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JVP leader and Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake said yesterday the government declared a state of emergency to suppress the peoples' struggle for their rights.

He said the general law was sufficient to take action against those who carry out violence.

"The government has failed to address the burning issues of the people, and protests are a blessing to the government to divert the attention of the people," he said.

Moving an adjournment debate on the current situation in the country, the MP said the government was attempting to capitalise on the communal tension in the country to divert the mounting pressure on the government, while the opposition was capitalising it to gain power.

He said steps should be taken to defeat racial politics and added that those responsible for communal tension should be brought to book.

"We will not be able to create national harmony among the different communities as long as racism was cultivated in the minds of the people. We as a country will not have a good future if racism prevailed in the country," he said and added that politics based on racism had been operating throughout.

Mr. Dissanayake said the government members, instead of focusing on the issues of the people, were concerned about their personal matters after the defeat at the local government elections.

"The government is bothered about the premiership and ministries rather than issues of the common people. They are not concerned about addressing issues of the common man such as purchasing of paddy, the unemployment of graduates and health issues. People should have resorted to a struggle against the government to win their rights, instead of a communal clash. It is a blessing for the government that people had resorted to a communal clash than a struggle against the government. That is why the government had allowed this sort of situations to thrive," he said.

He said the government should identify situations which could lead to communal clashes in advance, rather than acting like reporters and postmortem examiners, after an incident. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Peace Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:34 AM

    At times like these, this man is what we need.

    Warra Wednesday, 07 March 2018 02:14 AM

    Haha! Look who is taking. Have you forgotten who fueled the 80s riot? Its funny how these puppets wait for every opportunity to balme the current government.

    rata Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:19 AM

    83 was UNP thugs. Don't state facts you are not aware of

    Sam Wednesday, 07 March 2018 02:36 AM

    1971, 1989, JVP should have been banned as a political party. Does not deserve an opinion.

    Ar Wednesday, 07 March 2018 03:22 AM

    Good analysis and response. via DM Android App

    Jhone Wednesday, 07 March 2018 06:44 AM

    Do our country and we have a future Mr Dissanayake?

    Crocodile Tears Wednesday, 07 March 2018 08:34 AM

    Quote: "...suppress the peoples' struggle for their rights.". What is he taking about ?? Take this JVP man and show him the destruction.

    gayan Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:33 AM

    goverment why are you soo serious about muslims? the reson is you came o power by thier votes? so save them

    stormy Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:51 AM

    govt duty to safeguard everybody. power balancing took place with their support since 94.

    kapila Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:15 AM

    This so stupid action of declaring emergency when the situation can be controlled under normal law had taken the message across the world that SL is having communal riots. This will seriously affect tourism , investments etc. Ranil did it to suppress his no confidence motion and to save his skin at least for few days.

    Stop the goons with your members Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:21 AM

    If u r so concern show by ACTIONS. Not shouting

    Araksakaya Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:59 AM

    Don't criticize always,the govt. has taken measures to stopfurther problems. The pundits criticize will feel once they face the problems.Public safety is first,the pundits roamingwell with bodguards in vehicles.

    Jehan Fernando Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:15 AM

    Superb acting Mr Dissanayake

    Avariwatte Gnanapala Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:47 AM

    Dissa, be careful within the next 10 days, SF will be the Chief of Law in order portfolio, sometimes you too will be trapped if you jabber too much.


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