1962 Coup and the 2012 Coup by “Black Coat sharks”
Posted on November 24th, 2012

P.A.Samaraweera

The era after 1956 was a period of transition. Therefore, some at the top who were disgruntled by the pro-national reformation attempted to overthrow the govt of Sirimavo in 1962. Till 1956, only two-fifth of army officers were Sinhala Buddhists. But nearly 75 per cent of the people in the country were Buddhists. After 1956, this proportion of officers gradually changed which was not to the liking of some who were in the forces. As usual they wanted the forces to be dominated by non-Buddhists. The 1962 coup makers were from the so called ‘super class’, and from distinguished wealthy families who despised the pro-national policies of the govt. Further, the top public servants from this group were reluctant to learn Sinhala, as they came from the english educated elite class. The coup staged by them ended in disaster.
 
Sixty years later, some disgruntled groups have teamed together to preserve their privileges, status, wealth etc to manipulate a regime change. This is backed and funded by the international community and some interested groups.The ‘Coup’ in 2012 is led by the ‘Black coats’ as they consider that their ‘citadel’ had been tresspassed by the govt making a dent on their wealth. With the impeachment of the Chief Justice they have now taken to the streets. As the hue and cry is mostly in Colombo I inquired from my friends in the rural areas what they thought about the impeachment. Their simple question was , why should someone have 20 bank accounts, especially when the persons husband is allegedly involved in a 350 million rupee deal. None of the people I spoke to had a bank account . But they smiled and said that, they have a vote which they declared will never go to the supporters of ‘Black coat sharks”.
 
Incidentally, it is amusing to note photographs showing ‘Black coats’ clustering to be with the CJ in some papers. They are flogging a dead horse when Article 107 of the Constitution says, “Every such Judge shall hold office during good behaviour, and shall not be removed except by an order of the President made after an address of Parliament, supported by a majority of the total number of members of Parliament has been presented to the President for such removal on the grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity …”

8 Responses to “1962 Coup and the 2012 Coup by “Black Coat sharks””

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    “Every such Judge shall hold office during good behaviour, and shall not be removed except by an order of the President made after an address of Parliament, supported by a majority of the total number of members of Parliament has been presented to the President for such removal on the grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity …”

    Looks like the lawyers DON’T KNOW THE LAW!!!

    Hilarious. Reminds me of bogus doctors mainly in the abortion industry.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    P.A.Samaraweera,

    2012 is their 50th anniversary!!!

    1962 coup leaders.

    Brown Sahibs 13 of them.

    Colonel F. C. de Saram, OBE – Commanding Officer, Ceylon Artillery (found guilty)
    Colonel Maurice Ann Oerard De Mel – Commandant, Volunteer Force, former Chief of Staff of the Army (found guilty)
    Rear Admiral (Rtd) Gerard Royce Maxwell de Mel, OBE, ADC – recently relieved captain of the navy (found guilty)
    Major Victor Joseph Harold Gunasekera, CCS – 2nd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery and Controller of Imports Exports
    Captain Nimal Stanley Jayakody – 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery (found guilty)
    Captain Don Edmond Weerasinghe – 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery
    Cyril Cyrus “Jungle” Dissanayake – Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Range I. (The current Colombo district Member of Parliament Ravi Karunanayake is his grandson.)
    Vithanage Elster Perera – Superintendent of Police (West)
    Terrence “Terry” Victor Wijesinghe – Assistant Superintendent of Police, Personal Assistant to DIG Range I
    Lionel Christopher Stanley Jirasinghe – Assistant Superintendent of Police
    Don John Francis Douglas Liyanage, CCS – Deputy Director of Land Development (found guilty)
    Rodney de Mel – Planter (found guilty)
    Lieutenant Colonel J.H.V. de Alwis – Commanding Officer, 2nd Volunteer Engineers, Ceylon Engineers

    South Indians. 7 of them.
    Lieutenant Colonel Wilmot (Willie) Selvanayagam Abrahams, MC, MBE- Commanding Officer, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery (died in Welikada Prison in 1964)
    Lieutenant Colonel Basil Rajandiram Jesudasan – Commanding Officer, 2nd Volunteer Signals, Ceylon Signals Corps (found guilty)
    Major Bastianpillai Ignatius Loyola – 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery (found guilty)
    Captain John Anthony Kajaratnam Felix – Staff Officer, Ceylon Volunteer Force Headquarters (found guilty)
    William Ernest Chelliah Jebanesan – Superintendent of Police (Columbo)
    David Senadirajah Thambyah – Assistant Superintendent of Police (found guilty)
    J.F. Bede Johnpillai – Assistant Superintendent of Police, Traffic

    Europeans. 7 of them.

    Lieutenant Colonel Noel Vivian Mathysz – Commanding Officer, Ceylon Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (found guilty)
    Major Wilton George White – 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery (found guilty)
    Major Victor Leslie Percival Joseph – Duty Officer, Ceylon Armoured Corps Headquarters, Rockhouse Camp, Mutwal, Colombo (found guilty)
    Captain Tony John Bernard Anghie – 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Ceylon Artillery[5]
    Sidney Godfrey de Zoysa – former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) (found guilty)
    Samuel Gardner Jackson – Planter
    Colin Van den Driesen – Assistant Superintendent of Police, Officer in Charge of police depot, Thimbirigasyaya (now Police Field Force Headquarters)

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    History repeating.

    “Cyril Cyrus “Jungle” Dissanayake – Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Range I. (The current Colombo district Member of Parliament Ravi Karunanayake is his grandson.)”

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    I think the FAILED coup has done good for the country.

    After that brown sahibs, South Indians and Europeans started leaving the armed forces. Allowing Sinhalese to take over and build the WORLD’S BEST ARMED FORCES.

    I would have handled it differently using low cost methods!! :))
    And say they were casualties of infighting within the coup group.

  5. samaraweera Says:

    Lorenzo, Yes it is the 50th anniversary of the 1962 coup. Thank you for the correction.
    Samaraweera

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    The ghosts of 1962 (or rather their LEFTOVERS) are back to haunt us.

    I dare say the ghosts (or leftovers) of 2009 will come to haunt us before 50 years.

    MISPLACED kindness!!

  7. Sam Perera Says:

    “Cyril Cyrus “Jungle” Dissanayake – Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Range I. (The current Colombo district Member of Parliament Ravi Karunanayake is his grandson.)”

    High Treason seems to be a genetic defect of this family.

  8. Fran Diaz Says:

    Though the ordinary citizens have the Vote, they must safeguard both the Vote & the Democratic institutions of the country. Do NOT allow voting MACHINES to be used during any election. Voting machines can be rigged as was found in the west. A prominent politician in the Opposition suggested that voting machines should be used in Sri Lanka too ! – so please be aware
    of various machinations against the country and its people.

    The Media publications must be constantly checked for accuracy. What has happened in some western democracies where big money has taken over media to publish inaccurate articles to mislead the public, must not happen in Sri Lanka. For a Democracy to operate properly, people must have accurate information and their participation in the process of Democracy is required. Their opinions consulted and solutions to problems considered by those in power. Merely voting is not enough.

    Freedom is not free !

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