wiping out of all Tamil representatives an intelegentia.
          Soma

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            somass

            As common among Tamil/Sinhala speaking people of this island VP the psychopath (your brethren) also had a globe size ego. Hindians pricked his ego giving other egomaniacs the necessary tools and resources.

            “those deliberate killings of innocent people and wiping out of all Tamil representatives an intelegentia”

            The only difference is VP did it in much larger scale than the JVP or the state.
            As I often say, two stupid people were competing each other to hit the bottom. Indeed both did hit the bottom many many moons ago. Brigadier Priyankara was still celebrating his victory in London as if he was the one to hit the bottom first.

            Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice
            We are now facing the consequences.

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              You are a master avoider Native. Say something about those boosted his ego by elevating him to the status of sole representative of Tamils and their culpability in crime in doing so.
              Soma

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                somass

                “Say something about those boosted his ego by elevating him to the status of sole representative of Tamils and their culpability in crime in doing so.”

                Its you and your fellow racist Sinhala/Buddhist.
                Think back you will find the answer and come back and tell me in one years time.

                Your brethren the psychopath VP was not an orator. How did he manage to recruit so many and convinced them to die for him? This is a secret between you and me, don’t let anyone else know about it. Sri Lankan police and army acted as the recruiting sergeant for VP and LTTE.

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      Fathima,
      Did Rajafucksas really fked you? Why don’t you count the number of politicians, journalists and civilians killed by Prabhakaran regime.

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        you seem to be someone out of your mind… because of the Rajapakse’s today you talking and walking free or one wonders whether you would be among the living if the murderer Prabakaran was stilling living and killing innocent people. Think before you talk

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        Eagle eye

        As a matter of fact, she(Fathima)/he(in case of impersonating) seems to have been fu–ed a lot & tantalizing.

        congratulations

        Keep it up

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      In this article Mr Vishvamitra has shown us (Rajapaksa supporters) the way to conduct the campaign for the next presidential election. If it is Ranil conduct a massive propaganda campaign on Batalanda toture murders, if it is Navin remind the Tamils of the Jaffna library and his father , if it is Sajith, it is Bheeshanaya again and his father. Navin and Sajith will also have to explain their present wealth. Mr Vishvamitra has given the lead for his side.
      Soma

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        somass

        Foget Navin Nayake and Bhumiputra Sajith for a moment.
        Why don’t you spend some time contemplating the past 70 years, including tsunami loot, war crimes, numerous riots, robbing the treasury, looting cash and gold from LTTE’s safes, …………… ?

    • 10
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      Fathima, You don’t have to commit a sin by cursing this family. GOD” curseth will be upon them and their hooligans such as Viagra Vimal, 100Gommanpila and SAK Kili Maharaja to name a few.

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      Fathima,

      A regime responsible for killing 60,000 people is now governing us. Do you have any problem with it? Why are you so much agitated by a man who was alleged to have killed 32 journalists then?

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        Shenali,
        Your mahavamsa says that a million Demelas are equal to one and a half Buddhists. So, one journalist is equal to 60000 “people”.

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        I’m horrified to read your comment. Sorry to say this but if you are a Buddhist I’m not surprised.

        The solution to 60,000 deaths is not killing 32 more people. If a previous UNP regime did those crimes, why weren’t they punished by 17 years of SLFP rule after that?

        If these barbarians come back to power they will kill hundreds of thousands. Their thirst for blood knows no limit.

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          Fathima,

          The reason for Ranil evading the prison sentence was that Chandrika is his best friend. Furthermore, I never said that the solution for killing 60,000 is 32 more kills. What I said was that if you people can elect a man who was responsible for the murders of 60,000 people why can’t you tolerate a man with alleged 32 kills to his credit.

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        Shenali

        “A regime responsible for killing 60,000 people is now governing us. Do you have any problem with it?”

        I have problem with those who committed war crimes from 5th April 1971 to date. What are you going to do about it?

