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Release SF, Political Prisoners, demand PMD protestors

Release SF, Political Prisoners, demand PMD protestors

2011 Feb 09

The People’s Movement for Democracy affiliated to the JVP yesterday staged a protest in front of the Welikada Prison urging the government to release Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and other political prisoners.

The People’s Movement for Democracy, formed to free General Sarath Fonseka yesterday marked one year since the Former Army Commander was taken into custody by staging a Sathyagarah in front of the Welikada Prison.

“They have the former general under arrest and that is illegal, people are against this and they will show it when more peaceful protest are conducted in larger numbers,” said Leader of the JVP, Somawansa Amarasinghe.

Amarasinghe also said that there was no democracy in the country any longer as the opposition parties could not even put up posters.

“This government is heading towards a dictatorship, we have to change this. We need freedom and democracy,” he said. He cited Egypt and Tunisia as examples and said that this was not the era for dictators.

Democractic Left Front Leader, Wickramabahu Karunaratne who also participated in the protest asked the government to release all political prisoners including the political prisoners taken into custody during the war.

Wife of General Fonseka, Anoma Fonseka said that they would continue to fight until Sarath Fonseka was released.

“We are fighting for democracy for everyone. They said that they would not go towards a dictatorship but they are and we will keep fighting,” she said.

Leader of the Democratic Peoples Front (DPF), Mano Ganeshan urged the government to release the former General, warning that people would come to the streets taking after the protestors in Tunisia and Egypt.

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