FUTA Stories: Two university students died this morning

 

Two University students died this morning in the Gampaha-Imbulgoda area. their names are Janaka and Sisitha.

They were on a motorcycle and were speeding say eyewitness accounts. Both were instantly killed when the motorcycle hit a lamp post and nothing further is clear at this moment.  This is the news report published earlier today.  Janaka and Sisitha are activists in the Inter-University Student Union and were on their way to carry out organisational tasks related to the protests when this fatal accident took place.  Fingers are pointed and outrage is gathering dust. Suspicion as always shrouds the incident which could have been a motorcycle accident, tragic but not a premeditated killing linked to the identity or activity of the two young people.

How will FUTA react? This is a crucial stage in the nonviolent trade union action for better state education.

Even as the temperature rises FUTA would do well to give their colleagues and supporters the reassurance that they are not reactionary. They must keep in focus the main demands that resulted in this nonviolent protest in order to engage the Government in discussions from a position with greater leverage of power.  A violent reaction by the students could only bring discredit to the Union action and a derailment of the overall objective of the action taken by FUTA.

Janaka and Sisitha RIP. Speed may have once again claimed lives mercilessly.  Beyond that we do not know at this moment any other sinister cause of your death.  Yours was an all-too-early death and we mourn you.

 

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