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Weliweriya Incident, Gotabaya, And The Priority List Of The People In The Republic

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

When I was a child, the famous Sri Lankan artist Victor Rathnayaka held a series of musical shows called “Sa”. I joined my family to experience this show in Galle Town Hall, where all important public events were held at that time. Perhaps that was my first experience in a public event. Apart from the memorable artistic experience, I can never forget how people crowded at the entrance and tried to push each other to get in. As a child I stood no chance, because even the well built up adults found it hard to make their way through that perilous fight to get in. None seemed to realize that everyone of them could have moved much faster with much more comfort if everybody lined up and showed their tickets, following a fair system.

Growing up to be an adult, I could notice that the failure to nurture and protect fair systems worked against Sri Lankans in many fronts. Mass victimization due to this failure range from a higher rate of road accidents, environmental pollution due to industries by-passing regulations, disappointment in school entrances, bribery in government services, to losing their own constitutional right to the rule of law.

The Weliweriya incident is a stark reminder of this victimization process. People, at some point was too obsessed with the promise of a wonder of Asia. They were mesmerized by the rising buildings, expanding harbors, and clustering factories. They neglected the fact that a family and their friends and relatives should not have a separate law than the rest of us. They neglected the fact that economic development is not sustainable if it’s priority comes above respect for rule of law, human rights, and constitutional Government. For me, this is quite analogous to what happened at the entrance to Victor Ratnayaka’s “Sa” musical show back when I was a child. What is more worrying is that even some of my educated friends argued that economic prosperity as a priority comes above Western concepts like human rights, rule of law, etc, in Sri Lanka right now. My attempts to explain that the latter list is not mere Western concepts, but can be found even in Lord Buddha’s teachings were not as effective as what is being propagated by State Media.

Reflecting on the rule of law issue in the Waliweriya incident, I question defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as to whether he mobilized the police anti-riot units before ordering the army to shoot live bullets at civilian protestors. Now his ardent supporters may ask me what right I have to ask that question from London. I remind Gotabaya that as a Sri Lankan citizen holding a Sri Lankan passport, I have a constitutional right to ask that question even from the Moon. This is not the first time the army was ordered to shoot live bullets at civilian protestors in the recent past.

Reflecting on the human rights issue, the people have complained about the water issue for a long time. Why did the authorities neglect the basic right to have access to clean drinking water till people decide to take to the street? Why was the Urban development authority which comes under Gotabaya Rajapaksa neglect to conduct a scientific investigation to identify the cause of the pollution till things developed to this level? Is it correct to cover up this failure by ordering the army to use lethal force against the victims?

Finally, I wish to remind Gotabaya that your extreme arrogance and desperate attitude to use the army to suppress any protest against your brother’s rule is taking too much of a toll of human lives. Do not, I repeat do not think that Sri Lanka belongs to your family and that you can kill people as you wish. Sri Lanka is a republic if you didn’t know. In a republic, people sit above the highest authority. This note is to remind that we continue to exercise of that power vested upon us, the people.

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    “None seemed to realize that everyone of them could have moved much faster with much more comfort if everybody lined up and showed their tickets, following a fair system.”

    Truer words have not been spoken. This kind of attitude is why Sri Lanka, regardless of how many mega-projects and high-rise buildings, will always be behind the civilized world.

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      These protests were carried out by rural folks this time at Weliweriya.
      Even the purposes were varied from each other, they the authorities also attacked the COLOMBO vigil called for but PEACE among the all sri lankans, a couple months ago. That particular vigil was organised by colombo urbanites that have the access to various sources of news media. Anyway, rulers abilities and attitudes are becoming clear not allowing own people express their views on whatever the issues they are. Rulers have already proved that they dont tolerate any democratic values like allowing peoples to express their own views. May be we need to change title of the country from “Democratic Republic of Srilanka ” into
      “Rajapakshe Rule”.

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        KP,

        “Reflecting on the human rights issue, the people have complained about the water issue for a long time. Why did the authorities neglect the basic right to have access to clean drinking water till people decide to take to the street? Why was the Urban development authority which comes under Gotabaya Rajapaksa neglect to conduct a scientific investigation to identify the cause of the pollution till things developed to this level? Is it correct to cover up this failure by ordering the army to use lethal force against the victims?”

        Well stated, but Why? They are too busy consolidating power, allowing rabies infected Theravada Buddhist monks run Amok, with the protection of the police and army.

