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One Killed and eight critically injured in crackdown on fisherfolk protesting fuel price increase in Chilaw

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj

38 year old Warnakulasooriya Anthony Fernand, a father of two children, was killed and eight others critically injured in Chilaw on February 15th when Security personnel opened fire on fisherfolk stridently protesting the sharp rise in fuel prices announced by the Government of President Rajapaksa.

The gunfire was preceded by the widespread use of tear gas to disperse large crowds of affected fisherfolk comprising men, women and children demonstrating against the fuel price increase.

The firing of tear gas as well as live bullets was reportedly undertaken by a Special Task Force (STF) contingent of anti-riot personnel deployed in Chilaw. North –Western Range Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of Police Pujitha Jayasundera was at the trouble spot overseeing security arrangements.

The crackdown came in the wake of escalating protests by affected fisherfolk along the North – Western coastal areas after a fuel price was announced.

Police claimed that agitated mobs of protestors had attempted to obstruct traffic along the Chilaw-Colombo road and Puttalam – Colombo road with vehicles and by burning tires and putting up road blocks.

Law enforcement authorities were compelled to resort to drastic action when the volatile demonstrators posed a threat to public security by attempting to march into the heart of Chilaw town and engage in violence, said a Police official.

Police said when tear gas canisters were fired at the demonstrators to disperse them, mobs had gone on the rampage throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the Police.

Security personnel fired in the air first to scare off the mob but were forced to open fire as there was threat of an imminent attack upon them directly, it was claimed.

Representatives of fisher unions involved in the protest refuted Police claims saying the crowds were dispersing rapidly after tear gas was fired when Police and Army opened fire without any undue provocation.

“After tear gas was fired, people were running here and there coughing and with tears in their eyes. No body was trying to attack the cops or soldiers. They just fired indiscrimately at people” said an eye witness.

Injured persons could not be taken by road for medical treatment due to fear of security personnel and had to be taken by boat across Chilaw lagoon to hospital. It is alleged that three of the critically injured are in serious condition while around 25 – 30 persons sustained minor injuries.

The protests had been going on for two days as about 5,000 demonstrators mainly from the Thalavai and Kallady areas of Chilaw were engaged in demonstrations.

Police and Army were called in after negotiations between Chilaw Municipal authorities and fisher union representatives broke down. Attempts by a deputy minister of the Govt to diffuse the crisis also failed.

Initially demonstrators had blocked the Chilaw-Colombo road but later withdrew as Police and Army were called in. Later they blocked off the Puttalam-Colombo road.

Police said the protest has now been quelled and that transport in Chilaw was going on unhindered.

The fisherfolk started protesting after the sudden increase of fuel prices. Protest demonstrations were held in Mannar, Kalpitiya, Marawila ,Negombo and Chilaw from Monday February 13th.

Police dispersed protestors in Negombo on Tuesday February 14th by firing tear gas.

However the Chilaw protest was the most vibrant one necessitating harsh counter measures said official sources.

Pictures by: LankaEnews

When protestors resisted the Police the Govt called in the Army to deal with “public disturbances affecting law and order”. A STF squad was also deployed.

On Saturday February 11th , the government increased petrol, diesel and kerosene prices by Rupees Twelve,Thirty –one and Thirty-five respectively.This action amounting to an 8%, 37% and 50% percent increase respectively,delivered a major blow to the living standards of ordinary people, especially the lowest-paid workers.

Persons engaged in fisheries for livelihood were particularly affected.Being relatively better organized through fisher unions and sections of the Catholic clergy the aggrieved fisherfolk engaged in sustained demonstrations protesting the price rise.

Herman Kumara, National Convener of the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement has in a statement explained the predicament faced by fishers thus-

“About 70 to 80 litres of kerosene is needed for one day for a single boat fixed with an outboard engine. With kerosene price increasing by 35 Rupees now the fuel cost will go up for such boats by 2450 rupees daily if the tank is filled to full capacity of 70 litres.Altogether Fishers will have to spend about rupees 9450 for a day because they need to spend a further 980 rupees for lubricants and 447 rupees for 3 litres of petrol for the engine requirements”

Explaining further Kumara has stated–

“For trawlers involved in Multi -day fishing for about 25days in the sea the requirement about 5000 litres of diesel. With the increase of Rupees 31 for a litre of diesel, total cost increases by 155,000 rupees for a trip. This means Fish consumers will have to spend unbearable price for 1Kg of fish with the added cost of ice and land transportation”

The Goverrnment reacting to Fisherr union protests has engaged in some damage control by announcing a fuel subsidy for fishers. The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Ministry stated that a subsidy of Rs. 12 per litre of diesel and a subsidy of Rs. 25 per litre of kerosene would be granted to those operating fishing craft.

It remains unclear as to whether the fisher unions would be satisfied by the fuel subsidy or whether protests would continue

The Govt has also said a special probe would be conducted into the Chilaw firing to ascertain whether excessive force had been used to suppress the protest.

Meanwhile the World Socialist Web Site(wsws.org) in a special report on the Chilaw incident alleged that the STF fired live bullets on unarmed people without any warning as they marched towards Chilaw town.It also stated that Police prevented the injured from being taken to the hospital.

Here are some relevant excerpts from the WSWS on the spot report –
One fisherman was killed yesterday, and three others were wounded, when police deployed by the Sri Lankan government fired at protesting fishermen at Chilaw-Wella in the country’s north-western province.

Fishermen were protesting for the third day against fuel price increases of up to 50 percent announced by the government on Saturday as part of an International Monetary Fund-imposed austerity package. Fearing more demonstrations, the police imposed a curfew in the area from Wednesday evening to this morning.

Antony Warnakulasuriya, 35, a father of two, died on the spot with a gunshot injury. A bullet had passed through his face, under his nose. Selastian Regan was injured in the chest and transferred to Colombo national hospital in a critical condition. A third protester was injured in one of his knees, and another lost three fingers when he tried to avoid a tear gas canister

After the police and the army had prohibited fishermen from protesting in the town on Tuesday, more than 4,000 people gathered yesterday morning at Chilaw-Wella church. They rejected a meagre price subsidy announced by the government on Tuesday and demanded the withdrawal of the price increases.

Catholic priests tried to stop the fishermen from protesting, saying they were in discussions with the government about securing an 80 percent subsidy. Fishermen shouted that all such pledges by the government in the past had proved to be bogus.

Once the fishermen started a march, walking about 500 metres toward Chilaw town, police fired tear gas and special police force (STF) officers fired with live bullets without any warning. The police would not let the injured be taken to hospital, forcing people to evacuate them in boats via a nearby lagoon.

Tensions are running high in Chilaw-Wella. About 15,000 fishermen and family members gathered there last night after hearing of Warnakulasuriya’s death. Priests stepped in, however, pleading with them not to march to the town. The government sent more police, STF and army contingents to Chilaw. By last night, the town and surrounding area looked like a war zone.

Earlier, police tried to take Warnakulasuriya’s body to Colombo but people refused to allow this. Facing opposition, the provincial council fisheries minister, Sanath Nishantha, had to withdraw from the hospital.

The police shooting was a calculated attack, ordered by President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government. It was intended to send the message that the government will not tolerate any opposition to the implementation of the IMF-dictated measures.

The raising of diesel and kerosene prices by 37 and 50 percent will devastate poorer sections of the population, including fishermen, who use improvised mechanised boats for fishing.

Speaking to WSWS reporters, one of Warnakulasuriya’s relatives said: “It is the government that has ordered the police to shoot. We launched the agitation peacefully. The police forces fired while stretched out on the ground, as in a war.” He condemned the government. “They increased the prices of fuel and do these crimes against us. We have a right to agitate. We should not allow this kind of criminal act.”

The relative said Warnakulauriya’s wife had left for Saudi Arabia to seek work only last month because the family could not earn a living from fishing. “Their children are going to school. Who will look after them?” he asked.

Thousands of fishermen and their families have protested during the past three days, particularly across the country’s north-western coastal belt, demanding the withdrawal of the price hikes. As the protests spread to some areas in the south, the government sought to deflect the anger by announcing a subsidy of 12 rupees (10 US cents) for diesel and 25 rupees for kerosene, even though the increases were 31 and 35 rupees respectively. The government is notorious for breaking such pledges, however.

