Sri Lanka: Statement from Tamil Solidarity Campaign

What does the election mean for the Tamil-speaking masses?

“None of the leading candidates offers any way out for the working and poor masses. In fact they represent a choice of death by machete or death by axe. General Sarath Fonseka, standing for the viciously neoliberal United National Party (UNP) with support from the People’s Liberation Front (Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna JVP), actually led the war offensive, butchering the innocent Tamil minority. He worked closely with the Rajapakse government in all its attacks. But now, in a breathtaking show of hypocrisy, he accuses the government of corruption and of denying democratic rights. Both the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapakse, and Fonseka are guilty of suppressing democratic rights and their policies and actions have pushed the workers and poor into destitution. Both are using all kinds of devious techniques to win the next election and neither has shown any sign that their policies will change after the election.”

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January 2010