Video: Student protest influenced Kumar's arrest: FSP

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Front line Socialist Party (FSP) Politburo member Duminda Nagamuwa said today FSP Central Committee member Kumar Gunaratnam, who was engaged in active politics for the last couple of months was arrested due to the influence on the Government after the recent attack at the protest launched by the HNDA students.

Mr. Nagamuwa said the Government attacked the protest campaigns launched by university students and people who protested for their rights for the last ten months whereas it came to power pledging to ensure student rights.

“Government attacked the university students" protest on March 31 and protest by the University Bhikku Federation on April 30. It also attacked protests in Kotakethana and Jaffna. The Government’s reaction is clear when peoples’ forces are rising against it. People should understand the Government’s repressive reaction to their issues,” he said.

Mr. Nagamuwa told a news conference that Kumar Gunaratnam was arrested by the previous Government and deported from the country due to various influences by civil society and political parties and that he was brought back to the country after the assurance given by the present Government to ensure democracy in the country where people who left the country due to political reasons could engage in their political activities freely.

He said however the Government attempted to arrest and deport Mr. Gunaratnam by the end of January and that now it had started its suppressive actions when forces against the Government were rising in the country and it was following the suit of the previous Government and that Gunaratnam was abducted him and the present Government arrested him.

Mr. Nagamuwa said the people would have to return to the campaign launched by them before January 8 to ensure democracy in the country and added that they would organize a political campaign against the arrest of their leader.

He said they would consider taking legal action against the arrest as he was arrested without any arrest warrant and searched the house without any search warrant. (Ajith Siriwardana)


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  • Prav Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:06 PM

    JVP hasnt learnt anything. they are just refused at the ground level.

    Manushya Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:09 AM

    I was a university student during 1980s during which time Kumar Gunarathnam engaged in active university/national politics. We lost extra three years of our productive life owing to the political ideologies of then JVP.Therefore, It took 7 years for us to get our degrees. Although the JVP seems to have learned from their past mistakes, Mr. Kumar Gunarathnam seems to have commenced his political activities from where he stopped in the late 80s. This aspect is clearly visible from the nature of demands made by a fraction of current university students and the nature of their recent protest marches. Whether we like or not this fraction of students represents the minority of potential future leaders of the country as they show the power and motivation to fight for what they believe is right. Unfortunately, it seems they are totally misguided. Thanks for what happened in the late 80s we are currently going through a leadership crisis in the country too. Under the circumstance, I firmly

    Jehan Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:15 AM

    Yeah we can connect the dots. so much for the democracy and what not promised.

    Dayen Thursday, 05 November 2015 12:18 AM

    Government trying to please the red elephant by going after his arch enemies Wimal and Kumar.


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