6 March, 2021

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Weliweriya Haunts Me: I Remember Mahinda’s Smile, Is He Smiling Now?

By Namini Wijedasa –

Namini Wijedasa

I can’t sleep. For two days in a row, I woke up at 3 am. The first time, I didn’t know why I was awake. Today, it’s much clearer. Those moving images of armed soldiers and battle-tanks mowing down defenceless villagers at Weliweriya haunt me.

In my mind, the events keep merging: What I saw happen at Weliweriya from amateur television footage; and what I imagine might have happened in the North, during those final, anguished months of the army’s war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Civilians had perished in that battle. In Weliweriya, too, there was a battle. It was even more disproportionate than the war in the North. In Weliweriya, there were no armed fighters—terrorists—to retaliate, in any form, against advancing troops. If they could kill with such careless abandon Sinhala villagers in the South, demonstrating for clean water…

But amidst the sleeplessness, a third snapshot mingles with the other two in my mind. It is of a park. The park we take our children to on some evenings. It used to be an empty plot of land, bordered on one side by a stinking canal. There were trucks parked there, laden with sand and bricks. You could negotiate with them to buy building material.

Now it’s officially an Urban Wetland Park. It’s a beautiful thing, if a little too structured. There is a fountain in front that is a work of art. The children like it because in the narrow streams that surround this water feature, there are fish. Sometimes, when it’s too dark to see, I shine my torch into the water so that we can watch the tiny tadpoles together.

There are walking tracks. I should be using those but I haven’t found the time because I prefer to spend every waking moment—when I’m not working—with the children. Life is short.

There is also a children’s park, a late addition. But, for me, what stands out is the presence of a battle tank behind the fountain. Every time we go there, the kids scramble into it, creep through its interior and climb onto the top of it. “Amma, look, Amma, Amma, Amma, look…”

The brutal military action in Weliweriya was a message| Photo (AFP/FILE)

I just sit there. I don’t have the energy. My husband makes sure they don’t fall off and break their necks. Absently, I read the placard which describes what sort of tank this is, where it was manufactured, how old it is and so on. I do it every time. But, for the world of me, I still can’t remember the make of it—or any of the other details, for that matter.

I had always found it jarring to see a battle tank in a manicured recreation park. Why, amidst the green leaves and purple and yellow flowers, is there a broken down instrument of war begging for people to come and admire it?

After Weliweriya, things fall a little more into place. Not intentionally, but they do. Our life in Sri Lanka today is like this park: Structured by the State, manicured by the State, guided by the State, controlled by the State and, as sure as Hell, set upon by the State if we trip out of line.

So, when you walk among those green leaves and purple and yellow flowers, don’t lose sight of the battle tank. It’s important.

My brother, who is a botanist in Singapore, went with us to the park recently. He said that the wetland ponds in the centre of the park will choke and die if more water from the main canal wasn’t channelled into them. Okay…

We walked around a bit more. And then he asked: “Why do you have so many soldiers around, telling people to keep off the grass?” he asked. Isn’t that a stupid question? Well, because that’s what they do now, Malli—they keep us off the grass.

I can’t sleep. There is a constriction my chest. I think it’s my own breath, catching. Weliweriya was such a horrible, horrible incident. I still hear the gunshots from that amateur footage. Yet, I also see fleeting images of President Mahinda Rajapaksa from many years ago, when he was Labour Minister and I was a junior reporter assigned to cover his ministry.

There were so many strikes in those days and so many industrial disputes; so many roundtable discussions and so many trade unionists hanging around the entrance to his office at the Labour Secretariat in Narahenpita.

Mahinda Rajapaksa negotiated through each of these with unmatchable charm. He would chuckle while discussing the most serious of matters and would put people at ease. He was, by far, the most approachable, unpretentious minister in President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Cabinet. A wonderful human being, especially to a star-struck cub reporter.

I remember his smile. He smiled a lot. Is he smiling now?

They had petrol bombs, some people tell me. Your “innocent civilians” in Weliweriya had petrol bombs! So I checked with onsite reporters. Yes, they had had “petrol bombs”. After the army relentlessly sprayed bullets into the crowd, some people, in desperation, had rolled up cloth, dipped them in fuel, lit them up and futilely flung them out.

They also threw stones. And took up whatever implement they could find when it became obvious that the army would not stop firing. Surely, there are other ways to control an unruly crowd than to spray live bullets into it? They kept shooting, even when people were clearly running away. They fired while chasing behind them.

No, it wasn’t the petrol bombs. It couldn’t have been the petrol bombs.

“They didn’t care who they shot at,” one woman said. “Men, women, children, they didn’t care.” And so a child died. Most of the injured had suffered gunshot injuries to their backs. Were they fleeing when the military fired at them? Is that why they had wounds on their backs?

Not Akila Dinesh, the schoolboy; the 17-year-old schoolboy. He was shot in the chest. He didn’t have a petrol bomb. Or a sword. He had gone to fetch his mother who was returning from work.

They fired into the church and assaulted people seeking refuge inside. The Sunday Times onsite reporter quoted one witness who said that, when a Catholic nun had locked up some villagers in a room for safety, a soldier had pointed his rifle at her chest. When she pleaded with him not to harm anyone, another soldier had shouted: “Kawda umbalawa den balaganney! Api kotith paradduwa. Umbala vedak nehe!” (Who is there to look after you now? We defeated the Tigers. You are of no use).

It makes me cry. It makes me cry that we have such a blighted, manipulated, traumatised population living among us with no treatment. We are not all Tigers, brother. Whatever they might tell you, we are not all Tigers.

There were people in Weliweriya who shed tears of blood when soldiers were dying like flies in the North. There were people in Weliweriya who cried tears of joy when you defeated the Tigers.

The government thinks there was a conspiracy in Weliweriya. A minister told me that this protest had been planned for weeks and that a powerful Western nation is behind it. Nothing was wrong with the water.

The glove factory, owned by one of the country’s most powerful conglomerates, was not polluting the water, he said. The powerful Western nation had instigated the protest to force the glove factory to close down. Then everyone would tell investors not to come to Sri Lanka because the government was sealing up legitimate businesses.

I like this minister. He is very much like Mahinda Rajapaksa before he became president. He has an easy smile, is approachable and sensible. Many businesspeople tell me they can discuss their problems with him. And that he listens, understands and learns.

