(Lanka-e-News -08.Jan.2017,11.55PM) During the period when D.S. launched the Gal Oya scheme he was maligned as ‘Kele John’ (Jungle John) , and that it was to lead the people to the jungle to kill them . If the same corrosive and malicious ideas and thoughts are still persisting pertaining to the present Hambantota development project , please dispel such misgivings and come forward to contribute to the Ruhunu development like how you would make an offering , cabinet spokesman and minister Rajitha Senaratne urged most intensely and patriotically at Hambantota .
The minister made this passionate and patriotic plea at the launching of the gigantic development project , the Sri Lanka – China Industrial and well being organization in the Southern zone headed by prime minister (P.M.) Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (07). The inauguration ceremony of the Hambantota , Mirijjawila investment promotion zone took place under the patronage of P.M. Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The function was attended by the Maha Sangha , the Chinese ambassador of the Republic of China to SL ,YI XianLiyang , a large number of ministers and M.P.s ,secretaries to ministries and invitees. A massive crowd of people were also present on the occasion although a tense situation prevailed because of the groups of saboteurs of the Rajapakses .This sabotage attempt and activities were resorted to in violation of the court order issued on the 6 th .
The Hambantota Magstrate Manjula Karunaratne issued an injunction order on the 6 th forbidding staging of protests for 14 days in several districts including the Hambantota administrative complex and proposed Industrial zone as well as its environs. This directive was issued following submissions made to court by police that there could be a breach of the peace, and a commotion can be created owing to the protests on the 7th.
This restraining order specially mentioned the names of 26 individuals which included 9 robed monks , former speaker Chamal Rajapakse and Namal Rajapakse M.P. Yet some politicos including Namal Rajapakse , Dallas Alahaperuma, Udaya Gammanpila, Gamini Lokuge , D.V.Upul and D.V. Chanaka conducted themselves in violation of the court order.
The group that assembled at Prabodaramaya , Ambalangoda went in procession up to Dehiyagahalanda. When the police obstructed them there , they set fire to tires on the main road and caused pandemonium .Thereafter arriving at the by- road , and at Mirijjawala where the function was held , they started pelting stones and missiles when the police using water cannons and tear gas to disperse the group . The IGP too arrived on the scene .
In the photos are Namal and Dallas who too were showered with water cannons. It is most significant to note these politicos were most deliberately and openly violating the court order . Besides they came under the water cannon attack on purpose as though they had not bathed for years , and relished the water cannon spray therefore.
As a result of the attacks of the saboteurs and counter attacks , 23 individuals were hospitalized. Many of them were victims of the attack of the saboteurs who used stones and missiles. A large number among the victims were officers of the security divisions including an ASP , based on unofficial reports.
52 suspects were arrested for violation of the court order but strangely not one politico named in the court directive was arrested.
A most noteworthy feature of these protests and sabotage efforts was , a majority of the parliamentarians representing Hambantota district did not participate in those.That is Sajith Premadasa, Mahinda Amaraweera and Dilip Hettiarachi were in support of this development scheme . Those who opposed were only Chamal Rajapakse and Namal Rajapakse who are noted for sabotaging anything done for the greater good of the country . However Chamal was not there to stage protests on the road.
Amidst these anti national sabotage activities of villains and scoundrels ,Minister Rajitha Senaratne who is noted for his fearlessness and outspokenness addressing the large crowds said in his historic speech full of patriotic fervor that , the sale of lands to foreigners was prohibited not by Bandaranaikes or Rajapakses , but by him when he was the minister of lands , and by Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government . He gave details along with facts and figures of the thousands of acres of land sold outright to foreigners by Rajapakses earlier on.
Rajitha also exposed how in the past all development programs were opposed falsely and maliciously , and later those were supported. He cited as examples the development programs until today from the time of Galoya scheme .
Rajitha Senaratne ‘s historic and eye opening speech is hereunder
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