A WSWS reporting team visited several areas in the north-west to speak to protesting fishing families. A fisherman’s wife at Mahawewa said: “The government promises on subsidies are false. They might give us something and then later cut it all. What we need is the reduction of the prices of fuel and other goods. High prices for fuel mean higher prices for all other goods.”

She explained that because of the lack of refrigeration facilities, most fishermen were forced to sell their catches for a pittance. Because of unaffordable fuel prices, some fishermen had already shifted to unpowered boats.

“Without modern facilities you can’t do this job,” she said. “However, there is no government scheme to provide those facilities for us. We survive on the aid of fisheries associations and SEDEC (a church-controlled welfare organisation). I owe 250,000 rupees ($US2,090) for a loan I got from SEDEC.”

Another fisherman commented: “When there was war, the government promised to give us relief after concluding it. Where is that relief? We were promised we could fish anywhere in the sea after the war. Now we are prohibited even go to Kalpitya [a nearby fishing area]. That area is being developed as a ‘tourist paradise’.”

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79 Comments

  1. Kalu said elsewhere:

    “JVP organizses mass Rallies from North to South, encompassing a wide array of new supporters, ranging from Bus Mudalalis to Jaffna Fishmongers.”

    Therefore these incidents did not take place in the island because Kalu said it.

    The photographs are doctored by Tamil Diaspora, Exiled journalists (more than 50), UNP, JVP, LTTE rumps, Vaiko, Seeman, a combined effort to disgrace Sri Lanka particularly the Mahinda dynasty just before the Geneva sessions.

    USA, UK, France, Canada all lent technical support to help doctor these photographs. CIA opened up its labs to Tamil Diaspora.

    Sri Lanka confirmed this and is willing to provide their technical analysis of both photographs but it will take some time, may be in the next 63 years.

    I trust Dayan, Rana, David, Hela and other supporters of human right violation may have something to add to the above.

    Evil Tamil Diaspora.

    Weerawamsa should start a farce onto death.

    Banki Moon, Navi Pillai and others are working behind the scene to destroy the good name of Sri Lanka.

    DBS J

    You have betrayed Sri Lanka for a few comments praising your service to humanity. As a Sri Lankan born journalist you must learn to taw the Sinhala/Buddhist line of news however much irrational.

    Sorry DBS J

    I did try a Sinhala/Buddhist presentation.
    How is it? I suppose it is pathetic.
    Do I qualify to be a Sinhala/Buddhist? No as I am not mad and stupid enough.

  2. An important section of the economy – that produces a vital need for the nation’s health and economy – should have received better consideration much earlier. Having half a dozen Fisheries Ministeries is not going to solve the problem. The many billions that have been wasted in Mihin Air, the ego boosing projects in Hambantota, unnecessary Tamasha global tours, inflated Contracts etc could have gone out to
    give the fisher-folk their due long ago.One does not wait until they come to the streets, seething with anger and indesperation. The DIG sent into contain matters showed his medocrity when he was in Colombo by issuing a meaningless 17-page Questionnaire to the Tamil people. The man, who was said to have entertained hopes of being the next IGP, was thrown out to the Provinces and the Questionnaire thrown into the WPB. And now, he emerges and messes up again, It is a pity because Minister Dr Rajith Senaratne is one of the few capable men of learning and ability in the Cabibet – although he too has many skeletons in his own cupboard.

    Cosmetic treatment, that will surely follow in knee-jerk fashion, is not going to solve the issue. Neither will the provision of generous subsidies to the fisher community – that will predictably follow. The malaise is more widespread – it is the entire economy that has been mis-managed in the past 6 years.

    While one hopes the issues of the vast mass of people will find relief the reality is a faltering regime is not up to it and the socio-economic confusion that was speculated to follow is here. We are fated to see more of these incidents in the next few weeks is not a mischievous wish but an earthy reality.

    ISS

  3. Kalu, Rana, David, Hela and other supporters of human rights violations

    I read somewhere “There is no such thing as problem – only a fresh opportunity”.

    How true, the incident is not a problem for Gota but a fresh opportunity to retain the armed forces if necessary expand it.

    Since the end of LTTE, Mahinda maintains same level of armed forces to deal with social and economic unrest in the South.

    Nonexistence LTTE activities are a smokescreen to keep Sinhala/Buddhists happy while maintaining unproductive army all over the island.

    The LTTE is no longer a threat however the ordinary people are to the clan’s grip on power.

    Sooner the poor soldiers understand this better for the island.

    Have they hired Bell Pottinger to write the statement about the protest and how the state armed thugs dealt with the situation humanely?

    The statement could include:

    The protest did not take place.

    The army did not shoot to kill.

    The state has promised to supply free fuel for the next 25 years.

    The state has promised to find new job for the fisherman if the price of oil goes up.

    Alternatively the state will provide jobs in the hospitality industry after grabbing sea fronts and selling them to Hotel Moguls.

    The state will recruit you to armed forces to kill your kith and kin then rehabilitate them in camps.

  4. The Govt has also said a special probe would be conducted into the Chilaw firing to ascertain whether excessive force had been used to suppress the protest.

    ————————————
    Typical Siri Lankan justice !! Is Sri Lanka under marshal law??

    Why can not people protest ? When they have a genuine grievance due to government policy ?

    I’m ashamed of the hypocritical politicos. They go on having a thmasha with every thing subsidized or state sponsored, while the masses have to bear the burden of the economic blunders.

    If Rajapakse is a genuine people’s leader he should cut down the perks for the parliamentarians first. What has he got to fear? A military coup ??

  5. Thanks DBS for this report.The fuel price increase may be the proverbial straw of resentment that broke the Rajapkse regime camel’s back

  6. The average sinhalese will realise now, how they would have treated the Tamils all these years. particularly in the final war, where independent journalists, Human rights organisations were banned!!!

    The joke of the century is that what happened in Vanni was a “HUMANITARIAN OPERATION”
    The security forces walked with Human rights charter in one hand!!!

  7. Now the people donot prepared to accept the subsidy schemes as they were earlier cheated by the Govt giving a fake subsidy in an earlier occasion People have not forgotten that how they cheated the three wheeler drivers who were promised to supply PETROL AT RS 100/- Per Liter. The loss to the Petrolium is blunders made by the inefficient Managment who imported low quality Petrol and also Hedging deals. One should analyse the price structure of fuwel and I belive it is 40% various taxes direct & indirect included in the selling price.
    A silva

  8. Killing unarmed protestor while he exercising his democratic right to protest on the streets, roads of Sri Lanka is shocking… My sincere condolences to his loved ones…

  9. I am from Chilaw.Situation there is terrible. special Police fired without provocation on peaceful marchers using live ammunition. Horrible!

    Thanks to Mr.Jayaraj for drawing attention to this brutal incident

  10. The so called ‘Sinhala Pride’ that the Rajapakse Brothers have shown last 3 years is finally taking a hit. Hope these fishermen burn the Rajapakse family soon. There is something called ‘vithi’ in Tamil. If you do harm to others, it will come and bite you in the arse. These Criminal Rajapakse brothers are cursed by the souls of 40,000 Tamils butchered in Mulliavaikkaal. While Prabakaran was a Terrorist, so are these Rajapakse brothers. What was the need to massacre 40,000 Tamils who had nothing to do with the Terrorism of Prabakaran? It will be the sworn duty of every Tamil to see that these Rajapakse crooks are put behind bars in the Hague. If the International Community does not get its act to give Justice for Tamils, then Tamils will be left with no choice but seek other methods under the so called ‘Laws of Humanity’! However long it takes, these Criminals will be brought to justice!

  11. Is this the beginning of the end of Clan’s hold on power?

    No I would not think so.

    With 300,000 persons under arms together with support services provided by criminal fraternity the clan’s power base could withstand calamities for a considerable time.

    However, this could be a catalyst for mother of all future protests.

    I hope this is an opportunity TNA should not miss. Rather than dwelling on its own narrow nationalistic issues, they should speak for the people irrespective of their race, region, religion if TNA is prepared to live under one roof.

    The police, STF and the armed forces have turned their gun on hard working people when they could not find a Tamil LTTE enemy.

    Eight months ago one worker was killed and scores of people were injured. Did those people get justice?

