JVP Commemorates Wijeweera !
Posted on November 11th, 2011

P.A.Samaraweera, Australia

JVP dissidents had said that they would commemorate the 22nd death anniversary of Wijeweera (RW)ƒÆ’-¡ on 13th Nov. andƒÆ’-¡ return to rebuild the leftist movement from zero. They have said that RW had at the brink of his defeat asked his followers to restart the struggle for a socialist revolution. So they waited for 4 decades to make a decision to breakaway.
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Then on the other side,ƒÆ’-¡ JVP Gen SecyƒÆ’-¡ Tilvin Siva had said that his party is committed to the policies of the founder leader RW and the party would always follow his footsteps. And said, that it is a misconception that the JVP is in a crisis. If there is no crisis how is that RW’s death anniversary is commemorated separately by a dissident group ?
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Further, because of this breakup,ƒÆ’-¡ Tilvin’s group is to launch a book supposed to have been written by RW, on ‘Dangers of factionalism’, while he was in jail during 1971-72. So for nearly 40 years, it had been in the cold storage. The internal battle for leadership had led to open clashes between the 2 groups andƒÆ’-¡ some had ended either in hospital or the police.
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They took their ‘battle’ to the people in 1971 and 1989 usingƒÆ’-¡ terror tactics. Their reign of terror, mass murder, destruction to public property, harassment of public servants & others who were trying to make a day to day livingƒÆ’-¡  and so on are still in the minds of the people. Their anger on the govt was shown by attacking the poor and not the affluent. School childrenƒÆ’-¡ had to sacrifice their studies.
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People will not forget their brutality and they did not spare even the dead. The dead were humiliated by giving specific instructions to the family as to how theyƒÆ’-¡ should be disposed ofƒÆ’-¡ eg funeral to be heldƒÆ’-¡ the same day,ƒÆ’-¡ only family membersƒÆ’-¡ attend,ƒÆ’-¡ coffin to be carried at knee level, wailing prohibited,ƒÆ’-¡ decorations &ƒÆ’-¡ speeches bannedƒÆ’-¡ and so on. Ridiculing the deadƒÆ’-¡ was nothing but barbarism. If so, why should people join toƒÆ’-¡ commemorate the death of a man who looked down upon the dead?
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The commemoration ofƒÆ’-¡ a man who made thousands of young to sacrifice their lives will not make any difference to boost theƒÆ’-¡ JVP, whose parliamentary strength had tumbled from 39 to 4.

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