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Calling armed forces for civil matters shows signs of military rule: NPP


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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s move to call on the three forces to maintain law and order in the country at a time when there was no emergency situation was a bad sign that the country was heading towards as a military rule, National People’s Power (NPP) said today.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news conference that it was the responsibility of the people who value democracy to come forward against this undemocratic and suppressing move.

“This move should be defeated at the earliest possible timeframe. The military is usually called on for civil matters - when there is a war, emergency or violent situation. There is no such emergency in the country at the moment,” he said.

Mr. Silva said President Rajapaksa came to power promising to ensure national security in the country but calling military for civil matters shows that the national security is at risk. “If they claim that the military was called on to promote discipline in the country, it is baseless as even well-disciplined countries have not used military or even police to do so. If they try to disciple the people by using weapons and force, it is a serious situation,” he said.
He said the government was using state mechanism and pro-government outfits to intimidate people, which was a serious situation.

“The government has unleashed witch-hunt against media, embassy officials and CID officials, who conducted investigation against politicians. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa assured at the election campaign to ensure democracy but what he does is completely in contrast to what he had said during his party's election campaign. Mr. Silva added. (Ajith Siriwardana)


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  Comments - 6

  • Thursday, 05 December 2019 09:57 AM

    ඔයාලත් මෝහනේ කරන්න ඉගන ගන්න

    Galle Shamil Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:05 AM

    Idiot. Every hand in the country must work every day for it's upliftment, beauty and prosperity. Learn from Australia's success. Wiki "The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage listed 243-kilometre (151 mi) stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial."

    Sokrates Thursday, 05 December 2019 10:41 AM

    The new regime is driving the country into the abyss in the long term.

    Dilip De Silva Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:21 AM

    Tilvyn you are a totally rejected lot of brutal murderers. When people see your faces the darkest days of srilanka comes to their minds. Though you got the punishment you deserve by late Mr R Premadasa your intention is to come back and ruin this country.

    Chandu Thursday, 05 December 2019 11:41 AM

    Sorry chum you have not understood the concept .Why not use them to protect us?Get your thinking right.This is why you'll lost (Apeth neha)

    Jack H Thursday, 05 December 2019 09:18 PM

    Some ignorents worring about call military to help police in natinal security activities, even 10 more bombs blasted they won't change,annihilate drug manace, deforestation,grabbing archilogical land can stop only by that way,we peace loving with government in this issue

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