Ramazan message of the JVP

Let Ramazan be a strength to link with other communities to make our society one ‘whole Nation’.

The JVP extends its warmest greetings to all Islam devotees in Sri Lanka as well as those around the world who celebrate Ramazan today (26th).

Today marks the completion of the holy Ramazan month through which Muslim devotees observed fasting. During this period they help their brethren who lead difficult lives. The qualities of brotherhood, temperateness and generosity that are prominent during Ramazan period are specially valued as they are qualities that are fast disappearing in this capitalist social system.

Dawning Ramazan at a time communalism and religious extremism are attempting to raise their ugly heads is important to our society.

The period of fasting and Ramazan festival that gives prominence to distribution of resources equally is especially important. We believe that its message is important not only for Muslim devotees but also for the rest of the population. We believe Ramazan would be a strength to keep away from the mire of communalism and religious extremism, identify provocations and link with other communities to make our society one ‘whole Nation’.

Anura Dissanayaka,

Leader,

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna

26.06.2017

Comrade Anura in Germany

The Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka has left to Germany on an invitation from the ‘Ethera Api’ organization.
He is scheduled to address members of ‘Ethera api’ organization at Berlin today at 4.00 p.m., Munich tomorrow at 3.00 p.m. and Dusseldorf on the 2nd July at 1.00 p.m.
Comrade Anura Dissanayaka will also meet JVP members who are employed in Germany during his visit.

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Headless government deploys police to bash students’ heads

“The headless government doesn’t like students with heads. That’s why they get students’ heads bashed. The Ministers of Health and Education who have heads without brains attack students who have to take over the future of the country. The students’ movement has been struggling for several years demanding the government to abolish SAITM institute that has no standard and is harmful to free education in the country. Despite parents, trade unions, doctors, intellectuals, political parties including the JVP and several ministers demanding the close down of SAITM, the government arbitrarily has allowed it to continue. This is why students have to carry out struggles within the democratic framework to pressurize the government. This is why they go on a protest march on the 21st. It was a peaceful march. The government got the peaceful march to be brutally attacked. Students’ heads were bashed with poles.
Criminals did not take part in this protest march. Even female students and Bhikkhus who participated in the protest march were savagely attacked. An agitation held in Galle protesting against the attack on university students on the 21st was also attacked by deploying thugs. The skull of a student was seriously damaged due to this inhuman attack. The JVP vehemently condemns these attacks. We also demand the government to stop attacks carried out on students and abolish SAITM illegal institute immediately,” said the General Secretary of the JVP Comrade Tilvin Silva. He said this at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP today (23rd). The Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Comrade Sunil Handunneththi MP and the National Organizer of Socialist Students Union Comrade Rangana Devapriya also participated.
Comrade Tilvin Silva speaking further said, “The SAITM crisis is getting worse. If it continues it would mark the end of this government. Hence, we tell the government not to make it their swan song. For, what students ask is not something the government cannot give.
We, of the JVP, are against SAITM. It is a deadly obstacle for free education. The policy of this government is to withdraw from contributing to education. This is why the government is attempting to pave the way for private education. Also, it attempts to get investments of foreign educational institutes to the country as a solution for the economic crisis the government is confronted with. The government tries to hand over the burden of education to a private institute. This would deny education to children of the poor. Another reason for our opposition to SAITM is that it would bring down the standard of education. There are serious issues regarding the standard of this institute. This is said not only by those oppose SAITM but also by the parents of students who study at SAITM. The parents had written to SAITM asking not to hold examinations as students hadn’t completed their training. It is a thieves’ den. Even the students are deceived.
Another reason for our opposition is the effect it would have on the free health service. Doctors who have studied spending Rs. 10 to Rs.12.5 million would never come for free health services. It would destroy free health service. Creating doctors with low standard would be a menace. For, the mistakes they make cannot be corrected. This is why we say SAITM should be abolished.
What the government should do is to broaden the opportunities for students. The government has enough money for their wasteful spending. A decision had been taken to build a faculty of Medicine for Sabaragamuwa University. But this was not done.
We warn the government that all forces would rally against the government if SAITM issue is not solved soon. Struggles cannot be weakened by carrying out attacks against them. They will have to decide whether the government is sacrificed for SAITM and allow SAITM issue to mark its end.
There was a French emperor called Napoleon. He invaded all countries in Europe. He dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade. However, his end began with the battle at Waterloo. SAITM could be this government’s ‘Waterloo’. We ask the government not to consider this as a students’ struggle or a doctors’ struggle. This is a struggle of the majority of the people in the country. It looks like the government is considering that it could be solved by suppression. If the government tries to suppress the students’ movement more and more forces would join the struggle against SAITM. Deploying Army and police would not solve the issue. There is still time to solve it by discussion. However, government attempts to solve it by deploying armed forces and thugs.
The government, instead of representing the majority of the people in the country, is risking its future by representing SAITM. If the government doesn’t solve the issue we will have to develop the struggle to send the government home. We would warn the government that such a struggle would not be stopped by suppression.”