    Kalu, David, Dayan, Hela, Rana and other supporters of human rights violations definitely would find a way to justify these barbaric acts on innocent civilians.

    Most of the fisher folks are Christians.

    I would not be surprised if JHU justified the killing on the basis that 500 years of Sinhala/Buddhist anger against Christians caused the death because Sinhala/Buddhists suffered under Christian colonial rule.

    Well self destructive gene playing out in the open.

  12. Chennai_Analyst says:

    “What was the need to massacre 40,000 Tamils who had nothing to do with the Terrorism of Prabakaran?”

    It is a very good question.

    I would have thought by now you would have worked it out. As a Chennai analyst feel free to inform us.

    Being an analyst why didn’t you foretell this was going to happen?

    You say:

    ” It will be the sworn duty of every Tamil to see that these Rajapakse crooks are put behind bars in the Hague.”

    Your request should be directed to New Delhi and not at us, as we are simple folks.

  13. David Blacker say:

    “The troops in the picture are not STF; they are SL National Guard, an Army unit.”

    What is your point?

    Are you implying that members of STF are not trained to kill but since it was National Guard, they were free to kill and maim?

  14. National guard, STF, Army, Navy, Paramilitary or Sri Lankan police are all killers and the people who are controlling these killers are the worst kind. But they are all roaming the world on peoples money with “immunity” without any hindrance and they are given red carpet welcome!!!Pathetic!!

  15. The use of live ammunition is not to be condoned. Protests seem to have gotten out of hand, if the smoking remains of the fires that have been set are any evidence to go by

    Nevertheless, fuel price increases are inevitable, especially in Sri Lanka where prices have historically been kept low by artificial means. This will be a bitter pill to swallow but whether it’s Rajapakse or Wickremasinghe or the Pope who is running the country, no one can stop fuel price increases

    Those of us who don’t view the world through the rose-tinted glasses of anti-Rajapaksa-ism know that

  16. Native Veddah, I notice you’ve taken my name in vain. I have nothing to add to DBSJ’s report. I was protesting, being teargassed before my final exam at univesrity, taken in for questioning by the NIB, teaching contract not renewed by the university, and underground, indicted under the PTA, at various stages in my life, when you were God knows where…probably hiding behind the mask of anonymity and getting about your life as you still are :))

  17. ma-rout-ti says:

    “This will be a bitter pill to swallow but whether it’s Rajapakse or Wickremasinghe or the Pope who is running the country, no one can stop fuel price increases”

    I am not sure about the Pope, but Rajapakse is elected to run the country efficiently. Under his watch CPC made huge losses when it gambled on hedges/drivatives.

    Losses have to be recovered therefore this price increase is not a surprise. Why should the poor people pay for the mistakes of incompetent stupid cronies of the clan?

    Why do you have the urge to always defend the indefensible, the clan chief?

    Please read below excerpts from Colombo pages:

    “Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Sri Lanka’s petroleum authority is to appeal the order given by the Commercial High Court in London to pay US$ 162 million (Rs 17.8 billion) along with interest to Standard Chartered Bank for non-payment of dues linked to the hedging deal.

    The CPC in 2007 entered into a hedging agreement with five local and international banks to buy crude oil at a capped price of $130 per barrel. The deal went sour when the oil prices fell below US$ 50 in the world market and CPC stood to lose nearly US$ 500 million.”

    Thu, Jul 14, 2011, 08:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

  18. The great majority of inhabitants , including Sinhal Buddhists ,still feel bad about 83 and blame the authorities for not stopping the marauding mobs in their tracks.

    The LTTE Rump and their sbupporters, still keep reminding us , that their favourite Mr Prabakaran killed and maimed thousands for thirty years since, to avenge our deeds.

    Maintaining , Law and Order, especially protecting .public and private property from politically agitated protestors, is paramount.

    These unlawful agitations must be looked at, in the context of the current relentless campaign to.destabilize the country and bring down the Regime ,which commands an absolute majority and over 80 percent support among the Inhabitant population.

    Here is what the UNP heavy hitter, and once the potential leader, Mangala Samaraweerae said, following this unfortunate incident.

    —“Fuel Price Hikes are the end of Rajapaksa.and I am going to ensure taht.We are going to organize mass agitations all over country until we bring down this Govt”.

    “I am urging the TNA and the JVP to form an alliance with the UNP, as we did at the last Prez Election”

    UNP is a party of the Elite .who are well off, well to do and well educated people ,encompassing Acedemics, Intelligentia,BuUsinees owners and mostly non Sinhal Buddhists.

    .
    These UNP supporters , I was told in a previus comment, are not like the” Chintana Crowd”, and these Elite people even read the Economist.

    That is why I didn’t lump them with the JVP in my Prediction, Native Vedda.

  19. Predictably, now that the entire country is in sympathy with the dead fishermen and those critically injured, the heat is turned on a poor ASP. He is reported to have got the OK from the DIG who was around – but the latter has a little more clout than the ASP. This can be counter-productive because the Police might not give of their best in the future. Like in Male, there can also be a mutiny in the Police.

    ISS

  20. Something the Tamil Diaspora predicted after 2009 is going to come true sooner than later and that is the Sinhalese are going to turn to the Diaspora and the IC for protection from the brutal thugs running the country. How ironic is that.

    Chennai Analyst wrote

    “…Tamils will be left with no choice but seek other methods under the so called ‘Laws of Humanity’! However long it takes, these Criminals will be brought to justice!”

    Only the Tamil Diaspora and the people of TN are genuinely interested in the welfare of the Tamil living in Sri Lanka. Everyone else (from Delhi to Washington) have theie own vested interests in Sri Lanka. Those of you in TN and south India can help by ensuring the defeat of the biggest protectors of the Rajapaksa regime, the Congress-led government.

  21. Shooting at the protesters is becoming common in the Southern part of Sri Lanka. Last year a protesting worker was shot at in a similar manner. We should together in one voice condemn such killing. This is one more incident for the world to know how violation of rights are taking place in the country. We in the South can imagine now what has been taking place in the North.

  22. KAZ say’s this is something the mighty Diaspora predicted.

    Not only they did, but have been working round the clock to make it happen, with the purported support of the IC.

    Look at the latest , fervent plea to the TNA and the JVP from the UNP Heavy Mangala Samaraweera.

    Look at the selection of the slaunch site in the heart of the Bible Belt,for the first Salvo.

    However there is some hope or the great majority of peace loving inhabitants.

    The new kid on the block and legal whizz kid Sumanathiran has turned his back to the LTTE lead Diaspora, according to their main Web Media Site.

    They are already sharpening the knives to do not only Sumanathiran, but perhaps Sambandan too.

    The great majority of inhabitants wish Mr Sumanathiran best of luck ,and hope that he will dedicate his youth, energy, and legal experise to lift the stock of the whole inhabitant population.

    After all he is also an inhabitant and probably has many extended inhabitant family members who want to live in a prosperous and peaceful counntry for the sake of their children.

    After all Mr Sumanathiran does not owe anything to the Diaspora who supported the LTTE,and he is a smart fella.

  23. Kalu Albert says:

    “The great majority of inhabitants , including Sinhal Buddhists ,still feel bad about 83 and blame the authorities for not stopping the marauding mobs in their tracks.”

    The Sinhala/Buddhist don’t feel about 83. in fact they wish 83 should have been a final solution to the “Tamil problem”.

    Had there been sympathy for the Tamils the Sinhala/Buddhist have compelled their politicians to find a reasonable solution to Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on the rest of the people

    Had there been sympathy for Tamils Sinhala/Buddhist would have brought the cities to halt until the war was stopped and people were taken to safety. On the contrary Sinhala/Buddhist were acting as the cheer leaders, for the whole sale slaughter of the trapped Tamils.

    Sinhala/Buddhists now trying very hard to prevent their leaders being dragged to ICC for war crimes and crime against humanity. All along the Sinhala/Buddhists maintained or denied the armed forces have committed war crimes even after Gota, Rajiva and others have indicated that there might have been war crimes committed by Sri Lankan armed forces.

    Sinhala/Buddhists still gloat killing the Tamils and you want me to believe you.

    Please stop shedding crocodile tears for 83.

  24. Dr Dayan Jayatilleka says:

    We all have good days and bad days. You win some loose some.

