Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today hit out at the government saying that the demolishing of the war heroes memorial in Kurunegala indicated that this government was bent on blotting out the war in Sri Lanka and that war heroes ever existed .
He said from the information he had received this the demolishing of the war memorial had been done to satisfy the TNA representatives who were expected to attend the 65th convention of the SLFP to be held in Kurunegala.
Mr. Rajapakasa said this after participating in a protest campaign held near the Maligapitiya Sports Grounds in Kurunegala organized by the family members of War Heroes.
The protesters including disabled soldiers, family members of war heroes and supporters of the joint opposition assembled in large numbers at the place where the site of the demolished memorial, carrying placards and hoardings.
Mr. Rajapaksa said he vehemently opposed this move and described it as a grave injustice done to war heroes. "There appears to be double standards in treating the LTTE and the war heroes, who protected our country from the terrorists at the risk of their own lives. The widening of the road could have being done without harming the memorial. If they do not reconstruct it I will take action to prosecute them," Mr. Rajapaksa said."It is clear now that this is a move to satisfy the wishes of TNA MP Shashikala." (Pushpakumara Jayarathne)
LAL Wednesday, 31 August 2016 23:46
You never compensated the People whose houses were.demolished to make roads but when a tiny memorial is destroyed for development it's.A.big issue
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Gaman Pillai Wednesday, 31 August 2016 23:47
This guy has nothing to do but speak communalism.
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nil kola kotiyoo Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:27
All true lankans knows that you are the hero in their hearts.. these puppets have no genuine love for their mother land but only to gain their own interests.
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The critic Thursday, 1 September 2016 00:30
What about the General u put in behind bars?Sorry Its not going to win u any luck!
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jayantha pathberiya Thursday, 1 September 2016 01:33
I am worried about passing gas. In case there be a protest.JP / USA
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Joe rajah Thursday, 1 September 2016 01:42
We habe a law which is hate speech is punishable offece do you have a such law.? SWRD, SRIMA, KMP RAJAPAKSA, JR All of their speech have causef irreparable dmage now MR starting
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Lanka Thursday, 1 September 2016 21:13
What about the TNA and LTTE supporters who still support Eelam
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Ikarus Thursday, 1 September 2016 02:10
The destruction of the War Memorial is a BLATANT disgrace to the entire Sri Lankan Armed Forces. Sri Lankan Sinhalese, irrespective of their party should protest this disgraceful action by the Government because it is there as a remembrance of those: Fathers, Sons, Husbands, Brothers, Sisters, an for all who FELL IN THE BATTLE FIELD mainly in doing their duty to save the country from the clutches of the RUTHLESS TAMIL TERRORISTS BUTCHERS who rampaged the country for 30 odd years. Sinhalese should remember that if not for them they will not have the peace in mind to go around without the worry of being blasted from a way side bomb planted by the members of RUTHLESS TAMIL TERRORISTS. Hence Sinhalese should the party they support and carry out protest marches forcing the current President who is a Sinhalese to re-erect the MEMORIAL respecting the soldiers who GAVE THEIR LIFE to bring peace to all Sri Lankans.
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Hadam Thursday, 1 September 2016 12:15
Well Said! We should put a side our differences away from politics and consider who fell in battle and sacrificed to pave the way to terror free country. May they rest in peace!
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Waco Thursday, 1 September 2016 02:44
Sinhalese peopl have no backbone to tolerate Elara, when he is working against the War Heros. He will replace the National Flage, without the Lion in it.
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Manel Thursday, 1 September 2016 03:08
You put one of the greatest war heroes of the country in jail because he contested against you. People in this country know your track record.
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Ramesh Jayaratne Thursday, 1 September 2016 03:29
This Gov bend over by habit ,we all know why,it's there nature , even they cant help it , because thats enjoy, do it in your personal life , we dnt care .. but do make all sinhala people are like u .. what a insult ..
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CIA Thursday, 1 September 2016 12:01
This was removed to widen the road and a new war memorial is to be built near by.
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Selvyn Thursday, 1 September 2016 18:03
Today MR is restless and going through an agony. Its the retribution he is now experiencing for what he did to Gen Fonseka via DM Android App
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Selvyn Thursday, 1 September 2016 18:08
From his dry speech what we can infer is he is suffering from amnesia as he seemed to have forgotten about Gen Fonseka via DM Android App
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