How The BBS Attacks (A Tale Of Two Cities)

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This seems to be the basic BBS gameplan (for fucking up everything we’ve worked so hard to build after the war). It’s a cycle of outrage, riot, fear, repeat.

It’s like the eightfold path to not being a Buddhist:

1) Find or manufacture an outrage
2) Distort
3) Bring a mob
4) Riot
5) Hope for a counter-reaction
6) Riot some more
7) Wait for the government to tell ‘both sides’ to calm down
8) Repeat

For example, take Aluthgama

1) The BBS gets mad about some Muslim kids yelling at a monk’s driver
2) They distort the story so that it becomes some kids beating up a monk
3) The bring 7,000 jobless people, largely from outside
4) These people riot, burning, looting and targeting places in a premeditated way
5) Some Muslims try to defend themselves
6) The BBS thugs continue being zombie warlords
7) The government says extremists on both sides got out of hand
8) And then they tried to do it again in Badulla

Badulla? What happened there? Well, nothing, because it is possible to stop this bullshit. See what happened there.

1) Some girls claim that they’re being filmed in a Muslim shop. By DBS’s report they weren’t, there was nothing on the phones of the accused and nothing apparent in the changing room or on the CCTV cameras outside.
2) BBS types come and assault the shop and the shopkeepers

Now we’re up to the incident stage, which is where it gets remarkable. The police do their jobs, they investigate the allegations, find nothing to support them and arrest the mob that attacked the shop.

3) The BBS holds a demonstration on the 16th asking for their thugs to be released, which gets nowhere. They plan a bigger rally to inspire a pogrom against Muslim businesses.

Which is where things get interesting again. The courts ban the rally. The police enforce it. It’s not like things are magical in Badulla, but they’re not zombie apocalypse like Aluthgama.

So it is possible to stop this. If the police and courts prevent people from inciting violence, you don’t get violence. What’s great is that this is actually built into our Constitution. I never thought I’d be happy to say this, but I get it now. We have restrictions on fundamental rights, including the right to speech.

15. (2) The exercise and operation of the fundamental right declared and recognized by Article 14(1)(a) [free speech] shall be subject to such restrictions as may be prescribed by law in the interests of racial and religious harmony or in relation to parliamentary privilege, contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence.

15. (7) The exercise and operation of all the fundamental rights declared and recognized by Articles 12, 13(1), 13(2) and 14 shall be subject to such restrictions as may be prescribed by law in the interests of national security, public order and the protection of public health or morality, or for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others, or of meeting the just requirements of the general welfare of a democratic society.

In Sri Lanka we have these restrictions largely for national security issues. If ethnic tensions, if rioting break out it’s a threat to all the people and the state. That sort of violence is unpredictable and it can spool out over generations. That’s why it’s so important that the courts and the police do what they did in Badulla.

Restrict rallies that threaten racial and religious harmony and marches which incite people to violence. It’s in the interest of national security and it is possible to nip this ignorant, incredibly dangerous violence in the bud.

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Liberal One
2014-06-20 13:28:04

Indi fails to get the real picture as always, maybe because of the language barrier he has with the common man or the distance the English speaking elite has with the society. Or he just wants to put the blame solely on BBS which represent a section of the society that has huge political differences with the society he represents.

Here is what happened, at-least the version I managed to unearth by been impartial.
1) Two Muslim youth(indi makes them into kids) assaults the driver of a Buddhist monk.
(I didn’t see the English thinking elite criticizing this, they would have definitely made it into a major issue if two Sinhala youth had assaulted a Muslim driver transporting a Muslim clergy).

2) BBS distort the story so that it becomes the youth assaulting the Buddhist monk (Indi get’s this correct but again pay attention to the word “kids”)

3) BBS brings people from outside and they hold a rally. (Their democratic right, but what they really wanted was to pick a fight).

4) After the rally they start a possession to take the subjected Buddhist monk to his temple which goes through a Muslim town. (Again BBS is looking for trouble)

5) A fight breaks out at this moment. Who first started throwing stones at whom is anybody’s guess.

6) Muslims receive the brunt of the violence but it wasn’t one way traffic. Look at the choice of words of Indi! Do you call burning a few Sinhala owned shops and getting arrested with 50 petrol bombs as self defense? Isn’t this exactly what the BBS did? To distort the situation to ones advantage?

Sinhalese and Muslim live with so much distrust. I’m not 100% sure how to start to address this issue. But been impartial and distorting facts isn’t the way for sure.

shammi
2014-07-01 14:34:11

“I’m not 100% sure how to start to address this issue.”

O Liberal One, there’s only one way. Arrest all those who broke the law, G.A.Gnanissara first, the fellows who assaulted the trishaw driver, Molotov cocktail mixers, thugs who set the town on fire, all of them. Then deal with them through the law, transparently.

 
 
John Smythe
2014-06-24 07:07:53

The issue with Islamic Fundamentalism is the Fundamentals of Islam. Muhammad was a violent prophet and Islam is a violent religion. For example the penalty for Apostasy (leaving islam) is Death and 85% of Egyptians endorse this practice. Take Jainism for example, its the ultimate in harmless religions, even if they step on a ant they freak out. Now if a Jain preacher asks to kill or “jihad” in the name of jainism, that fellow would stand out as a sore thumb and would be the laughing stock due to the fundamental do no harm nature of Jainism.
Now take bin Laden, KSM, Mullah Omar of Taleban, now these dudes never stood out as crazy or extremists when they started off as what they preached was perfectly justifiable in accordance with the Quaran and Islam. They were religious preachers and enjoy(ed) a good following. So this is why the very Fundamentals of Islam which preach violence, killing for Apostasy, Killing of the Jews are at fault here and are responsible for Islamic Fundamentalism. Anyone who believes that Islam is a religion of peace is seriously deluding themselves and peace loving people in the world have genuine reason to be alarmed at the rise of islam and the possible implications of the imposition of Sharia law in their country in the near future.

 
Liberal One
2014-07-07 19:09:39

I was talking about the distrust between Sinhalese and Muslims. If you think distrust between these two communities didn’t exist before Gnanasara thero entered the scene you must be living in the la la land of the Colombians.

shammi
2014-07-08 17:47:49

But you do agree that not arresting G.A. Gnanasara and any other lawbreakers from both sides will only serve to deepen this mistrust? If you don’t, you must be living in said land.

 
 
2014-07-25 22:26:28

The BBS is tapping into resentments that are buried deep in the subconscious.

What they do it to tap in to them, nurture them and magnify them.

Exactly what 969 is doing. Exactly what the Nazi’s did.

http://jestforkicks.blogspot.com/2013/04/969-burmas-neo-nazi-buddhist-movement.html

 
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