Colombo Clans, Goon Squads
and the Church
Today Sri Lanka is again at the cross roads. It is time to take a
look back into happenings of the last two decades. The puppet masters,
the Colombo Clans ( Wijewardhanas and Bandaranaikes), and the Christian
Church, who nurtured Tamil racism are out in the open in a last ditch
attempt to save and give respectability to the genocidal LTTE and
their erstwhile leader Prabhakaran the man who styles
himself as the sole representative of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. In
the aftermath of the September 11th attack, no effort is to be spared
to make him another Yasser Arafat and to save him from facing charges
at the Hague for crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing.
If the world gives into this masquerade it will shame all civilized
It is common knowledge that it was UNP goondas who attacked and killed
Tamils in Colombo during the July 83 riots. It is also common
knowledge that it was the then President J R Jayawardene who allowed
the riots to continue unabated for a full day before a curfew was
called to stop the rioting. On this day J R Jayawardene was under
severe pressure from the army after the killing of the 13 soldiers
in Jaffna , to take effective action against the LTTE terrorists in
the North. His solution was to use his Goon Squads to attack and kill
the Tamil residents in Colombo and other major cities and thereby
avert the wrath of the army.
It is also common knowledge that after his victory at the General
Elections in 1977, Jayewardene wanted to remain in power for an extended
period, if necessary by terrorizing the general electorate. For this
purpose every minister in his administration was encouraged to form
and develop their Goon Squads with the idea of intimidating the electorate
prior to any subsequent election in Sri Lanka. In this fashion R Premadasa
his Prime Minister, Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali, Ranil
Wickramasinghe the present Prime Minister, Ananda Tissa de Alwis,Cyril
Matthew, M H Mohammed and others went on to form their own Goon Squads.
These Goon Squads were used most effectively in subsequent elections
to intimidate, terrorize, maim or kill political opponents. Viz; the
1980 District Development Council Elections, and the 1982 infamous
the Pot and the Lamp Referendum. How the democracy in Sri Lanka
deteriorated during this period is also common knowledge and is a
subject that is well researched and documented. These Goon Squads
were equipped with electoral lists and they knew in advance where
their political opponents lived.
It is now common knowledge that the mini riot that originated at
the Borella Kanatta on the day of the funeral of the 13 soldiers ended
at Narahenpita around mid night the same day. However the systematic
torching of Tamil trading establishments and residences commenced
the following morning at Borella junction. The riots and the burning
continued throughout the day through Punchi Borella, Maradana, Pettah
and finally on to Fort, and unabated till they reached the Ambal Café
in the heart of Fort at 4:00 PM just a few meters away from
where the now infamous President of Sri Lanka had his office. It took
Jayewardene 10 hrs to impose a curfew and get his Goons off the streets.
Goon Squads armed with electoral lists went from house to house, this
time looking for Tamil residents. Goon Squads saved the day for Jayewardene
by taking the army who was breathing fire on his scrawny neck.
Once the curfew was in place, in four consecutive days, four very
significant statements were made over the Television Rupavahini
Channel. While a shocked populace waited for the Executive President
to address the nation, the UNP government and the Church plotted behind
the scenes to place the blame entirely on the shoulders of Sinhalese
Buddhists. This is how it was done.
Most Ven Madihe Pannaseeha Maha Nayake Thero was asked to address
the Nation first. Naturally the Mahanayake Thero requested the Nation
to have patience and be calm. The nation was angry but it was in no
mood to go on a killing rampage. By getting him to address the nation
J R Jayewardene got the world to believe that the Mahanayake Thero
was really addressing the Sinhalese Buddhists and that they were responsible
for the pogrom.
The second was made by J R Jayewardene (the man with the professional
mourners face)himself, , as the President of Sri Lanka. He justified
the riots as the justifiable anger of the Sinhalese for the killing
of the 13 soldiers in Jaffna. Here he clearly laid the blame for the
pogrom on the Sinhalese. It must also be noted that UNP Goon Squads
and every shade of hooligan, Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and other took
part in the universal phenomenon of looting that followed throughout
the island. In many instances old scores were settled, regardless
of ethnicity, taking advantage of the deplorable and unfortunate situation.
