For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Monday, 18 October 2010
By Yohan Perera
JVP would continue its poster campaign despite the ban imposed by the government, party leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said yesterday.
Mr. Amarasinghe who was addressing the party’s local government representatives at New Town Hall yesterday said it would continue its poster campaign against the loss of democracy, jailing of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and would successfully overcome the barriers imposed by the government on opposition.
He charged that the growing displeasure against the jailing of DNA leader Sarath Fonseka had forced the government to make a continuous request from him to tender an apology.
Mr. Amarasinghe said the government was under pressure both national and international level because of the harassment inflicted on former army commander.
He said international pressure was coming from all parts of the world except India.
The JVP leader therefore charged that India was keeping mum about the Fonseka issue because Sri Lanka was gradually becoming one of its states. The JVP leader said the recent Sri Lankan visit of large number of Indian delegates including Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, the three military chiefs of India was clear a evidence for this.
“There have been no such frequent visits by Indian delegates in the past,” he further pointed out. He said that country is finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as the people have begun to reject the government especially after the jailing of MP Fonseka who was the architect of the war victory. He said this is a positive sign on which his party could capitalize.
“People did not talk of other staggering issues such as the economic hardships during the war but they will not be silent for long as the war is over,” he warned. Criticizing the UNP, he said the party is working according to the agenda of the govt.