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May 06, 2015

USP May Day Celebration - 2015

Fight for Democratic Rights of All

Srinath Perera – Editor, Rathutharuwa Newspaper

USP May Day - 2015The Socialist May Day conducted by the United Socialist Party was held in Colombo successfully. Comrades and friends of the USP from all over the country came to Orugodawaththa, a Colombo suburb, to participate in the parade and marched to Grandpass in Colombo Central for the rally which started at 4 pm.

Sirithunga Jayasuriya, General Secretary of the USP, addressed the meeting saying that ‘red became the colour of the working class not on their own choice; it was thrust upon them by the brutal state machinery by shedding the blood of workers in Chicago in 1896.’

Former President Mahinda Rajapakshe is trying to come to power again by clinging on to communalism. Intoxicated with power, he is going to temples daily to deceive innocent rural people. While the present government is boasting about the 19th amendment to the Constitution, a small step, a lot has to be done to ensure democratic freedoms of the people. ‘Only through socialist change of society can we achieve real democracy and freedom,’ Siritunga emphasized. Read More...

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March 27, 2015

USP Seminar in Jaffna

LankaSocialist Correspondent

USP Meetings - Jaffna The United Socialist Party held a successful public seminar in Jaffna on Saturday May 21st. 25 young people among others attended the seminar held under the theme “Maithree Rule 100 Days and Aspirations of the Tamil people.”

Siritung Jayasuriya, general secretary of the United Socialist Party, who delivered the keynote speech, pointed out that all the talk and rhetoric of this government is all about the south and the north; i. e the Tamil people have been forgotten. The proposed 19th amendment is to placate the Sinhala people and there is nothing in it with regard to the problems faced by the Tamils, Muslims in the East, and Estate workers in the hill country.

USP members held a paper sales campaign in the morning and ‘Sentharaki’, the USP Tamil paper, was sold in the Jaffna town. Read More...

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March 17, 2015

USP Briefs Media

LankaSocialist Correspondent

100 Day Program - Sri Lanka The United Socialist Party held a Media Conference today, March 17, 2015 at the CSR Hall in Maradana, Colombo.

Comrade Siritunga Jayasuriya, General Sectary of the Party extensively dealt with issues in reaction to 100 days program of the new government and explained the looming danger of emerging Sinhala chauvinism associated with the campaign to bring back Mahinda Rajapakse.

He emphasized the need for a broad public discussion on the proposed 19th amendment running into 62 pages which would be a part of the paramount law of the country after passing.

Comrade Srinath Perera, Media Secretary of the USP also spoke in this press briefing. Read More...

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100 Day Program - Sri Lanka

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2015 Budget Promises Sri Lanka

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March 14, 2015

Sri Lanka

Women face up to the challenges

Dhammika Silva United Socialist Party (CWI in Sri Lanka)

Intenational Womens' Day - Sri Lanka 2015 During the Rajapakse regime, defeated in January this year, not only the women of our country but female foreign tourists encountered very serious situations, including sexual assaults. During the thirty years of war Sri Lankan women had to face life under very stringent oppression. But even since the war ended things have not improved much. When the new Maithripala regime came into power there was of course a little space created for Sri Lankan society to breathe a bit more easily. The powerful oppressive grip of the former Rajapakse regime was relaxed somewhat.

One of the foremost challenges for Sri Lanka is to earn foreign exchange as it is still an underdeveloped country. The sectors spearheading this challenge are estate labour (on the tea plantations etc.), the garment industry and Middle East foreign employment. These are all sectors dominated by female labour. 52% of the population is women and they are considered to be the backbone of the Sri Lankan economy. Read More...

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2015 Budget Promises Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka India Relations

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March 10, 2015

Can Hindu Nationalist Modi Play Saviour of Tamils in Sri Lanka?

Siritunga Jayasuriya, General Secretary, United Socialist Party, Sri Lankan section of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)

India and Sri Lanka Relations The coming state visit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka, and the red carpet welcome accorded to him, including the ceremonial speech to the Sri Lanka's parliament, is indeed a bad omen for all the democratic minded, left and progressive forces of this country.

