After-the-vigil

MEG’S SOAPBOX

 

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 11.10.20 PMWhose Side is the Law On?

To my right a man is hauled off by the police. He tries to resist but it’s futile as four policemen load him into a police jeep and drive off. I’m snapping away as the  jeep speeds off into the distance, when a voice behind me asks, ‘what just happened?’

I explain to the man in a brown t-shirt, that one of the attendees of the ‘peaceful vigil‘ was just dragged off by the police. He looks surprised. Then he motions towards the barricade of police in front of us and remarks that they’ve brought cans of tear gas with them. I turn towards the policemen and take pictures of the cans. Then I hear a scuffle behind me.

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Gaya: It’s 11 pm and I would have shut down if I had not read Meg’s sketch on what was so ominous and unreal about the aftermath of the events that disrupted a peaceful demonstration in Colombo.

For those who pooh-pooh the Colombo protestors at the disrupted vigil

The streets of Colombo have seen worse sights.

dog on beach rapti 2But if we look around and say “oh please, you see the Colombo elite here and facebookers who have turned up and got harrassed by the Police... I am disappointed. I need more Buddhists, more middle class people and I don’t like to see people who worked in NGOs, nor lived overseas nor are in the upper middle class of CMB in this protest cheek by jowl with me and so I would not have lit a candle” we would be as bad as the BBS. It’s saying “I wanna support the Sri Lanka which excludes the types I do not identify with cos I suspect everyone of having an agenda and this will stop my supporting the cause of an inclusive Sri Lanka for all. I need ‘my people’ to support all this !”

Get over it.

The CMB upper middle class has walked the talk in the streets and maybe you are a mite surprised to see your bedfellows? What the Colombo society did and did not do during the war as ambassadors of the peace both at home and abroad getting those much needed investments flowing and foreign investors despite the bombs blasting around deserves kudos if you only knew the extent to which they’ve stood strong. The reasons for many investors standing by Sri Lanka was their friendship and loyalty to the Colombo businessman whose family they knew so very well.

The ‘Colombians’ continued to work and play in a peaceful manner in an inter-ethnic life which has outlived the storm and now are fighting for the multi-ethnic society they love. The society I love. I was born and ‘bred’ there and I know what it’s like to have such a rich life and belonging among diverse faiths and races. Long Live multi-ethnic, multi-faith Sri Lanka !!

Eka mavakage daru kela bewinaa …
yamu yamu vee nopamaa,
prema wada sema bedha durera dhaa …
namo namo matha… !

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STORY FRIDAY

This is a time when emotions are stirred by an extremist group claiming to defend Buddhism namely the Bodu Bala Sena and others defend em saying the Temples were the guiding light to a society Sri Lankan long ago. It’s time we reminded ourselves that this is 2013.

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Eight years ago a  biblical-type disaster wrecked Sri Lanka in Dember 2004. During the Tsunamis shock and awe stunned the land.   In a few seconds a wave carrying a bomb vented carnage, trauma and devastation, tossing in derision human torsos, train tracks, trees, boats, houses and else into lifeless flesh and bone and driftwood.

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