The Movement for Peoples Councils (MPC) in Sri Lanka, together with IUSF (Inter University Student Federation), is appealing to the workers, students and youth, internationally, to support the struggle in Sri Lanka. As a first step, they request organisations to call a protest on 9th of November (or in that week) outside the Sri Lankan Embassies and High Commissions, across the world, to highlight the undemocratic actions of the government.
The Committee for Workers International (CWI) fully supports this call for solidarity action.
Conditions in Sri Lankan continue to deteriorate for millions of people. Neo liberal austerity measures are proposed as solutions by the government. In order to carry through those measures, the government also increased its repression against all opposition. Every single peaceful protest organised by students and activists is brutally attacked by state forces. Many activists are arrested for just taking part in the protests. The convenor of Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) is one of the activists still being held under the draconian legislation, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The government is making further plans to curtail freedom of expression and freedom to assemble. There is an urgent need to defend fundamental democratic rights in Sri Lanka.
The campaign demands that the Government of Sri Lanka must:
* Release IUSF student leaders, Wasantha Mudalige and Siridhamma Himi, detained under the PTA, for over 65 days
* Stop the attack on all protesters
* Drop all charges on protesters
* Repeal PTA –and all other oppressive laws.
* Allow freedom of assembly, free speech, and freedom to dissent
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