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Gota is behind this draconian gazette, says Mangala
War is not easy as filling gas in petrol shed
(Lanka-e-News, November 01, 2008, 3.25 PM) Sri Lanka Freedom Party - People's Wing (SLFP-PW) leader Mangala Samaraweera says that a plot to take the country into a dictatorship is definitely behind the stands of the Rajapakse regime.

Mangala Samaraweera made these observations yesterday (31) at a press conference held in the office of the Opposition Leader at Cambridge Terrace to make the media aware about the new regulations to control private TV channels.

He said that not the signatory to the document Minister of Information and Media Anura Priyadarshana Yapa but the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse was behind the undemocratic and illegal gazette.

He said that this draconian gazette was brought to cover up the inefficiency of the Defense Secretary amidst stagnation of military operations and to hide the corruption of Rajapakse family.

Samaraweera thanked the journalists who did not give in to the regime's attempt to buy them through foreign tours and scholarships to children.

The MP further said that the Minister who signed this document will also have to take the responsibility of it when he would be summoned to courts as he was initiating legal action against the law.

Samaraweera said that he maintained an active dialogue with media when he was the subject Minister and he did not resort to bring in laws to suppress media although he clashed with media in certain instances. He said that although state media were manipulated to express the government ideas, doors were not closed for the opposition or the others and those who said truth were not jailed and killed.

Stating that the company of brothers was bringing these laws to hide their inefficiency, Samaraweera said that war was not as easy as filling gas in a petrol station.

He said that the first to be sent to jail is Gotabhaya Rajapakse since racism is spread covering to war. He said that the Tamils and Muslims that came to Colombo are considered as outsiders although they have the right to go and live in any place of the country pointing out that outsiders holding US passports were seen coming here since 2005. The Army Commander who vowed to capture Kilinochchi soon had gone to US to arrange his 'Green Card' visa on October 14 and returned to country on last Sunday.

Samaraweera said that the lives of the soldiers are sacrificed for the sake of one family. Mahinda Rajapakse and Prabakaran need the war since they depend on it and the new regulations brought by the government would be the end of democracy, said the SLFP-PW leader.
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