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UNHRC Probe And Moneragala Polls

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Most sovereigns are afraid of enlightened people.” – Baron d’Holbach (Christianity Unveiled)

On September 11th, a team of STF officers was deployed in Moneragala to control election violence[i].

Less than 48 hours later, on September 13th, five JVP campaign offices were attacked[ii]. As ever, the perpetrators got away scot-free.

The presence of the STF did not deter the attackers of Moneragala any more than the presence of the STF/military in numbers or the imposition of curfew deterred the rioters of Aluthgama[iii]. In both cases, the purveyors of violence knew themselves to be above the law.

In Moneragala, election has turned into a mini-war. Last week, within a period of 72 hours, 21 opposition campaign offices were attacked. On the final weekend of August, nine opposition campaign offices (four UNP; five JVP) were targeted[iv].

Mahinda - VeddaEven as police in Moneragala continued to fail spectacularly, the police in Kurunegala notched a magnificent success. They managed to find the four year old girl who was abducted from her home, reportedly to be offered as a human sacrifice to obtain buried treasure. The child was returned unharmed to her parents and the suspects taken into custody. A barbaric crime and a horrendous tragedy were prevented.

The toddler was abducted on September 9th. She was found on September 12th. It took the police just three days to crack the case.

In Jaffna the police are yet to unearth the naval ratings who allegedly gang-raped two little girls, repeatedly[v]. Yet when an eight year old girl was raped and murdered in Batticaloa, the police managed to crack the case fast and arrest the alleged perpetrator, a neighbour[vi].

When politics do not intervene, Lankan police can be quite an effective crime-busting force. It is when politics intervene that the police become outstandingly inept.

The President publicly laughed off the news about election violence in Moneragala. This week, his nephew and UPFA chief ministerial candidate Shashindra Rajapaksa followed suit. The younger Rajapaksa proclaimed that “election violence in Moneragala is an illusion created by uninformed individuals”. He said that a few incidents of lawbreaking are inevitable in elections and warned that it is “purely unnecessary to magnify and publicise these small incidents.”[vii]

With such clear signals from power-wielders, is it any surprise that the police have been unable to stem the tide of lawlessness in Moneragala?

Though elections will be held in the Badulla district as well, campaigning there has been largely peaceful. In the run up to the Uva poll, violence and lawlessness are concentrated in Moneragala. Moneragala is special because Shashindra Rajapaksa is contesting from that district. When a member of the Ruling Family contests, mere victories do not suffice; only spectacular victories will do. That is why while Badulla is relatively quiet while Monregala is seething.

Violence-ridden Moneragala foretells the sort of campaign the Rajapaksas will wage during the upcoming presidential election.

According to Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Western diplomats are hatching a new ‘conspiracy’. They plan to divide the Sinhala vote, prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from winning an outright victory, push the election into a second round and ignite a ‘social-media revolution’[viii]. Pure fantasy, admittedly, but still worthy of attention because of what it reveals about the Rajapaksa mindset. The Siblings are not totally confident of an outright victory at the Presidential election. Consequently they will adopt a no-holds-barred approach to the election, doing whatever it takes to win outright and win big. And the resultant tides of violence will victimise Sinhala-Buddhists as much as Tamils, Muslims and Christians.

Unsparing Impunity

In his inaugural address as the new UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein made a special reference to Sri Lanka. He expressed concern about “threats levelled against the human rights community” and deplored “the incitement and violence against the country’s Muslim and Christian minorities”[ix]. The new UNHRC Chief is no Kamalesh Sharma, determined not to see, hear or talk evil about the Rajapaksas. Ere long, the JHU-BBS types will accuse Mr. al-Hussein of being a Jihadist (probably an agent of ISIS) just as they accused Ms. Pillay of being a Tigress.

If Sinhala-Buddhists discard the distorting ethno-religious lens and take a clear look at the violence racking Moneragala, they will understand why stemming the tide of impunity in Sri Lanka is necessary for the security and wellbeing of all Lankans.

The events in Moneragala prove beyond reasonable doubt that impunity is a national malaise which can victimise any Lankan who is not a member of the Rajapaksa family. Impunity is a Tamil problem, Muslim problem, a Christian problem and a Sinhala-Buddhist problem.

Impunity cannot be countered without accountability. And the events of the last several years prove beyond any doubt that accountability cannot be achieved via an exclusively national effort.