Did he really believe there had been a plot? Is that why his government didn’t think twice about sending troops with live ammunition into Weliweriya? Or was he trotting out the usual conspiracy theory as an excuse to inexcusable actions? For this was indefensible.

Who can tell? As a journalist, I have learnt that the truth is never what we see in the open. That is the only most observable layer, the book cover. Several layers below is where the truth lies, behind closed doors. We might think something is something based on what we see. It is often not. It is often something else. And it is never, ever what they tell you in public.

The brutal military action in Weliweriya was a message. There is no doubt about who is in control of the country and what manner of control is being exerted. This government has lost sight of democracy. After Weliweriya, there isn’t even pretence of it.

In a democracy, there are other mechanisms for dealing with protests or, indeed, with conspiracies. You don’t just barge in and shoot people dead.

A buffel with uniformed soldiers drove past the Jubilee Post junction on Friday morning. Now that the war was over, it was such an unusual sight to see military hardware on the streets. “Where is it going?” I wondered while stroking the soft, curly hair of the two-year-old was sitting on my lap in the car. And I kissed top of her silky head.

Now I know. It was returning from Weliweriya, after executing a one-sided battle the previous night. The war in the North has ended. But the government hasn’t stopped fighting. And there might be more to come.

No wonder I can’t sleep.

*This article is reproduced from  Namini Wijedasa blog https://naminiwijedasa.wordpress.com

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    Those moving images of armed soldiers and battle-tanks mowing down defenceless villagers at Weliweriya haunt me.

    another Mullivaikall rehearsal for future uprise

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      The JVP, having completely lost political support of the public, has began a series of uprisings”, using university students (J’pura and Sabaragamuwa), where they block roads, traffic, and create incidents of utter public disruption in the hope of reaping from anarchy.

      There is a pollution problem, and you see it all over our streets, with motor
      vehicle exhaust, diesel exhaust etc in an utterly over-densely populated urban environment where residential zones and commercial zones have been intermingled
      since the days of Premadasa and before. But most pollution problems develop slowly and with the connivance of the public itself.

      The way these “protests” have got staged in Gampaha and Weliweriya, at university campuses, and how roads and trains are blocked, with petrol bombs deployed, etc suggest that all his has nothing to do with environmental pollution. Were the wells acidified by political agitators in gampaha to create the incident? How was the US embassy so bast and ready to condemn the incident, while when people protested against oil leaks from pipelines, the state troopers cracked down with no uncertain force.

      The JVP has NO public support. From where does it get its money for its agit-prop?

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        Yes , Therefore Army must shot them and kill . Is that your point ?

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        it’s clear this person in an ITN news viewer….
        JVP is the third most supported party in SL. then how u tell they have no public support. even the members of JVP giving money from their own salaries. how can u blaim for JVP to ordering to fire at innocent people to kill them…. did it done by JVP???? one day u’ll suffer if these things happens to ur family… if ur mother father brother sister get shot by government order, u’ll realize how cruel this situation…

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          JVP morons. dont boast about those asshole. a freaking bunch they are

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        After UNP has been made to collapse as a party, and it’s leader has been tamed like a lap dog under submission to Rajapakses, it is only JVP that make a true voice for peoples rights and look after their needs.

        It is mostly JVP and TNA who stood behind when CJ Shirani Bandaranayake was falsely impeached and not the UNP leader who stood by her.

        Similarly It is JVP who fight on Cost of Living, university academics, university students, wasteful Govt. projects etc, calling people to unite and organizing protest marches.

        Knowing this Rajapakse dictator now starting to supress, intimidate and harass JVP to shut their voices.

        Currently other than JVP there is no other party who could make a strong voice against Government for peoples rights.

        It is time for all citizens to rally behind JVP to make it a strong opposition and to fight against Rajapakse Dictatorial Regime.

        Otherwise face a Rajapakse Military Dictatorship Government.

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          @Mahela

          “Currently other than JVP there is no other party who could make a strong voice against Government for peoples rights.”

          You say this, but what has JVP done sofar in the course last few months in terms of any of the grave issues for the nation ?
          I cant know all these, because me being away from the country and am only accessed to web media. But I believe, today JVP is not that strong as had been before 2005.
          Only way out for the nation is a common opposition under united umbrella.

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            Leelage Nangi,

            Please read and do research to find during the last six months how many Protest marches, meetings, distribution of leaflets and citizen awareness programmes JVP carried out in comparison to the Other opposition parties.

            Hope you watched the JVP independence day March and subsequent activities.

            Also read online Lanka Truth and Rawaya to read more JVP related activities.

            Remember it was JVP who sacrificed most lives during the 1971 and 1987 Progroms, but failed due to Government getting foreign help to supress them.

            UNP is led by a blind old sicko Lame duck and neither it helps people nor it gives opportunity to it’s Ducklings to help them.

            His only propaganda is to win 2014 Parliament elections without any game plan, strategy or a roster put in place. He is just another no voice, no action survivor.

            The two choices available is either citizens should rally behind JVP or rally behind a strong common candidate.

            My next choices are Gen.Sarath Fonseka, Rev.Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, CJ.Shirani Bandaranayake, Wigneswaran and Sajith Premadasa combination.

            Let’s hope for best.

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              Let us see if the JVP can win even win one seat in a democratic election/
              They will go the same way as the old left still represented by the KumarDavid-Rajan Philips-Sumanasiri Liayanage-Wickramabahu Karunaratne
              crowd who make a lot of noise in the English press but fail to get any votes.

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              @Mahela,

              thanks for your reponses.

              “Remember it was JVP who sacrificed most lives during the 1971 and 1987 Progroms, but failed due to Government getting foreign help to supress them.”

              I am afraid, I can not agree with you this fully. In 89 insurgency JVPers took the lives of thousands of youth in the country regardless of them being anti JVPers or any others. I know this by myself VERY well because I escaped the life not easily -, many of my batchas were abducted and later found their burned bodies on tyre pyres. Many of them were just registered students at Uni. One of my good mates, only son of a retired school head master, was brutally killed by JVPers. He was just student activist, no means not a JVP supporter. Unfortunately the father of this mate s become brain sick today – many like these parents lost their lovely ones for not explainable reasons. The numbers of the missing were > 50K. Most of all how some JVP activists from Monaragala and other far remote corners sent packeted human flesh parts to their own ones – without any respect to the dead – nobody would easily forget. This was how JVPers lived up their unrest to that time. This is the reason, why many even today would not respect JVP principles. I know many of those mates who supported JVP views them belonged to poor families of the nation. They just hated almost everyone, not looking at things properly. If all these undergraduate remained in the country today, many of them would have joined the nation/country for its development. 50 000 youth means just the population of Greenland.

