6th September 2018

Tensions in Mullaitivu: locals angered by attempts to build Buddhist vihara

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There was a tense situation in Mullaitivu today after locals were angered by police inaction against the attempt to build a Buddhist vihara by a group of Sinhala people, including Buddhist monks. The group were caught by locals and handed over to Oddusuddan police today. Despite a pledge to ensure the suspects would be produced before court, the police later released the monks. Locals state the Sinhala Buddhist group intended to build a vihara on Kurunthur mountain, in Kumulamunai, Thannimurippu, arriving in two vehicles with a Buddhist statue and other materials in tow. The group was about to make a tent and settle in the area when they were apprehended. The mountain only has a Hindu Siva temple, locals said, adding that there had never […]

Tamil villagers lay siege to intruding monks, expose ethnic bias of SL Archaeology Department

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[Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 23:14 GMT] The villagers of the ancient Tamil village of Kumuzha-munai in Karai-thu’raip-pattu division of Mullaith-theevu district on Tuesday evening laid siege to a 16-member group of Sinhala Theravada Buddhist extremists from the South, who had come with a Buddha statue, which they wanted to erect at Kurunthoor-malai, a place with traces of ancient heritage in the country of Eezham Tamils. The group, led by two young monks, consisted mostly of Sinhala youth. The SL Forest Department guards also assisted them. The villagers alleged SL military intelligence personnel wearing civilian clothes were also in the group. The SL Police, providing escort to the group, had to withdraw from the intruders to the police station. Full story >> Latest Reports: Sep 04 23:14      Tamil villagers lay […]

Sinhala voters flock to Rajapaksa led rally

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Thousands of Sinhala voters took part in the Joint Opposition rally in Colombo, led by the former Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Addressing his Sinhale supporters, Rajapaksa spoke of toppling the Government to bring an end to what he termed as the Government’s “separatism policies”. Rajapaksa, accompanied by his brother, Gotabaya and son, Namal waved at the crowds and pledged to continue the rally until dawn. This protest was seen as a protest to promote his family members who are being investigated of fraud and abuse of power during Mahinda rule. Police Estimate Crowds at “Janabalaya Kolombata” Rally in Colombo at 50,000 Although Organizers Claim Hundreds of Thousands Joined Protest Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters kept up a demonstration outside Lake House after a brief […]

JO protest ends with one man’s death, several taken to hospital – Namal says sorry from 5* Hotel

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Joint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa apologised to the public for any inconvenienced caused as a result of the joint opposition protest staged in Colombo yesterday. However he says they had no choice but to stage the protest to show the Government the people want change.  “I also want to apologize to the public if this protest was any kind of hinderance to you. We had no choice but to truly show the Govt. how much the people in this country long for change. Our fight will continue until we secure their right to chose their leaders democratically,” he tweeted. He also thanked those who attended the protest walk and rally saying it was the first step to send the Government home.  “I also want to thank each & […]

Failed protest – ”Claim of Laying Overnight Siege of the City”

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“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City The “Jana Balaya Kolambata” protest campaign has seemingly come to an end despite claims by Joint Opposition MPs to protest overnight and lay siege to the capital city. JO activists started cleaning up the Lake House roundabout and the roads leading up to the area indicating that they had no plans to continue. The Colombo Municipal Council members of the SLPP and youth wing of the party were also involved in the clean-up operation. Continue reading ‘“Janabalaya Kolombata” Protest Comes to an End as Demonstrators Commence Leaving Colombo Despite Organizers Claim of Laying Overnight Siege to the City’ »   Mahinda Rajapaksa Addressing […]

Mahindas Protest turns to carnival

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Papare bands, ice lolly bikes to keep supporters entertained: Protestors disperse by 7PM, no overnight occupation of the city: With no political epicenter and speeches, demonstration descends into chaos: This is a democratic government and we proved it today – they came, they protested and they left. Tomorrow we get on with business: Kabir Hashim: Thousands surround Lake House round-about: Rally was set up to be launch-pad for Namal: Full of sound and fury, the Joint Opposition-Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Janabalaya demonstration reached Colombo Fort yesterday, but the protest took on a carnival like atmosphere with no major political speeches or centralized coordination to drive its key messages home. The rally, which was set up to be a launch pad for Hambantota District MP and […]

Mahinda plays Racist card to topple Government.

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By Chathuri Dissanayake Nearly 3,000 loyalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday occupied the Lake House Roundabout in Fort and held a ‘sathyagraha’ after the ‘Janabalaya Colombata’ protest march organised by the Joint Opposition (JO) was wrapped up. The Government members discredited the campaign as unsuccessful as it had failed to garner support from the wider public. Addressing his supporters amidst loud cheering, Rajapaksa spoke of toppling the Government to bring an end to what he termed as the Government’s “separatism policies”. He also criticised the “sale of national assets” and pledged to form a new government in the future. Surrounded by loyalist parliamentarians, Rajapaksa called on the crowd to stand up against the Government, which he claimed to be “dictatorial” in its actions. “Join […]