        Any opposition whether for water or otherwise not tolerated. It is rather very unfortunate a bright young 17 year old student had to die, and many more will die until this despotic regime is disbanded by the people.

        DeJa Vu…. Rohana Wijeweera, George Washington, Lenin, Mao …Ghandi where are you.

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          Amarasiri
          Why can’t these protesters wait until we complete
          our city beautification projects?Is water that
          important than road development?The writer says”we
          are a republic and people sit above the highest
          authority”,but we are also a “fools paradise” where
          nobody knows where to sit and where to stand!
          Exactly,these fellows are obsessed with rising
          buildings,highways,ports and other false and image
          building construction works.An expressway to Matara,
          New faster railway track,air taxi and all these
          connecting Colombo-Matara.True we need all these but
          not all at once and with borrowed money.See how much
          more of this is coming to other directions.So one
          should ask,WHY WATER TO WELIVERIYA IN SUCH A RUSH?
          DON’T YOU SEE WE ARE BUILDING A POST PRABHA SRILANKA?

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        Thrishantha, your childhood experience at the musical show of Victor Ratnayake clearly displays the need for Law and Order in society for the smooth functioning of a society and for the convenience and benefit of all. Had that day the crowd was controlled to enter the hall in order you would have a pleasant memory of the show only. Sadly this society lacks that understanding and easily could be misled for the benefit of expedient politicians to come to power deceiving the masses and ridicule those who try to establish discipline, Law and Order.

        This country ignoring the financial embezzlement of the Tsunami funds, by MR for the poor affected, was elected as President of the country. What a ‘gesture’ for a Nation that was calling blue murder for some of the Corrupt of the UNP who bled the country before only to be accommodated as Ministers under this rogue MR. This Man MR Campaigned for Human Rights in Geneva then, while his brother Gota has been butchering JVP or suspects by the hundreds here in Sri Lanka. All are made to believe that the Forces led by MR defeated the LTTE. But the truth is otherwise. America gave a game plan to MR to deal with the LTTE after getting MR elected with the help of VP himself. VP was promised a way out with devolution to the North at the end of the day if he cooperated. This promise by the Americans shut the Tamil Nadu Politicians as they really thought Devolution will be granted to the North after the drama ended. This is why they kept quiet when the MR govt was announcing to the whole world that the LTTE will be wiped out. The stage was set by removing everyone from the War Front including the UN with hardly a protest even from the LTTE. Both sides hyped a Propaganda War for public consumption. The MR govt and the LTTE traded charges at each other exaggerating the number of the dead. The LTTE retreated and the Forces took control of the areas barring their strong hold Killinochchi in the end and the Forces were mindful not to venture deep into the areas recovered due to the land mines. Finally the LTTE decamped Kilinochchi to a beach front at Puthukudiirippu for the final drama of surrendering to the Forces after releasing all the civilians who were earlier told were held as a human shield. Before this lot of surrenderees were massacred the Forces shelled and destroyed all other civilian targets as hospitals in the Wanni area. This is the great War Victory MR achieved with the Forces, helped by the Americans who are todate shielding and protecting the MR regime by the Americans, keeping Shavendra Silva in safety of the UN office itself.

        Many seem to think why VP tried to kill SF and Gota in 2006 if there was such an understanding between MR and VP, brokered by the Americans and the Indians. The obvious reason for the attempt by VP to kill SF and Gota was because Gota and SF had tried to lure VP to a trap of their own to eliminate him by even trying to out smart the Americans, where VP had got the wind of it. However thereafter both SF and Gota had stuck to the American game plan after Robert Blake involved and did the damage control. It is for this game plan of the Americans VP in 2006 buried all there long range and surface to Air missile weapons wrapped in polythene that were displayed for the general public at the Deyata Kirula Exhibition after the so called victory. The real war of thirty months commence from Jan 2007 to May 2009. If a list is obtained of the dead soldiers with name,rank and addresses for the period for purpose of counter checking with the bereaved families, will confirm what has been said before of this Propaganda War. Gota has been allowed to wrest control of the Forces with the full backing of the Americans as one can easily see from his arrogance and impunity displayed. It is for this reason the Rajapaksas hyped the Forces with Ran Viruwas with slogans ‘Api wenuwen Api’ to protect the Rajapaksa regime in return. Further the Forces are also happy because they are free from any LTTE assault today.

