Ironically, the issue of separate Telangana can be traced back to the time when the people of Andhra, part of the erstwhile Madras state were themselves agitating for the formation of a separate Andhra state, the movement reaching a peak with the death of the revolutionary Potti Sreeramulu after a 52 day fast in 1952. The First States reorganization committee that was subsequently formed in 1956 decided to redraw states on the basis of linguistic identities and formed the state of Andhra Pradesh based on a Telugu identity.
Comrades of United Socialist Party (CWI-Sri Lanka) including Srinath Perera Piyarathna, Dhammika Silva were brutally attacked by 50 Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) thug Monks and a lorry load of hired goons of around 100. The comrades of the USP were conducting a Motor Cycle Rally in memory of Ernesto Che Guevara and the slogans were against Racism and against Communalism of the right wing Buddhist monks.
The extreme right-wing section of the Chauvinist Buddhist clergy, hand in gloves with the top echelons of the of the Political leadership of Mahinda Rajapakse’s government that killed lakhs of Tamil people in a Genocidal war is now unleashed against the Muslims in the Island Country.
We need to condemn this in unequivocal terms through mass protests all around the world. The New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) through its Tamil Solidarity campaign will be approaching other like minded groups and parties to come together for a massive protest in various parts of the country in the very near future.
Photos of United Socialist Party march and meeting
The traditional march of the United Socialist Party (CWI Sri Lanka) went ahead on May 1st in Colombo, in spite of the continuing difficulties that the Rajapakse government creates for those who argue for free speech, democratic rights and socialism. It made its way from Meetotamulla in the North of the city, through predominantly Muslim, Tamil and Portuguese areas to Grand Pass Junction. A large number of local people turned out to listen to the speeches at the USP rally in the square at Kosgass Junction.
Tamil Solidarity condemns the ban of 15 diaspora organisations and news website colombotelegraph and the black-listing of around 424 individuals. This reflects the dictatorial nature of Sri Lankan regime and its continued suppression of democracy and all political activities.
Sri Lankan regime is increasingly humiliated regarding the war crimes it committed during the war in 2009. Recently the regime came under heavy pressure to agree to a certain investigation mechanism. A resolution passed in the UNHRC, though it fell far short of any action against the government, marked a propaganda defeat for the Sri Lankan regime. Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris categorically denied any call for cooperation in any war crimes investigation. He declared: “Sri Lanka will not be participating in the inquiry. We don’t accept this inquiry and we will not be part of it”. He also declared that they don’t accept the authority of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to conduct an investigation because “Pillay has a prejudged mind” – meaning that she has a Tamil background. Previously another minister in Rajapaksa’s government Marvin Silva said he was willing to Marry Navi Pillay to give her a history lesson. Such is the level of anti-Tamil mentality that exists among the leading members of current ruling regime in Sri Lanka.