John Amaratunga threatens journalists

8 June 2017 06:01 pm - 32     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Furious over the questions asked by some journalists regarding garbage disposal at Bopitiya in Wattala, Minister John Amaratunga is is reported to have threatened them with death while leaving the party office in Kandana today.

According to some journalists who had videoed the entire episode, the minister had turned furious asked the journalists to leave the vicinity when they told the minister that the people were blaming him for the garbage crisis at Bopitya.

“I am the person who shifted it here from there. Do not report false news. Otherwise, I will beat you all to death,” he told the journalists.

Despite the journalists attempting to explain the matter to the Minister, he repeatedly accused them of reporting false news and forced them to leave.

“Get lost," he said using unprintable words."Just see the questions they are asking. If you do not know the facts it is better not to ask. We are the ones who have stopped it,” he said.

When the journalists said they were only conveying what the people were saying, the minister said these journalists need not teach him about people’s views.

“You don’t try to teach me. I know it. Do not come through this gate hereafter. Please... It is enough now. Leave... you just leave!” he threatened.

The minister who was approaching the journalists in a threatening manner was calmed down by those near him.

“Do not make me a bad person by publishing false news,” the angry minister said.

Video by Susantha

  Comments - 32

  • char-j Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:39 PM

    Honorable Minister for Christian affaires such a shame to the whole community via DM iOS App

    Sincere Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:48 PM

    Come on guys, why so much of noise when a minister makes a verbal threat, haven't you forgotten the type of threats you had during the previous regime which were much more dreadful than something like this?

    Devaka Jayasuriya Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:58 PM

    He is playing the court jesters role in this government which was initially portrayed by Mervin Silva and A J Ranasinghe . So appalling to note that Gampaha District public is voting for such mediocre politicians . Intoxicated with power. Remember more powerful politicians have fallen and suffer today to the hilt.

    ceylon Thursday, 08 June 2017 07:05 PM

    this is a retiring old age person who has no ability to think any more.just forget him and let retire. via DM Android App

    QUOTE Friday, 09 June 2017 01:01 PM

    “In truth,there was only one christian and he died on the cross.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche“In truth,there was only one christian and he died on the cross.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

    Sunil Thursday, 08 June 2017 07:34 PM

    He is filling the void left my Mervyn Silva. This is the death cry of a regime that has failed so miserably to fulfill the aspirations of the people who elected them.

    raj Thursday, 08 June 2017 08:50 PM

    What the minister did is wrong but journalist also never write the truth they sensationalise and exaggerate even the slightest thing just to create a story out of it and make it sound like truth for their pay

    rexbow Friday, 09 June 2017 01:55 PM

    Hey John... Careful

    sunil Friday, 09 June 2017 01:55 PM

    If the people vote in uneducated politicians and expect them to solve their problems this is what you will get...When criticized this man cant take it because he knows nothing on how to remedy the problem...these kind of politicians will only create more problems. the people must demand that these useless politicians in all parties resign from politics for the good of the country.

    brainmaster Thursday, 08 June 2017 10:17 PM

    Just retire too old unfit to be Minister. via DM Android App

    seqi Saturday, 10 June 2017 12:16 PM

    ....If you dont know the facts it is better not to ask.....sounds like a symptom of our education system....hes better to go home and turn out the lights at 7.30pm to save electricity...... via DM Android App

    Gayan Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:12 PM

    But thats not what they promised when they asked for power no.

    srinath.gunaratne Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:37 PM

    Thiyana loku kama!Tax gevan minissungen padi aran boru part danawa!Mehema nondi karalama danna oni!

    Dee Thursday, 08 June 2017 11:59 PM

    We really miss the former regime. No such questions would be asked to begin with. Shows how weak the govt. Is.

    nick Friday, 09 June 2017 12:25 AM

    showing his real face these kind of guys are good for in charge of garbage only not religious affairs via DM Android App

    kapuwa Friday, 09 June 2017 03:35 AM

    Threats from a dead snake.

    Kunnu Jonniya Friday, 09 June 2017 04:42 AM

    Previous regime had "Plastic Jonniya"! This critter is the VahaPalanaya "kunnu Jonniya"!!! Ohomma Yammu

    Don Friday, 09 June 2017 05:51 AM

    Im Christian. I think its time for him to retire. The leadership should seriously consider asking him. Everyone knows hes in to enrich his own family. via DM Android App

    Roy Friday, 09 June 2017 06:16 AM

    The offence good enough to strip off from the portfolio. What a disgrace to country and religion he supposed to represent

    Lumbini Friday, 09 June 2017 06:30 AM

    I wonder why this politician is still around? You can change governments but you can't change politicians. What a shame!

    Kadiya Friday, 09 June 2017 07:08 AM

    Time to call it a day John, you are too old and crotchety for this now. Go home and enjoy your retirement!

    PROFANITY Friday, 09 June 2017 08:01 AM


    Sara J Friday, 09 June 2017 08:26 AM

    this is is exactly typical party politics perspective. when something went wrong it is compared with the previous regime and justify it saying that same mistake was done by previous regime so dont make a big deal out of it. kawada merata godayaida ithin.

    ANTON Friday, 09 June 2017 08:27 AM


    Raj Friday, 09 June 2017 10:28 AM

    Relax guys! This is the side effects of the tablets he took some time ago!!

    CITIZEN Friday, 09 June 2017 10:28 AM

    This one is a shame not only to the Party but to the whole country. He is only fit to be a Kunukasala Supervisor!

    Don J Friday, 09 June 2017 10:31 AM

    What a garbage action by minister! A real garbage talk... simply pathetic, I am sure he will later say "Mata adala Naha, mama danne naha" ;-) real waste to the country

    Kiri Gamarala Friday, 09 June 2017 10:49 AM

    Must be after effects of an overdose. I am trying to imagine how the reaction would have been if the journalist was a female.

    Sincere Friday, 09 June 2017 11:18 AM

    How can I disagree with you Gayan?

    Sincere Friday, 09 June 2017 11:20 AM

    John must learn a lesson from Mervyn, because the nature of repercussions over threatening the media never changes!

    Suzy Friday, 09 June 2017 11:27 AM

    Getting some tips from his idol, the former king.

    Rhonda Taylor Friday, 09 June 2017 11:53 AM

    His mind is all bogged up - just like the garbage dump.Hi time Ministers with this attitude are dumped into the bin

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