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      No matter white vans or anything would have been excercised, but media men in SL stay calm and quiet not revealing the brutal past of the Rajapakshes not giving a credit to current govt.
      Today each and every high man is being criticised, but the days of Rajathuma if anyone criticised the rascal made royal family was subjected to White vanning.
      Or missing, even that mad dog of the outfit Mervin silva was in the view that it had been like that, even if his voice has been changed favouring Rajapakshes today.
      People protest against not seeing Rajaakshes are caught by the law – is what people cant digest today.
      That is seen as spineless govt which is in power.
      Had they given the orders to get them – things would have been much nicer for the current govt.
      Now the way it moves forward, not easy to achieve anyhting as I see it, it is just killing time only.
      Rajapakshes should be taken by law should be the top of Agenda to relieve this nation.
      If anyone commited high crimes,
      there should be no barrier in the law and order when taking them.
      Journos make it not easy to the current men, not spreading the views right.
      Lately I heard Neth fm I thought would be a good Radio sender stood against Sarath fonseka …
      For what reasons these men have been doing so is my question.
      Not even the basics of basics are their knowledge but shining a light outreaching stiupid masses hav ebeen their agenda work

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        We need clean, clever, caring leaders and politicians.
        No more old , Looters of the Nation and the Murderer family.
        All of them have BLOOD IN THEIR HANDS.
        LOCK THEM UP AND THROW THE KEYS.
        FOR THAT WE NEED CLEAN POLITICAL LEADERS AND POLITICIANS.
        THANKYOU.
        THE NATION HAS SUFFERED WITH THESE LOOTERS ALLOWED TO FREELY STILL.
        WHY. OH MWHY???

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          Analys “We need clean, clever, caring leaders and politicians.”
          Its not necessarily the politicians stupid.
          Its the Sangha !

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      As long as RW as PM and MS as President nothing can happen in the wonder of Asia the Land of PUNNAKKU EATING DIMWITS.
      Their Promises to the Mega looters/ Mega Murderers at the 2015 Bloodless change over of the government is still the case.. ” SAVING THE MURDERERS/ LOOTERS AND THE FAMILY INCLUDING THEIR COHORTS.”
      These 2 will never never expose the Rajaballa family the curse of this country.

      Our country cannot move forward until a Closure of the Evils .

      We need fresh new honest patriotic politicians to lead this country.
      We will see nothing progressive for the nation until the EVILS , THE LOOTERS AND THE MURDERERS ARE PUNISHED.
      TIME FOR A CHANGE IN THE PARLIAMENT.

      RANJAN IS LEADING THE PATH.
      A Word of advise may be RW can go to the Polls as the UNP Leader but he should take the 2nd Position as DEPUTY to the Leader of the UNP AFTER the next election .
      Leave him there now as PM but not after the next election.
      ONE MISTAKE MADE BEFORE THE ELECTION CAN CAUSE THE ELECTION RESULTS.
      ITS A FACT THAT WE HAVE SEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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      Many of the commentators highlighted the importance of taking a proper legal action for the crimes committed against humanity by the previous regime and so far the President or Prime Minister did not bother to even to utter a word about those crimes during the past 3 years. The life of 6.2 million voters who braved to get rid of those criminals is now at risk of their lives. A large number of Tamil political activists were arrested and kept in the jail without any charges with false accusations. But the true terrorists who terrorized the people and the whole nation for the period of 10 years purely for the interest of their family benefits are still have the backing of the 45% voters not because of their love on them but because of the failure of the current government’s to take action against those criminals.

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      All what 6.2 millon voter eligible wanted was to stand against high corruption and abuses and higher crimes that commited by Rajapakshe men.

      If the current DUO cant find a way to go for it, they should either leave office or let any new leaders to come up and lead this nation.

      We need someone who would not be biased to party politics but to the country and nation.

      Those countries that thought and have been developed have focused on the national issues.
      Law and order is an issue that burn the nation.

      If the govt is incapable of passing REFORMS getting all the men be punished regardless of status, they should leave … basta.

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      Same old bullshit regurgitating over and over again.

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      Vishwa, wake up and look beyond SL to global geopolitics!
      US citizen Gota is protected by Ranil on instructions from Washington and Gota is the CIA’s Manchurian Candidate for President of Lanka. That is why he privatized SL Navy operation to Avant Guard global surveillance co. Today the gloves are off, we see that US foreign Secretary and Minister was CIA boss!
      US citizens, Gotabaya Jarapassa and Basil are protected by their government and by Ranil who dances to Washington ‘s tunes… This is what explains the bi-partisan UNP-SLFP Jarapalanaya corruption alliance in the Parliament of Corrupt morons and jumbo Cabinet of UNP-SLFP corrupt clowns – in the name of (Fake) Reconciliation!
      The US Embassy in Colombo is playing a game of “Heads i win, Tails you lose” against the Lankan people in order to combat China in the Indian Ocean.

