SF meeting in Balapitiya disrupted by police

2014-01-17 16:40:08

A tense situation arose at the Balapitiya town today when police attempted to stop a Democratic Party meeting held with the participation of its leader and former army commander Sarath Fonseka

This meeting organised by Balapitiya Democratic Party co organizers Mathalee Jayasekera and  P. Sagara  Ruwan Kumara  De Silva, was held behind the Balapitiya  public market on a makeshift platform  when the police intervened and attempted to stop the meeting for using loudspeakers without permission.

Organizer Sagara De Silva did not participate in the meeting since there was information about a plan to arrest him, sources said.

When Sarath Fonseka arrived at the location with Anoma Fonseka,  Ahungalla  OIC  A Mahinda informed him that the meting could not be allowed as a permit for the use of loudspeakers had not been obtained and also because the Balapitiya divisional secretary had objected to the use of the site for the meeting.

A tense situation arose as Sarath Fonseka began to address the meeting despite police objection.

However Elpitiya ASP Vijitha Ranabahu  and Ahungalla  OIC  W.A. Mahinda interrupted Fonseka’s  address.

Amidst supporters protesting the police move, Fonseka continued his speech on a megaphone. 

He charged that the ruler of the country did not allow him to hold a meeting in his father’s home town and also took revenge from his family.
“Balapitiya is my father’s and grand father native village. It is not necessary to explain my connection with Balapitiya.”
“Prabhakaran had principles although he was dangerous and murderous. He did not take revenge from our families. Nor did he take revenge from our children. Literally, this ruler is not worth a hair of Prabhakaran,” he said addressing the gathering through the megaphone.
“I was the Chief of Defence Staff- in charge of the Police as well as the three Armed Forces. At that time, DIGs and IGPs who opened the doors of my vehicle. I was assigned 4000 police officers with two stars for my security.”
“You saw what happened here. The police have been given khaki uniforms, riot shields and batons to protect democracy and the general public; not to safeguard corrupt leaders and  carry out their  instructions.”
An anti riot squad had been deployed amid the exchange of words between the Police and the former army commander.

People alleged the government and parliamentarian Sajin vas Gunawardena had a hand behind the disruption of the meeting.

 When Sarath Fonseka was leaving after the meeting with Anoma Fonseka an unruly group cast remarks at them. (Hemantha De Silva)

  Comments - 39

  • Suresh Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:57

    Police should apply this rules for all political parties meeting

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    Tissa Saturday, 18 January 2014 02:48

    Instead of slapping war crimes charges the US should help introduce democracy here.

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    Human Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:58

    Tissa what do you know about democracy and system ?? silly fella

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    sss Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:39


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    Correction Sunday, 19 January 2014 10:58

    Tissa evidently knows a hell of a lot about democracy than people like you. Sorry!

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    Pasel Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:04

    You have to fix the hole before you put water in the pot same here , war crime came in place because of power abuse then fix the power abuse first, democracy will comes in place automatically

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    Thomas Ranger Saturday, 18 January 2014 03:07

    Bad logistics. Did not the organizers have common sense to obtain a permit or were they refused one by the Police is the question.

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    nicky karunarathna Saturday, 18 January 2014 03:07

    If you have not obtained the permit to use loudspeakers - then you cannot. All over the world it is the rule and in developed countries one cannot have loud music in your own house. If your neighbour complains, you can be fine or even go to jail.

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    saman Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:17

    Nicky, it is common sense that political parties apply for police permission to use loudspeakers,
    The issue is, police giving various reasons to disrupt opposition party meetings.
    First have idea about what is going inside Sri Lanka before writing about out side world.

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    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 18 January 2014 10:33

    The usual load of rubbish from nicky karunaratne to pay pooja to the corrupt government of Sri Lanka whilst enjoying his stay overseas. Just because one holds regular elections and wins those through jilmarts, one does not become a democrat. This is the way the corrupt government here practises democracy by denying the opponents to have a level playing field.

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    Desapriya Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:37


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    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 18 January 2014 03:51

    No-one can prevent SF becoming the next PRESIDENT OF SRILANKA.

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    citizen silva Saturday, 18 January 2014 05:26

    Yes.when you see the number of people in that meeting you can say that..

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    Piyatilleke Saturday, 18 January 2014 11:11

    Yes, because of his white flag talk as Commander of Army during war time, he too may have to face the music at international courts in Hauge!

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    Jay Saturday, 18 January 2014 04:02

    Police has no respect to the commander who liberated sri lanka from 30 years LTTE menance

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    ase Saturday, 18 January 2014 04:09

    is this our demcracy or do we too have to organize against police ??

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    Raja Hora Mahthayah Saturday, 18 January 2014 07:57

    Time for a change and as soon as possible too.

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    Anura W Seneviratne Saturday, 18 January 2014 04:54

    I appreciate tissa's comments.

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    mohamed asfar Saturday, 18 January 2014 06:55

    if the police is this smart with everyone ?

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    kalu banda Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:09

    How many mosques and temples have loud speaker permits ? Come on police get active on them as well.

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    Maskatu Ballos Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:09

    UNHRC should consider these rights violations as well in their March session...

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    Mattson Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:12

    Great comment by Tissa...

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    lIRF Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:15

    No democracy no political freedom in SL except for ruling party.

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    R.R.Rohan Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:38

    with gods help you will prevail, this country needs you to lead ., you are a budhist with good values, I am sure all the communities will support you.

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    Melvin James Saturday, 18 January 2014 10:03

    This is the way our country runs different law for each party’s. The police have much more things to do that stopping meetings

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    merc Saturday, 18 January 2014 10:39

    Go Ahead Sir we are with u

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    Raj Gonsalkorale Saturday, 18 January 2014 11:59

    Doent our administration realise that this kind of action confirms the perception that political freedom is fast disappearing in the country? Mr SF and the Democratic party has got far more publicity as a result of this than what they would have got if the meeting was allowed to be held. We would not even have seen a report on it in the media. It would be interesting to find out whether all government meetings are held with prior permits for venues and loudspeakers. Maybe they are handed over by the Police to the organisers!

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    mahinda Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:47

    If the police had been looked after things would have been easier as usual

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    mahinda Saturday, 18 January 2014 12:49

    The police is corrupt

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    Madura Perera Saturday, 18 January 2014 13:29

    This situation will give unnecessary publicity to SF. Policiya naa gaththa.

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    Truth Saturday, 18 January 2014 13:43

    I just wonder why people are so angry at each other all the time???

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    M.O.A.Careem Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:00


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    Barracuda Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:01

    And so these are the honest cops that the IGP will give assistance to as per a news item the other day!

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    M.O.A.Careem Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:01


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    T Wickramaratna Saturday, 18 January 2014 14:30

    Will the police take action if a minister was addressing a meeting without a permit? Definitely know. Instead, the police would have provided security

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    Priyantha Sunday, 19 January 2014 03:01

    Police boot licker pointing finger at one of the greatest hero of our time.. thats sad to see...

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    Francis Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:04

    That police bugger who is pointing finger at our hero should be thrashed . Tomorrow he will be appointed as the SSP or even DIG. We are a dirtiest nation with dirty politics played all round.

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    Ryan Monday, 20 January 2014 07:18

    Fonseka is a cardboard hero

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    Ruky Monday, 20 January 2014 07:20

    What about the sweep ticket buggers and choon paan fellas

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