The protest march held by the JVP against SAITM illegal degree selling medical institute took place today under the theme ‘Denounce SAITM that destroys free education’ and the rally is being held now.
A large crowd including leaders of the JVP, trade union leaders, doctors, artistes and students participated.
The rally was addressed by the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, the General Secretary Comrade Tilvin Silva, the National Organizer of Socialist Students’ Union (SSU) Comrade Rangana Devapriya, the General Secretary of All Ceylon Medical Officers Association Comrade Dr. Jayantha Bandara and several others.
The large crowd that attended the rally caused heavy traffic around Colombo Fort area.
“It is very clear that both these groups cannot administer this country. We have to create a new political movement for 2020. We, as the JVP has taken the initiative for creating such a movement. We would create the people’s movement that could get power in 2020. Give us power. We would take this country on a new direction,” says the Information Secretary of the JVP Comraded Vijitha Herath.
He said this participating in a meeting held during the Matara District coordinating week of the party held from the 16th to the 19th of this month.
Speaking further Comrade Vijitha Herath said, “All economic portfolios were shared in the family. The victory of the nation was made a victory for the family. The sons sold national resources and organized car races around the Temple of the Tooth to destroy our culture. As the war was won the majority of the people initially tolerated the cussed acts. However, people couldn’t endure forever. As such, majority of the people in this country including members of the SLFP, UNP, the Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils took measures to defeat the despotic regime and formed a new administration.
This is the new administration that began on 8th January, 2015. When this new administration came to power were given a big bag of promises. There were big talks about politics, economics and democracy. Of course, there were small concessions. The dictatorial executive power, according to J.R. Jayawardene that was so powerful that what it couldn’t only do was to change a man to a woman and vice versa, was slightly relaxed. This is the important change we achieved after 8th January, 2015. Despite there were little changes, what started happening later were not how the country was promised.
You remember that the main allegations against Rajapaksa regime were theft, fraud, corruption and waste. What the new administration said was on one hand they would punish the thieves, fraudsters and the corrupt and on the other they would completely stop thieving, frauds, corruption and waste.
People who opposed thieving, frauds, corruption and waste believed the new administration would fulfil their promises. However, what occurred was entirely opposite to people’s expectations. The administration was changed on 8th January and on 28th February the biggest Central Bank bond scam, the biggest in the history of our country, was committed.
Mr. Wickremesinghe’s promise of halting corruption went in smoke. Arjun Mahendran, his best disciple was made the Governor of Central Bank and was involved in eh Central Bank bond scam that incurred the country a loss of Rs. 55000 million.
The trust that was in the government broke down completely. Now thieving, fraud and corruption has spread like an infectious disease. There is waste everywhere. A building rented out by the Ministry of Agriculture paying more than Rs.20 million a month has been closed down for months without it being used. However, there is a big building for the Ministry near the parliament. Already Rs.820 million has been paid as rent. At the end of five years the ministry would have paid more than Rs. 2400 million.
Farmers throughout the island are suffering due to the drought. They were not paid a single cent as relief. However, the government wastes public money for unnecessary projects.
This administration cannot be called ‘good governance’ as there are thieves in this administration as well. No thieves were punished but frauds and corruption continues. Youths were promised jobs but nothing has happened.
Both these groups have administered the country and have proved they cannot do anything good for the country. The country cannot progress under them. Hence, we should create a new political movement for 2020. We, as the JVP has taken the initiative for creating such a movement. We would create the people’s movement that could get power in 2020. Give us power. We would take this country on a new direction,” said Comrade Vijitha Herath, the Information Secretary of the party.
A message expressing solidarity with the Communist Party of Ukraine has been sent by the JVP. The Communist party of Ukraine has been banned after a Kiev court upheld a government lawsuit accusing the party of promoting separatism and inter-ethnic conflict.
The decision, announced by Kiev’s district administration court has been criticized by progressives all over the world and human rights campaigners who describe it as “a flagrant violation of freedom of expression and association”. The move prevents the party from operating and participating in elections.