    You haven’t responded to two of my comments. Unusual for a prolific commentator like you. The forthcoming Geneva sessions probably taking the toll. After the sessions you can take well deserved long holiday. May be you might consider relinquishing all your Machiavellian machination.

    You can comment on two issues that I raised.

    1. EPRLF history which you refuted.

    2. Forming the interim council and your choice of candidates to run it.

    You can admit you made mistakes and walk away.We can share a peace pipe. We all make mistakes and I completely understand.

    It is up to you. If you want to come back after Geneva sessions you are welcome.

    I am sorry I cannot wish you well for two reasons.

    Sri Lanka is going to eat humble pie and the media is going to have a field day. You will be blamed for everything that go wrong in Geneva.

    Secondly you are going to defend war crimes and crimes against humanity as fellow human being I cannot accept.

    Dhammapada:

    Victory breeds hatred. The defeated live in pain. Happily the peaceful live giving up victory and defeat.(Dp.15,5) and

    Hatreds never cease by hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. This is an eternal law. (Dp.1,5)

    Take your own time.

    We can argue until cows come home or for many moons.

  25. “I was protesting, being teargassed before my final exam at univesrity, taken in for questioning by the NIB, teaching contract not renewed by the university, and underground, indicted under the PTA, at various stages in my life”

    How long will Dayan keep saying this? Does all this exonerates him from singing the praise of the war criminals and supporting them ? Dayan has taken a new Avatar in helping the oppressors!!

  26. Dear Fr. Iddamalgoda:

    Pastor Martin Neimoller’s words apply universally – to many societies. It is a pity in the South, including the highly educated Sinhala Christian clergy, did not raise their voice even for their flock whose basic human rights were regularly and brutally violated. The LTTE came later. Men, women, children, old folk were all treated as if they did not exist. Even when the Tamil Christian clergy raised their voices calling for restraint and justice many of them were called Tigers – some even do today.

    Nonetheless, dear father, we will heed your call. We will “join you in one voice to condemn” the killing of our brother in Chilaw. Brutality and njustice does not have a
    communal label. As Martin Luther (Jr) reminded us “Injustice somewhere to some is injustice everywhere to everyone”

    ISS

  27. Dears! All of you have forgotten an important matter. The MR Government is all out to implement the policy of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism. Thus it has to suppress with IRON FIST the uprising of the TAMILS TURNED SINHALESE of the Chillaw, Puttalam and the western coastal line.My dears! You have ignored the history of the fisher-folk of the West!!

  28. IMF is dictating terms to Sri Lanka and Mahinda is dancing to its tune. Next IMF will tell Mahinda to curtail spending on military.UN security council will also dictate terms on devolution of power to Tamils according to conditions laid by TNA.Mahinda has begun wagging his tail behind his back which is great news to Tamils.

  29. Chilaw is always a peaceful area and most of the people are friendly and bi-lingual.But I dont know why the people of Chilaw involved in this kind of agitation.

    Fuel price increases are due to the mis-management of CPC and the present embargos on Iran which is the main supplier of oil to Sri Lanka. We do not know on what conditions IMF agreed for loans!

    If Iranian cheap oil is not availabale we can expect more chaos and price hikes in the Island because subsidies are more costly. Now many reports suggest US and their allies will attack Iran in the summer. If that is the case not only Sri lanka, many other countries who buy Iranian oil will face the same fate.

  30. I’m just revisiting my own painful & humiliating experience before voting with my feet. I feel sorry for the folks on the street. Srilanka has a long way to go before discover themselves, until then same wheel with dirty cobwebs will keep on turning………..

  31. Vedda:
    Now you talk with your Tiger mouth. Did any Tamil leaders or diaspora or VaiKo or MK ever asked the LTTE to release the people who were herded to Mullivaykkal? Not a single guy who cry now for the Tamil people asked the LTTE to stop war.

    Now TNA, the proxy of LTTE, is a political partner of the UNP which was the owner of the 1983 riots. TNA or LTTE never question UNP about the 1983 riots whenever they partnered with UNP. Shall we conclude to say “1983 riots are the co-production” of LTTE and UNP? But I believe so!

    Can you show any war without war crimes in this world? Americans talk about war crimes and Human Rights. That is the biggest joke ever!

  32. ‘Chennai_Analyst’(In a related article : http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/8062) comes pretty close to a plausible scenario in very near future( or already happening)in Sri Lanka.
    But there is always the OPTION of showing the Rajapksha Cabal the door, Get out!!!.
    Then re-asses the situation by intelligent, visionary, knowledgeable Professional to look into matters quickly.
    The Chartered Crooks like Cabraal and Village Idiots lik Dr. PBJ who’s PHD thesis just biting dust somewhere will definitely have sung for their supper in front of the King!!!.
    and the King has no clue what is forthcoming, too busy, feathering his nests around and working hard to make his STUPID, IDIOT son the successor will not know what hit them!!! Very soon.
    The first salvo is raised in Chilaw, wait until the rumble from all corners of Sri Lanka begins.!!!
    In this country all governments who failed to feed the STUPID guys who voted them in, SHALL perish!!!, but this time we got to make sure we listen to visionaries like S. L. Gunasekara and throw away all the RIF-raf, like Gomin Dayasri( another Palace clown like , Dr. Suriyapperuma ( Prof. Malapropt) Dr Nalin, Prof Epasinghe et-al)
    reverse all stupid , Draconian amendments like 18A, establish independent commissions, vest power in the parliament, scrap Executive presidency all in the cards,
    We need to get the THUGS in rule out along with their cronies who run Iran, then the picture of the world political landscape looks DECENT again with some minor skirmishes left in African continent like SAID-Arabia etc where Hypocrisy rampant while the country folks do all evils while preaching 5 times a day.
    Then it would almost be like APOCALYPSE and a make over new world.

    The Anonymous.

  33. Now that Mr Sengutuan has ventured in to exploit this unwanted, unwarranted and avoidable incident,, it is appropriate to address the issues raised by the Dear Father.Iddamaldoda.

    If the protestors were allowed to reach Chilaw CBD ,many Businesses that belong to Muslims and Christians would have been attacked.

    And it would have been close to,or even worse than the recent carnage in the Queen’s capital, considering the major Political Forces that are behind these protests.

    it would have been another Prime Time documentary in the West ,on how this brutal Sinhala Buddhist supremists now conduct Genocide against Christians and Muslims.

    It was not that long ago, the sectarian violence between Hindus and Christians in Kerala, that Mr Sengutuan constantly reminds as our Ancestral Land.resulted in 12 Christian getting murdered.

    Thank God Sinhala Buddhists have never engaged in that sort of violence against Christians

    Chilaw , the main hub of the Bible Belt next to Negambo, is a comoolitan town true to word,where all nationalities and religions co habit as equals.

    Several good Catholic Priest there have tried their best to reason with these “Pritestors” to explore alternative avenues to resolve their grievances.to no avail.

    And what do they get in return for this caring and honest intervention in good faith, as the preachers of the Word of Lord and the Son Jesus Christ?.

    According to Mr Sengutuan the Sinhala Christian Priests , although highly educatedy, are cowards because they didn’t raise their voices to support the Tamil Christian Priests who were in the Tiger Diocese.

    He even refers to the deceased as his “Brother”.although the latter e is a Sinhalese.which is highly commendable in this era of reconcilliation.

    Only thing missing in his post here is “Amen” to the sermon of his favorite Priest.

  34. The facts are that the State used undue force to quell a relatively small riot. The use of tear gas or water cannon(the latter may not have been available as they are usually reserved for Colombo protest control) would have been sufficient.

    I would question how much live bullets were used into the air before they aimed at the people. There is NO excuse for shooting live ammunition on unarmed Civilians. So do not look any further. The DIG especially if Pujitha Jayasundera was in fact on site, should be singly blamed and sent on administrative leave prior to the completion of the Investigation. I cannot see from the facts presented why he should have ordered the live bullets. How about rubber bullets?

    So I have no proof but it could have been Ghotabhaya Rajapakse again at the helm of the order to use live ammunition as he is determined to prevent any protest by instilling FEAR into the people. It is fear and Fear alone that seem to deter Sri Lankans. If one is without fear we can topple the Regime in an instant. we are not Thailand where an event such as this would have toppled the Govt. in power.