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Condemn government’s move to deploy police to brutally attack students

The Socialist Students’ Union (SSU) vehemently condemns the government’s move to deploy police riot squads and the STF to brutally attack university students who marched to the Ministry of Health on the 21st to ask for a discussion with the Minister of Health in a bid to get a solution for the SAITM crisis.
This is stated in a press release issued by the National Organizer of the SSU Comrade Rangana Devapriya. It states, “The current Prime Minister, who was the Minister of Education for some time in the past having brought treacherous proposals attempted to suppress the students movement that opposed such proposals, has forgotten this history. It is regrettable that he has forgotten that his proposals had to be withdrawn when the students’ movement stood steadfast even when more drastic oppressive campaigns were carried out against it. We propose to the government that students’ struggles could be stopped not by suppression but only by withdrawing the proposals that destroy education and the future of the country.
We demand the government to stop suppressing students who struggle for their rights and immediately abolish SAITM, the illegal degree boutique at Malabe.”
The press release issued by Comrade Rangana Devapriya:

JVP protest rally today

A Protest rally will be held by the JVP against the economic plunder, fraud, corruption and communalism at Viharamahadevi Open Air Theater today (22nd) at 3.30 p.m.
The leaders of the JVP will participate in the rally which could be viewed on line at <www. jvpsrilanka.com> – the official website of the JVP.

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Student Heroes commemorated

The National Student Heroes’ Day that commemorates student heroes who sacrificed their lives on behalf of the freedom of the Motherland and free education was celebrated yesterday (20th).

This year the commemoration by the Socialist Students’ Union was held on two days with an exhibition of photographs and a musical show with commemorative songs to honour student heroes. The Photograph exhibition displayed photographs that depicted the history of the students movement.
The keynote address of the commemoration was made by the General Secretary of the JVP Comrade Tilvin Silva while speeches were also delivered by the Lecturer of Ruhuna University Dr. Jinasena Hewage and the National Organizer of the Socialist Students’ Union Comrade Rangana Devapriya.
The beginning of grabbing of lives of students began with the shooting dead within university limits the student of Peradeniya University Weerasuriya on 12th November, 1976 and since then the rulers have resorted to various atrocities such as shooting at peaceful demonstrations of students, attacks, assaults, abductions and arrests.
However, Students Movement has defeated all draconian laws introduced by rulers to suppress students struggling for their rights.

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Officials’ dedication wasted due to government’s impotency