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              Leelage Nangi,

              I understand what you say on JVP. There were many atrocities done by JVP during 1971 and 1987 progroms.

              Also many other atrocities were carried out by a third force against innocent people and put the blame on JVP in order to bring disrepute towards them.

              Matale Mass grave is one small finding. But there are many other lost graves which nobody has accounted for.

              Also JVP paid a high price for their mistakes while madee many to be in excile abroad. I know JVP has not recovered from those two progroms which were failures and their local support base. Also JVP made few political blunders during last few years and I hope they have corrected them.

              But at the moment it is only JVP that make a visible voice and concers on behalf of citizen. That’s why Rajapakses are after them than UNP.

              Supporting JVP will help to keep the ruling party in check and I know they have much better answers on Economic, political, social and racial issues than Rajapakses.

              Unless UNP do a very effective and a strong Political campaign, it will be hard for UNP to come out as winners.

              It is all of our obligation to rescue our country from Rajapakse dictatorial Regime’s taking our country on a totally blind Economic, political and social distructive path.

              It’s a matter of when and how soon.

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        What a little SHIT you are Kautilya! JVP protests even when much needed universities are to be established. They are protecting their non productive obsolete arts degrees. People know that. That is why they have no SUPORT. But our. Government???? Who the hell are these thugs? And this “hitler’s Army”

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        Babe, have some Prosac and write positive things about Mahinda Rajapassa – your hero!

        The tank in your park is a SYMBOL of the MILITARIZATION of the debacle of Asia- stupid!

        Gota the paranoid goon is building a DEEP STATE – a military dictatorship with a facade of democracy – as he BEAUTIFIES the city and this Debacle of Asia..

        Dream on babe – fantasize about MR’s bushy smile..!

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        Stupid Kautiliya
        Jvp lost support because they were intimidated threatened assaulted during election time, state media brainwashes fools like you on a daily basis with malicious lies you suck it like honey or you are bribed to speak on behalf of UPFA thugs.

        None of the Journalist done an investigative journalism about their track record & published in the Media, only bad side is pinpointed.

        There is pathetic history behind that movement with many good deeds to the people.

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    Ah! at last, a human being. Not many around anymore.

    The human smile evolved from the animal snarl. It is difficult extremely difficult to differentiate between the human smile and the human snarl. If one stops smiling oneself then the snarling beast comes raging to the surface.

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    “I can’t sleep. For two days in a row, I woke up at 3 am. The first time, I didn’t know why I was awake.”

    [Edited out]Some western woman have to have sex before they sleep like a sleeping tablet.[Edited out]
    I hope the horny sinhalese don’t start rushing to get visas to western countries after reading this.

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      You bloody heartless stinking pervert. You must be a paraya dog , from the bloody pits of Indiia as your name suggests.keep off this website it is for people come from an educated caring class of citizens not for chap vulgar bastards like you to comment.

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        ravi,depends on how you view sex.I don’t view it as something vulgar,but a natural act such as eating,drinking,peeing etc.

        You must be quite thankful that your parents indulged in this ‘vulgar’ act and brought you into this world.Nobody in srilanka considered it as vulgar until queen Victoria introduced Victorian puranitism into srilanka while having it off with her scottish butler.Until then many of our women were bare breasted.

        As for you calling me heartless,if you expect me to lose sleep over everyone who can’t sleep properly,then i prefer to be heartless than worn out.There are times i have also got up in the night quite troubled,but that was due to a guilty conscience where i would have felt that i could have saved someone if i had made a better decision.I woudn’t expect others to lose sleep over my sleep problems and call them heartless if they don’t.

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      Forgot your tablet….Take it ASAP.

      Both you and the Pig eating shit should need to check your brains that are gone mad.

      No wonder we have world famous Funny jokers running the country thanks to you type of perverts that brought them to the seat.

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      Why does CT publish such comments?

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        I believe their is no FILTER for them. Actually CT would loose serious readers to CT soon, if they themselves wont do their job properly :( – besides, that is out of the topic to comment on SEX, while the topic on a serious incident in which too human losses were the reality.

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      EDITOR!!!!!!
      Isn’t this a moderated comments page? you need to moderate sexist idiots like this!!!!

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        deshapriya,don’t confuse sex with sexism.Sex is the act of fornicating(which i’am sure you must have done at least once in a way) while sexism is the discrimination of women based on gender.

        See when you get all worked up,you get your knickers into knots.We south asians are so emotional we can’t think straight until we cool down.That is why the whites consider themselves superior to us because they are calm and cool and less emotional.

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          Shankar @ Your ludicrous remarks belong to “SEX” no means of to “Sexism”

          Sexism is one of those things that has always existed, and probably always will exist, but does seem to get a little better with time. When women couldn’t vote, that was blatant sexism. When women are paid less than men for the same work, that’s sexism. In school, when teachers call on boys more than girls, many people think that is an example of sexism. Sexism is similar to racism; they are both types of discrimination.

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          Shankar,

          You are a sex pervert who has become sick after seen some dirty Western sex propagenda. Remember West use Sex as a propaganda tool and you have to be careful on it.

          Yes, after seen some Third Grade Western Blue fi…s, you think the West is on top of everything. They are nothing but stray dog perverts who spread their diseases and doctrines to other parts of the world through sexual explicit propaganda.

          The latest promotion they introduced is Gay and Gay life which is anti communal,anti social and anti Religion and Putin and Russia made a stop to it spreading into Russia.

          Go and see Segiriya or India’s Golden historic sites or read Kama sutra if you want to know about the Eastern Civilization on romance and not the perverted Western version which could make you go crazy.

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            “The latest promotion they introduced is Gay and Gay life which is anti communal,anti social and anti Religion”

            mahela,would you be talking like that if you were born gay?

