Govt. incites racism while claiming to abhor it – Eran

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SJB MP Eran Wickremaratne said on Friday that it was ironical to hear the government say that it abhorred racism, having come to power inciting racism.

Speaking on the debate on the President’s Policy statement MP Wickremaratne said that following the prorogation of parliament the President had claimed that his government rejected racism. He said the president’s statement was tantamount to accusing other politicians of inciting racism. “This reminds me of a famous character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, who once declared: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.” This is what the President is dreaming about,” he said.

“Having run one of the most bigoted, prejudicial electoral campaigns in living memory, this ruling administration crafted policy for Sinhala-hegemony in this country. A task force on preserving archaeological treasures using the mandate religious and cultural symbols in regions of the island that ethno-religious minority communities have inhabited over the years. This is what they have done.”

“A One Country-One Law presidential task force extending the hegemony in terms of the law despite the reform Justice Minister is trying to bring.”

“Ignoring protests from the scientific community over the burial and advice of the World Health Organization forced COVID-19 victims for burial, the Government hurled Muslim victims of the coronavirus into crematorium fires, claiming that burying those who succumbed to the virus might contaminate ground water. This is what actually this President has done, and this administration has done, and he is advising others like us about not being racists.”

“The Tamil community has also suffered long. President Rajapaksa noted in his policy statement that the ‘people in the North and East who had been battered by the war for a long time wanted economic security above all else’. He called on Members of Parliament representing the people of the north and east to support his Government’s efforts to improve the living conditions of the people in their areas. But what remains two years after that President has not had a single conversation even with the largest Tamil party here the TNA.”

“The Catholic community has demanded for justice to do with the Easter bombing where over 260 people died and asking for justice. Catholic priests are being hauled before the CID and are being questioned and harassed.”

“This reminds me in the speech the President delivered, well-crafted policy statement for a different country, I think, by a different leader. A country where there are no food shortages, no fuel shortages, its citizens are prosperous and healthy in that country and the President’s fantasy the lights are still on in that land and achieved the vistas of prosperity,” Wickremaratne said.

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