“It should be said that disaster management institutions of the government are listless. There is no administrative leadership. Despite officials work hard, no proper management could be seen in these institutions. They are at a very run down stage. People are severely distressed. Now, it is necessary to go beyond providing emergency relief services and plan to prevent disasters occurring in the future. The President has appointed disaster agents for districts. We have a doubt where some of the ministers were appointed to create disasters rather than prevent them. The minister who mediated in Kegalle District has said after the meeting the reserve of 1500 acres that was spared should be distributed among farmers to cultivate minor export crops. As such, these politicians cannot prevent disasters. The government, despite talking about protecting environment, attempts to clear a large number of acres in Bibile to plant sugarcane. It avoids talking about the destruction of Uma Oya. When it comes to these projects the government forgets environmental destruction,” says the Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Comrade Bimal Rathnayaka MP.
He said this at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at today (4th). The Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Comrade Sunil Handunneththi too participated.
Speaking further Comrade Bimal Rathnayaka said, “Eight days have gone by since the flood debacle. The situation confronted by the masses in areas that were flooded and landslides occurred is very pathetic. Destruction in certain areas in Kalutara, Galle, Matara and Rathnapura districts are so severe that they cannot be brought to a normal state even if relief groups work for several more weeks say relief groups and officials. The situation has become worsened due to political pageants of the government that has no plans for rescue work.
The main reason for landslides and flooding is the destruction of central hills. Imperialists had their plantations in hill areas above 3000 to 5000 feet above sea level. The development process in our country was carried out for more than 2000 years protecting the central hills. As springs are the sources of rivers they were protected. The river was dammed, a tank built and cultivations were carried out in the plains. However, white imperialists deforested mountain regions and planted tea. They named plains as reserves. They did not conserve the areas that should have been conserved. This destruction began after 1815. This destruction cannot be reversed instantly. The rulers who came after the imperialists continued the destruction stared by imperialists. They continued to destroy the hills. Companies destroyed the environment to boost their profits. Even the government going behind companies destroyed the environment. People too in various ways contributed to this destruction. However, the destruction by the government and the companies is larger than the destruction the people could commit. This is why a disaster situation has occurred at present. Water doesn’t easily flow out to the sea from the rivers. The water that spills onto the plains doesn’t subside due to the improper ‘development’ of the rulers. However, there are several measures a government could take to prevent disasters. This is why a ministry of disaster management exists.
Harm to the country and the people from disasters have escalated. Our country was confronted with disasters due to floods in 1956, 1969, 2003, 2005, 2016 and in 2017. However, during the past 1 ½ to 2 decades the disaster situation has escalated. Environmental destruction, irregular development and inability to prevent disasters have aggravated the situation. One of the main reasons is inability to predict correctly. A newspaper had reported that the south west monsoon had taken 91 lives. It is not correct. We all know south west monsoon brings rain. By making correct predictions people could be evacuated from the dangerous zones. Now predicting weather conditions have come down to the level of soothsaying. Predictions could be made using technology. However, a fraud has been committed regarding the Doppler radar that was bought by the country. With this machine the exact rainfall for various areas could have been predicted. However, predicting in our country is at a very low level. It is reported that 212 people have lost their lives and more than 90 have disappeared. Property worth billions has been destroyed. As such, the government should be held responsible for the weakness in predicting.
Also, the government should have a plant to provide disaster relief. Parliamentarians and members of our party not only did relief work with the ‘Red Star’ Relief Service Brigade of the JVP but several MPs also participated in administrative meetings of the government. What we came to know at these meetings is that the government did have neither a long term national plan nor an emergency plan to confront a disaster. Many beautiful plans had been presented also at meetings the President participated. However, the information in such plans was archaic. They had not been updated. There were no plans to prevent disasters. When we were children May and June were ‘Wesak and Poson’ months. Now they have become ‘disaster months. We all know May and June receive a lot of rain. However, the government does not have a plan to prevent disasters that would occur during these months.
It should be said that disaster management institutions of the government are listless. There is no administrative leadership. Despite officials work hard, no proper management could be seen in these institutions. They are at a very run down stage. People are severely distressed. Now, it is necessary to go beyond providing emergency relief services and plan to prevent disasters occurring in the future. The President has appointed disaster agents for districts. We have a doubt where some of the ministers were appointed to create disasters rather than prevent them. The minister who mediated in Kegalle District has said after the meeting the reserve of 1500 acres that was spared should be distributed among farmers to cultivate minor export crops. As such, these politicians cannot prevent disasters. The government, despite talking about protecting environment, attempts to clear a large number of acres in Bibile to plant sugarcane. It avoids talking about the destruction of Uma Oya. When it comes to these projects the government forgets environmental destruction.
Also, it should be mentioned about the reinsurance programme of the government. Due to this reinsurance programs the government should get about Rs. 10,000 million. The government pays only Rs.100,000 when a life is lost. However, according to budget proposals Rs.2.5 million should be paid. As such, we remind the government to pay this amount immediately. Also, there are houses and properties worth more than Rs.2.5 million that have been destroyed. We ask the government to pay a justifiable compensation for the people.