        While all this drama is unfolding right in front of our eyes there is one individual, Ranil Wickremasinghe, who is trying to discipline his party against heavy odds looking for Honest, Educated, Dedicated individuals with means to correct the whole situation so that YOU can see Victor Ratnayake’s show free of harassment. So Trishantha it is your duty and mine to help him in order for us to have Law and Order in this society to bring this Nation back to civilized living for all of us Sri Lankans. If not we certainly will sink in this abyss not to come out in our life time.

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          I guess it is the discipline that our folks lack.
          Be them parliamentarians of general public, they are not learnt to protest peacefully as one would see it the way in the UK. I have no doubt Thrisantha would agree with me how I surprised I was, immediately after I put my feet on the west, looking at the manner how the little kids not even 5 year old behave obeying to their teachers or educators. This should have to be introduced to them at the very beginning of the schooling.
          Now Gamini, you would raise the question, how can we expect people to obey rule of law that the top leadership would not. That is the key problem we have been facing today. Only radical changes can save the nation for a better future.

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            And people should finally learn that the outcomes of the protest remain the same regardless of them being violent/loud or quite and peaceful. The Peace vigil held by colombo recently was exemplary – village folks should have learnt it from them, rather than from foreigners. In Germany, environmentalists protest annually against the transport of radioactive pollutants, for days long, most of these protests are very peaceful. Message given by the protesters have reached to the authorities very effectively.

            A year ago so, there was an another Weliveriya kind of protest held in Negombo also took the lives of few. From that incident, Army, Police and civil folks all could learn – that any kind of protests since then should be held very peaceful not to see any human sacrifices. And also it is not secret, that we all know lanken the education of lanken soldiers and why they joined to army not because they would love to render a service for the homeland but to give a life to their own families. Even if the rulers for their advantage are trying to paint a different picture about the army – SRILANKEN army is reported to be one of most brutal found in developing countries. They had raped women in Tahiti on the mission. BBC and other senders reported all these.

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              Leelage Nangi, let me remind you these demonstrations in this country starts very young with school children Grade I, made to stand on road sides with placards for various events, including to welcome Politicians in the hot sun or rain. These demonstrations thereafter are given publicity in the media in both print and electronic. So is it any wonder when indiscipline is sown so early in life?

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          Ha ha ha!!!! Ranil is the most shameless. Thick skinned fool.and you suck up to wrong doing?

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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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        These are just easy lies to paint an another nice picture as they always accuse the west for no reasons mostly.
        If it is evident that the authorities were known about the protest weeks earlier, they could have prepared for it accordingly. They could make the villagers well informed through spreading leaflets – because this is not the first time this kind of protests emerge from the nation. It is glass clear that Authorities handled the matter without respecting the human values. That makes it clearer the real picture of the regime. It is more or less like military one, that has no respect to any democratic values. Moreover, the attacked made on the church is huge violation against international human laws.

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        your entire argument, which incidentally is the official govt. line (so im just going to treat you as another govt.-supporting shop-goer) can be demolished if you edit it’s basic premise: “The JVP has NO public support” Really? Who says? Your govt. is the only people saying they have all the power and support and that the opposition has none. Stop believing in that fantasy, and your entire argument falls apart.

        As for people intentionally poisoning the groundwater, this is a Hayleys factory we’re talking about, with major ties to your govt.’s beloved tycoon Dhammika Perera. Im assuming that with his ties to the Rajapakses, he wouldn’t just stand by while people tried to frame him and his company. And dont give me the bullshit about how “many employees were sacked from that factory”- no one, not even pro-state media reported any such thing happening.

        And the petrol bombs- these, my friend, are called molotov cocktails in the rest of the world- you seem to imply they’re some kind of advanced weaponry that some outside player would need to supply to the protesters, when anyone with an empty glass bottle, some petrol or bhoomithel, a rag and some matches could whip up in less than five minutes. Plus, i dont believe the protesters had any. The media was kept out of the area by the army during their crackdown, and i for one dont believe their version of events.

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    What a brave statement the similar statement said by a famous Sri Lankan born US based layer George R. Willy told Mahinda during the 2010 Visit to UN

    Listen to his speech at front of MR
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyFrTt23_FM

    Oct 21, 2010 – Uploaded by Murali Murali
    Adament Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Never Listen Truth George R Willy.