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      No more , bribery , corruption, commissions , cuts, santhosams, etc ,etc, etc.
      Get rid of the vultures in the Parliament.
      People you have the Power to Make or Break a Politician.
      People’s power speaks louder.
      How we got rid of the nations Murderous family and cohorts at the last election in 2015.
      We need clean people in the Parliament to BRING LAW AND ORDER.
      YES PEOPLE LAW AND ORDER WITH CLEAN THIS MESS WITH CLEAN MEN AND WOMEN TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY.
      ENOUGH OF BICKERING AND PULLING EACH OTHER, NOT ALLOWING TO RULE THE NATION
      AS A NATION.
      THE JO HAD BEEN TRYING TO PULL THE CARPET FROM UNDERNEATH SINCE 2015.
      So far they have not been succeeded.
      It will be the same sorry story again Rajaballa & Co . They’re a clan of unworthy creatures in our nation. Losers ! Greedy Losers.
      Our country is not safe as long as these creatures left free to roam.

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      Shame on back-stabbing, ever-so scheming Yahapalanya crooks! Who lack the backbone to drag these Rajapassa killers and thieves. HISTORY WILL JUDGE YOU HARSHLY. COWARDS!

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      Fathima “These Rajafucksas are an eye sore.”
      Understatement of the century?

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    “These Rajafucksas are an eye sore.”

    May be to you but not to the Mahanayakes. These guys are regular visitors.

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      Not only the mahanayake’s the majority people of poeple of this country loves them. Only except the LTTE rump or what is left of them and the thieving UNP.

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        NAKia

        “Not only the mahanayake’s the majority people of poeple of this country loves them. “

        If so the mahanayake and the majority people must be damn fools. How come the crooks lost elections in 2015?

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      Not to majority of us who are Sinhala Buddhists too. He is our saviour. You ungrateful b******* would not have an eye to go sore if not for Mahinda/Gota.
      Soma

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    Soon or late Can of worm will be open because all his hench men is in custody and none of them want go to jail the-beans will be spill

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      We will open the Bheeshanaya can. Ranil was spared once. Next time he won’t be.
      Soma

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        Your Maharaja couldn’t do so for 17years. Simply because there were no worms in the can! On the other hand, he didn’t want to remind the people that he is a ‘Tsunami Hora’.

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        somass

        “We will open the Bheeshanaya can. “

        Welcome. Good 30,000 cases had already been identified and the reports and evidences are gathering dust at the National Archive. Make sure the serving and retired members of armed forces do not obstruct your pursuit of justice. By the way there are elected MPs on both sides of the parliament who may not like serving justice to the ordinary people.

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    Tamil tigers of LTTE and other ruthless Tamil chauvinist of outfits has uprooted all values and norms of Sri Lankan that Democracy societies by the blessing of TNA. Its save for that anti-establishment political road Maps of TNA.
    The LTTE was key player of responsibility and accountability of assassinations of Sajith’s father of R.Premapala and Navin’s father of Gamanie Dissnayake by wish of TNA grand political agenda?
    Well indeed that UNP Ranil Wicks may be not that an opposed killed of Premapala[President] and Gamani by TNA of that armed conflicts accesses to LTTE mission that accomposished by gun-rule operation by 30 years.

    The all Sinhalese leaders killed by LTTE-TNA axis has been not look after for fair justice by current regime. It has been NOT address by current regime led by UNP-RW, MS and CBK.
    The writer want south that LTTE supports killed by various action need to be redressed by RW of UNP government back by promised to TNA since 2015 January 8th; and against NCM of RW-UNP which that TNA saved 10Febuary 2018 Ranil W… in majority members of Parliament.

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      Saman Adikari says ~ “……………….Tamil tigers of LTTE and other ruthless Tamil chauvinist of outfits has uprooted all values and norms of Sri Lankan…………….”.
      Surely Saman, are you suggesting that what the goons did in the various pogrom before LTTE are ‘values and norms’ of Lankans? Do the white-vans?
      Saman says ~ “………..TNA saved 10Febuary 2018 Ranil W… “.
      Can you add/subtract whole numbers? Go through the NCM votes and you will find that NCM would have gone the way it did even if TNA abstained.