The message issued by the Central Committee of the JVP condemns the repressive and anti-communist campaign promoted by the reactionary forces and reaffirms its solidarity with the Ukrainian Communists faced with attacks and the occupation and destruction of offices and assets of the Communist Party of Ukraine.
The message further states the JVP is confident that in the conflict and in the struggle against forces of darkness and oppression the Communist party of Ukraine will stand united and fight fascism with all their might and calls upon all the democratic and progressive forces in the world to react by denouncing the fascist action and take all measures to condemn and defeat the fascist regime.
The leadership and the members of the Communist Party of Ukraine
The Communist party of Ukraine has been banned after a Kiev court upheld a government lawsuit accusing the party of promoting separatism and inter-ethnic conflict. We consider this is an excuse to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine – a flagrant violation of freedom of expression and association and we condemn the illegal decision of the Ukrainian authorities to outlaw the Communist Party of Ukraine, a genuine patriotic force.
In May reactionary forces in Ukraine adopted controversial “decommunisation” laws which outlawed the display of Soviet symbols and prohibited the use of the term “communist”. The Communist Party of Ukraine refused to change its name, logo or its charter to comply with the legislation.
The Communist Party of Ukraine formally considers itself a branch of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), which was founded on 5 July 1918 in Moscow.
We, the members of the JVP –as the main communist force in Sri Lanka, are concerned over the deteriorating situation in the Ukraine, marked by escalating violence and political and xenophobic repression promoted by the most reactionary sectors of the Ukrainian oligarchy and by forces of a fascist and Nazi nature, with support from the US, EU and NATO.
The party has been banned on several occasions and has an incredible history of suffering but also inspires resistance to fascism. We condemn the repressive and anti-communist campaign promoted by the reactionary forces and reaffirm our solidarity with the Ukrainian Communists faced with attacks and the occupation and destruction of offices and assets of the Communist Party of Ukraine.
We feel confident that in this conflict and in the struggle against forces of darkness and oppression our comrades from Communist party of Ukraine will stand united and fight fascism with all their might.
We call upon all the democratic and progressive forces in the world to react by denouncing this fascist action and take all measures to condemn and defeat the fascist regime.
Long live Marxism-Leninism!
Down with Fascism!
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (People’s Liberation Front – JVP)
The slander published by a website belonging to Mr. Wimal Weerawansa, now being remanded for distributing state owned vehicles among his family members, relatives, friends and his party members and certain other websites stating that the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka possessed a house in Ireland and also used to mudsling at the JVP was demolished by Comrade Bimal Rathnayaka at ‘Balaya’ programme telecast yesterday (2nd) night by Hiru TV. Comrade Bimal Rathnayaka exposed the vicious conspiracy being carried out by reactionary elements to spread slanders against the JVP and its leaders.
The JVP committee in Ireland has been able to find out that the land and the house at the address given in the mudslinging websites as belonging to Comrade Anura Dissanayaka is actually a property belonging to a 70 year old Irish citizen. Comrade Bimal Rathnayaka was able to produce, at the programme, all the documents in connection with the property to prove that the information given in the relevant websites were blatant lies.
It is very doubtful that yahapalana government will take action against the large scale bond fraud that has taken place in the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says the Information Secretary of the JVP Comrade Vijitha Herath.
He said this responding to a question asked by BBC service in London. Comrade Vijitha Herath had the interview with BBC service while on a visit to UK representing Sri Lanka Parliament on an invitation by the UK Parliament.
He has said that Central Bank bond scam had taken place two years ago but no legal action has been taken against it. Even if any action is taken tomorrow it would take at least 3 years for the process and then the term of this government would be over he has pointed out.
Comrade Vijitha Herath states the reason for not taking any action, despite a large scale fraud has been committed, is because yahapalana government wants to protect the perpetrators. The President had to appoint a presidential commission in haste as the JVP had asked for a debate in Parliament said Comrade Vijitha Herath and added that the government that came to power promising to catch the thieves has been detained by the thieves.