Incumbent govt. no better than Rajapaksa regime, say leftists

*Accuses it of taking cover behind police, courts to suppress people



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By Saman Indrajith


(L-R) Mayura Senanayake of the Pragathi Teachers’ Union, Sarath Kahagalla of the Independent Teachers Association, Mahinda Devage of the Socialist Party, Convener of the Inter University Bhikku Federation Ven Tempitiye Sugthananda Thera, Pubudu Jayagoda addressing media, Joseph Stalin of the Ceylon Teachers Union, Dinuka Saptuthantri of the Frontline Socialist Party, Kaushalya Saminda of the Young Journalists Association, ADP Ratnayake of Revolutionary Socialist Centre andSirithunga Jayasuriya General Secretary of the United Socialist Party.


Within one -and --half years the incumbent government had proved that it was not different from its predecessor as regards the suppression of the people’s democratic rights, Propaganda Secretary of the Frontline Socialist Party Pubudu Jayagoda said on Saturday.


Addressing a media briefing organised by the leftist parties and unions under the banner Campaign for Democracy at the auditorium of the National Library in Colombo against the arrest of Inter University Student Federation’s convener Lahiru Weerasekera, Jayagoda said: "Those who voted for the change have by now understood that they were taken for a ride."


"The Rajapaksa regime was accused of exceeding the provisions of the law in suppressing the people. The yahapalana gang shouted from the rooftops about those undemocratic acts, promising to uphold the rule of law. Now what do we see? Lahiru has been languishing behind bars. Is Lahiru the only one who did not comply with a court order? Then what about Keheliya Rambukwella, who did not appear before the Jaffna Magistrate to give evidence on the disappearance of our comrades Lalith and Kugan?


There is no difference between the yahapalana regime and the Rajapaksa regime," Jagoda alleged.


Sanath Bandara, Acting Convener of the IUSF the incumbent government, too, sent policemen in civvies to the houses of university students to threaten the latter’s parents in a bid to suppress undergrads’ struggles to win their rights. been put behind bars.


Sirithunga Jayasuriya General Secretary of the United Socialist Party sad if the government it could take cover behind the judiciary and the police vis-a-vis popular uprisings it was mistaken.


Dharmasiri Lankapeli of Voice of the Left said Ranil-Maithri government had come to power pledging to restore democracy so that the voice of the people would be heard. But, today, it had taken to suppressing the democratic rights of the people and throwing dissenters behind bars. When university teachers staged a protest during the previous government Ranil Wickremesinghe took up the cudgels for the protesting dons, but today his government was crushing student protests.


Mahinda Devage of the Socialist Party, Dinuka Saptuthantri of the Frontline Socialist Party, Joseph Stalin of the Ceylon Teachers Union, Kaushalya Saminda of the Young Journalists Association, Sarath Kahagalla of the Independent Teachers Association, Mayura Senanayake of the Pragathi Teachers’ Union, A.D.P. Ratnayake of Revolutionary Socialist Centre and convener of the Inter University Bhikku Federation Ven Tempitiye Sugthananda Thera also addressed the briefing.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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