As International Socialists the United Socialist Party (CWI - Sri Lanka) stands for the best of co-operation, understanding and solidarity with the neighbouring countries peoples, especially with India with whom the People of Sri Lanka share a common heritage, history and a common struggle for the emancipation of our oppressed peoples. USP stands and follows the rich tradition of the BLPI which had a reverberating effect on the anti-Imperialist struggle in both countries during the People's Freedom Struggle against the British Imperialism in the sub-continent. Read More...

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February 26, 2015

Defend the right of NPC to pass the resolution

United Socialist Party

NCP Jaffna, Sri Lanka United Socialist Party (CWI-Sri Lanka) unequivocally defends the right of the Northern Provincial council in its attempt to bring the focus of the world on the Brutal war that killed 100's of thousands of innocent Tamils in the North & the East of this country. Especially this resolution was passed by the NPC in the circumstance where the new Maithree government is pressurising the human right council in Geneva not to present the report in March and postpone the sub- committee report till next September.

While the Governments of Mahinda and the present one led by Maithree wants to hide this terrible situation under carpet, but it is a fact that humongous acts of War Crimes did happen, especially during the last weeks of war in 2009 and even after people who surrendered. The continuation of Military domination of the North and the terrifying reality with which the Tamil people "live" in this country urgently needs an independent inquiry at least. Read More...

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February 21, 2015

Free Jeykumary Campaign

Vibushika Apeals to President Sirisena

“Please think of me as your child and release my innocent, very innocent mother…”

www.freejeyakumary.wordpress.com (Originally published on February 20, 2015)

AUTHOR: ANON

Free Jaykumary Campaign

B. Vibooshika

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(A children’s Home in the North)

16.02.2015

I wish to bring to the attention of Honorable President Maithripala Sirisena that:

Last year on 13.03.2014 when my mother went to close our door after giving food, an unknown stranger entered into the house, We asked “Who are you?” to which he said “Don’t make a noise, if you do I will strangle your necks and kill you.” My mother held me, opened the door and ran out of the house. At that time, armed soldiers and police came and took hold of our hands. Then one of them went into the house. We heard two gunshots. Then he came out shouting. After that they interrogated us. They told us we were connected to the person shot at. I promise on my mother that we do not know him at all. Read More...

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February 15, 2015

Sri Lanka - USP Meetings

100 Day Program and People’s Expectations

United Socialist Party

Sri Lanka Political Situation The first of a series of public meetings to be conducted by the United Socialist Party was held on February 6th at the Public Library Hall in Colombo.

Rathutharuwa Editor, Srinath Perera Chaired the meeting. USP General Secretary Srirtunga Jayasuriya was the main speaker at this meeting.

USP is planning to organize the next meetings of the series as follows:

• February 17th, 2015 - Akkaraipaththu

• February 18th, 2015 – Wellawaya

• March 7th, 2015 - Eheliyagoda

• March 14th, 2015 - Jaffna

• March 20th, 2015 - Galle

• April 02nd, 2015 - Wadduwa Read More...

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February 08, 2015

Sri Lanka

100 days and beyond

Will there be changes in the lives of workers and poor people?

LankaSocialist Correspondant

Sri Lanka Political Situation The presidential candidate for the United Socialist Party, Siritunga Jayasuriya, has written an analysis of the January election, an edited English version of which is carried on the USP site here.

Siritunga added on February 8th: “It is one month since the new government was formed under Maithripala Sirisena. Four days ago his government introduced a ‘Gazette Notice’ to give the same repressive powers to the Army as to the police. He has also just reintroduced the law which allows suspects to be kept in police custody for 48 hours without being brought to a court. We conducted campaigns against both these things under the Rajapaksa regime. Now we have to see what else is in store for the workers and poor people of Sri Lanka.”

Collapse of the Rajapakse regime and the new government

The presidential election held on 8 January 2015 ended with Mahinda Rajapakse’s rule collapsing. He was deemed to be the most powerful president in the political history of Sri Lanka. Read More...