            Are you saying a person has to be treated differently to others and not given the same rights as others just because he or she was born gay.Nobody becomes gay.They are born like that.It is due to something in the DNA where a person is born with male or female genitals but all the rest of the person is opposite of what those genitals depict.As a result some of them go to the extent of having sex change operations so that they can become the complete human being that they yearn to be.

            If there are more and more bastards like you and Putin,not only will these poor people have to go through the mental agony of knowing that something went wrong at their birth but also have to suffer on a daily basis being ostracised and ridiculed by society for the rest of their life.

            They deserve to be left in peace just like all god’s creations.

            People like you only are responsible for most of the problems in this world because of your intolerance to anyone else who is different to you.Learn to live and let live with diversity.

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              Shankar,

              I told you before that West is Perverting sex and sexuality. It is not the natural instincts they promote. But a Perverted animalistic and beastiality one.

              They also use sex in all forms inday to day life including to trap many important personalities including world leaders.

              I think this could be related to the first sin in garden of Eden.

              It’s all about money, deceive and deception for them. Sex should be private and personal and never be open to public. But it is the biggest Western money maker.

              Sexuality and being gay to promote ulterior motives are two different issues. Both Bi-sexual and Gay could be a Life style which have evil consequences.

              Try and keep your mind and heart pure and look for inspirational values.

              Good luck Bro.

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              Mahela,you seem to be a JVP’er with your anti west stance.At one time there were 17 members of the JVP in the parliament,now hardly anybody.That’s what happens to people who stubbornly cling onto yesterday’s long gone ideas and values.When they were at the height of their power in the CBK government,aa friend of mine brought out a great proposal from abroad that would have benefited the country immensely by making food production and yields double what it was.He was asked to go and meet the JVP minister of agriculture and got a hour long harangue of what foreigners are etc etc instead of even looking at the proposal.He left in disgust saying that srilanka will never go into the 21st century competitive with this type of characters.You also remind me of this minister with your anti west harangue and that is why i believe you might be a JVP’er.

              Try and keep your mind and heart pure,get rid of phobias and keep an open mind on everything.Do cherry picking and most importantly don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

              When it comes to sex and sexuality the west is far ahead of us in thinking progressively just as they are advanced in practically everything else.The problem with srilankans is they want to teach the world without learning first from others.

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              I guess Shankar is gay. :) I dont mind though.

              That may be the reason why he is trying to discuss about the sex on this thread. I dont mind anyone being gay, bi, hetero, metro or asexual, so long they have been human.
              But I would not be able to get on with people like MR.

              Or anyone who would not have respect and dignity. Having lived on the west for the last two decades, each time back in SRILANKA, I raise the question, why majority of our people stay unchanged. Unbearable sound exposure in pvt buses, shopping centres on road sides are imposible on the west but in SL :(

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              Brilliant deduction by banjiappo,namely that anyone who defends gay rights also has to be gay.banjiappo’s brain puts two and two together and gets three.

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      Shankar – your banal comment speaks volumes for your state of mind. You should change your name to ‘Whanker’!

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        peter,it should be [Edited out].

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      Shame on you Shankar! Btw, are you referring to your own experiences and standards?

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        thanks,everyone.enjoyed your replies to the hilt.Once in a way we need to have some fun too,leaving aside the serious stuff.Don’t take life too serious.Have some fun.Enjoy some jokes.Cheers.

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          but don’t enjoy it in a death of someone….

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            We can’t bring the dead back to life.Only thing we can hope for is that there will be no more deaths and that the people will choose wisely their representatives in future,learning from incidents such as these.Though I might joke bit about namini not sleeping,it does not reduce the serious nature of the incident of shooting innocent people which the government is going to rue for a long time indeed.There will be a political backlash as well as international condemnation of which the government has already had a gutful.This could be the straw that will break the camels back.

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              Do you think this kind of deaths would NOT repeat towards the days of scheduled CW summit ?
              This has now been their daily agenda. Crime friendly culture is infected to the every corners of the country today. With no apology or the like expressed came from the govt yet about Weliweriya incident.

              Though B Rajapakse was reported to have apologized for the british tourist murder to british delegation paid a visit to the country a week or so ago.

              They kill or murder people for no reasons, but dont care about issuing apologies. At last to console those victimised families. That has been the nature of Rajapakse megalomaniacs.

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              “Crime friendly culture is infected to the every corners of the country today.”

              leelage nangi,you are dead right.I have always felt that when the political backlash comes it will be due mainly to this factor.The people must have just about had enough. However i wonder whether the opposition is ready and waiting to capitalise on the backlash.
              The people could just wait at home and not vote at all if they feel that the UNP has not got its act together yet.What a missed opportunity that would be.

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          Yes, please but no need to fall on to the levels of Mervin^s ..most of the time, I repsect your comments.

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      I have read your previous posts to other threads and most of them I found are fine.

      But you to add this kind of low level unhearted comments regarding a serious incident in which a young boy was shot dead by brutal army men for no reason, is absolutely impossible.
      If this came from the ugly mouth of Mervin and vulgar politicians like Kumara welagama – we the readership would not have to feel this way.

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        “But you to add this kind of low level unhearted comments regarding a serious incident in which a young boy was shot dead”

        Sirimal,my comments had nothing to do with the shooting of the boy.Good that you are not a scientist because you will be trying to peer into every experiment that is being done in tha lab at the same time and producing no results.Focus on one thing at a time.We have a poor woman here who starts off the article in the very first sentence that she is unable to sleep.How would you like if you had sleepless nights and nobody cares for that but all are interested in something else.

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      shankar

      “Some western woman have to have sex before they sleep like a sleeping tablet.”

      On the contrary, my elders tell me that Western women regularly fake headaches in order to avoid sex with their partners.

      In this island it is well known that women avoid sex with their ugly partners hence the men resort to rape including their daughters.

      My elders also tell me they were aware of John F Kennedy having headaches the day he was not availed of sex.

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        NV,

        “My elders also tell me they were aware of John F Kennedy having headaches the day he was not availed of sex”.

        didn’t your elders remind you about Billy’s everyday headaches ?

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      why did not you try Some body from FIRST Fxxxxxg family for your LUST.
      Insteed of teasing and insulting a JURNO.

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      Wake up Rajpal!

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    So our Namini was awake for three consecutuve nights thinking about Weliweriya?.