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      Reference above video:-
      George R Willy requested the President – a former ardent human rights activist, to “Return us to Paradise”.
      The present version of ‘paradise’ is not what he requested.
      If villagers are shot by the army for peacefully requesting clean water instead of tainted water,this cannot be paradise.
      This appears to be a ‘paradise’ only for a privileged few.
      Many citizens are running away to other countries.
      Millions of women – poorest of the poor – are braving the evil employers of middle east,to earn some money to exist peacefully in their villages.
      Laws exist only for a few and not for the majority who have no political clout.
      There has never been a free and fair election.
      I hope and pray for just law enforcement,a judiciary free of political constraints,state enterprises run by qualified managers,and politicians who choose NOT to change parties after election.

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    Dr. Nanayakkara, your sentiments and views are understood and I respect your courage and conscience! “Guwan Palama”s and “adi wegi maargayas” is what the Govt. shows off as development. Little do they realize development is firstly ensuring and protecting basic human rights and then planning and implementing measures to ensure everyone including generations to come in the future in all areas too can enjoy the same human rights. What good is all the highway and roads if one cannot get out if the house without getting stabbed or hit by a speeding bus, what good is development if the police do not act the way they should, ehat good is dev. if only the politicians have the right to be driven safely on the roads at the cost of shoving off innocents??

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    What happened to the need for Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) before any project is okayed?

    All of us must now start to demand EIA from the Dept of Environment.

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    This shows how babaric Gotha is. As long as he did this to the Tamils people in the South did not bother much. Now as the saying goes “Kotala Kotala Kottoruwa Kehal Gahata Kotanda Enawa”…Lets see what happens to the Kottoruwa!

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      Kottoruwa -Pick cocker will stay in power so long their brothers allow him to act so.It is the blunder of people let these siblings to strengthen their siblings bonds. It is the people who have to grasp the reality – enough is enough. On the other hand,so long the media people would not jump over their own shadows nothing would move to good for the nation.

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    Well written and kinda read my mind here too !
    a Sri Lankan professional migrated to the west and had optimistic plans to go back after the war and now seems to be never happen again with these brutal regime.

    Feel really sorry for the fellow countrymen and my friends and relatives back in Sri Lanka.

    As the writer explains vividly, we will never be able to change this systems of anarchy and saying we are the next Singapore is a farce… we may be moving towards more like the Somali pirates with these events.

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      Matilda Akke@ why to sorry for those people ?
      They themselves created the misery that we all have to reluctantly face today. If they could think before leap. Is that random that almost every PS member is charged for their broad day light crimes, who elected them to those regional governing bodies, not these PEOPLE ?

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    It is time the Secretary of Defense should be relieved of his duties immediately and a public inquiry should be held without any delay. No presidential commissions please!

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      He, Gota has spoken out to media following the incident confirming that they controlled over the incident – according to them – satisfcatorily.

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      Well said

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    Divinesuma Humanitarian Operation by our disciplined forces? I think around 50-100 rounds fired during this video.

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      “Divinesuma” is very appropriate!

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    Super article. Super.

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    Well said Thrishantha.
    I have always believed that the way Sri Lankans drive the streets and push in ques reflect their way of thinking, Get where or what you want to, an any cost!

    “In a republic, people sit above the highest authority. This note is to remind that we continue to exercise of that power vested upon us, the people.”

    I was reminded of what my Social Studied=s teacher taught me in grade 5
    “Democracy is a system of Government of the people by the people for the people!”
    Unfortunately the President and his family seem to think that they are THE PEOPLE!

    Its time!

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    This was the 58th Battalion who was shooting inncent people. They were involved in Jaffna as well. Just imagine how the Tamils would have suffered. We must also remember that the factory conceren is run by Dammika Perera. Ah..aha…. how things are fitting into place.

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    Why your Moratuwa University fake professors are not issuing any statement condemning it. Seems like all of them fakes publishing IESL journals they got professorships. Even last token strike they did not support. Seems like your former University part of the government. Where free and scientific thinkers? You are also a product of these jokers. Check 99% professors are IESL publication professors. Sack them for eating poor tax payers money covering to wrong titles.

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    Dr: Nanayakkara: I do not know whether you are a Doctor of Medicine or of any other “Discipline”. In Sri Lanka we are confused, because we have so many “Doctors” without any “Discipline”. Anyway getting back to your story, you say:

    “People at some point was too obsessed with the promise of a wonder of Asia. They were mesmerized by the rising buildings, expanding harbors and clustering factories”

    YES. You are “Correct”. If you are a Doctor of Medicine, you are well aware that the most of the “bitter” medicinal tablets are “sugar coated”. When you take it into the mouth, it is very tasty and pleasant, but the bitter part of it come later. After that only you can observe the reactions: some are outward and still some more resistive internal disorders and acute.