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January 24, 2015

Sri Lanka

Mobilise Now to Defend Our Demands

Article originally published in the Colombo Telegraph

Tu Senan, International Coordinator of the Tamil Solidarity campaign

Presidential Election 2015 Sri Lanka The attempted coup following Sri Lanka’s presidential election by ousted incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa, was spoiled when his long-time allies switched their loyalty. Many of those who went over to the opposition had supported the murderous war against the Tamil minority in the past. In the aftermath of the massacre they either watched in silence or gave vociferous support to Mahinda in his attempt to bury the truth about what happened during the war. Likewise his accumulation of dictatorial powers. What stuck in their craw was not so much Mahinda’s bloody record against Tamils and Sinhala workers and poor, but the concentration of power and the wealth in the hands of his family. The benefits of Chinese investment and economic gain have not been shared out among the political elite and the capitalists; instead swallowed up by one family and their cronies.

It is not, however, a surprise that the new Maithri government is in a way protecting the Mahinda family from any war crimes accusations. We could throw a number of questions at Maithri and Co. Why are you still hiding the details of the attempted coup? Why didn’t you reveal the details of the whereabouts of ex-defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other members of Mahinda’s family? Why did you allow former minister of economic development Basil Rajapaksa to leave the country without investigating how much money he had already transferred to the US? Read More...

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January 21, 2015

Sri Lanka

New But Uncertain Period Opens Up

www.socialistworld.net (Originally published on January 14, 2015) website of the committee for a workers' international, CWI

President Sirisena aims for clean government but will face difficulties

Clare Doyle, CWI

Presidential Election 2015 Sri Lanka Much to the relief of western capitalist powers, after a narrow but momentous victory over Mahinda Rajapakse, the newly elected Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, has been sworn in. He has announced sweeping reforms to ‘clean up’ government in Sri Lanka and satisfy basic needs of many sections of the population. In what appears to have been a carefully managed transfer of power, Ranil Wickeremasinghe, the leader of the main opposition party, the UNP, has become prime minister and a number of other ministers in the Rajapakse government have been replaced.

The whereabouts of Mahinda Rajapakse’s brother, Gothabaya - former Minister of Defence whose hands are mired in blood and corruption – are unknown. He is said to have tried to prevent, with soldiers under his command, the announcement of Sirisena’s victory, but other sections of the army were already on the side of the victor! It is widely anticipated that former army commander Sarath Fonseka, a rival candidate to Mahinda Rajapakse at the last presidential election in 2010, will be given the job of defence minister after new parliamentary elections now scheduled for April. Fonseka, like the new president, was responsible for giving orders to Sri Lankan forces as they massacred the minority Tamils at the end of the civil war. Read More...

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January 20, 2015

Sri Lanka

Rajapaksa Defeated - Period of Uncertainty Opens

www.socialistworld.net (Originally published on January 09, 2015) website of the committee for a workers' international, CWI

TU Senan, CWI

Presidential Election 2015 Sri Lanka In the presidential election held yesterday in Sri Lanka the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa has suffered a fatal blow. The opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, won with 6,217,162 votes (51.3%) against Rajapaksa’s 5,768,090 votes(47.6%).

Mahinda has become one of the most unpopular presidents in the history of Sri Lanka, responsible for establishing dictatorial power in the hands of his very own Rajapaksa dynasty. They had become notoriously mired in corruption. He is also known as the destroyer of freedom of speech and of democratic rights and as the butcher of the Tamils, after the way he ended the civil war in 2009 with the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamil people.

As soon as he came to power in a narrow victory in 2005, he used every opportunity to strengthen his family’s grip on power. As Siritunga Jayasuria, general secretary of the United Socialist Party, who came third in that election, warned at the time, Rajapakse unleashed the dogs of Sinhala nationalist chauvinism. With the increasing ties with China particularly from 2007, came military and economic help to finish the war and to consolidate his power. Since then Chinese investment has increased dramatically to the situation where today China is a major economic partner of Sri Lanka. There are no reliable figures available but it is estimated that so far China has invested over $5 billion and Sri Lanka has quickly become a focus in the sharply changing balance in the geopolitics of South Asia - a valuable pearl on China’s ‘String of Pearls (bases)’ in the region. Read More...

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