Take, for instance, the incident of Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva tying a Samurdhi official to a tree. Mr. Silva was so confident of being able to escape the consequences of his crime that he invited media personnel to witness him perpetrating it[x]. And he was right. Despite the presence of ample cast-iron evidence, the SLFP disciplinary committee found Mr. Silva not guilty[xi] and the President made him a cabinet minister. The already traumatised victim was frightened into implicating himself. Today the former government official is a bakery employee in Saudi Arabia[xii].

Similar tactics were used when Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thero was assaulted and when Mervyn Silva’s son attacked a senior military intelligence official. The victims were made to take the blame, turning the crime into a non-crime and enabling the perpetrators to saunter away.

Impunity cannot be stemmed nor accountability achieved via national processes alone; certainly not after the enactment of the 13th Amendment and the fraudulent impeachment. The UNHRC investigation is important because it will make the Rajapaksas realise that though they are immune to national justice, there will be a price to pay internationally. Such knowledge might make them rethink some of their more extreme plans.

The cabinet has decreed that new passports must contain all ten fingerprints of the passport-holders. In an even more bizarrely oppressive move, the regime has ordered tourist hotels to provide the police with details about all local visitors. “One well informed source said such data were often transmitted by the Police Station concerned to the District Intelligence Bureau (DIB). They in turn forward that information to the State Intelligence Service (SIS) at Cambridge Place Colombo. In other words, Police will know when a Sri Lankan with or without their family are holidaying and in which resort…”[xiii] (This order is probably unconstitutional; it should be debated in parliament and contested in the courts).

The Rajapaksas have no intention of giving up power. They will do whatever it takes to win elections and to destroy actual and potential dissent. Just as the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections will be extremely violent affairs, a third term for Mahinda Rajapaksa will mean an even more unfree, insecure and unjust existence for every Lankan.

Preventing that future is a national task. But national does not mean autarkic. The UNHRC investigation is causing the Rajapaksas some worries. That should be welcome news in Moneragala as well.


[xiii] No Privacy for Lankan holidaymakers: Bing Brother to be informed – The Sunday Times – 14.9.2014

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    Then there is this other problem that Rajapaske creates – “Militarism”. A new documentary is here.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VVlcUyEuxI&feature=youtu.be

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      Vibhushana

      The clip has lot of propaganda value.

      However the narrator didn’t hide his enthusiasm for one-sided views.

      There are 1001 question he forgot to ask himself when he out read from his prepared text.

      For a change now you are beginning to hear voices from youtube.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara –

      “On September 11th, a team of STF officers was deployed in Moneragala to control election violence[i].
      Less than 48 hours later, on September 13th, five JVP campaign offices were attacked[ii]. As ever, the perpetrators got away scot-free.
      The presence of the STF did not deter the attackers of Moneragala any more than the presence of the STF/military in numbers or the imposition of curfew deterred the rioters of Aluthgama[iii]. In both cases, the purveyors of violence knew themselves to be above the law.”

      All this was planned in August. Read Lankatruth News During August.

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7591:president-is-the-biggest-obstacle-for-free-and-fair-election-jvp-&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

      President is the biggest obstacle for free and fair election – JVP
      FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2014 20:45

      “Today the President has made opening school buildings one of his election projects. As such, the president uses the powers given to him illicitly. As the first citizen of the country he is bound to be an example regarding the supremacy of the law. He is the one who should take the lead in holding a free and fair election. But what happens is that the President blatantly violates election laws. If the President acts in that manner what can we say about Sasheendra Rajapaksa or Minister Vijayamuni Zoysa’s son? The biggest obstacle to hold a free and fair election has become the President,” said the Leader of the JVP Anura Dissanayaka speaking at a media conference held at the JVP head office at Pelawatta today (12th).

      The Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP, Member of Western Provincial Council K.D. Lal Kantha too was present.

      Speaking further Mr. Dissanayaka said, “Uva PC election cannot be considered as an isolated election. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made the election a part of his next scheme for power. The President is planning to call the presidential election due in January 2017 most possibly in January or March in 2015. The provincial council election has been held as an assessment for this big event. He treats this election as a test run. As such, this provincial council election has a special importance to Rajapaksa regime than the PC elections held earlier.

