British Asia News Network
Sri Lanka -The president of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena made a speech for the country’s National Independence Day which summed up the hypocrisy, political dismay, crisis of capitalist rule in Sri Lanka .The independence celebration was at Galle Face Green in Central Colombo on the 4th of February.
The event was dominated by military parades. Military officers provided commentary boasting of the role that each regiment played during the 30 year communal war by successive Sri Lankan governments to suppress the Tamil minority.
Political leaders, military top brass, Colombo diplomats and religious leaders including Buddhist priests all attended. The guest of honour was the newly-elected Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who cooperates with USA and India rather than China. By honouring him, every faction of the Sri Lankan ruling elite is seeking the blessing of the US and Indian leaders.
Sirisena began his speech by saying, “It is sad to note that the leaders of our history, including us, are responsible for the inability to find a clear political solution that all can agree on, although a decade has passed after the end of the 30-year war.”
The war ended with the military defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May 2009. During the final offensives, tens of thousands Tamil civilians were killed, nearly 310,000 were detained and more than 11,000 abducted. Sirisena took power in 2015, together with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, promising to change the constitution to enable a “political reconciliation,” thereby securing the backing of the Tamil National Alliance.
Sirisena and Wickremesinghe haven’t shown any concern for democratic rights of Tamils who have been repressed by successive governments. In his speech, Sirisena praised the “war heroes,” for liberating the country and promised them greater benefits.Sirisena’s reference to the lack of a political solution reflects the fear in ruling circles that unrest in the North and East is taking place amid growing struggles by workers. He also said there was failure by political leaders “to bring about the economic development our country and the people have expected for decades.”
The official poverty rate of 6.7 percent and added that “more than 50 percent of the population is suffering from relative poverty.” They have a daily wage of less than 1000 rupees ($US 5.60), unemployment and debt is severe. “One child out of four is suffering from malnutrition,” he said.
In 71 years there has been no solution in Sri Lanka and the blood shed continues