    We are now experiencing the bitter part of that “sugar coated” pill and no one knows what the “side effects” are. Who knows. It can be “fatal” too.

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    ‘A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy. Citizens afraid of their Government is tyranny’ – Thomas Jefferson

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      Nice one, like to quote it on FB

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    We are nothing now but citizens of a failing State! We have failed with our fellow citizens in choosing a set of honest men to guide us, honest men who would endeavour to make the life of the masses peaceful and meaningful.
    The basic requirement of the human, food, clothing and shelter is now becoming somewhat like a mirage with the ever increasing prices, ofcourse to ‘prevent the collapse of the local industry and the local farmer’.
    The other basic needs like transport, electricity, municipality services medical and the education systems is crippling day by day.
    the legal and judiciary is a laughing stock of the World over where Srilanka is concerned.
    The elected have become the detractors..today’s woes like murder, cheating, rape,arson,thuggery,financial scandals etc, are 80% are committed by those who are here to serve us!
    The major service forces are all sitting over the fence unable to work according to their conscious and are mere ‘king’s horsemen’ waiting until the ‘ Humpy Dumpties’ have a great fall.
    When the fall they will fall hard… the velocity of the srilankan masses are such, that it will be hard to fathom or gauge along with the other happenings around the world in the recent past.
    Who will be our saviour and will he come before its late!

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    Thank you Thrishantha for writing this timely
    peice. As a father, I just can not imagine the agony that
    this kid’s family is going through. Since Mahinda Rajapaksha
    is the commander in chief in the forces, he should be held
    responsible for this Kid’s murder. This corrupt family
    is doing this in SL, while their kids are well
    looked after in the US or SL at srilankan tax payers’ expense.
    Shame on them!!!

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    WELL SAID AND WRITTEN THRISHANTHA ! I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE TO COME OUT WITH THE TRUTH OF WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN OUR BEAUTIFUL MOTHER LANKA ( BUT RAPED BY THESE THUGS, POLITICIANS ). WE NEED MORE AND MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU DEFENDING OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY FROM THESE THUGS, AND BUILDING OUR NATION WITH HUMAN RIGHTS AND LAW AND ORDER.UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE COME OUT BECAUSE WE FELT EVEN WORSE THINGS COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO US AND I FEEL MOTHER LANKA IS WEEPING ! WEEPING ! WEEPING !

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    Yesterday it was against Innocent Tamil civilians, you guys cheered, Now it is against you, sorry guys. May the young boys soul RIP.

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    Hats off to u Trishantha, You had the chance to let go of ur SL passport and become a citizen of UK through proper channel, YET you choose to hold the SL citizenship. This goon GOATa, gave up his SL citizenship and claimed US citizenship by filing a bogus refugee claim. He obtained his Dual Citizenship after acquiring the US citizenship, just so he could be what he is today. Thanks to the fact that his brother is the CEREMONIAL president… who lets GOATA call the shots… I sincerely hope that the guy who was murdered has a sibling or a cousin in the forces, who would pull the trigger on this Imbecile ( GOATa) just like the way an army guy pulled the trigger….

    He needs to be put in place, which is not on this planet… but 6 feet

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    6 feet under*

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    Sow the wind and reap a wirlwind

    people get what they deserve they voted for this government they should accept what the government does to them

    the sinhala buddist were fine when tamils were murdered so now why are they having a problem

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    Dr. Thrishantha,

    A well written article. Congratulations to you. Incidentally, when you return to Sri Lanka please take care not to get into any White van!

    Sengodan

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    Dr. Thrishantha, Never misses a chance to blame Gotabhaya.

    You campaigned to install General Fonseka as president. The man was notorious for his tough stance against LTTE and his own rank and file.

    One doesn’t need a doctorate to think twice before voting a general as president let alone someone of Fonseka’s character.

    Therefore you are a man who thought military rule was what this country needed and it was what was best for us.

    If you now blame Gotabhaya for taking a hard-line against unruly demonstrators (they appear to have been far from peaceful) you are a damn hypocrite.

    If you expected anything less from General Sarath Fonseka as president you are ridiculously naïve.

