[Solangaarcchchi facing death threats]
Election violence against the common opposition taking place around the country at an alarming rate according to SLB sources within Sri Lanka.
But most of these violations are not being reported to the election monitors or to the police.
In Kurunagala pro Rajapaksa gangs have visited number of houses where small discussions supporting Maithripala Sirisena were going to take place under the network Peoples’ Democratic Forum.
In Kandy number of pubic meetings of network ‘Ugulen Galawemu’ (lets escape from the trap), civil society network had to be cancelled after owners of the halls booked express their reservations. A hotel, where a meeting with former President Kumarathunga was held in Katugastota, Kandy was attacked few days ago and now hotel owners are afraid to provide halls for opposition gatherings.
In Anuradhapura monks were forced to participate in Rajapaksa’s meeting held on 12th. In temples white cloths to wear in religious occasions are being distributed by Govt. politicians.
In Wellawatta, a Colombo all Samurdhi receipients have received Rs. 2,500 and another 7,500 to be distributed at the end of the month.
In Colombo Cricketers have been forced to appear in Rajapaksa political advertisements.
Popular local politician form Kolonnwa, Mr. SolangaArchchi, who crossed over to the opposition recently has been threatened by state intelligence officers.
Another popular female politician, who too crossed over to the common opposition reported to be be gone abroad, after death threats.
Mr. Solangaarchchi has made a public statement that If he is killed, the Defence Minister or Defence Secretary have to take responsibility . He told media that there is a plan to plant weapons in his house, or to take him away to reveal weapons and then to kill him
Is this democracy? I am ready to die. But if I am killed, that responsibility will have to be taken by the Defence Minister or the Defence Secretary”, he has said reported Asian Mirror.