The metaphorical white van, by Kechambers
A lot of (Tamil) people I know go home quite early. This because the recent spate of abductions (usually for ransom) of Tamil businessmen and their families. What’s more shocking is that Police Inspector General Victor Perera (in a commendable display of honesty) said a large number of police officers and troops were involved in the abductions. Aside from the metaphor of white vans, there is a real security threat to Tamils in Colombo. And, as Mahinda said “the most powerful weapon against communalism is being fair and doing justice by the innocent Tamil people. If not, the cruel forces of communalism can completely destroy the great Sri Lankan civilization. We should understand this danger very well.”
The first step is admitting that there are abductions, as obvious as this may seem. They are certainly not all via white vans, that’s a metaphor (again, obviously).Â Victor Perera did deny the abductions, saying that abductions were being over-hyped in the press, etc. However, in his latest press conference,
Sri Lanka’s police admitted Tuesday that its own security personnel have been involved in kidnappings for ransom and vowed to crack down on mounting abductions and killings of civilians.
Police Inspector General Victor Perera said a “large number” of police officers and troops had been arrested on charges of abduction and extortion.
His remarks came as five bullet-riddled bodies of unidentified men turned up in the north central district of Anuradhapura Tuesday following a similar discovery of five bodies near the capital on Saturday.
The police chief said the identity of the victims was not immediately known but offered “unlimited money” as a reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in kidnappings.
He said among 433 people arrested since September over “terrorist activities,” including abductions and killings, a large number were either police, soldiers or deserters.
“We have arrested a large number of police and servicemen and even an employee of the defence ministry in connection with these activities,” Perera said.
â€œPeople will die, What can we do about it. Are you asking us the leave those alive? those bastards are traitors. We can’t do any thing because of wild donkey freedom in this country, if those can’t be dealt with existing laws we know how to do it. If we can’t suppress those bastards with the law we need to use any other ways and means, Yesâ€.
So, you have rogue elements in the police and army participating in abductions and Ministers advocating the disappearance of political opponents. That’s not a good combo, and Sri Lanka is better than that. I’ll take wild donkey freedom anyday.