Oct 25, 2017

JO worried by Kamal Gunaratne’s ‘death for traitors’ Featured

Some MPs in the joint opposition have taken reservations to a statement made recently by retired Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne, a top figure in ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s ‘Viyath Maga’.

A new constitution will divide the country and those supporting it are traitors, who should be given death, Gunaratne said in the presence of Rajapaksa at a meeting of the organization in Gampaha on October 21.

JO affiliate Socialist People’s Front’s Vasudeva Nanayakkara has publicly criticized that remark.

The SPF will fully support a devolution of powers within a unitary state, inclusive of the 13th amendment, he has said.

What Gunaratne said

At the Gampaha meeting, Gunaratne went onto say that it should be the death for traitors who support a new constitution, just like the terrorists gave ‘death for traitors’ during the 1988-89 period.

Such persons should be insulted by not allowing their bodies to be raised above the knee-level when being taken to the cemetery, he said.

Earlier in his speech, Gunaratne said the spokesman for the military had lied to the people about its casualty figures during the war.

Funeral parlour owners knew the exact figures, he said in an admission of having lied to the public.

The video below gives excerpts of his speech:

(Video courtesy lankaenews)