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I am no dictator, says President

20 August 2013 12:16 pm - 74     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that many people who called him a dictator were unmindful of the fact that they were using such slogans while being on a democratic platform which allowed them the freedom to express such opinions about the President of the country.

Addressing an election rally in Gampola, the President said he could not understand how they could term him a dictator.

“I don’t understand how they could accuse me of being a dictator while casting such allegations in public on a platform within the country itself. If one takes a paper or a website they slander me using obscene language which are not even found in the Sinhala language. But they have been given that freedom to do so,” the President said.

The President further said that every citizen of this country enjoyed the freedom of expression.

“ Every citizen of this country has the right to do as he pleases, our aim is to preserve such democratic values and that is why we conduct elections. We give the responsibility to the people to choose who should govern them. However, these few people use this democracy and freedom to slander,” he said.

The President also said a few Non-Governmental Organisations and bankrupt political leaders seem to betray the country internationally in order to further their agendas.

“We have had to fight again to protect our country because of these people. Just as we were rebuilding our country these people portray us to the world as being destructive people. Their main agenda is to portray our country in bad light,” he said.

The President during his speech said that every province in the country is reaping the benefits of development.

“ There are no racial and religious barriers because each and every province and village is reaping the benefits of the development that we are carrying out. But a few people cannot bear this fact and therefore are engaged in discrediting and slandering us internationally. However, never can this government be made to kneel through such slander,” he said. (Suranga Rajanayake)

  Comments - 74

  • Chipmunk Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:34 AM

    33 comments from moda colombians ready to vote a homo in.

    Jasper Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:00 AM

    Yes, you ppl also keep supporting overseas propaganda. Very patriotic...

    Jasper Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:57 AM

    Were you there with Hitler? The problem is with you ppl, you think you know it all....

    Jasper Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:56 AM

    Woow... you have counted... and you can count too...!

    asoka Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:37 AM

    if you can read all these 33 comments you will understand...

    H B Pulle Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:28 AM

    Mr Not a Director or Dictator - Why do you not just vanish from our life with all your kith and kin.

    You are still making us fools on a daily basis rubbing children on their heads and touching the stomachs of men.

    Barack Obama Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:19 AM

    Mr.President i think you got your DICTIONARY wrong i guess...

    pasel Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:17 AM

    About time you can able to hear what people are thinking and talking about you

    Jhonny Wednesday, 21 August 2013 05:16 AM

    Majority of the comments are against what he has said which means Majority consider him as a Dictator.

    CP Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:35 AM

    Govt can only identify "unpatriotic". Pathetically no "dictators".

    GC® Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:52 AM

    He who calls him no dictator is a dictator..

    mc Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:36 AM

    sir, me and my family voted for your party for the elections after winning the war. if i can take those votes back i would do it now.

    lankan Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:00 AM

    freedom for everyone, specially for his family members what ever they want they get to thier pockets, dont know how it comes. via DM Android App

    janak Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:18 AM


    Sanjay Karuna Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:10 AM

    As a Poor Man :- said
    We have good Roads, but no money to buy petrol to travel on them!

    samson Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:08 AM

    You have to ask this from Gotha...

    Doliya Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:05 AM

    Mad people do not admit that they have gone mad

    Richard Wednesday, 21 August 2013 04:02 AM

    You are wrong there mate, all guidance for corruption is given from the TOP.

    leena Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:54 AM

    Yes, only "colombians" will vote against your beloved leader HAHA.

    Ajjji Thursday, 22 August 2013 07:28 AM

    One Country, One people, and One law. Very very soon ? his dictator will be in dic-tate-or ?

    Saman Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:21 AM

    come I don't agree at all. We live in T56 democratic Republic of Human Rights !!!!!

    Jude Milstan Thursday, 22 August 2013 02:37 AM

    You need people to follow and not to be lead with had a troubled childhood.....

    Namal Perera Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:12 PM

    Uneducated buffaloes and criminals benefited will agree, but how about the rest of the innocent, honest civilians trapped in this corrupt, lawless Banana Republic?

    tina Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:07 PM

    yeah and the poblem with you is that ur just so ignorant that you dnt want to accept the fact....and also super joblss to comment a 100 times

    Jagath Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:27 AM

    If you are not don't worry. Otherwise pls get ready to finish off your journey like Gadhafi did.

    Anil Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:03 AM

    you are our sweet dictator

    beautiful president Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:42 AM

    We admire you dear president, your words are so enlightening, may you rule the country forever, we will always will vote for you.

