For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
The National Trade Union Centre yesterday accused the government of deploying the police to remove its posters displayed in many parts of the country, including Colombo and its suburbs in support of its ongoing campaign demanding a Rs. 10,000 monthly salary increase.
JVP trade union leader K. D. Lal Kantha said that the police had been targeting the JVP, whereas those near and dear to the ruling coalition were allowed to display posters. The former MP emphasized that the police shouldn’t have removed its posters as they were displayed on special boards especially erected for that purpose.
Lal Kantha told The Island that he wrote to IGP N. K. Illangakoon to stop interfering in its campaign at the behest of the dictatorial government hell bent on stifling the freedom of expression. The police shouldn’t play politics at the expense of the Opposition, the JVPer said.
Emphasizing that law enforcement personnel had no right to interfere with a poster campaign, which was nothing but a democratic right enjoyed by political parties as envisaged in the Constitution.
Lal Kantha urged the police chief not to carry out illegal orders issued by political bosses, while warning the police would never be able to win public confidence as long as they threw its weight behind power hungry politicians. (SF)