Gampaha District UNP Parliamentarian and President of the National Youth Front Ruwan Wijeyawardena said if the students were pressurised, a situation that was seen in Egypt or in Syria would take place in Sri Lanka in the future.
“Democracy in the country is currently broken into pieces by the government,” he said, while addressing the media about the deepening crisis in the university system at a meeting organised by the University Youth Front, the University student’s wing of the UNP.
Secretary of the Front Buddhika Edirisinghe said police posts have being put in place in universities and they have also recruited security officers from Rakna Lanka and LRDC (Pvt) Ltd.
“We urge the authorities to remove them and give the right to students to follow their education freely. What the Minister should do is to improve the much needed basic facilities within the universities,” he said.
Instead of that, the Minister was spending a large sum of money to improve the security and to increase facilities for the two security firms which come under the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development,” he said.
“The Minister promised that Rs.30 billion would be spent to improve facilities and minimise the problems within the universities. The money would come from budget allocations and foreign funds,” the Secretary said.
“Rs.1,600 million given to the country by the Kuwait Fund has been given to Rakna Lanka,” Coordinating Secretary Kelum Karunathilake said. He also charged that the University of Sabaragamuwa was spending Rs.17 million for security while only Rs.4 million allocated for students living in the hostels.
“By creating incidents similar to the detection of explosives at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the Ministry can implement such unethical moves. We have also learnt that an intelligence unit is gathering information about student activists in universities,” he claimed. (Supun Dias)
Comments - 4
dagobert Friday, 25 November 2011 02:46 PM
Why these extreme thoughts?? Is it the type of politics practiced these days??
The GOSL has invested in these students for a purpose. They need to focus on what they have to do & not begin to dictate to the GOSL with mob psychology.
anura Friday, 25 November 2011 03:21 PM
did your party or you received a advance from west to start student unrest remember all those countries were govern by a person without elections but we had elections president won by 1.8m majaorirty what is happening in unis is UNP and JVP thugs attacking inasant students that is why we need security inside
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 25 November 2011 03:33 PM
Education has no place in the country now, as it is apparent that the whole country is being militarized so that the half-educated and un-educated can govern them for ever.
dushan1973 Saturday, 26 November 2011 10:03 AM
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