    Wonder how many nights this Lady would have been awake after watching Kablethigollawa, Srimaha Bodhi and Temple of the Tooth massacres?.

    Poor thing,,,

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      Tsunamisekera:
      You obviously haven’t re-embarked on your interrupted career in real estate.
      What a truly sad piece of s..t you are!
      You know you could have said also that opening fire with assault weapons on unarmed civilians is not as bad as what Hitler did to the jews who were not even tamils!

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      KAS,
      Those who were responsible for kabilithigollawa, Temple
      of tooth and Srimahabodiya massacres, are wining, dining ,dancing with
      Rajapaksha juniors in the company of some local and east europian whores in
      upscale night clubs to the dawn while you
      disgustingly defend extremely corrupt and insanely
      exigent for praise from dawn to dusk tyrant family
      which has become a curse to all Srilankans. Your
      bogus patriotism is stinking and disgraceful.

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      Sxx t eating Sumana;

      Are you still eating S x x t with jarapassa clan to ask this type of questions ??????.

      what a shame of a man [ beast].

      men will never go this much low get insulted to earn a living.

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      and how many nights were you up Leela ( KA Sumansekera) thinking about the tamils of the north and east from 83-2009 when they got butchered only because they happen to be Tamils and being at the wrong place?

      get a life you bootlicker!

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    Shankar, thaths prob how you were born.Condoms were not upto standard those days. !

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      Thanks,nimal.It was the bloody preethi.Real shoddy local stuff.Only for the enjoyment of the fairer sex,not for the poor men.Like eating the wrapper of the delta sweet.

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      genius were went to the bed, while KAALAKANNIYA was in to the world….

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    According to IGP Anura Senanayake and the people who witnessed, they were saying that some “outside” rioters who started this riots. They are not from the area.

    These outside “terrorist criminal elements” are not from the Weliveriya area but were been brought in by some shadow conspiracy source to instigate violance and murder that spread to STF even shooting at the people who were taking refuge in the Catholic Churce. Even the Church priests and the christian nuns were hammered by the STF .

    I think this is another false flag conspiracy planted by an invisible hand to create mayhem and Genocide in the Weliveriya area.

    Also IGP say he did not want or asked for STF help to settle this protest, but STF have come with an already pre-planned operation to carry out the massacre and Kill people.

    This is the typical false flag conspiracy that happened both in Libya and Syria which led to the murdered over 100,000 people.

    Therefore It is time that some private Investigators do more indepth study as to find who are these crimimal elements who Planned, started and executed this Genocide that led to STF killing innocent stone throwing protesters as well as bystanders.

    There is a strong link between this outside criminal element who threw molotev cocktail at STF and the STF firing live bullets at innocent by standers following a pre-planned operation.

    We suspect that both these elements (the criminals who started the riots and the STF massacre) would have orginated by the Defense secretary.

    He is already an Insane Lunatic cracko, Gone Mad Pig eating shit nut case who needs to be in a Psychiatric ward.

    The war criminal will instigate more mass murder massacre of ncitizen if President keeps him in his position.

    He should be sent for psychiatric evaluation and for psychiatric treatment ASAP.

    Remember how the Rajapakse Govt. paid thugs carrying sticks controlled the streets at Hulsdorf court house during the CJ impeachment trial. This is similar to that, and I have a strong feeling that DS is behind planning of this conspiracy Genocide murder.

    It’s time to call for an independent International investigation on this Gota instigated Genocide murder, as we do not have any faith in Local investigations conducted by Govt. goons.

    It’s time to act soon to prevent another 1983 Progrom Genocide mass murder this time instigated by Rajapakse Lunacy.

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      well well well, it sounds like this is the plan of the notorious DS the psyco left the Army in the middle of the war and worked a gas station attendant on hourly wages and then return once to get the credit of the war victory.

      This country is moving away into another Somalia with different militia fractions control the country and its a wise to migrate to another law abiding country for the sake of your future.

      LTTE had their destiny in Mavilaru blocking water to the farmers and Rajapaksas will have their destiny to massacre the masses who asked for potable water contaminated by a company managed by a casino moghul.

      The future will say how Waliweriya destined Rakapaksas.

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    Reading this article the UPFA government achieved it’s objectives.
    They nipped the Weliweriya spring spreading across to the country in the bud. Now nobody would dare to challenge the government on the streets again.

    people should read dailynoise, watch ITN and the understand the mega development projects the government is doing.

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      Sumith:
      You missed a couple of things: if they are in Colombo they can watch three young men driving around in $300,000 to $400,000 cars while the spectators are dying of starvation in the meantime!

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      Sumith, yes the other day that Hadu Samaraya was saying that the schools should organize trips for the children to visit Hambanthota Port without ships and the Airport without planes done for the Posterity of the Nation. The present generation can starve, die without medicine in the govt. hospitals, demonstrate for pure water and get shot now and cease to be the future generation as there are enough Chinese, Koreans to propagate a society for Sri Lanka in the future.

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        Another huge Commission making fake project about to commence using Chinese loan.

        An artificial Island to be build in the sea off Hambanthota Harbour.

        After building an Harbour Inland paving sea water covering 300 acres of Land mass, now the Rajapakses are building a artificial Island in the sea.

        Could be the Sri Lanka’s future Roben Island.

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      The satire and irony is lost on many . LAMO :)

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      Sumith,

      Yes, the only President in the world who cannot walk or drive freely in the London streets. This is quickly spreading to other countries as well.
      Only refuge is Uganda, Swaziland and Sey shells.

      Yes, the only President and the DS who cannot walk freely in Sri Lanka without over 100 security personnel giving cover.

      Come Navi Pillai, CHOGM and UNHRC, and could see how Weliweriya spring could turn around.

      Weliweriya spring could be the beginning of the end of Rajapakse Lunacy.

      Remember VP found his Waterloo by cutting water at Mavil Aaru, and Rajapakses at Weliweriya spring.

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    Sick people like “Shankar”-certainly hiding behind this name. We know some of the state intelligence guys tasked to do such “intelligence” tasks. If people like General Zaheer were still in service and others like Col. Muthalif were still alive these guys would be taught what real intelligence work is and what an aptitude it requires to do it!

    Certainly the new day military intelligence is a rebranding and relaunch of the old and notorious product we all know as the “NIB”, which too were started right by stalwarts like DIG Zerny, but somewhere doen the line these organizations too were used to clean the chicken coop and watch over the sheep.

