Mangala goes to prison and meets jailed journalist and student leader
Mangala Samaraweera the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- Mahajana Wing, made a visit to the Welikada prison this afternoon (2009-10-06) to check on the wellbeing of the journalist J.S Tissanayagam and students of the inter university Sarasavi student Organization. After the meeting Mr. Mangala Samaraweera addressed the media and a short extract of his comments are below.
Mr. Samaraweera stated that the time has come for all responsible citizens to stand together in defeating the rise of a totalitarian dictatorship in the country. He made these comments after meeting Mr. J.S Tissanayagam who has been incarcerated in the prison, and meeting the leader of the university Sarasavi student Organization, Mr. Udul
Premarathne and other members of the student body who are currently under remand.
He further went on to state that while high ranking government officials waste and rob billions of public money, it is sad to see that students being remanded for exercising their democratic rights under minor. This is an indication of the move to suppress the freedom of speech and any dissent in Sri Lanka.
He further stated that it is deplorable to see that a man of such stature as Mr. J.S Tissanayagam who has stood for free speech and human rights, languishing in the prison. Today the whole country is being in the shadow of a totalitarian government and in the face of such adversity we must hold hands with individuals such as Mr. Udul Premarathne and Mr. J.S Tissanayagam in defeating these forces and brining back democracy to Sri Lanka.