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An appeal from me to all my fellow Sri Lankans who wish to see Democracy restored in our country……….

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Sharmini Serasinghe

On 6th December, 2018 at 3.30 pm, many of us apolitical journalists, writers, artistes including musicians, film stars and other’s in diverse professions are gathering at the Open Air Theatre at the Viharamahadevi Park to “Stand Up for Democracy” in peace.

I appeal to all my countrymen and women to join us in our mission.

It’s human nature to appreciate the value of something only when it’s lost. Today, many of us Sri Lankans who took the sacred institution of Democracy for granted realise its value only now, after it’s gone.

Our country was once regarded as the epitome of a Democratic country which upheld all what Democracy stood for, but not anymore. We have today become the laughing stock of the world!

Sri Lanka is said to have the highest literacy rates in the South Asian region at 92% and overall, one of the highest literacy rates in Asia.

Literacy does not mean just the ability to read and write. It also means the ability to use our good sense and sound judgement to determine right from wrong. It also means not allowing others with personal agendas, to brainwash us into believing what they believe.

Democracy is an institute each and every citizen of our country must respect and uphold no matter who or what we are. We Sri Lankans have the moral right to live with dignity in our own country. This is our democratic right. It is our birth right.

When self-serving politicians behave and regard our country as their personal property to do whatever they wish with it at will, with not a care for those of us who voted them into power, it becomes a problem of unimaginable proportions for all of us Sri Lankans. The worst of it is yet to come, if we the people of this country don’t unite and halt it. Let us not be cast aside as non-entities who mater only at the ballot.

Our rights as citizens of Sri Lanka matter when it comes to defending our country.

By selfishly looking the other way at this moment in time, we Sri Lankans are also creating an ugly legacy for the future generations of Sri Lanka.

Is that what we want for our children and grandchildren? Will they not curse us for being selfish and complacent when our country needed us?

The time has come for each and every citizen of Sri Lanka to rise in peace and defend the sacred institution of Democracy in Sri Lanka. It’s our moral duty as its citizens.

I’m appealing to you again, to ‘Stand up for Democracy’ in our country because like you, I too want my country to be a place where we are free to live in dignity, peace and in harmony with one another.

My fellow Sri Lankans, we need to rise in peace now, before it’s too late!

<strong> Democracy Really – 6th Dec 3.30 @ Viharamahadevi Open air Theatre

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