Siritunga Jayasuriya, secretary of the United Socialist Party (CWI Sri
Lanka) and some associates in the ’United People’s Movement’ escaped
with their lives when over 300 armed thugs, led by a deputy minister,
raided the place where a public rally was due to be held 9 January in
The situation in Sri Lanka has become even more difficult for the left
forces, especially the activists fighting against the war and against
the repression of the rights of the Tamil-speaking minority.
Hundreds of journalists and media workers from five Sri Lankan media
organisations staged a joint protest at Colombo Fort railway station
last Tuesday, 23 January, against the threats and intimidation against
journalists and their frequent abduction, arrest and murder.