People would think that there is no country and or a government in the country. – President Says
Anyone watching the TV and the News programs in the evenings, would think that there is no country and or a government in this country.
Further he stated that, the media reveals the opposite of what is really happening in the country. The Development activities, people’s welfare, the peaceful situation in the country are all portrayed turning these facts upside down, mainly to attract people’s attention. They always show tense situations and destructions, said President Maithripala Sirisena at Ratnapura after declaring open a children’s ward.
What ever the president stated commenting the behavior of Media, we have seen daily many protests involving thousands of workers in public and private sectors have erupted in Sri Lanka against declining living conditions, job destruction and attacks on democratic rights. These struggles are a sign of the mass social upheavals to come against the Yahapalana government and the capitalist class as whole.
On February 3, about 1,000 Colombo Harbor workers protested against privatisation. In December, the government deployed navy soldiers to suppress a struggle of nearly 500 Hambantota/Magampura Port workers who were demanding permanent jobs.
Some 1,100 Sri Lanka Telecom contract workers have been on strike since December 24, demanding job permanency. Around 200 CEB hired hands held a protest for more than three weeks, starting from December 26, on a similar demand, after the CEB sacked 1,400 manual workers last year.
Showing the depth of the social unrest engulfing the country, university students have intensified their campaign against the privatisation of education.
Peasant agitations have also erupted in rural areas, demanding compensation for losses caused by the drought and protesting against the government’s attempt to grab land for big companies.
These struggles have come into direct conflict with the policies of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The government has unleashed the austerity program dictated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), imposing heavy taxes on almost all goods and services and privatising state corporations and education.
The Colombo Port, CEB and nurses’ protests were called by unions affiliated to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The JVP and its unions helped Sirisena to come to power. As widespread discontent has developed, they have called protests, calling on workers to make futile appeals to the government to meet their demands.
The government is increasingly unleashing military-police methods to suppress the struggles of workers and poor. Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently warned that the government will “defeat the extremists who are trying to interrupt the country’s economy through marches, strikes and campaigns.” The government is equipping and training security forces and introducing draconian new “counter-terrorism” laws.
Despite the present economic downfall in Sri Lanka citizen expect at least peace and harmony, free from crime with safety to their lives and property. However unfortunately total number of crimes reported in Sri Lanka last year has increased to 1,155,215 and people of Sri Lanka questioning about country’s future.
The Chief Incumbents of the three main Nikayas, who met 4th evening for a special discussion, unanimously decided that there is no need for a new Constitution. They also stated that a bill is an attempt to table a bill in Parliament on 4th to proceed with legal action against war heroes over certain incidents during the war and expressed their disapproval of this bill. So how can some one justify that country’s do not have actual social unrest?
Is there an effective and good governance is the question raised by the majority of ordinary masses on the road today.
Our President and line ministers have been addressing the many event we hear many attractive speeches on country’s economy, development and many social and well-fair facility improvement, now is the time to match the words with deeds. Over to you, Mr. President and fellow ministers.
As a majority of ordinary masses of this country, now you can have a opportunity to express your views about president Maithreepala Sirisena’s statement and present social political unrest engulfing the country. We make your voice heard.