      When compared with other PC elections what is important is that the chief candidate is a very close relative of the Rajapaka family. As such, the government knows the election could be an opportunity to express the opposition that is developing in the country against Rajapaksa regime and the family. The other disadvantage the government has is that the election is held in an area where nothing has been done for the people. Majority of the people suffer from lack of drinking water. The main source of income in the area is cultivation. Many do not have lands or facilities to cultivate and have become people suffering from poverty. Also, the children live under very low health conditions. 67% of the schools in Monaragala District do not have toilets. 27% in Monaragala suffer from anemia. One out of four people in the District suffer from diseases caused by low blood cell count. This rate in Badulla District is 16%. The people in remote villages in the two districts do not have even the basic facilities needed for their living. Many do not have houses of their own and do not earn enough to meet the ends meet. They are confronted with wild elephant menace and drought. Due to the reasons these people are made to suffer and inability of the government to find any solutions for their issues has made the election a challenge for the government. As a result the government has resorted to violence, violation of election laws, deploying gangs of thugs and use of state power, state media and state employees to carry out its campaign. The Commissioner of Election too had to admit that the election to Uva PC is deplorable than the ones held for Western and Southern PCs.

      The JVP, the UPFA and many other parties have presented nominations for the election. The election should be held between political parties. However, the whole election process has become a fight between the government and the political parties. The JVP carries out its election campaign deploying party members and supporters. Our campaign is organized by party activists. However, the UPFA has entered the election process not as a political party but as the government. During the past few days the President has opened school buildings in the two districts. He doesn’t go to the North Central or North –Eastern provinces for such ceremonies. He participates in school building opening ceremonies in Badulla and Monaragala districts to engage in the election campaign using his powers.

      Normally, no candidate is expected to participate in such ceremonies. However, President’s nephew stands very close to the President in such ceremonies. He is the chief candidate. Not only school buildings but streets, bus halts are also opened by the President during the campaign. Normally a political party could engage in its propaganda campaign within a ground where a meeting is held. However, today (12th) the whole of Badulla has been decorated to receive the President. The opening of Bandarawela bus stand is not a state ceremony. However, it has been made an election project. When did a president opened a school building in our country? Earlier such buildings were opened by principals or Zonal Directors of Education. Today the President has made opening school buildings one of his election projects. As such, the president uses his powers given to him illicitly. As the first citizen of the country he is bound to be an example regarding the supremacy of the law. He is the one who should take the lead in holding a free and fair election. But what happens is the President blatantly violates election laws. If the President is so what can we say about Sasheendra Rajapaksa or Minister Vijayamuni Zoysa’s son? The biggest obstacle to hold a free and fair election has become the President.

      Distribution of goods has come down to a very low level. The preference number is displayed in ‘sil’ clothes and religion too has been used for the election campaign. Rajapaksa regime has used religion for its campaign. The preference number and the party symbol are displayed even in bottles of drinking water. The government makes use of peoples thirst also for its election project. Rajapaksa regime that hides behind the ‘Kurakkan’ shawl is grinding all values of our culture into dust.

      For the first time in Sri Lanka members of the security forces have been deployed for election campaigns. Certain candidates have deployed security personnel from camps in groups in their election campaigns. From the most senior member of the security forces to the personnel in the lowest ranks have been deployed for the campaign of the ruling party. State officials have been terrorized and made to join the campaign. Development officers and Samurdhi officers from several districts have been forced to join the UPFA campaigns. A large number of state officials have been forced to engage in UPFA election campaigns. The office of the Election Commissioner and the JVP intervened to stop certain attempts to use state employees in the UPFA campaign.

      A large number of election offices were attacked. 30 of our party offices were attacked. At certain places the same office was attacked thrice or more times. Even offices near police check points and barriers were attacked. The state power has been directly used for such attacks. There

      have been four instances of shooting. However, no one was arrested. How did these gangs get weapons? Our comrades were assaulted at several instances. This regime is unleashing terror during the election campaign. Police media spokesman had asked to show vehicles without number plates. We have several photographs of vehicles without number plates being driven in the two districts for the ruling party campaign. The IGP says there are police check points at various places. Then how do those vehicles without number plates appear on roads? The vehicles of many ministers too are driven without the official number plates. Gangs with T-56 rifles in black coloured Defender vehicles wander about in the night shooting in an attemp to unleash terror in the province.

      The government has two schemes. One is to stop the dialogue going round among the people. They are attempting to stop the point of view we are taking to the people. If the people in the area are made to come out with their independent views an anti-government view would come up. The government is scared of this. The second scheme is to stop the masses who would vote against the government from going to the polling stations. This situation is developing daily. Two or three days before the election the media would not be allowed to publish anything. We would not be able to say anything. The terror unleashed is so frightful. Already, gangs of thugs have reserved hotels and guest houses in Badulla and Monaragala for their schemes. In certain villages gangs of thugs have been stationed in rented out houses. This is a process carried out by the government through a psychological survey to stop anti-government votes. This attempt should be defeated. Already, a Chairman of a state media institution has been transferred and a person with expert knowledge of mudslinging has been posted there. State media is completely deployed to sling mud at the opposition and carry out the government campaign. Other media institutions are being officially and unofficially threatened. In one private media a programme on Uva has been stopped from yesterday (11th) night. It is due to pressure from government party. This is an attempt to build power for the next 7 years.

