'dollars more precious than ignorant natives

WEDNESDAY, 07 AUGUST 2013 The Gampaha shooting exposed the government. Clearly the government has allowed the MultiNational Companies to exploit our land and people with disregard to environmental hazards and the existence of human beings. It was necessary for them to open fire at students and young people, in order to allow the products of a factory to be sent to the harbour. Gloves are made with the blood and sweat of our people, while the soil gets charged with acid. These have to be sent abroad urgently, not to annoy our global masters. So they fire at a few ‘ignorant natives’ who dare to block the road meant for their masters' agents! Three deaths occurred and several dozens were wounded as a result of this incident. “So what, if these rascals do not allow our precious gloves to be sent immediately, in order to get our dollars to be used in casinos; we were left with no alternative. These ‘shits’ got what they deserved. Of course we can bill the burial as Mahinda Chinthana new edition. This new edition is supported by the IMF. The International Monetary Fund very recently commending Lanka’s poverty reduction and President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s role in developing the country has assured its continued support. Dr. Anoop Singh, International Monetary Fund’s Director for Asia and the Pacific region, who arrived in the island to participate in “Sri Lanka Economic Summit”, gave this assurance when he met President Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees. “You have brought Sri Lanka to a higher level of development within a short period and now it’s time to focus on long term economic stability,” said

Dr. Singh. Recalling his visit few years ago to Lanka, the IMF’s Regional Director said that there was vast improvement visible now and there was room for improvement in a number of areas and sustained rapid growth over prolonged periods was achievable. To be fair, it is true that the suspected rubber glove maker and exporter, Dipped Products PLC of Hayleys Group has rejected the accusation that it is the factory that is responsible for water pollution in the Weliweriya area. "Gloves are made with the blood and sweat of our people, while making the soil charged with acid. These have to be sent abroad urgently, not to annoy our global masters. So they fire at a few ‘ignorant natives’ who dare to block the road meant for their master’s agents!" In a statement following the public protest over quality of the water in the villages surrounding the factory, the Managing Director expressed his grave concern over the misconception that its factory located in Nedungamuwa, Weliweriya is causing environmental and water pollution. “We as a conglomerate that follows ethical procedures to manufacture quality products as well as service with utmost care, condemn the accusations made by such people and take this opportunity to affirm our Quality Control Procedures,” the statement said. This company which manufactures latex glove products and exports them to more than 70 countries in the world is a key foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka. However, ‘Siridamma Sadhu’ and others who led the protest say clearly, that they went to courts many years back and decisions were given with the support of proper analysis by state departments. However, these were not implemented with rulings from higher authorities. They were not able to go to higher courts due to the lack of funds and resource persons. Precisely that is why they had to seek the power of mass action. In the course of the struggle, they exposed the truth that the cause for the rise of acidity level, in the surrounding area, is the polluted water from the factories in the area. All other reasons given are valid to many other areas; but such environmental change has not taken place. One can understand the arguments put forward by the company; what else should we expect from them? But what about the regime ,which admits in discussions that factories situated in the area are responsible for this great hazard , but fails to control them. Not only that, the regime deployed the army to save the culprit, by killing and wounding protesting citizens. This macabre incident shows the degeneration of the society under the Mahinda regime. Recently I met Maya, a foreign lady, who is concerned for the oppressed people. She had studied psychology and psychotherapy and I suggested that she could use her experience to help so many in this society. She said by living here she got so depressed that she is waiting for the day to get out. Every day she hears of the same, powerful people involved in frauds, rape and other

horrible deeds. No law and no redress. The Opposition is weak and inactive. There is nothing to hold on to or nothing to give hope to the miserable people. Naturally I protested and said that we are working hard to change the setup. She refused to believe in what I said.

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