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    “Bloody white vans” – another myth created by Foreign funded (euphemism for Tamil diaspora/LTTE funding) NGOS and so called journalists who will sell their mothers for an extra piece of fried chicken on their plate.

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      Percy

      Well if you keep repeating the same NGO mantra again and again readers will know you are not only a pathetic but a complete stupid liar.

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    It looks anti-sinhala buddhist Journalist Mafia, when they could not prevent the defeat of the Angles of Jesus had resorted to personal Attacks on president. Now, their mouth pieces say, jail them and score for you. Otherwise, you are done. I see the end of the 2015 Common Candidate proejct which began in 2009.

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    vishvamithra is advising how to promote Ranil’s chances to beocme the president. On the other hand, voters are sayng something different. I heard sri lankan fishermen are complaining that if they can migrate overseas where there is particular employment. they expected higher prices for their fish. Yet the Ultra Liberal, right wing PM has promoted businessmen and brokers over the others, that fishermen are getting very low prices that they say they can not live with. So, expect the win with a higher voter margin.

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      Above I forgot to Mention, Ranil was cryinngout loud for GSP.+ but that helped only his businessmen friends and not the fishermen.

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    What about the financial crime side of the Jarapaksas. The Mig Deal, Sri Lankan Airlines, Mihin Air, $ 8 million spent on Commonwealth Gmes, Hambantota, Greek Bonds scandle, Billions paid to Lobbying firms in USA, Racing cars, and many more.

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      Well said and much more

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    Mr Vishvamitra, like many other contributors and commentators here seem to be in possession of very valuable information in regard to some high profile murders and abductions. Strangely none of them are prepared to assist investigation authorities by revealing their sources. They fear the almost certain return of Rajapaksas.
    Soma

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    RANIL AND MY3 should have taken action immedieatly after they came to power.they gave enough time and space for RAJPAKSE GROUP to re-organise them self with using all black money and so-called WAR HEROS who carried out all killing on behalf of this state mafia.LOOKS LIKE MY3,S AND MR.BEANS DAYS ARE NUMBERED UNLESS THEY GET UP FROM THEIR SLEEP and take corrective action.NOT TO SAVE THEIR LIFE BUT THESE OFFICERS FROM THE POLICE WHO ARE WORKING HARD TO COMPLETE SOME CASES WHICH WERE CLOSED FOR GOOD DURING LAST REGIME.

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    This man our PM Ranil is neither a man or a leader ! He has not done a single thing good for the nation, people, his party or himself.
    He’s just a waste…good for nothing pathetic guy. Wait and see, he will not do anything for sure, to take any action against these killers and parasites.
    So, there won’t be anything to prevent those rascals coming back to power and go with the killing and revenge taking spree ! Sri Lanlka is a shit hole for some time now and people are paying very dearly for all their stupidity of electing these thugs to lead the country. What a moronic people are we ?
    The unbelievable thing is that many idiots still wants those rascals to get back the ruling power, for whatever the reasons are ! Even god cannot save us all..
    Just wondering whether lord Buddha cursed this land or blessed it thrice !(Thrice blessed or cursed ?)
    Is Sinhala Buddhism the cause for all these evil things happening ?
    Can any one tell us all about any good thing happened after Ceylon became Sri Lanka ?
    Can any one show us a Buddhist attained Nirvana/Nibbana in this sacred country ?
    Is there any real religious prelate in this country ?
    It’s all bogus show business, selfish politics, using show Sinhala Buddhism…cheating all …
    We are all stupid people …and so we reap the benefits of some crazy people…
    Abolish English altogether, and all other languages from Lanka
    so that Sinhala and Sinhala Buddhism will thrive and prosper !
    Make speaking or working in English a crime !
    Deport or throw out every one, other than pure Sinhala Buddhists out of SL
    Then Sri Lanka will prosper and all Sinhala Buddhists can live happily ever after under Rajapakse & family !!

