The United National Party (UNP) yesterday vehemently rejected reports that there were LTTE flags in the UNP May Day rally in Jaffna and charged that the images shown on state media were meant to deceive the viewers and sling mud at the party.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said the May Day rally was attended by thousands of party supporters and that the event was a success. He said there were definitely no LTTE flags at the Jaffna rally.
“The LTTE flag shown on television was a government creation to sling mud at us and ruin the party image. There were no such flags at the rally and there were plenty of those who witnessed the rally who are witness to the fact that there were no such flags,” Mr. Attanayake said.
A state television station telecast the UNP May Day rally held in Jaffna soon after the celebrations. It showed LTTE flags in the midst of the gathering at the UNP rally.
The UNP in a letter to ITN Chairman Rosmand Seneratne charged that the he had violated the terms of the prevention of Terrorism Act by showing images of LTTE flags on television and that the matter should be immediately inquired into by the defence ministry
In the letter Mr. Attanayake said there were more than 100 local and foreign media personnel and a large number of police and army officers on standby.
“It appears that your cameramen had seen these flags although they were not seen by anyone else present at the rally,” the letter said.
Mr. Attanayake said UNP Chairman Gamini Jayawickrama Perera had asked the ITN cameraman why the images of LTTE flags were carried and he had said he was acting on orders given to him by the ITN chairman.
“The LTTE is a banned terrorist organisation and showing images of LTTE flags is therefore unlawful. If such a thing actually happened it is your duty to have informed the defence authorities. But you had not. This goes to show that you had committed a deceitful act in showing the images of LTTE flags,” the letter said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
ransam Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:12 AM
All those who have come to the conclusion that this is cooked-up, concocted, fabricated video please tell that channel 4 videos are also the same. Do not think they have the guts.
NATIONALIST Friday, 04 May 2012 07:40 PM
Lokks as if someboby is upto old tricks---DIRTY TRICKS!!!!!
Dinithi Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:10 AM
ITN following channel 4? The video clip should be handed over to the UN video expert to ascertain its authenticity and then set up a commission to investigate this immediately
JUNDIAH Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:49 AM
if such an incident actually happened,..SHAME ON YOU UNP.....if not, SHAME ON YOU SLFP....
jacoobc Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:55 AM
the guy was taken in an iTT vehicle and waved tiger flag , then ITT videod it , and then telecasted it .. sad to see that politics in sri lanks has gone to that bankrupt level .. worthless politicians are the real winners
DUWI Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:24 AM
Looks like a set-up.
Banda Thursday, 03 May 2012 08:32 AM
The way you conducted the Buddhist programs, I never thought
you were a Hypocrite.
Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:59 AM
Looks like another instance of cooked-up images usually shown.
Rohan Thursday, 03 May 2012 07:40 AM
Well the cat is out of the bag. It was done purposefully by ITN. However, that doesn't mean that UNP was wise to go to Jaffna on May 1st. They shouldn't have cause this was expected.
Saskia Thursday, 03 May 2012 07:36 AM
There will be en end very soon.
Nodrog Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:48 AM
We all know this is a concocted story. Why are our politicians so childish?
ind Thursday, 03 May 2012 04:01 AM
Now UNP can do anything thing and make a story saying it's fabricated and so on. Ranil couldn't even gather some thousand s of UNP members into Colombo so he went Jaffna where he has more favorable response with TNA. And can take the international attention as well. WHO CARES SRI LANKAN PEOPLE, SPECIALLY SINHALESE !
Shez Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:12 AM
Drama Drama Drama
masaiy Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:24 AM
Tissa always has some funny story when there are video evidence !
Mark Twain Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:22 AM
The video is fake - doctored by state run ITN to fool the gullible masses.
Manik Thursday, 03 May 2012 03:40 AM
Compared to things this regime and its media has done in the past, fabricating a story like this is a simple matter.
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