yesterday sarath fonseka's supporters held a violent protest against his arrest. they attacked police. they damaged private and public property. they tried to enter colombo court premises unlawfully.
so much for respect for rule of law !
imo there was nothing wrong with arresting a person like sarath foneska against whom there is mass of evidence to start a lawful prosecution. (btw i will write a separate post examining sri lankan blogosphere's various objections to his arrest in the next few days.) but if his supporters and defendants think that action should be protested they are free to do so, peacefully. they are also free to file a fundamental rights petition if they want to challenge the arrest (they say they will).
they (mainly pathetic out of touch political refugees in fonseka's unholy alliance of unp, jvp, tna, slmc, etc) however chose violence. they used false accounts of sarath fonseka's arrest with allegations of physical abuse, parading his teary wife in front of cameras (to allege more falsehoods about lack of access to him), etc. to drive his supporters to a violent frenzy.
so much for truth! so much for respect for rule of law and constitution!
if they think violence is going to help them they are wrong.
but his supporters were happy with it so far and vow more. in sl blogosphere too their supporters welcome it. indi padashow samarajiva, an online propagandist employed by unp, is saying it is something to be thankful about (several hours after the event. so well aware of violent nature of the protest. note that.).
do they believe such violence is justified?
if so that is no surprise. in fact that is typical of them.
remember same ppl thought tamil tiger ltte terrorist violence was justified. they subscribed to racist notion that ltte represented tamils and perverted logic that tamil grievances (some of which are real) inevitably leads to violence (they probably think poverty leads to theft too). some of them thought jvp terrorist violence was justified too.
well most ppl, and thus most sri lankans, don't think such violence is justified or welcome it.
will these lovers of violence complain as and when they face the lawful consequences of their violence (as they should) ? hypocrites will certainly complain, but don't expect us to empathize.
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