(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Dissanayaka said at the JVP’s “Il Maha Viru Samaruma” (November Heroes Commemoration) held in Galle yesterday that they were commemorating those members of the JVP who sacrificed their lives for the defense of the nation against those rulers who were destroying the country at that time.
“The revolt of 1988-1989 was carried out by the JVP against the suppressive rulers and against foreign invasions that were threatening the nation at time,” said Dissanayaka.
“In today’s context of suppression propelled by state, we just have to take forward the same revolt in a different form,” he said.
“Those who are selling the country out to foreign companies are now posing as patriots. But It was our November heroes who showed us the meaning of being truly patriotic and who the real patriots were,” he said.
“Thirty years have passed since they assassinated the best politician in the country, our comrade Wijeweera, The UNP government had massacred him and thousands of our brothers and sisters. The memories of our brothers and sisters who gave their lives for a worthy cause will not be forgotten, ever, ” said Dissanayaka.
“An Indian army arrived and invaded our country during that time. Although we are not facing any likewise threats, the country is now facing new threats,” he said.
“There is not much to distinguish between the situation then and now. The most important components of the Colombo Harbour, and a part of the Hambanthota port, several oil tanks in the Trancomalee Oil Tank Farm are currently controlled by foreigner nationals. Besides, the Trincomalee Harbour is under threats,”he said.
“They have already signed a number of treaties or MoUs that poses a threat to our country. Many other treaties are being prepared for signing. The properties of sovereignty and independence are collapsing due to these so called new compacts, “he said.
“They have given away a number of national resources to multinational companies, sold out some islets in Kalpitiya, and given acres of state lands to some companies based in USA during the span of Rajapaksa regime,” he said.