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Waterless villagers ask water – Gota answers with assault and bullets –over hundreds injured 1 dead
(Lanka-e-News-01.July.2013, 6.00PM) Even as defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse was having discussions with the representatives of Rathupaswala protestors, this criminal defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse had acted most criminally by sending his paramilitary armed group to ruthlessly shoot and attack the people staging a peaceful protest with clubs , whereby one youth died , while 40 others were hospitalized , according to reports reaching Lanka e news . The youth had later succumbed to his gunshot injuries.

The protestors were so cruelly attacked simply because they were demanding drinking water during the last several days since they cannot drink the acid polluted water that they were being supplied with .These poor thirsty protestors had been on the streets for several days to get this demand fulfilled .

Gotabaya had summoned a group of representatives to meet him today at 2.30 p.m. to hold discussions. Despite this invitation and after the representatives have gone to meet him , the murderous paramilitary group of Gota and some others in civil and military uniform had been sent by him to the venue of the protestors ,blocked the road and brutally assaulted them with rods and clubs while also shooting at the protesting crowd .

An officer of Gota who got on to the roof of a jeep had announced that if the crowds do not disperse within 5 minutes they shall be attacked. This Gota’s military low breed stray dog had also told the media not to videotape or take photos of the scene. The protestors have then pleaded ‘ Aney Sir , don’t do that , we are only asking for drinking water . We are faced with a huge problem without water for drinking’. These trigger happy Gota’s groups have ignored their pleas and have started attacking them ,tear gassing and shooting whereupon the protestors have started running helter skelter .

Though the defense divisions say only rubber bullets were used , it has been confirmed following the death of the youth that he had succumbed to actual and lethal gunshot injuries. Moreover , many of those who sustained injuries are also victims of gunshots .

About 5000 women and small children have panicked and run looking for places to hide. Gota’s ‘hunting low breed dogs’ had searched for them and continued to attack. 40 protestors who fell victims to the attack are admitted to the Gampaha hospital. A Lankadeepa journalist Ms. Deepa Adhikari had also been attacked , and she had been trapped in the melee unable to be taken to hospital based on Lankadeepa reports. . Four other journalists also were attacked.

It is because of the environmental pollution created by the toxic wastes escaping from the Vinigross Industry belonging to Kulappuarachige Don Dhammika Perera , a government strongman , the source providing water to 10 divisions of the district had been contaminated , and rendered unfit for consumption which necessitated the residents to stage these protests.

In these circumstances , any humane and democratic ruler would have deemed it his duty to do everything to quench the thirst of his subjects , at least by supplying this life sustaining commodity to the thirsty people with the use of Bowzers..

In Sri Lanka however , ruled by a group of lawless brutes and shameless beasts (who would even walk nude like the beasts if that will only contribute to their cruel power augmentation) , this humble human request of its thirsty people for life giving water has been rejected with all the disdainful and atrocious treatment , which no civilized reign would have ever meted out let alone imagined.

Of course , the ‘cannibals and animals’ of Rajapakses succeeded in instilling fear into the suffering masses as always. Like during the days of Hitler , people were so alarmed and unsettled in the night that they feared even to take calls on their mobile phones.

These Medamulana village crocodiles that shed tears for Uganda and funded its water supply project by releasing Sri Lankan people’s funds (not Medamulana’s personal funds) amounting to Rs. 20,000 million with liberality , deemed it fit to attack and kill its own people when they demanded pure water for drinking which had been contaminated by toxic wastes from the Industry of its closest crony businessman .

It is a cruel irony that when the new army commander Daya Ratnayake was taking up his new post today , this brutality was unleashed by the armed forces ( no matter the higher up who gave this order ) on the innocent people who staged a peaceful protest based on most justifiable grounds.

Does this augur well for his forces and himself when it augurs ill for the innocent citizens? A little soul searching by the army commnader will do a great deal of good to all.

An international inquiry shall be conducted into this uncivilized and cruelty motivated actions .
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