    Given the reality, those opposing the Regime must engage in an active campaign of spreading the reality of what the Govt. is doing. For all those who say this price rise was inevitable, all one can say it due to the bad policies of the Govt. over these years it became inevitable. There was no sudden rise in fuel internationally to result in this.

    So it is time first to explain how ruthless the govt. has fooled the people all these years into a false sense of security that could just not be continued, and finally when shit hits the fan they are trying to protect their backsides by doing their utmost to prevent ANY dissent.

  35. GOSL state machinary always been run by very cunning set of politiciens.

    They alway employ mind manipulative moves towards both communities.

    GOSL delibratly making the price increase at a crucial time at a rate more than it should be so that HEADLINES will be on this matter when GSL faces international pressure.

    I beg ALL medias not to fall in this trap

  36. All around SL so many Fishermen suffering due to fuel price hike. But the riots began only in Chilaw area. Native veddha said somewhere here that most fishermen are christians. I did not agree with that. But in Negombo-Chilaw area most fisherman are christians. So what’s the reason these riots only began in these areas.

    As Dr.Rajitha said recently few christian father’s in these area provoked these people to begin riotsin Chilaw. It is obivious that these few christian father’s don’t like MR government and the way government take steps to preserve and promote Buddhism which during last 30years neglected by our rulers. Some christian sects don’t like it. They need a regime change.

  37. This is the beginning of the end of Rajapaksha regime. Now people have realized what a crafty crook he is. The blunders and crooked deals happened during his governance are so many, there should be investigations when the regime changes. The biggest crooks are Basil and Namal. These fellows should not allow to leave the country when government topples.

  38. M.Sivananthan says:
    February 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    FYI please read my previous comments:

    Native Vedda says:
    February 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Mekala says:

    “It is indeed great of Sunila to state these truths with “courageous candour” as you describe it DBS.Sadly her voice is a voice in the wilderness of Rajapakse regime”
    Why wasn’t even a single voice against LTTE when it ethnically cleansed the North and refused to let the innocent Tamil civilian flea from war zones?

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Do not say that! There were many voices raised but people pretend they were not raised. I was the FIRST to focus on the plight civilians were going to face in Wanni as army advanced,LTTE retreated and area of habitat shrunk and turned into war zone.I appealed to LTTE openly many times “Let my people GO”. I appealed to both sides to think of civilians and cited the story of wise King Solomon and the two women claining motherhood over one child. Nobody listened including all these western powers clamouring for accountability. Worse still the LTTE supporters in the west are now human rights champions seeking “Justice”.

    So dont just accuse.There were voices but nobody listened

    Native Vedda says:
    February 16, 2012 at 3:47 am
    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    “So dont just accuse.There were voices but nobody listened”

    So did I.

    We were the few people out of millions of Tamils around the world. I think it was in Tamilcanadian I first ask the LTTE to release the people to ICRC for save passage. I did so in August 2008 amids barrage of attack from the LTTE supporting stupid Tamil Diaspora.

    I personally confronted a few LTTE supporters immediately after LTTE had ethnically cleansed North of Muslims. Even today the Tamil Speaking people would not admit what the LTTE did to Muslims was wrong.

    We were the lone voices.

  39. Wonder why there is no protest in Jaffna/Batticaloa/Vanni – Is it because they are getting fuel at any subsidized rate?

    And also wonder what would have happened to the protestors in there had been a protest in any of these places…?

  40. Rana says:

    “Native veddha said somewhere here that most fishermen are christians”

    Read my previous comment I have made easy for you by copy paste part of my earlier comment you lazy redneck.

    Here is part of my comment:

    Kalu, David, Dayan, Hela, Rana and other supporters of human rights violations definitely would find a way to justify these barbaric acts on innocent civilians.

    Most of the fisher folks are Christians.

    I would not be surprised if JHU justified the killing on the basis that 500 years of Sinhala/Buddhist anger against Christians caused the death because Sinhala/Buddhists suffered under Christian colonial rule.

  41. THE REGIME CHANGE IS DAY TIME DREAM WITH OPEN EYE.

    Chillaw incidence is unfourtunete one. Any one can protest but it must be within the limit. According to news police gathered several sharp swords, petral bombs ect. If it was a innocent protest why these people carried these items.

    STF HAD FIRED. It proved wheather TAMILS or SINHALEES any one go beyond the limit they must face the concequences as well.

    It is the proved factor that there are many mistakes from the government side.We don’t have blind fath to them. We are continously examining what they are doing.

    But people specially SO CALLED 99.5% SINHALA BUDDHISTS are not to thinking this is the real time to change the regime. These people(including me) who are suffred from terorists activities,fought against them, perhaps if they might come again we will definetly fight against them.

    The rest of 05% is belongs to SINHALA CRISTIANS, MUSLIMS,and TAMILS and so on.

    DWFINETLY 99.5% OF SINHALEES BUDDHISTS WILL OPPOSE TO MR IF HE ACCEPTS SUMBANTHAN’S or SUMANTHERIAN’S PROPOSAL OF POWER DEVOLUTION.

    samarasekara

    So you are asking Mahinda to violate the Constitution.Chickeya!……..DBSJ

  42. The Trojan Horse in Oil price protests.

    This is another conspiracy by LTTE using the Church, who is aiding and abetting the agitation against the govt. for the sole purpose of discrediting the SLG. On the face of Human Rights Meeting at UN, they have been able to get one more body on the street to say the world that there are no human rights in Sri Lanka.

    The ultimate aim of these conspirators is to topple the PA Govt., take the M.R. to Guillotine and then establish Pro LTTE govt. that will give away the North & East to create Tamil Homeland. The interested parties await the UN mandate is issued to send UN forces to Sri Lanka, divide it.

    Shameless JVP is also taking such issues and trying to topple the govt. knowing what happens when the UNP comes to power at a time like this, yet it is funny to know whether the JVP is talking from mouth or elsewhere having been humiliated and annihilated on tire pyres in 88/89 period under the UNP regime in which the present UNP Leader was a powerful minister and who is alleged to have operated the famous Batalanda torture house in Kelaniya area.

    UNP trying to topple the govt. is understood that they were in opposition for so long, now they need to exploit and plunder the wealth of the country to fill their coffers and make their band wagons happy. As a result we will also be subjugated to the Western plot of dominating once again under the Neo-Colonialism and Sri Lanka will be divided to three countries LTTE Homeland in North and Muslim homeland in East creating new borders and UN forces entering our soil and guarding boarders.

    For JVP they have been humiliated so much for so long, that they have been yearning for a occasion and even without knowing whether it is head or tail, they are bringing people on the street and inflicted second death of a poor innocent protestor, just like they did in Katunayake. In both cases it is apparent that both who died are not JVP activists and dragged in to the incident.

    Any fool understands that Oil price and catastrophe of its chain effect on all other goods and services will rise, where there is no immediate remedy or a control possible to GSL. Oil is not yet been substituted by any other resource or method, and unfortunately majority of it comes from the middle-east which is now burning from several issues.

    The time and history cannot be compared nor the old prices will never come back, where oil prices were lowest in early 70 ties’. The then Sirima govt. also had to face severe hardships when the Oil prices were first increased in 1972, during which time the writer was a grade 6 school boy, but remember the events which took up like a storm in the society.

    It is very clear from what is going on and from recent events that unfolded in middle-east and north- Africa, that the USA lead Western coalition will attack Iran any moment and Israel will also be part of it. This is not the stage to comment about this whole thing as our subject is not that as well.

    In the event of a war breaking out in the Persian gulf, depends on the intensity of the war, how long it will take to cease etc., there could be situation of No delivery of Oil at all, and/or disrupt of all other usual day to day business, such as ships, airlines will cease to operate and international trade will be disrupted. After effects of such a war will leave many damages to entire world economy making it difficult to recover any early especially for a country like Sri Lanka that has no reserves.

    USA in particular is an isolated a separate continent and somewhat self sufficient in terms of Oil, Food and other needs of the day, while there could be extensive damages to Iran inflicting thousands of deaths, destruction of property and devastating the entire gulf as well.

    With all probability, in the event of war breaking out, however powerful the coalitions forces may be, Iran may also use its maximum thrust at least in the first few hours or days before they are annihilated, leaving many collateral damages to nearby countries that has US / West interests.

