For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
January 17, 2011,
The National Trade Union Centre (NTUC), led by JVP member K. D. Lalkantha, yesterday accused the government of being behind the seizing of its posters announcing an event scheduled to be held today (Tuesday).
Lalkantha, said that a group in military uniform had seized the posters and also threatened union members.
He stated that the act was a serious attack on democracy and a gross violation of NTUC’s right to freedom of opinion, expression and communication.
“The posters were promoting a public seminar, to be held at the Colombo Public Library on Tuesday, on the theme ‘Cost of living, the salary increase fraud and the downfall of the government’. Propaganda for a public seminar is a legal right and no one could quell it. It is very clear that this act has been carried out deploying the government security forces and this could be presented as another anti-social programme the government is carrying out denying democratic rights to the people,” the NTUC said.
NTUC demanded that the government immediately stop such vile acts and warned that the day was not very far away when the working people would take to the streets against such arbitrary acts.