    Siri Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:37 AM

    I don't care welfare of the poor.

    Pxx Wednesday, 21 August 2013 09:08 AM

    I am DARMISHTA not a Dictator.

    roy Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:28 AM

    I love you .Mr.President for saying you are not a Dictator.

    seen this all bfore Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:26 AM

    Democracy does not mean Elections.

    kit udugama Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:08 AM

    Make sure its a new white van.

    daasa Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:07 AM

    are you high or something?

    Sam Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:05 AM

    No dictator says '' I am a Dictator "!!!

    Wenura Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:49 AM

    You have given freedom of expresion to the Govt media to tell anything about you and your family

    wijebahu Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:01 PM

    yes, all websites are in overseas, nothing against you locally.

    ANTON Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:36 PM


    TJ Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:30 PM

    You may not be a dictator, but you are certainly a despot. The waliweriya incident is a typical example.

    Percy Jilmart Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:30 PM

    What happened to Lasantha and Prageeth?

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:29 PM Weliweriya he used water pistols !

    Maha Rajanani Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:29 PM

    Society today is most corrupted, it seems no proper guidance from the top.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:22 PM

    Yes we have the right to say and do what we want until the white van arrives.

    RF Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:22 PM

    Hey, hey who said you are a dictator????

    raspi Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:16 PM

    Drector Dictator patalogathada danne ne LOL

    DAVE Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:11 PM

    YOU HAVE ........
    YOU HAVE ........
    YOU HAVE ........
    YOU HAVE ........
    YOU HAVE ........

    Bunter Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:46 PM

    What country he is talking about?

    "The President further said that every citizen of this country enjoyed the freedom of expression."

    Namal Perera Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:59 PM

    Hitler said the same.

    sham Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:56 PM

    yes, you are correct Mr. President
    you are not a dictator, you have a group of dictators...!

    Asokamala Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:53 PM

    This must be a warning to opposition activists who are brave enough to call such names. Majority mostly open their mouth in close circles

    Lotuseater Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:53 PM

    He has over 200 family members running this country,

    mahi Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Api nodanna live. via DM Android App

    pawa Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:47 PM

    Kawuda kiyanne Dictator kiyala? he heee :D

    Goofy Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:40 PM

    Why to politicians forget so fast, he has forgotten Waliweriya.

    Goofy Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:39 PM

    Gaddafi said the same until the people politely showed him the door.

    Punny Pellow Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:21 AM

    Only gives DICTATION!!

    As It Is Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:00 AM

    All those who write and speak out against you from the public, do so under acquired names. Why, I wonder. Only those few who praise you mention their identities. Must be because of the type of democracy prevalent. via DM Android App

    Nanthana Wednesday, 21 August 2013 03:02 AM

    all 200 family members are Dictators

    Hang all That main dictators

    Mankind a Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:55 AM


    len Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:52 AM

    Oh big cry baby.

    Thomas Ranger Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:51 AM

    Not for now, but it will soon be when all the ground work is laid out. Your good friend. Gaddafi also traveled the same route until ti was too late to turn back.

    Roger Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:41 AM

    His country is living in borrowed money. Now he is complaining about bankrupted politicians. I guess he is a rich politician now.

    Hamban Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:36 AM

    LOL... He is right. He is not a dictator...But a DESPOT.

    Pathi Wednesday, 21 August 2013 02:31 AM

    Yes, you are very correct. You are not a dictator.
    That is why there is no law and order in this country. You have allowed your gang to do anything!

    raspi Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:30 PM

    Ane ow LOL

    dictator Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Mr Goofy See what happened to those countries now .... Libya .. Egypt they all finished fighting each other

    southpaw Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:50 AM

    Well we all agree that you practice Nepotism and the 200 + Family members that you have within the parliament and government departments helps your cause in being a top rung Dictator.

    Hoodwinked Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:16 AM

    Yep you are spot on. You are not a Dictator but a smiling Terminator.

    Jamie Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:14 AM

    He is not more than a demagogue. Please show one development project started for the welfare of the poor.

    Harry Potter Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    All our Presidents have been dictators.. He's the least dictatorial out of the lot.. When we have a constitution with an Executive dictatorship, what more can we expect? via DM Android App

    mack Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    please don't tell us joke's via DM Android App

    great Tuesday, 20 August 2013 12:00 AM

    you always speak the gospel truth. any pau. api punnakku saha thanakola via DM Android App

    Lanka Shantha Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:00 PM

    You are such a simple ruler.

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