    How woyld an intellectual, or even one with an academic streak bad mouth so rudely an article that is such a stark realistic reflection of a other’s sentiment!! Appalling is the hardness of your heart, as displayed by your “venerable” big bouth of the Balu Bala Sena lenders!

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      Those are CLEAR examples representing the increasing majority stupid folks in the country today. They would not take anything serious, even if their lovely ones would be shot dead by anyone- they just continue their way of life.

      Among the some other commentators, they are worried about the days of sleepless nights that the writer has spent rather than focusing on the contents of the message. Typical to our people- that have today no respect to anything. Not only politicians but also this kind of people should be accountable for what we the entire island population facing today.

      Having read the article, what instantly came to my mind was:

      a) If the authorities accused others of planning a plot and key issue of the incident is not focused on -finding solution against water contamination, why not the chemists (say, just from the university of Colombo or any other relevant authority) failed to analyse the water samples chromatographically taken from targeted areas in the radius of Weliweriya ? This kind of tests could reveal and correct their hypothesis within a day or two depending on the efficiency of lanken environmental researchers, if water was not contaminated as people thought.

      b) Besides, this article made it clearer that this Weliveriya protest was known to the authorities weeks ago- so the army, police and all responsible authorities could adequately prepare for this – almost every protest in the island has ended up with costing human lives.

      c) One would easily get all abusive mentality of the army men- by reading the following:
      “Kawda umbalawa den balaganney! Api kotith paradduwa. Umbala vedak nehe!” (Who is there to look after you now? We defeated the Tigers. You are of no use).

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    “I can’t sleep. For two days in a row, I woke up at 3 am. The first time, I didn’t know why I was awake.”

    Surely, this can’t be related to the weliveriya incident or have you suddenly developed empathy? I know several of your co-workers who would find it hard to believe

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    “A buffel with uniformed soldiers drove past the Jubilee Post junction on Friday morning. Now that the war was over, it was such an unusual sight to see military hardware on the streets.”

    It’s a mini victory celebration: Remember they have grand victory celebrations every year

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    AWWWWWWW,. poor manini. can’t sleep. plain insomnia — she slept very well when people were mowed down in numbers by the LTTe – Central Bank. K’gollewa. Slept like a baby. Ah, selective insomnia. Got so carried away; what a i-iot. There is a place for hysterical insomniacs — its in Mulleriyawa. quick, [Edited out].

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      Poota:
      Since you’ve just escaped from a mental institution – otherwise we would have heard your lunacies before – why would you recommend that very place to Namini?

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        I heard you were also institutionalized when people were shot in Kebbilithigolewa, and bombed in Central Bank and manini was sleeping like a baby. Ay, hathdeyianne — ane appochi, mooth pissankotuwen penala

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    What a superb return to essayistic form by one of our best journalists! Bravo! The best single piece on the Weliweriya tragedy so far.

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      Dear Dayan,
      You may know the facts about water contamination: Why did they fail to have “water samples” tested to clarify the doubts long before accusing them of a politically motivated plot organised by UNP and JVP ? Latter kind of tests are simple today than in the past. Please add if you were aware of the facts based on the issue.

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        When the country is ruled by selfish thugs, marauders,Liars, cheaters, commission kakkas, murderers, rapists, ungrateful crooks etc, it’s not only water but even the soil, air,crops and the bounty it produce will contaminate and go bad.

        This is called God’s pre warning or Nature’s wrath.

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          You may be right. Ours belongs to one few country where RED RAINS were noticed for several times :) – THAT IS A SIGN OF OUR ELDERS TO CALL THEM BLOOD RAINS … HA HA :)

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            Even sky is weeping not being able to see the mann MR regime treats his citizenry.

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      Dr Dayan, No doubt Nimmi is good but disagree with her Mahinda’s Smile. MaRa never smiles he only grins.

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        Sorry it should be corrected as ‘Namini’. Apologies!

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        He grins – but in that grin everything is mixed. Once one of MR^s cousins described it as – you d never known what MR will react. Mostly not positive :(

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    Namini,

    The bubble burst. Had to burst at some point hadn’t it? And then comes the realization that there was nothing! That we were looking at something beautiful that wasn’t really there!

    We adults are child like now. Transformed instantaneously! We shake our heads in disbelief. How could this be? Were these not our boys who fought valiantly to save us from the evil of terrorism?

    At this moment, the moment of truth a little bit of reflection is in order. Because this moment will define us as a nation. How we respond to this tragedy will dictate whether we are ruled or governed.

    For a moment, do remove labels of Tiger terrorists and patriotic soldiers, instigated villagers and law enforcement officials doing their jobs. Without those labels, do we see the unfairness of it all? Isn’t there a common thread in our collective psyche, that we are sensitized to violence, that we accept and tolerate brutal repression of political and civil liberties?

    Sans labels look at what we have put up with! We were able and willing to accept the youth uprising in 71 and 89, the pogrom in 83 and the war against the Tigers. A notch below there were many other social issues that we were and are casual about; the July 80 strike and the squandering of EPF funds etc.,Of late we have also taken in our stride religious intolerance and the repression of political rights of minorities, very much a tapestry of all our peoples.

    We don’t rise up collectively as a nation despite the lawlessness surrounding us. Politicians understand this ethos and will use it to manipulate and grind us to the ground. And we will continue to shake our heads in disbelief!

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    The following is to show the Lawlessness in the country supported by none other than the Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature in governance. Weliveriya can be the turning point, if our masses take their blinkers off for their own good and the Country.