      As such, we would like to invite the people of this country and specially the media to rally against this situation. Every political party has a right to express their views. Every community has a right to express their views and question standpoints of political parties. It is this right that is being violated. The democracy in our country is being abolished when it is needed most. We ask all people who wish for democracy in our country to build a strong wall against this vile attempt. If this experiment they are trying out in Uva is successful they would carry out this illegal process to protect their illegal power in the future as well. Hence, it should be stopped at its commencement.”

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        Tisaranee Gunasekara –

        Listen to Video Reoirt by Anura Kumara D. The Rajapaksa Conspiracy to keep power.

        http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7594:is-it-the-impending-doom-rajitha-senses&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

        Is it the impending doom Rajitha senses?

        The UPFA will lose a large chunk of its voter base at the Uva PC election says the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Rajitha Senaratna.

        Speaking to today’s issue of ‘Dinamina’ Minister Senaratna says, “We could get a voter slice of about 58 to 60 percent from Monaragala District while we would get 52 to 53 percent majority in Badulla District.” Minister’s assessment shows they expect a considerable reduction of votes when compared with the number of votes the government received at the earlier elections.

        At the provincial election held to Uva in 2009 the UPFA polled 72.39% of the votes. Monaragala had 81.32% of the total number of votes while in Badulla UPFA received 67.79%.

        According to Minister Senaratna’s prediction UPFA will lose 23.32% of votes in Monaragala at the election to be held on the 20th while the reduction of votes in Badulla District would be 15.79.

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        Amarasiri, what happened to your anti- Buddhist, anti-Sinhala attack. Are you now a bit educated to see things as they are UN-fold.

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      These criminals are doing exactly what the many dictators and dictatorial govts., did in the past.

      Rajapakse is surviving due to Zionist backing. He is being heavily funded by Zionist IMF / World Bank evils.

      So, he will remain until Russian/Chinese alliance cones crashing into the doorstep and check mates everyone who is backed by the Zionist mafia terrorists.

      Its a God sent blessing the crisis in Ukraine that which has stopped and checkmated the unstoppable Zionist project to destroy anything they see a threat to their hegemony.

      To get a clear picture I suggest you to watch the videos below.

      By watching these videos you will cone to an understanding that it is the same sort of thing of rule enacted by the Rajapakse mafias as it is already in action in other parts of the world.

      End of America   A movie you must see to believe …:
      http://youtu.be/oqRyUQzokYs

      AMERICA’S World War 3 is Coming Shocking Predicti…: http://youtu.be/ReFlfSOt_g8

      America’s Most Famous Journalist Exposes the Zion…: http://youtu.be/qsi7DvB3pLY

      Dollar Collapse and WW3 HAS BEGUN !!! WATCH THIS !: http://youtu.be/byHOT7v-CXo

      ILLUMINATI GOES PUBLIC WITH NWO: MUST WATCH!! PT.1/10
      http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:7of3RBDOadkJ:www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DmBKVQ2Lmbhg+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ae

      Islam & Russia Vs West & Zionism (World Organized Crime)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvakcEYFTXM

      A Devil in Disguise – Zionism and Its Threat to Christianity, Judaism & the World – pt1
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APfv_GmtyE&list=PLA8EB7859969434BD

      A Devil in Disguise – The Satanic Talmud, Fake News & Zionist Controlled Media – pt2
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVYN21_THpg&list=PLA8EB7859969434BD

      A Devil in Disguise – The Creation of Anti-Arab racism by Jewish Hollywood – pt3
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDIFn8O2P9o&list=PLA8EB7859969434BD

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    There appears to be a serious typographical error in this piece where there is a reference to the “13th Amendment.” I believe it should be the 18th Amendment.

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      You should have recalled the rubbish and corrected the typo.
      Why do it as a comment?

      By the way, you are foolng no one with your pseudonym, coward.

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    “Rajapaksa has no intention of giving up power”… says Ms T.

    Why should he when.

    The inhabitants have been given a booming Economy which has been growing at 8 % each year, for the last 4 years since Nanthikadal,

    Super markets and highways have been built in all nine provinces including the Northern province which is now under total Vellala control

    Plenty of jobs for our poor Dalits to clean the streets and build luxury condos for Elite , Anglicans and the Vellalas in the Capital.