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    Not sure if you are reading the Tamil Papers. May I translate :

    ” The Sinhalese terrorist are attaching our patriotic forces protecting our Mother Land”.

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    SECURITY FORCES COULD HAVE EASILY CONTROLLED THE PROTEST BY USING TEAR GAS IF IT WAS TO CONTROL OR DISPOSE THEM,INSTEAD KILLING PEOPLE.

    PL DONT MAKE THIS TO A POLITICAL DRAMA, MR GOTABAYA YOU AND YOUR BROTHER’S GOVERNMENT IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PATHETIC INCIDENT.

    PL AT LEAST NOW ON EDUCATE SECURITY FORCES TO HANDLE/CONTROL PUBLIC PROTESTS WITHOUT KILLING PEOPLE,

    HOPE YOU HAVE NOT FORGETTEN THAT WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC COUNRTY AND ITS A BASIC RIGHT OF PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN NO MATTER WHETHER THEY RIGHT OR WRONG.

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    Enough is enough

    Gota is only a unqualified govt.Servant.because of his brother Mahinda.
    He is neither a Administrative service man nor a experienced soldier.

    Gota who left the country in fear of Velupille Prabhakaran came back to command all the forces after his brother won the Presidency to protect his family rule, Is he the man who won the war? BAYAGULLA

    Is it not the patriotric forces who fought for 30 years?except Gota. Then why we allow him to continue.Shoot him down first then take the family one by one.

    Now it is the time for the top guys who were sacked unjustly from the forces by Gota to hire a subordinate in the army to use only one bullet to save the nation.

    Every Srilankan will consider such a brave guy as a hero .
    Chamal makes laws,Mahinda buys MP’s to maintain two third majority,Basil makes sufficient money for the entire family,Gota protects the family rule.

    Other GONTHADI family relations ruin the image and the economy of the country by occupying various positions in the state service,and foreign service.

    So many bullets fired at Weliveriya on the orders of Gota to suppress peoples uprising crying for water. Only one bullet needed to bring solace to the nation.

    Who is the hero?

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    Now Goata’s rowdy Buddihist Monk who is a disgrace to the Buddhist community, has given orders to the Army to take charge,of the situation which he had SAID PUBLICLY. He has taken the powers of the Goat & the President to give such orders , which allowed them to kill 6 innocent people, who requested for drinking water. Daya Ratnayake should be ashamed of on the first day of being the Army Commander

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    Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara,

    First of all as a doctor, you should be able to read and evaluate upto some extent from the photos of facial, body language, behaviour, temperamant and the voice of DS Gotabaya Rajapakse whether he is normal person or a gone crazy person.

    There are ample Video clips on DS available in Youtube, and as a doctor you could evaluate upto some extent his mental and psychological status.

    Here’s few of them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qyc5rxpKPo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5LMco_Zcfg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KspUAXw8iMA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tHlSZnrUiE

    Please give us some of your opinion on the psychological status of DS after seeing these video clips. Perhaps you could get some opinion from one of your psychiatric doctor friend.

    Also you should know that the fingers are directed at DS on Matale Mass Murder graves. There’s still investigations are going on.

    Also he was in excile in USA during the hight of war for 14 years and came to Sri Lanka only after his brother Mahinda Rajapakse won the Presidential election to take over the defense secretary post.

    He is also accused as a war criminal for murdering 40,000 innocent tamil civilians along with accussed white flag murderer.

    He is also a White van abductor murder suspect including Lasantha wickrematunge and Pradeep Ekneligoda.

    Also he is the main suspect who organised Welikada Prison massacre who murdered 27 unarmed prisoners.
    Please read following web.

    http://www.thelondoneveningpost.com/features/welikada-prison-massacre-the-re-appearance-of-dictatorship/

    And now the fingers are pointing at him as the master mind conspirator behind Weliweriya Massacre Genocide. Please read following web.

    http://groundviews.org/2013/08/02/weliweriya-gampaha-black-thursday-2013

    All the above are interlinkd pointing finger towards the Lunatic crazy Psycho nut case who deserve to be in a Psychiatric Hospital taking psychiatric treatment.

    Do you think as Sri Lankans we should still allow a Mad crazy Lunatic
    Psycho nut case who should be taking Psychiatric treatments, to be kept still a DS anymore, and allow him carry out another Massacre.

    Please give us your opinion on the above and to let us know as to what action could be taken.

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      Mahela, I wish I could. But I am not a medical doctor.

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        Dr.Thrishantha Nanayakkara.