    The Timber business by felling trees in the Kegalle District has been happening for a long while. It is also no secret that it was not only the work of the Chairman Pradeshiya Sabah, Atha Kota, but had much higher involvement of the Chief Minister Mahipala Herath and the top notch Police in the district for transporting the timber that were felled. This time round they felled the trees of an Estate reserve coming under the Management of an American Company, looked after by Nihal Perera the affable old planter who was killed because he stood in the way. The killing of Nihal Perera would have fallen to the same category like the Noori Estate labourers who paid with their lives and property for having reported such incidents before, as the Police informed who the complainants were to the perpetrators of this large scale Timber Racket that has been going on for the last fifteen years or so. This time round unfortunately for the Gang headed by the Chief Minister Mahipala Herath of this Timber Racket,who otherwise would have swept Nihal Perera’s murder also under the carpet, probably blaming on the Tamil labour of the area claiming of their early LTTE connections would have done so, but the American Company pressed for an investigation with the media in attendance. The flood gates opened and the whole village came out, led by the the village Buddhist priest and the Poosari of the Kovil and the whole story was splashed in the papers. IP Prabath Deshabandu who was posted as the OIC Deraniyagala did an honest job in revealing to the media as to how the Police high ups have been turning a blind eye for this Timber Racket operation to continue. The obvious deduction is that they would have been well looked after by the Chief Minister obviously. Now this same Police Officer for having done his duty, unearthing the villainy committed for a long time, has been transferred with immediate effect to a remote station at Padiyatalawa. This is obviously after this Police Officer had closed an illegal Wine Store in the area belonging to the main suspect of Nihal Perera’s murder, the Chairman PS(Atha Kota). Therefore going by this transfer of the Police Officer, it is doubtful that the Chief Minister Mahipala Herath led gang will be held accountable, as quite a number of Senior Police Officer’s holding Office now and in the past will be exposed. Hence it appears there is tremendous pressure notwithstanding the American Company’s demand for Justice, might go the same way as for the suspects of Shiek Khurram the British National murdered at Tangalle.

    Who is this Chief Minister Mahipala Herath? In the late ’60s he was working for the Co-Operative like how Mervyn Silva who is also a Minister in the MR govt. He had a Push Bicycle to get about. Then he joined the UNP and worked himself as a strong Politician by mere thuggery from the money he made from the Co-op. Then he crossed over to the UPFA where he rightfully belong as the Party is headed by the Chief Thug/Rogue/Murderer in the country. Today Mahipala Herath is one of the richest in the country with a swimming pool in his mansion in his home town Kegalle. He has been saved from being convicted on many a charge of arson and thuggery by none other than the present CJ Mohan Peries when he was in the unofficial Bar then. This has led the Chief Minister to be a very good friend of the CJ now. Not only God knows of crimes committed in this country but also God helps these Bastards to escape the Law as God’s man is there Heading the Judiciary. Way to go Sri Lanka.

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      Bravo, Gamini, I am fully agreement with you.

      I am glad atleast few of the commentators LIKE you always add valuable comments to CT articles .

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      Great revelation Gamini,

      In a time when these revelations should come out from our Opposition Parties, it is good that Citizens like you are coming out to save our country.

      I have written many times that our Parliament is Just a Symbolic, but a notorious Club whore house where many business deals are taking place underhand. That’s why they make a big effort to preserve it and keep silent on many corrupt issues.

      The patrons in Parliament could be sold, bought or exchangeg whenever suits them, and 99% (Ninety Nine percent) of them have crossed more than once. They make a big show in the Parliament and argue among them in the morning and go and have Wisky in hotels in the evening.

      Therefore this guy Mahipala Herath crossing from one party to another on multiple times is not uncommon. They are called Sri Lanka’s respectable Thieves.

      Only thing you could do Gamini is, gather more information on these corrupt Parliament Whore house Crooks dirty dealings, along with the Rogue crook CJ Mohan Peiris and the Police who are involved on these corrupt rackets and with the help of a good Publishing company, print some Books and reveal these to the outside world.

      One day let Citizen be the Judges and let them bring Justice upon these rackateers.

      You may also get some help from Foreign Donors, individuals,Foundations, NGO’s, Publishing companies etc, to help you to print and Publish.

      We are still waiting to watch “Flying Fish” Movie.

      Good Luck.

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      Gamini@ we also need to add at least few of references to pass your contents. I have no doubt in my mind today, that US and Indians worked with MR in eliminating ltters from the country, although it was seen as the MR^s magical powers allowed his regime to claim a military victory. I have no doubt, as I was, many failed to get his at the beginning. Now when adding A with B, everyone would feel all these diluted UN resolutions are just red herrings to cover up all these brutalities further from the gullible masses in our ISLAND and also in Tamilnadu.
      As one of commentators recently raised why the US cant make an entry against GOTA and all others bearing US passports or green cards – and also Shavendra Silva to make deputy figure irrespective the facts that the guy is with zero credentials for such a position – doubt many of us today.

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        I know by myself, as an EU passport holder, if I would engage illegal business during my short stay in SL, I can easily be charged by EU country I belong to. So should be it with Gota and others, that keep those passports further, or they are no longer US citizens now.

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        “As one of commentators recently raised why the US cant make an entry against GOTA and all others bearing US passports or green cards – and also Shavendra Silva to make deputy figure irrespective the facts that the guy is with zero credentials for such a position – doubt many of us today”

        with regards to Shavendra , US has no jurisdiction over his appointment or stay in NY , UNSG Moon has had the opportunity to turn down his appointment ,regrettably Moon went on hiding behind the UN bureaucracy to accept the allege war criminal as the deputy. Yes US should have investigated their citizens/Green card holders any alleged involvement in war crimes! Have you ever wondered why the US embassy in Colombo issue visa for that Hora ganyos (BBS) ??

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          Srilal, with regards to Shavendra Silva, the US may not have jurisdiction over his appointment, but certainly has the clout over everyone else if they want to. You saw how they worked out before they invaded Iraq? Has any country raised with the US afterwards whether Weapons of Mass Destruction was found after all the mayhem?

          Believe me I have done my best to show that this was a, hoax of a War Victory to prop MR, who is their brief carrier along with Gota. The US is fully aware of the impending Dictatorship the Rajapaksas are trying to establish here, as then it is easy for them to handle both India and China through us. Ours is a very gullible society who believe without questioning.

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            Gamini ,

            there are so many conspiracy theories , let me high light few of interesting well known American conspiracy theories ,

            1) Man landing on the moon, many skeptical about the veracity of the whole story , did Neil Armstrong actually land on the moon in 1969 ?

            2)who killed John F Kennedy , was it an Italian mafia ,CIA, President Lyndon Johnson, the Cuban connection , Lee Harvey Oswald by himself or a combination ?

            4) Twin tower 9/11 attack, was it an inside or Al-Qaida job , or a combination ?