    The extent of damages it will cause cannot be forecast and can only be said as the most spectacular war in the recent time. Accordingly we will have more additional problems also to face prior to the war or during and after the war.

    The other major issue that we will have to face is repatriating the 1.4 million big workforce in middle east if early warning is given. Then the question arises how to transport them back home? If not they will be effected and will cause to run away for safety and could be scattered and there can be dangers to lives.

    This will be a much harder subject for the Sri Lanka to address. The families will be effected from those who will miss their families or from loosing job income from middle-east. That will be a huge blow to the Sri Lanka and will be a huge task of feeding effected people.

    The writer has experienced first gulf war while in Saudi Arabia and aware the hardships that had to go through and mental agony and stress faced. Back in Sri Lanka people have been suffering thinking about their loved ones in the middle-east and when will they come back.

    Our grannies told us that they had to under go many hardships due to the world war II and eat “Bajiri” (Wheat bran) and live without lamps not for any purpose of their own, but to assist the Englishman who were rulling the Sri Lanka at that time.

    It is envisaged that similar episode may emerge when this War irrupts and one could not under estimate, the damages it will leave on every one’s life that will take years to recover. In the event of that situation, when every this is disrupted, what would the JVP and UNP say, agitate on the street to topple the govt. of Sri Lanka? And what would they ( the public ) will achieve?

    The wise action be of the public at this time (at least the country loving Sinhela people) to wait calm, not to be prey of JVP or UNP or any other conspiracy. In the name of protests against Fuel hike, a Trojan horse carrying many enemies is coming in to our motherland!

    May wise people understand !

  43. Rana,

    Only some people are willing and capable to vice on behalf of others…. and the whole community then reap the benefits achieved. This is the norm in many social causes and activism,.

  44. Kalu Albert says:
    February 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    These unlawful agitations must be looked at, in the context of the current relentless campaign to.destabilize the country and bring down the Regime ,which commands an absolute majority and over 80 percent support among the Inhabitant population.

    ————————————-

    Nauseating to keep hearing your pathetic defensive arguments.

    Is Sri Lanka under Marshal law? That protests are unlawful?

    80% support ?? when??? after the war victory in 2009 may be BUT not after the fuel price and electricity price rise !!

    Don;t provoke anti Christian sentiments to this incident. WHy can;t you see that the fishermen are having a real problem due to the increased fuel price. Not only them the lower income groups are badly affected.

    I’m sure you are enjoying perks of the GoSL and keep hammering the victims !!

  45. Native Veddha says:

    he Sinhala/Buddhist don’t feel about 83. in fact they wish 83 should have been a final solution to the “Tamil problem”.

    Had there been sympathy for the Tamils the Sinhala/Buddhist have compelled their politicians to find a reasonable solution to Sinhala/Buddhist problem imposed on the rest of the people

    Had there been sympathy for Tamils Sinhala/Buddhist would have brought the cities to halt until the war was stopped and people were taken to safety. On the contrary Sinhala/Buddhist were acting as the cheer leaders, for the whole sale slaughter of the trapped Tamils.

    Sinhala/Buddhists now trying very hard to prevent their leaders being dragged to ICC for war crimes and crime against humanity. All along the Sinhala/Buddhists maintained or denied the armed forces have committed war crimes even after Gota, Rajiva and others have indicated that there might have been war crimes committed by Sri Lankan armed forces.

    —————————————–

    I do not agree with your accusations against Sinhala/Buddhists.

    You can not blame all Buddhists. The numbers who risked their lives to help the victims of ’83 progrom were more than the political thugs who took the law in to their hands.

    Also Sinhala/Buddhists were never cheer leaders during the final phase of the war either.

    Your attack on all sinhala Buddihists is very unfair. As I personally know they are NOT what you label them to be. However there are blind supporters of regimes in power. It was so even during UNP rule too.

    As a whole Buddhists are very cultured and sensitive people.

  46. Rana says:
    February 17, 2012 at 1:26 am
    All around SL so many Fishermen suffering due to fuel price hike. But the riots began only in Chilaw area.

    ———————————–

    RIOTS ???
    Do you call a protest against fuel price hike a riot??
    You said ‘All around SL so many Fishermen suffering due to fuel price hike’ . So Chilaw fishermen started to protest, others would have joined later…. but the riot squad opened fire at them to put a full stop to chain of protests. As the protest was for genuine grievance.

    This will give more reason for the JVP & opposition to start protests.

    A democratic government should heed the cries of people not SHOOT them !! Do not drag the Church in to this.

  47. Uruwalige Booruwa: “I trust Dayan, Rana, David, Hela and other supporters of human right violation may have something to add to the above.”

    Can you quote me ever having supported human rights violations? Why are you indulging in libel while hiding behind anonymity? In contrast, isn’t it you who has advocated violence and war with India on this very blog?

    “Are you implying that members of STF are not trained to kill but since it was National Guard, they were free to kill and maim?”

    One would have to be extremely stupid to read that implication;but then you’ve often displayed that stupidity, haven’t you?

    “I would not be surprised if JHU justified the killing on the basis that 500 years of Sinhala/Buddhist anger against Christians caused the death because Sinhala/Buddhists suffered under Christian colonial rule.”

    Why are you attempting to give this a religious slant? This isn’t a Christian vs Buddhist issue. Is inter-religious conflict the sort of human right you claim to defend?

    “The Sinhala/Buddhist don’t feel about 83. in fact they wish 83 should have been a final solution to the “Tamil problem”.”

    Why are you making racist comments? What were you doing in ’83; helping loot the Tamil homes?

  48. hope says:
    February 16, 2012 at 9:38 am
    # The average sinhalese will realise now, how they would have treated the Tamils all these years. particularly in the final war, where independent journalists, Human rights organisations were banned!!!

    The joke of the century is that what happened in Vanni was a “HUMANITARIAN OPERATION”
    The security forces walked with Human rights charter in one hand!!! #

    If it is not humanatarian operation, how about 3 lakh people who were under the clutches of LTTE (ltte was indiscriminately killing people who were trying to go to safetey, which has been said by none other a TNA MP, who was with them ), were brought to safetey ?

    The joke is on you dear.

  49. while I admit the fact that life is becoming hard in sri lanka…I dont see the point of losing life like this….prices goes high not only in sri lanka but in many parts of the world..but I dont see that ppl coming to streets asking for subsidy..or getting killed…Occupy toronto and NY was crackdown just the same way..

    sri lankans are use to this..couple of moons back they took to the streets protesting against those plastic crates and threw their vegetables to the streets and burn those new plastic crates in the street….I was watching with disgust…

    anything and eveything now they come to the steets……we should bring Premadasa back…..

    Let me tell you this….UNP always kept ppl at arms length infact UNP was never a party with ppl…no common man touch..they kept the distance with them….therefore ppl were scared of UNP ruling…PPl never could judge the UNP….they never knew what their next move will be….JR threw all the public setor worker who were protesting out of jobs if ppl remember that………but the story in not the same with SLFP….ppl are not scared of them….they know they can get anything by coming to the street……..this is the problem…..

    while MR should restict its goons luxury he should also find a solution to fix this….eveytime a problem erupts ppl are in the streets….and someone gets killed….and this someone is always an unknown poor man………

    enforce a law and ban all forms of public protest…..everyone of them…….make it illegal…….bring some law and stop this bullshit before it is too late….we dont want tilvin silva or lal kantha as the President of sri lanka..

  50. In my decades of studying the social scene, my take is Christian/Catholic priests usually don’t go around working up or provoking the people to rise against the Govt or the established order. The process of becoming a Catholic/Christian priest is after decades of deep theological training. Christian/Catholic priests also have
    no political ambitions, material dreams or the desire to get into the snakepit of politics. As someone from another religion, for these I admire them profoundly.

    The fisherfolk in Chilaw rose because they could not take any more. They could not bear the starvation and collapse of their incomes to take care of their families.
    They have no intention in a regime change is my feel.

    ISS

  51. TRN, I print here what Fisherie’s Minister told in a press conference which telecast on TV channels few days ago. He said one or two christian father’s behind this riot in Chilaw. These father’s establish a fisherie’s society which funded by INGO. And he further said,..Now they can sell the dead man’s body internationally and earn extra Dollars..”

