Amnesty International, Magistrates
and the Opposition join hands to defy a
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Primarily the first priority the Government has to deal with is maintaining
Law and Order within the Land. The President has Executive Powers to
execute it and the Opposition to the Presidential Order has chosen to
defy it with Civil Unrest thereby creating a "Sine Qua Non"
situation for the Government
having to deal with it so what options have they had? Preach 'Ahimsa'
on the City Streets hoping the unrest would subside? Perhaps water cannons
may have helped but its significant absence indicates that none are
available so who dictates whether it is rubber bullets, batons or live
quell rioting crowds who knew nothing about peaceful demonstrations?
While it is difficult to condone the deaths and injuries incurred by
the demonstrators as an unfortunate fact of reality in such a situation,
it is almost impossible for the Law Enforcement Personnel to exercise
restraint which they nevertheless did to a great extent under grave
provocation, sedition and incitement for which the ringleaders of the
Civil Unrest should be brought to justice. Once Mob Rule hits the streets,
the Police and Armed Forces have no obligation to use detection equipment
to ascertain whether the Mob is lethally armed or not, and once the
Loudspeaker Blasts are despatched for them to disperse and defiance
continues, it has to be interpreted as a breach of law and what follows
is academic! India does not tolerate Her Opposition Mob Violence, Nor
does Pakistan, Nor the Soviet Union nor the Balkans, etc. etc. so what
is the precedence needed to be set by the Sri Lankan Government?
And what is Amnesty International Talking about? and where are they
when they are really needed? Have they made any comments about the Government?
Appointed Group of Vigilante Women gunned down by the LTTE in the North?
Together with their heinous crimes against civilians which have gone
on for decades? It's about time they refrained from continued interference
into matters beyond their comprehension nor Jurisdiction and would be
better off campaigning to dismantle the covert operations of the LTTE
in their own country the UK as a result of which there is still, continued
human suffering together with other areas in need.
The Magistrate's Order to arrest the Police Officers accused of firing
into the crowd too seems to be tinged with bias as they were carrying
out orders to quell Mob Violence and the only persons who need to be
investigated and arrested are the Organisers of the Unrest who carry
a greater responsibility for the deaths and injuries. Magistrate Jayasena
appears to have been coerced by the UNP in protest and her order falls
short of being ridiculous taking into consideration the circumstances
and the authorities involved, something which lends credence to the
saying "interpretation alone cannot justify the reality and legality
of judicial decisions taken in bias" quote unquote.
Mr.Wickremasinghe in the meantime continues his rhetoric about his
determination to carry on the Civil Unrest regardless! which could easily
be halted by a Supreme Court Injunction as there is always the danger
of an escalation of the unrest if allowed to continue, as the possibility
of Pro-Government demonstrations from a greater majority of the Nation's
population than the UNP factions, could plunge the Nation into further
turmoil and has to be prevented within the Law. Then there is the JVP
have declared their own demonstrations independent of the present ones
which have to be dealt with effectively if they pose any threat to public
The writing's on the wall for the sorry lot of demonstrators and their
ambitions! Abort, call off their actions against the Government and
deceits from comparisons to Hitler and the meaningless analogies intended
to sway public opinion as the Majority of Sri Lankans in reality neither
condone violence nor want their Nation torn apart.
All they want is peace, tranquillity and the assurances of a better
future which cannot be achieved by the state of affairs due to the projected
unrest by the Opposition. Let Her Excellency the President carry out
her responsibilities to which she was elected.