The President’s strategically aimed barbs against institutions statutorily tasked with protecting citizens’ rights such as the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, portend, the Govt girding its military and law enforcement loins, against public uprisings next year.

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Kishali Pinto – Jayawardene

The New Year that beckons in less than a month will not be happy for Sri Lankans.

Leaving the land

As the unprecedented migration of skilled professionals from medical, legal, information technology and accounting fields gathers strength with financial privations becoming steadily worse for the middle class, a perfect storm of repression also quickens apace.

The more naive among us may be inclined to dismiss President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent gun-happy quips on the floor of the House regarding his ‘Hitler image,’ entirely inappropriate verbal onslaughts against protestors and his critics and ridiculous warnings that there cannot be ‘protests without permits,’ as mere verbose theatrics.

But that is to seriously miss the point. This is not idle chatter. What the President’s strategically aimed barbs against institutions statutorily tasked with protecting citizens’ rights such as the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, portend is in effect, the Government girding its military and law enforcement loins so to speak, against public uprisings next year. That is anticipated in the nature of what took place from May 2022 in Colombo’s public spaces and across the country.

Probably, a far worse scenario of protests is expected and with good reason since warnings are now growing on the ground, of impending long power cuts, of even more increases in utility bills relating to electricity and water and heavy tax increases. The Government may complain that it has no option as the country’s debt must be made sustainable for relief to come from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But who made that debt unsustainable in the first place? Finally, it is the people who are being made to pay for the manifold sins of greedy, corrupt and ignorant politicians. It is as simple as that.

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