    And what you called people carrying Petrol bombs,knives and swords . A peaceful demonstration. Come on man. I below write what “RIOT” MEANS in Oxford dictionary for your perusal.”….a situation in which a group of people behave in a violent way in a public place,often as a protest..” Hope your ignorance rectified.

  52. Native Vaddha, You simply Confused or suffering from a mental disorder. I thoroughly advised you to go back to Binthanna from where you now dwell, and stay with your clan few months so that they can give you a herbal treatment like “..Hisakudichchiya” and I’m sure after that treatment you don’t even think about come back to Canada. Maybe you opt to ” Kekuliyak Saheta Ganna”[wed a vaddha’s daughter] and live the rest of your life in there peacefully.

  53. TRN

    Please note my classification.

    Sinhala – stupid, these people don’t use their brain – they take what they are given, vote periodically and elect the most undemocratic people to run the country, and believe evrything is going to be okay, forgetting they are creating more problems for themselves and others, the Sinhala middle and upper class, the survivalists.

    Tamils – stupid, these people don’t use their brain – they take what they are given, vote periodically and elect the most incompetent people to represent them in the parliament, and believe everything is going to be okay, forgetting they are creating more problems for themselves and others, the Tamil middle and upper class, the survivalists.

    Tamil/Saivas narrow nationalist and caste concious racists (self destructive mostly who supported LTTE from outside, justifies everthing the LTTE did), supported dictatorship, will support dictatorship.

    Sinhala/Buddhist narrow nationalistis and racist (creates problems for their own people and others, justifies mass killings in the name of x, y, and Z, from 1971 to date)supported dictatorship, supports dictatorship, will support dictatorship.

    I have no conflict with Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jews so long as they are good people who treat others with humanity, share pain and pleasure in equal measures, respect democracy, human rights, good governance condemn violence.

    TRN

    Those who organised all those riots against the minorities, the killing of innocent Sinhala youths since 1971 and from 1987 to 1991, the state war criminals and their counter parts, terrorists JVP & LTTE are either Tamil/Saivas or Sinhala/Buddhists. I have seen both Tamil/Saivas and Sinhala/Buddhists gloating over killing, specially their perceived enemies, it could be on racial lines or on political lines.

    I can tolerate the stupid Sinhalese and Tamils because they are stupid.

  54. Sivananthan ayya, you think LTTE is behind this calamity? LTTE sponsored by diaspora tamils? Only you would know these things so please enlighten us who is behind this unrest.

  55. Rana says:

    “Native Vaddha, You simply Confused or suffering from a mental disorder.”

    Thanks for your advice. You are right.

    You know why I am confused and suffering from a mental disorder? I am driving you mad, not that you need me. Sometimes it helps you.

    You say:

    ” I thoroughly advised you to go back to Binthanna from where you now dwell, and stay with your clan few months so that they can give you a herbal treatment”

    How dare you confine me to Bintene? Don’t you ever forget that this island belonged my ancestors. I will roam, leap, live sleep wherever I want to. If you don’t like it go back to your ancestral home land Sinhapura, Lala land which last time I checked was in India.

    I will see you soon in Sinhapura when I visit my cousins near by.

  56. Rana says:
    February 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    TRN, I print here what Fisherie’s Minister told in a press conference which telecast on TV channels few days ago. He said one or two christian father’s behind this riot in Chilaw. These father’s establish a fisherie’s society which funded by INGO. And he further said,..Now they can sell the dead man’s body internationally and earn extra Dollars..”

    And what you called people carrying Petrol bombs,knives and swords . A peaceful demonstration. Come on man. I below write what “RIOT” MEANS in Oxford dictionary for your perusal.”…

    ———————————–

    So you believe every word from the GoSL’s side.

    Did you see with your own eyes that the protesting people were armed with swords? Have you seen with your own eyes even in a photo or a video?

    Your ignorance is pathetic. Now who killed this man? Why should anyone gain politically over his dead body? Why couldn’t the GoSL have a discussion with these fisher folk without suppressing their protest?

    Your lame excuses to cover up the faults of the ruling regime is pathetic?

    Now can you name this INGO who was behind the protest? For any genuine grievance of the people this is the label GoSL gives without trying to solve the issue.

    THe main reason for the fuel hike is the mismanagement of CPC and the loss with the hedging deal !!

    ========================================
    manuri-toronto says:
    February 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

    while I admit the fact that life is becoming hard in sri lanka…I dont see the point of losing life like this….prices goes high not only in sri lanka but in many parts of the world..but I dont see that ppl coming to streets asking for subsidy..or getting killed…Occupy toronto and NY was crackdown just the same way..

    sri lankans are use to this..couple of moons back they took to the streets protesting against those plastic crates and threw their vegetables to the streets and burn those new plastic crates in the street….I was watching with disgust…

    ——————————————–

    Come on, All these protests are due to unplanned policies…. GoSL make mistakes in economics… CPC, SLC in debt ….. they steel or lose money and the burden is on the people.

    The crater law was unduly brought without any prior research of the problems the farmers going to face. How else can the pwerless people show their problems. I agree some times they do burn things (craters & tires) on the middle of the roads… That is purely to get the attention.

    The problem is GoSL is putting all the burden of the mistakes of the administrations on the people. What can the powerless masses of the lower social strata do than protesting on the street to be heard of?

    What do you mean NY & Tronto will crack down with shooting one / 2 protesting civilians?? Are you really living in Tronto??

  57. manuri-toronto says:
    February 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

    enforce a law and ban all forms of public protest…..everyone of them…….make it illegal…….bring some law and stop this bullshit before it is too late….we dont want tilvin silva or lal kantha as the President of sri lanka..

    —————————————

    Please come back to SL and enjoy the freedom from protests and live a happy life, when this law is enforced by your favorite MR !!!

  58. TRN, Check the violent riot which video by every TV channel and you can see swords in their hand. And after chase them away police collecting what they left behind.

  59. N/V, If your cousins live near Sinhapura in India, that mean we might be relatives many many centuries ago. But I didn’t hear any Vaddha community migrate from India.

  60. For all (Rana, Manuri, Kalu…) who try to justify this civilian death, please understand whatever your political preferences, this type of unwanted deaths should be condemned.

    In no time the country will revert back to 71 or 89 atmosphere. The GoSL should act with responsibility.

    I’m not a JVP/UNP supporter, however I condemn any violence against civilians. Most of these protests could’ve been prevented if GoSL acted with responsibility and took the correct economic policies.

    The overnight fuel price hike had affected all citizen of this country. Unless the GoSL show some reduction on government expenditure (providing them with all luxuries), people will continue to suffer & inevitable protests will spring up.

    Now the opposition have fuel to their agitations… may be this is what the GoSL wants to put the country under marshal law !! So they could do whatever they like.

  61. TRN says:

    “Now the opposition have fuel to their agitations… may be this is what the GoSL wants to put the country under marshal law !! So they could do whatever they like.”

    Hence the militarisation of entire country.

    I responded to your 83 question earlier.

    Now you know who the Sinhala/Buddhists are.

  62. Rana says:

    “N/V, If your cousins live near Sinhapura in India, that mean we might be relatives many many centuries ago.”

    No chance, you Anagarika Aryans are related to land grabbing Hindians.Even if you are remotely related to my ancestors I disown you as you have become an ardent supporter of Sinhala/Buddhism. By the virtue of being a Sinhala/Buddhist you have disenfranchised yourself from human race. Perhaps you are related to animal kingdom, more closely with lions, the kings(?) of the jungle.

  63. Native Vedda says:
    February 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    TRN

    Those who organised all those riots against the minorities, the killing of innocent Sinhala youths since 1971 and from 1987 to 1991, the state war criminals and their counter parts, terrorists JVP & LTTE are either Tamil/Saivas or Sinhala/Buddhists. I have seen both Tamil/Saivas and Sinhala/Buddhists gloating over killing, specially their perceived enemies, it could be on racial lines or on political lines.

    I can tolerate the stupid Sinhalese and Tamils because they are stupid.

    ———————————-

    I do not agree with your generalisation of race & religion in to political motives.

    I can tolerate your misunderstandings becuase you are very // THICK.