        Here’s the web that tells how DS is trying to cover up Matale Mass Murder investigation.

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/matale-mass-grave-the-investigation-has-been-taken-away-from-the-judiciary

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/matale-mass-grave-the-investigation-has-been-taken-away-from-the-judiciary

        What I am concern about is……..

        Are we to allow a Lunatic already gone mad Psycho nut Mass murderer to be still kept as Defense Secretary allowing him to further carry out more Genocides.

        Isn’t it time to bring him to the attention of International courts ( Since you cannot prosecute him in Sri Lanka with the Current Rakapakse goon CJ in place) and to relieve him from his duties.

        Isn’t it time to issue him an International arrest warrant for the Genocides he carried out all these years and to safeguard citizens.

        Is there any other way the UN, EU, CW or international Legal or Human Right associations could help to relieve a Psychologically unbalance DS from his seat.

        Hope you may have some technical advise to stop a war criminal and a mass murderer lunatic from carrying out further atrocities in Sri Lanka.

        He surely urgently needs psychiatric help before carrying out another Genocide.

        let’s have your views.

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    Mr Nanayakkara raises some very pertinent points set against the benchmark of an unforgotten childhood incident. He also points out that he does so from London where he exercises his inalienable right to comment on SL affairs by virtue of his holding a SL passport. He might be excused if he is in London on a temporary visit, however, if he lives and works there on a more permanent basis, it would be quite rich of him to involve himself in matters SL as it clearly will not affect his living conditions. The bane of our current situation is the numbers of Sri Lankans in the Diaspora (Sinhalese and Tamils) who having no intention of leaving their cosy existences in foreign lands, who are now getting involved in the day to day politics of SL telling us how we should run our affairs. If they wish to make a difference in our lives, here in this turbulent island, let them leave their ‘peaceful’ homes in foreign countries and come to SL where they can identify themselves with the uphill task of returning our island to peace and prosperity. We need the support here of good people with good ideas who will set a good example. Whatever said, Gota did return from his nice existence in the west, and, though he may have his faults, he made a vital difference and delivered to SL an end to the long running sore that plagued this land. For this we should be thankful. It is now for the people who live in this island to double their efforts to bring reconciliation, respect for each other regardless of creed/ethnicity/colour, respect for the rule of law, justice and prosperity. We salute the people here who stand shoulder to shoulder in this struggle and ignore those involved in long-distance politicking. Consider; the armed forces had to be used in Weliveriya because, currently, the police force is infected with incompetence and corruption as has been witnessed by incident after incident, the latest being the events in Noori estate. Additionally, the situation is this country is that every ‘uprising’ is quelled without hesitation. It was the hesitation and delay in treating the underlying currents that lead to the events of 1971, 1977, 1983, 1987-89, and the 26years of misery at the hands of a terrorist organistion. This must never happen again. Nip any civil disobedience in the bud, promptly. You have the evidence in Katunayake(FTZ), Chilaw(fisher community) and now, Weliveriya. How can you blame our government, from far off England, for trying to keep the peace?

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      Spring Chicken,

      Every Sri Lankan has a right to question the behaviour of another Sri Lankan whether he or she lives in Sri Lanka or abroad. Do you know chicken that you derive benefit from your ex patriots both intellectually and financially. Just for your information the so called war against the terrorists ( we call freedom fighters ) was won with money from your so called Diaspora. Let me give you examples of the sources of income from abroad.

      1) Every Sri Lankan Tamil who applied to renew his or her passport paid a surcharge for the war effort which the UK Sri Lankan High Commission openly levied.
      2) Sam Chicken owned by a Sinhalese racist in the UK contributed and still does to Gotha openly
      3) Individual donations from Sinhalese Racists from all around the World filled Gothas war coffers.

      So if you have any decency return those funds man before you bloody open your mouth.

      As for your other rubbish your memory is very short you chicken. Why only look the last 26 years instead of the previous 37 year when you were butchering innocent and defenceless Tamils.

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    The “Lack of process” is almost an art form in our subcontinent. There was a fine example of it the last week at an certain middle eastern airport. 4 planes were boarding, the process for three of them seemed normal. People obeyed the boarding calls by section and stood in their respective lines. The fourth line however was not a line -there was a pile of people elbowing and kneeing each other to get to the passage door. At the door itself, it looked like there was a fusion process of human bodies, hard at physical competition for space. Guess what airline was boarding…

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