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    “The net-effect of such placidity and indifference to the real world is the likelihood of the return of the villain- the Rajapaksas.”
    For you, Tamil Diaspora, LTTE cadres, TNA, Rajapakses could be villains but for the people (including 300,000 Demala civilians kept as a human shield) who suffered under Tamil terrorists they are not villains. Sirisena is a traitor who brought ‘Batalanda Wadakaya’, guy who gave one third of the country on a platter to Pol Pot in Sri Lanka Prabhakaran, guy who is working like a poodle of western countries and Hindia.

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    All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor” – Who are you Talking about Rajapakses ? becasue we know Ranil emptied the banks.

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    One and only option available to prime Minister is to use his legitimate powers to bring justice to the victims of these heinous crimes which are crying to heaven for vengeance. These are test cases of crimes against humanity. One cannot imagine how the President and the Prime Minister could remain subversive to these gaping murders. Your silence is loud enough and it’s echo is in the air calling relentlessly for natural justice. You don’t deserve to hold your present positions and your political deals will not make you safe either. If you cannot do justice to the vast majority of people who put you in power, for heaven’s sake hand over your position to a person of courage and honesty.

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    Comment by Jimsoft ……
    Since 1977 UNP-JRJ line of neo-Liberalism by pro-western political mindset has encourage and promoted of political assinissnation of dozens of political leaders and journalist by killed LTTE and UNP rulers !
    While back by security -armed forces during 17 years rule by UNP, that misruled [1977 to 1994] Island which that UNP has given free-hand for local security forces and Indian of IPKF of army carry out mob operation of kills thousands of
    Sri Lankan without subject any law of land since 1977 to 1994!

    All killing was covered operation went through -out by eliminated south Sri Lankan citizens of extra -judiciary killing by Emergency laws declared by UNP Presidents of JRJ and R.Premadasa?
    Undenibially that since 1977 Sri lanka was a killing field ,but no power of authority has accountability and responsibility by late UNP leaders wrong doing ,as well as current UNP leader of Ranil Wickrasinghe?
    Not a single Human Rights of local or International has searched or an investigated by at any level of missing persons or killed by UNP political leadership during that periods ?
    Why is that UNP is/was pro-western political stooges of USA, UK and Indian, as well as friends of Tamil Diasporas, TNA and LTTE sympathies Our nation having double standard for Human Rights violations ?
    UNP political mindset is pro-TNA politics back by Tamils separatism

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    A well written piece. Tells us everything that is wrong with our politicians. Those who think it is democracy that would pull us through and ones who think otherwise.
    The Rajapakse family had their time at the helm and what an Ars…le job they did of ruling our country. The horrendous murder of Lasantha, Thajudeen, Eknalogoda (his body is still to be found), the 27 inmates at Welikada are MURDERS committed with utter impunity.
    One may ask whether the Rajapakses thought that they would not be asked to answer for all these crimes probably it was their upbringing.
    We see the same with the offspring of this family, so there is nothing but murderous intent in them.
    The Sirisena / Ranil government has got about another 18 months to get their act together. They could start with the Welikada massacre, then onto the abduction of Keith Noyahr, and the Thajudeen murder as there is ample evidnce stacked against the former first family and its sibling and offspring.
    Now is the right time to bring them to task and thwart them from ever gaining power again.
    If complacency prevails they would be back, because Sri Lankans are gullible like most humans anywhere, if not why would we still still follow religions that were professed, 2500, 2000 and 1400 years ago.
    We humans don’t have the capacity to reason, and that is why we still follow religions when we could just FOLLOW THE LAW OF THE LAND WE LIVE.
    We don’t do that but worship idols with flowers, and stoop down five times daily when our hearts and minds are as dirty as the sewer taking our Sh..t down to the pit.

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    The basic rule MR did not learn was that when laws fail, the natural laws will take over. GR and others are as good as rubbish. If the system worked correctly, the professionals would have done very very much better to propel the country to highly competitive levels. Instead these rascals of politicians caused losses after losses, chased peace loving citizens to foreign climes and built an idiots hub. Hope sense will prevail at least from now on for people to recover from the economic stress that has been caused by these swindlers.

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    Srrilankan
    Why are they still getting voted, Why are the masses so easily misled starting with bringing rice from the moon. beautiful country ruined mainly by politicos.my heart grieves.