    A booming CSX for the Elites to make easy dough just by sitting at the Lap Top.

    Given them ,KFC, Pizza Hut, Maccas, Dominos hand even Charcoal Chicken and Beef Burgurs with Rio ice cream to the Hindus in Jaffna.

    And of course secure walking and jogging tracks for the Elite to burn their extra calories after dining on Mud Crabs, and Wagu Beef in the posh restaurants in Colombo.

    And the list goes on and on..

    Previous rulers failed to do even one tenth of this development for 60 years although r they had been bending over to the British, Yanks and Canadians all that time…..

    And the fact that Rajapaksa managed to give the inhabitants so much without even penny from the West makes it more special.

    BTW, I was relieved that the little girl was not from Moneragala.

    Otherwise Miss T would have said the sacrificial ceremony was to ensure an Election victory for Rajapaksa.

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      Sumane, you are a wonderful person Sumane. I am still struggling to Identify the Country that you are talking about.

      It can’t be Sri Lanka as Sri Lanka’s Growth rate is not 8% It should be 80%.

      Sumane be careful when you are sitting ok.

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        It is the country where the King’s wife is pressuring the King to promote their ” brainless Yuvaraja” to be the next King which cause anguish to the King because he knows the intentions of his two younger siblings is also to rule this prosperous land.

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    ” The new UNHRC Chief is no Kamalesh Sharma, determined not to see, hear or talk evil about the Rajapaksas.”

    A good offside at shill Sharma: Of course he will not see, hear or talk, because he is on the payroll of the Maharajah of Thugistan!

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    “The Rajapaksas have no intention of giving up power. They will do whatever it takes to win elections and to destroy actual and potential dissent.”

    Rajapakses sure make Saddam Husein, Colonel Gaddafi and Idi Amin look like village idiots!

    Hope they don’t turn out to be Nazis and let loose all hell.

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    I feel the MR victory tour of 5 post war years is adequate for the people of Sri Lanka. I commend him for the work he did to bring SL to the current status and standing up to the western forces. It is time for him to hand over the baton to somebody else at the peek of his career. That will be good for him and for the country too.

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      Nuisance

      “I commend him for the work he did to bring SL to the current status and standing up to the western forces.”

      Has he built a first world economy sustained by high technology and armed to the teeth with nuclear missiles and sophisticated armoury?

      Good to dream but don’t believe in your own delusion.

      “I feel the MR victory tour of 5 post war years is adequate for the people of Sri Lanka.”

      Thanks the people don’t want more.

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        Vedda,
        You appear to suggest that MR should be given another 6 years so that he can try to “built a first world economy sustained by high technology and armed to the teeth with nuclear missiles and sophisticated armoury”!

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    St Thomas Annual Ball costs USD 90 per person.

    That is 20,000 LKR a couple.

    Even our beloved Diaspora swingers would pay that sort of dough even for a ew Year’s Eve Dance.

    And it was full house to dance the night away with your beloved missus, girl friends or both…

    Most boys looked like pot bellied , probably an indication that the good times have been rolling for some time since Nanthikadal.

    Now please don’t tell me these are Sinhala Buddhists from Hambnatota, or even Benthota.

    Here is Ms T crying poor and telling us that the inhabitants are doing it so tough that she can’t wait till Ms Pillai finishes off the President.

    I don’t think even Vellala CM is in a hurry to agree.

    He has just got the keys to his new set of wheels which our Sinhala Buddhists paid LKR 10 Million in their Tax money.

    And another LKR 6 Million car for a Provincial Minister as well who is probably Mr Sivagilingam.

    Although the LKR 1.1Billion still in the kitty unspent . Mr CM wants another 6.5 Billion to look after the ex captives.

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      KAS

      SLR 20,000 is approximately US$150.

      Is the prosperity of the average lankans being measured by how much Thomians pay for their annual ball?

      You got to be kidding!

      Lapatiya was correct when he said ” Sumane be careful when you sit down”

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        One of the premium schools in the Capital run by the most Rev Archbishop Chikera,

        Among the 3000 odd student population, 99 percent are Elite,70 percent Anglican Christian and 50 percent Vellala.

        Yet this Elite Anglican and Vellala brigade cry foul alleging they are doing it tough , because Sinhala Buddhists rule.

        And pray to the West to rescue them by changing the Regime.

        Thanks for the conversion….

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    All ten fingerprints on a passport a “bizarrely oppressive move”? It is being done all over the world, and no one sensible should worry about it. The government is seeking a reliable source of identification. All ten fingers is more reliable than a thumb print alone.

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