The third statement was made by R Premadasa the Prime Minister a servant
of the Wijewardhana clan. He said that behind the riots was a coup
organized by a Naxalite Terror Group. This was a diversionary attempt
to put the blame on the pseudo socialist group led by Vijaya Kumaranatunge
at that time.
The fourth and final statement was made by Ananda Tissa de Alwis the
then Minister of Communications and Constitutional Affairs. He said
the next stage of the coup would be for Sinhalese Buddhists to attack
Sinhalese Christians. His was the voice of the Christian Church who
would finally go to convince the world that Sinhalese Buddhists were
responsible for the carnage. With this they killed two birds; firstly
the blame for the pogrom was laid firmly and squarely on Sinhalese
Buddhists and secondly they set up the Christians against the Buddhists.
(If one has access to Rupavahini Archives the veracity of these 4
statements can be verified.)
The essence of the above four statements show the way J R Jayewardene
and his administration manipulated the media to put the blame, for
the riots by his Goon Squads, on Sinhalese Buddhists. It is doubtful
even today if the Mahanayake Thero knows how he was manipulated to
lay the blame on the Sinhalese Buddhists. The subsequent propaganda
by the State media and the Christian Church convinced the world that
it was the Sinhalese and especially the Sinhalese Buddhist who were
responsible for the July 83 Riots.
As Sinhalese and mainly as Sinhalese Buddhists, we should not harbor
any guilt complex about the happenings of July 83 or those Racial
riots of 1958, and thereafter. These were carried out by thugs affiliated
to the two main political parties the UNP and the SLFP. To the Western
Christian World, this was just the opportunity to denigrate the Buddhists
in Sri Lanka. Since July 83 dozens of provocative actions have
been carried out in Sri Lanka. Even though hundreds of innocent Sri
Lankan civilians have been bombed, maimed, killed, driven away from
their lands, their places of worship desecrated and destroyed, their
leaders assassinated the nation has just looked on with hope that
ultimately justice would prevail. They have waited with timeless patience
for their elected leaders to take appropriate action to curb terrorism,
eventually eliminate racism from Sri Lanka and put an end to the meddling
by externally funded church affiliated NGOs, inimical to the culture
and life in Sri Lanka. This is yet to happen.
The Terrorist war that ensued has consumed much of Sri Lanka and
her resources. Tamils in droves left the island crying genocide, many
seeking greener pastures. Yet for all there are more Tamils now living
in the South than in the North of Sri Lanka. The Western World and
the Christian Church accepted them with open arms. Various Terrorist
groups were funded, nurtured, and covertly trained initially by India
and then later by others. Hundreds of Church funded NGOs descended
on Sri Lanka in various guises, but intent on division of the country
and the unethical conversion of Sri Lanka to Christianity. On Sri
Lankan soil they were ably assisted by the Church affiliated Wijewardhana
clan and the Bandaranaike clan. These two clans outwardly masquerade
as Buddhists, but their loyalties lie with the Christian Church.
At the moment the subjugation of Sinhalese Buddhists is going on
various fronts. Unethical conversion of Buddhists is going a pace
unabated. The land of the Sinhalese is up for grabs. Sinhalese Buddhists
have neither voice left nor any representation in the proceedings
in the so called Peace Process in Sri Lanka. A Lutheran
Christian nation, and one time Nazis, who practiced open racial discrimination
against their own indigenous people the Inuit or Lapps, who
aided and abetted with the LTTE are now in the garb of the mediators.
(We should have been better off getting the TULF to mediate than these
unknown foreigners with agendas of their own for South Asia.) The
Buddhists are left largely friendless in the world due to years of
diplomatic mishandling. The media has been in the hands of the Church
affiliated Wijewardhana clan for decades. The audio- visual media
are on a frontal attack on Sinhalese Culture. What is seen, heard
and covertly imposed on the minds are all foreign values and ethos.
While the Puppet Masters are now on open stage for everybody to see,
a helpless nation is waiting its dismemberment.
Today with one time leader of one of the Goon Squads Ranil
Wickramasinghe of Batalanda fame as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka,
Tyronne Fernando as the Foreign Minister, John Amaratunge as the Minister
of the Interior and Home Affairs, Jayalath Jayewardhana the LTTE spy
as the Minister of Rehabilitation and Refugees, Joseph Michael Perera
as the Speaker of the House, the Christian Church is well and truly
enthroned in Sri Lanka. The LTTE never had it any better.