  64. The right to protest is enshrined in law. This was not an organized protest by a political party. It was simply a protest from the heart of the affected people who suddenly realized their livelihoods will change for the worse, as they would not be able to go to sea and make a decent living if they have to pay 50% more for kerosene. I am not sure, but there are many kerosene engined craft as well as diesel engines ones.

    TO counter the protest the Govt. has decided the use of force is justified, so that any spread of this along the coast, started by fishermen and then going into other affected people could explode out of proportion, so they wanted to nip this in the bud with a forceful message. Mess with us and you are down buddy.

    It is clear after the LTTE experience where Gotabhaya Rakapakse felt the previous administrations had vacillated and given in too many times, he did not wish a repeat of that by permitting spontaneous dissent. So his formula is the same as that used for the LTTE. Use of maximum force will prevent dissent, as inherently people are frightened once they know a struggle will be met with ruthlessness.

    I do not know if this formula will work, and I suspect it will not, once the trooper being asked to fire realizes he is being asked to kill the very people the govt. has promised to protect and help. They will eventually mutiny against their superiors orders. That is what frightens GR the most knowing he does not have their complete loyalty, and is doing the next best to have different groups within the forces to check on loyalty of others and severely punish those he suspects of being disloyal, again to instill fear on the remaining forces on what will happen to them if they disobey.

    It is therefore a very determined govt. that is dealing with dissent. This will make it that much harder to topple, but I think in time once the people realize everyone has to take to the streets against the system, then nothing will stop them. You cannot kill all your citizens and in time the dictatorship will collapse.

    Now most MPs want to defect or at least pass a vote of no confidence in the administration. they are being faced with so many questions in their constituencies they cannot answer. Many of the price increases are just as a shock to the MPs also as they were not told about this in advance. So the dissatisfaction amongst govt. ranks has set in and they are looking for a catalyst, such as another obvious case of disproportionate use of force to combat dissent as the time to give up their unsustainable perks in times where the people have to tighten their belts severely.

    Many of the arguments on the rights and wrongs are just academic, when the people erupt in unison against injustice and unjust rule. It will have its own momentum and THAT my dear friends has got the govt. very worried.

  65. TRN

    “I can tolerate your misunderstandings becuase you are very // THICK.”

    I would not say I am very thick but I have in the past said I am bit thick on the record.

    The right wing Sinhalese are riding on the back of Buddhism. Sinhalese Buddhists are riding on the back of Sinhala. They are the Sinhala/Buddhists.

    Similarly the Tamils are on the back of Saivam. Saivas are riding on the back of Tamils. They are the Tamil/Saivas.

    In both cases the Sinhala/Buddhists and Tamil/Saivas have allowed themselves to be manipulated by extreme narrow nationalistic and religious forces.

    It is lethal cocktail of language and religion.

    About hundred odd years ago both the Sinhala/Buddhists and Tamil/Saivas invented this cocktail. Rest is history.

    Religion and language should not mix.

  66. Native Vedda says:
    February 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

    The right wing Sinhalese are riding on the back of Buddhism. Sinhalese Buddhists are riding on the back of Sinhala. They are the Sinhala/Buddhists.

    Similarly the Tamils are on the back of Saivam. Saivas are riding on the back of Tamils. They are the Tamil/Saivas.

    —————————————–

    Both the above extreme right wing racists are politically motivated. None of them even practice their religion seriously.

    Majority of the masses of our country although literate are unable to think laterally or logically. They are been led like a herd by a political party. Many are yet loyal to a party than to the country. This trend is diminishing now. Most of these sheep are led to slaughter by the politicians.

    However the desires and inspirations of the citizens of SL are mostly the same despite their ethnicity ,religion or region. If the politicians & politics do not disturb their lives the people will live in harmony and brotherhood. However this is disturbed by power hungry politicians to get their votes based on ethnic & religion card.

    Have you lived in SL ? have you tasted the village and urban life of an ordinary SL man/woman?
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    Native Vedda says:
    Religion and language should not mix.

    ===========

    R U against mix marriages?

  67. TRN says:

    “Majority of the masses of our country although literate are unable to think laterally or logically. They are been led like a herd by a political party.”

    This was precisely my point.

    Therefore Tamils and Sinhalese are stupid without a shred of doubt. Both confirms my observation every second of the day.

    You say:

    “If the politicians & politics do not disturb their lives the people will live in harmony and brotherhood”

    How do the politicians disturb the people?

    Riding on the destructive band wagon Sinhala/Buddhism and Tamil/Saivam.

    You have just proved my point.

    Thanks.

    You say:

    “R U against mix marriages?”

    I am not sure what your question was.

    I am not against mix marriages in fact we should help the couples to break the social taboos to live a happy life together.

    However I am against militarisation of match making.

    Please remember if the country is run by crooks it is not the fault of crooks. It is the fault of the people who time and again vote for crooks.

    Sinhala/Buddhism and Tamil/Saivam are portent tools of their trade.

    We should discuss about politicisation of bureaucracy and state institutions first against the minorities which now harms the entire people.

    We have been beating around the bush so long which seems to me a waste of time.

  68. Native Vedda says:
    February 20, 2012 at 3:51 am

    We should discuss about politicisation of bureaucracy and state institutions first against the minorities which now harms the entire people.

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    Of course we can but will the stupid people around us understand ??

    Will the crooks become straight ??

    We are wasting our time posting comments if we already passed the judgement to the entire Sinhala/Tamil/Buddhists/Saiva as stupid.

    Best advice I ever heard was ‘never advice a fool, he/she will become your enemy’ !!

    If I’m convinced things will not change because the people are stupid, I will not waste my time posting comments here daily.

  69. Native Veddah says

    “I am not sure about the Pope, but Rajapakse is elected to run the country efficiently. Under his watch CPC made huge losses when it gambled on hedges/drivatives.
    Losses have to be recovered therefore this price increase is not a surprise. Why should the poor people pay for the mistakes of incompetent stupid cronies of the clan?”

    So maintaining unrealistic, artificial and self-defeating subsidies is the answer ?

    Perhaps the car-driving, internet savvy, weeping-on-fora population can make the sacrificies instead ? There surely must be a lot of them judging from the copious amounts of tears shed.. But I dont see anyone stepping up to the plate and saying “OK – I will stop driving my company car, minimise the use of my company petrol allowance”.. Doubt whether they give a damn anyway..

    Yes, the hedging deal was ill-thought-out.. in retrospect, perhaps Independence also. But both deals are done and we have to deal with the consquences.

  70. Ma-Rout-Ti

    First please get your patriotic MPs, Ministers,hangers on, cronies,… to stop using gas guzzlers and start travelling on bicycles, carts and public transports.

    CPC cock up is not the only one.

    Mihin Air
    Hambantota harbour
    Norocholai Power Station
    Lanka Ceramics
    Paper Corporation
    Cashew Corporation
    Lanka Phosphate
    Salusala
    State Trading Corporation
    CWE
    Building Materials Corporation

    are a few institutions that come to mind from a long list of failed state owned institutions.

    Commonality among all these failed institutions is that these are run by Clan’s cronies- most incompetent, corrupt and nasty bunch.

    CPC is just another issues but not the only issue.

    You say:

    “So maintaining unrealistic, artificial and self-defeating subsidies is the answer ?”

    No, if you run those institutions efficiently with competent management team then problems won’t arise.

  71. If we are democratic country people have every right to protest. Govt. has no right to kill protestors. Govt. should never treat protestors as terrorist. This should not continue. Worker got killed at Katunayaka. Now fisherman got killed at Chilaw. What is next ? We are watching.

  72. [Another fisherman commented: “When there was war, the government promised to give us relief after concluding it. Where is that relief? We were promised we could fish anywhere in the sea after the war. Now we are prohibited even go to Kalpitya [a nearby fishing area]. That area is being developed as a ‘tourist paradise’.”]

    What is this guy talking about,what is the relief after the war.Before the war he was dreaming of prabha’s bushy mustachiod face.Now mahinda’s bushy mustachiod face is appearing in his dreams.Isn’t that much better?

    As for those who think that mahinda will have a problem when losing 500000 fishermen’s votes,think again.There is always recourse to the computer jilmart.Now elections are computerized and south korean computer experts are there on contract to fix those type of problems.

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