People who were brought down to the bottom have been pushed to the bottom again. The government should mediate immediately to bring their lives to normalcy soon. People do not get a just compensation from certain insurance companies. Hence, the insurance benefit the government should be given to the people.
Also, a national institute should be established and it should be given powers to take action in a disaster. Countries like Japan, the USA, Italy and India have prevented or minimized disasters by establishing such institutes and long term programmes.”
Comrade Sunil Handuneththi addressing the press conference said, “The ‘Red Star’ Relief Service Brigade of the JVP mediated during the floods in 2003 and after the tsunami debacle in 2004. It is with this practical experience we mediated in disaster relief work this time. There are about 3000 that can be mobilized for ‘Red Star’ relief services. If the state machinery had been strong in relief work the delay could have been avoided. As the state participation was minimum there were obstacles to the restoration work at the initial stages. The ‘Red Star’ Relief Service Brigade of the JVP mediated as a separate unit detached from the programmes of the government. However, we mediated initially to save those who were distressed. We gave them food. It should be mentioned that the three services did a massive service. They gave their full support to save people. We were able to go to very difficult areas due to the support of the three services. The ‘Red Star’ Relief Service Brigade was able to feed people who had been starving for two whole days. What District Secretariats and Divisional Secretariats did was to provide food for those who came to them. But it was necessary to feed people who were marooned.
The government also failed to carry out second stage restoration work once the water subsided. The main issue was providing drinking water and cleaning wells. There were no water pumps or generators in Divisional Secretariats. The government only distributed goods received from private media institutions and supporters. Certain politicians of the government distributed goods received from the people under their labels. One responsible minister came down to the low level of distribution packs of five plantains with a label carrying his name. Governemnt’s relief work was limited to distributing goods. However, ‘Red Star’ and other voluntary organizations are still cleaning wells, houses, business places and compounds. Those who were battered by the disaster are not in a position to do the restoration by themselves. As such, they should be assisted. Hiniduma, Mapalagama and certain places in Rathnapura were completely submerged in water. The business places in these towns cannot be opened until they are completely restored. Also, voluntary work is necessary to bring back pre-schools, schools, hospitals to normalcy. Books and equipments in certain schools in Kalutara, Galle, Matara have been completely destroyed. ‘Red Star’ Relief Services Brigade was able to restore 7 of the 16 schools that were harmed in Galle. However, they need the government to get involved in work that goes beyond voluntary work. Ayagama town in Rathnapura was completely destroyed. The hospital and the police do not exist anymore. Hence, a state machinery is necessary to restore them. However, we do not see such a plan.
The mediation of government politicians has terminated after distributing goods. Certain politicians distribute goods only to their party men. We could say with responsibility that the ‘Red Star’ Relief Services Brigade has not worked with partiality. Now a mediation to hold medical clinics is necessary.
Many have contributed on behalf of those who were distressed due to the calamity. Also, Sri Lankans employed abroad, ‘Ethera Api’ organization have collected goods and money to contribute. We are thankful to them. The next stage would be to prevent such a calamity happening again. A firm step should be taken to avoid such a calamity.
Also, tea industry has been broken down in districts harmed by floods and landslides. Paddy fields have been damaged. Water ways have been destroyed. There is no plan to compensate farmers who have lost their crops and other belongings. The government insurance scheme compensates only loss of life and damage to houses. How the damage is estimated is not clear. Plans should be drawn up to compensate those who lost their cultivations. If not a community of agitators would be crated like at Samasara, Moothotumulla and Salava. The government should stop people taking to the streets instead of saying agitations are wrong. We say people should be compensated without any difference. We ask the government not to underestimate the situation.
Also, religious leaders mediated in a big way to minimize the suffering of the people. Certain groups attempted to rouse communalism and religious extremism recently. However, temples, churches and mosques united to carry out relief work. There was religious consensus. As such, people have practically proved that they are willing to unite. They why can’t the government do so? Certain officials have told us that due to strict decisions of the government they are unable to mediate. Hence, the government should get the officials and people to participate in restoration work.”

Sunil-Hadunnetti

JVP asks for Parliamentary debate on flood disaster

The Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka has asked the Speaker a day’s debate in Parliament on the flood disaster the country has confronted with recently.
Comrade Anura Dissanayaka forwarded a letter to the Speaker with the request for the debate.
In his letter Comrade Anura Dissanayaka states the government should take immediate measures regarding those who have lost their relatives and loved ones, property and belongings and an important discussion should be held in parliament to prevent such a disastrous situation occurring hereafter.
He requests the Speaker to grant a debate next week regarding the situation. 

A message of solidarity from KKE

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece has sent a message of solidarity and condolences through the JVP to the families of all those who have been affected due to floods and landslides that occurred in Sri Lanka during the past few days.

To the JVP

Athens, 31 May 2017
Dear comrades,
We want to express our sadness about the dozens of people who have died in the floods that have affected your country.

We please ask you to convey our condolences and our solidarity to the families of the victims and to the tens of thousands of people that have been affected.

International Relations Section of the CC of the KKE