Video: Weliweriya incident: Warning of coming events

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Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said yesterday the attack on innocent civilians who protested for clean water at Weliweriya was a serious warning about the future of the people in the country.

“The people in Rathupaswala who suffered for a long time due to the contaminated water issue were fired on and killed. But now there was no one who ordered the army. No army in the world uses their arms without an order. This was a serious situation for the future. It is wrong to call on the army when there was no state of emergency.  If the army was attacked and fired on, why were they not arrested?  Who gave permission for this factory despite there being a Central Environment authority in the country? Today anyone can do anything if they have money, political power and use thuggery. There was no law and equality. The government cannot shy away from the incident saying there was a political conspiracy behind this. There cannot be a political agenda behind this pretest for clean water. Everyone despite political differences needs water,” he said.

Ven. Sobitha Thera told a news conference organised by the Temperance Youth Organisation of Sri Lanka in Colombo yesterday that a free and fair election cannot be expected unless independent commissions such as independent police and election commissions were established.

“We can expect a free and fair election only through independent commissions. Today there is no police commission. And it is politicised. The opposition politicians do not get any assistance from the police. We can see state property is being used for election campaigns. Can the election using state property be considered free and fair? What power does the Election Commissioner have over this? The complete power of the police should be entrusted on the Elections Commissioner so that he could act against those who violate election laws,” Ven. Sobitha Thera said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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  • A.F.A.Cader Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:23 AM

    I feel sorry for your parents.

    Ralph Anthony Kern Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:25 AM

    Thank you for this brave and outspoken speech.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:22 AM

    Words of wisdom but these are just like pearls before swine

    Jim Wednesday, 14 August 2013 05:40 AM

    Very True Ape Hamuduruwane.

    suranga Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Thisis the remarkable different you and that Gnasara. That thera he is acting nice drama with gvt. bit you always standing for people .. thank you .. Budusaranai...! via DM Android App

    country Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:45 AM

    TIME TO GET TO STREETS

    pooh Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Well spoken. Ven. Sobitha Thera has uttered out loud the words that we have all been thinking. via DM Android App

    ekanayake Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    in 1994 we people changed the unp regime due to similar situation in the country.-.. but today do we have a strong opposition to do the same ? via DM Android App

    ANTON Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:56 AM

    GOOD MORNING SOBITHA HAAMUDURUWANE.......

    Ravana Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    I bow you Hamuduruwane. May triple gem bless you via DM Android App

    As It Is Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    It is my fervent hope that this Venerable Priest would mediate a Common Opposition under one banner and the entire opposition see its need under a NEW LEADER to chase this government. He should ensure that there will not be any witch hunts to ensure credibility. via DM Android App

    nawala Wednesday, 14 August 2013 11:01 AM

    one person who can give the leadership to get rid of the cancerous family rule and the cronies that is plaguing my country. Obata dirga ayusha labewa ape hamuduruwane.


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