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    One should understand that whoever killed Ekneligoda and Lasantha is living among us and will go to the cemetery in a white or a black van when they die..When my grandfather died 70 years back we took him to the cemetery and left him there and came back home. Did not keep his body at home. Similarly during the past 70 years we took our grand mother father mother and a sister to the cemetery and left them there. White van killings were made to attain personal gains of the perpetrators and they know that one day they will die and when they die we will not keep them at home but take them to the cemetery possibly in a white van. Its better for the perpetrators to come forward and meet the due punishment than dyeing daily.

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    It all boils down to the spineless, hopper eating gamarala we have for a President!!!!

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    White Van, whoever does it is very, very bad. One can even be executed after due process of the law and fair trial. But this is kidnapping, extortion, murder, everything in one go. Even in 1988, this white van was in operation. The Batalanda report is in the public domain and anyone who reads that has to come to an understanding that all this extra-judicial activities in the guise of quelling lawlessness is indeed a farce. It does not in any way foster the public interest but the private interest. How many were killed for nothing? The only offence was that there was an enmity with a chap who could lift you. The report identifies the politician responsible for setting up the notorious outfit. It is ironical that his government, to day, caused the enactment of the Office of the Missing Persons Act. I too, then as a public servant who did not yield into corrupt motives in awarding tenders at that time nearly missed death because a white van came to my house at that time in search of me while I was out of the country. White van has a long history. In my view, the previous regime merely copied the mechanism of its predecessors. In contrast, during the 1915 riots, many were executed before the end of the day but after a summary trial and there is a record. I believe that the current Philippine Government is practicing this kind of thing in the name of controlling lawlessness. Perhaps they may have copied the technique from Sri Lanka.

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    Dear Vishwa I had asked this question before to all CT readers which I am posting again. Can any one please name one politician who was found guilty and had served time. Not the BS of having commission,Taking away civic rights so that person can be re elected again as a leader, going to hospital instead of prison,getting anticipatory bail …etc….etc.At least there is enough to quote starting from Asia( enough and above in the west). Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal,S.Korea,India and Malaysia. Also in Brazil,Argentina,UK,US. As long I remember never in Lankawe. That goes to explain how stupid our people are who are fully drunk on communalism/racism. It not the politicians alone who has public?? immunity.When the law and order situation is such what o people hope for??. All you see is when an article appears viewers coming out in groups to argue Who/When/Where/Which party blah…blah…blah. Do not blame the politicians for the apathetic,self centered,racial minded public who consciously prefer to keep the eye closed and accept these as norm.

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      Chiv,
      “Can any one please name one politician who was found guilty and had served time.”
      Yes, Mrs Vimala Wijewardena was locked up for her involvement in the Bandaranaike assassination.
      But that was in Ceylon, a different country altogether.

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      Chiv , Sunil Ranjan Jayakody ,who was the MP for Polgahawela electorate, was sentenced for a murder case.

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    The summary of the picture painted by Mr V leads us to conclude that the Present GoSL is impotent and carry out their duties of bring Justice to
    1)all those killed by the previous Regime
    2) all the financial crimes by both current and previous rulers
    3) Tamils with their grievances

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    Yeah yeah, all of you Rajapaksha haters and fear mongers why not prove one allegation, just one instead of these innuendo,.

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      Do not beat about the bush sir. The entire country knows the killers.
      The proof is that MR did not investigate. They were the killers. That’s why they were kicked out by the people.

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        Wannihamy , ” Yeah, yeah , all of you rajahpakshe haters and fear monger so”

        The proof of the pudding was the 2015 election results. Wannihamy & co lost.
        The ineffective Justice System and the Ineffectiveness of the President and the Primeminister is the cause of not able to punish the culprits.
        These 2 leaders of the country are PROTECTING THE THIEVES.Thats the reason the Looters are still free in this country.
        That’s the reason these 2 leaders should leave after the next election.
        Give the leadership of UNP to a clean decent educated politician.
        Hopefully they will be able to finish up the job promised in 2015 by the President and the PM.
        Enough of this silly Modaya question .
        You have got the answer.

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      wannihami

      “Yeah yeah, all of you Rajapaksha haters and fear mongers why not prove one allegation, just one instead of these innuendo,.”

      You are being nasty to our truth seeking commentators.
      Why do you think those who question Dr Rajapaksa’s (LLD + 3 PhD) integrity automatically fall into the category of clan haters?