            Gamini which one would you consider as a conspiracy theory? all these conspiracy theories are well supported with overwhelming evidences , yet how many would take them seriously ?with regards to the SL final war , you may be right , but how many would agree with your theory ? it all depends whom do you speak to !

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              Sri Lal,

              To add a few…….False flag attack on Iraq on Saddahm Husain having Biological weapons, Libya on Gadaffi as a terrorist, Syria on Assad’s chemical weapons use, Mugabe on Egypt money laundering and democracy……..many more.

              Who are Al queda, Al Nusra and muslim brotherhood……..all are western backed Jihadists.

              UN and the world economic community already predicting that there will be a huge world food shortage in the coming years.

              According to some news they say half of the world population has to be shed in order to save world from this world food shortage catestrophe.

              Who are going to be vulnerable, who are going to be the victims, where will be the starting point to cull human beings……no body knows yet. Looks like this will apply both to the first and the third world population. UN knows about this. They even introduced insect diet.

              But… it is definitely coming……..the next world war.

              It is purely going to be on occoupying assetts, natural resources and access to water, while getting rid of excess population.

              It’s coming soon and UN is aware of it.

              Sri Lanka’s 23 million population to sustain…..or at Peak……? Ask UN.

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      Gaminis comments are appreciative real news.

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    Sad display of state terrorism… haven’t we lost enough youth, can the opposition drop narrow politics and please please unite to bring this menace of terror to an end RIP and our thoughts are with their families

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    Water is stolen from Sinhala areas like Weliweriya, Kelaniya, Labugama, Ambathalay and pumped to Tamil areas in Colombo city.

    This is the root cause of the problem.

    Stop this ROBBERY before people pollute the water for all.

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      MULLI,

      To solve the water shortage for Sinhalese areas like Weliweriya, Kelaniya Lanbugama and Ambathay why don’t you piss man and give to these areas as I am sure you have enough supply.

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        All dried up after giving free water to Muliawaikkal people in 2009. :)

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          MULLI,

          What is your full time job: Go round pissing and then piss off to another place

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    i cant believe our forces were involved in this atrocity . It’s not too long ago they accomplished the worlds greatest humanitarian mission.

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    ‘I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we, we own this country. We, we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours’ -Clint Eastwood

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    It seems terrible that we have to bring up our children in such a warped and sick society, doesn’t it Namini?!

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    HIS days are numbered…..Weliweriya seems to be the beginning of the end!

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      Amen!!!

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    did u sleep when the ltte were killing scores of civilians…

    i have never read an article from u describing ur lack of sleep through 80s, 90s, or the 21st century?

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      BUT you may have seen SMILLING COBRA NO 1, FROM HABAYATHOTA.

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    Pol Pot smiled too; all the time he was doing his deeds.

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      Even reelected 89year old MUGABE also grins :)

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        For me – I see the face of HITLER in MR^s picture every time I look at him. With thick mustache and white costume :(

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          Also Both VP…Velu pillai Prabha and Saddham Hussein had this same Mustache.

          Also my meat market Butcher has the same Mustache.

          Next in line.

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    DEV and SUMANASEKERA…read this link to see Namini’s forthright criticism of LTTE way back in 2004…
    Tigers kill democracy in Batticaloa
    Blatant, relentless child recruitment
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/menik/2342337893/

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    I can’t believe the depths which some people can sink to in commenting on this article!I would like to ask them to extricate themselves from their nether regions (where they obviously are!!).
    If anybody agrees with Namini, I would suggest that they post the link to this article on their Facebook page or send an email to their contacts.
    The more people who know about what is actually happening here, the better….

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    Did you sleep well when LTTE was killing innocent Sinhala villagers? Did you sleep well when bus bombs were exploding everywhere?
    Now you cannot sleep ………. Poor thing

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    What ever it is I strongly believe that JVP must come up to rule this country for few years. See who is talking in Parliment now, it is only Anura kumara Dissanayake. He is the only man shout against stealing.

    Is UNP members opening their mouth? Of course Harsha does but of no use coz no support from fellow brothers.I am a strong UNP supporter but I think there is no solution to these problems in our country now. Neither Mahinda party nor UNP can solve country’s situation. We are ruining ourselves. How can we live in this country another 2 years time if situation now is like this. Sad Sri Lanka Matha is patly dead.

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    Good piece Namini. Wonder why you didnt have sleepless nights when the LTTE killed and bombed thousands of innocent souls until 2009 May.

    [Edited out]

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      Stop insulting.

      She did have sleepless nights sleeping with the tiger.

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    This is a water problem not a political problem.

    Water is pumped OUT of Kelaniya basin, Labugama, etc. and sent to south Indian areas like Wellawatte, Kotahena, etc.

    That is why people don’t have good drinking water.

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      MULLI,

      You are genuinely mad man. Go and see a psychiatrist but it might already be too late. I think your brain has been damaged from the Blast from the Past. Very sad indeed. It looks like you are talking
      to yourself because I don’t think any one can understand what you are saying doesn’t except other inmates from Ankoda.

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    The cat is out of the bag at last!!! The editorial by
    the country’s only brainless hired hack Rajpak Abeynaike,
    Editor of the government mouthpiece was referring to
    Namini’s article in the Daily News editorial on Monday.

    In journalism I heard last night of a saying. It says dog
    does not eat dog. But in Sri Lanka, some of the pariah dogs
    do bite women colleagues.

    Here is a man who was officially indicted by the Kollupitiya
    Police for drunken conduct and for gate crashing the Voet
    Lights dinner of the legal community. He apologised profusely
    to the fellow lawyer involved and the case was settled. Ceylon
    Today published the news report. He pleaded with the others not
    to publish it.

    It is the same man who is now pontificating on what is right
    and what is wrong. If it was Arrack journalism then, it is now
    Black Label.

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    Shorty Machan. I know more. Who drink every night with
    Dharmaretnam Sivaram a.k.a. Taraki those days? They drink
    Arrack neat. No money for soda. When Sivaram murdered,
    he branded him terrorist. That man is Rajpal Abeynaike,
    now Editor of Daily News. Today they sell 9800 copies
    daily. Half of it are returned by agents and sold as
    wrapping paper. I also joined them two for drinks and
    eat ulundu vadai in a water hole in Bambalapitya those
    days. Then the liar that he is was living with the Times.
    He is now creating Daily News. Soon he will get kicked
    out!!!

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