      Fear mongers:-
      The Public Racist Dayan Jayatilleka, Mahasangha, saffron clad thug Gnanasara, Wimal Sangili Karuppan, ……………………… Taraki, you, Johnny Baby, ………………. Nalin De Silva, …………….

      The agencies that is suppose to deal with law and order, justice, fraud, war crimes, ….. are scared of the Sinhala/Buddhist president Sirisena who on many occasions pissed off with the officials who pursued with investigation, filing cases against the crooks and war criminals, .. As a Sinhala/Buddhist patriot Sirisena would not allow officials to take the glorified “war heroes” to courts and charge them even if they raped his wife, daughter and son or looted the treasury.

      The humble “functionaries” are also scared of their future in case if Dr Gota (DSc) is back on the driving seat of white vans.

      I also mentioned a few days after the election of 8 Jan 2015 that Ranil would never charge the clan and cronies as they had a deal with him.

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    Same old bullshit regurgitating over and over again.

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    Vishwamithra says ~ “………Ranil Wickremasinghe might have a fighting chance, that again if he manages to contain a squabbling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and a league of Muslim parties”.
    How short can memory get to? The language/religion-divide was used by SWRD B to get to be PM. ITAK highlighted the injustice here and TNA is continuing this seventy years later. It is clear that the power grab is mainly to increase personal wealth and two teams have emerged. One team through SLPP used the divide card in the recent LG election.
    Vishwamithra: Do you think TNA must keep quiet till the “Gun fight at OK coral” is over?
    .
    We have been reduced to choose between two very bad teams. The reason is not addressing the grievances of minorities)
    Vishwamithra: Are you seriously suggesting ~ “………..then that might offer a more pliable leverage to would-be contestants such as Sajith Premadasa and Navin Dissanayake”.
    From frying pan into the mouth of a demon?

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    I suppose govt. sponsored hit squads originated to combat JVP terror in the past. Thereafter, it’s known that Premadasa had his own goon squad roaming in green Pajeros with no number plates, as well as CBK, who had her own private ‘body guards’ to do her bidding but it was the Rajapakse regime, drunk with power after a grateful nation elevated him to demi god status, that, he & his family, as well as, his cronies, blatantly used mercenaries to permanently silence any one who opposed them or incurred their displeasure. Yet, the average bloke on the street turned a blind eye, possibly brainwashed into thinking the Rajapakses as the saviors of the Sinhala nation & Buddhism, therefore, should be excused for apparent vigilantist ‘justice’ for ‘traitors’. The apparent Rajapakse’s tough talk to the UN & the western world about not letting the perpetrators of war crimes in the guise of ‘ranawiru’ soldiers to be hung out dry while he is prepared to go to the (non existent) electric chair in their place, took him to new heights in popularity. Despite the efforts of Mangala Samareweera as the Foreign Minister, trying to reconcile the issue, Sirisena too, sought to gain cheap popularity by emulating the Rajapakse rhetoric. So it is obvious that those in high places are not keen to enforce law & order to ensure justice is done when the out come would be opening a can of worms, therefore, not in their best interest.

    The extension of war crimes to human rights violations on civil society is just another short step. Threats & intimidation, whether at personal level or against minorities, is the result of ignoring the fundamental rights of citizens to protection by the state in the form of law & order, as well as, access to justice.

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    A timely reminder!

    The slimy vermin practitioners of those detestable dark arts of earlier times are still with us, keeping their heads down, and training younger apprentices for when the Grand-master is back on the throne again. The scum will make the ton-ton-macoute look like altar servers.

    The it will be deja vu all over again.

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    We have a President who obstructs justice, a Prime Minister who obstructs justice, A Minister of Law & Order who obstructs justice, an Attorney General who obstructs justice and an IGP who obstructs justice!
    So Vishwamithra, how can we bring the crooks to book?

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      Estate Labourer – “So Vishwamithra, how can we bring the crooks to book?” Since you have depicted FIVE jokers who appear to be obstructing justice, vigilante justice would be the best option!

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    Pro GoTa Sinhala Buddhists won’t have any time and space to repent what they have done in support of the most dangerous killer in our history when they also are hauled up in a White Van. THAT DAY IS NOT TOO LONG. Watch Out!!! Killing instincts of this dictator are unprecedented and you won’t be an exception to evil propensities of this murderous dictator.

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