Over the last few days the government has moved to consolidate control over both the military and the media. In the Army, the Chief Of Staff was changed and 12 officials have been forced to retire. The latter I got view a JNW news alert and I can’t find the info online. In the media, the Lanka newspaper was shut and just now reopened. Even people within the state media are under investigation for involvement in a possible coup. I don’t think there was ever a serious coup threat, especially from Sarath Fonseka, but who knows what fissures there are deep in the military. What remains is a highly militarized country under consolidated control. Who knows what will happen to the media.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, stability has long been the bane of the Sri Lankan state. What we have now is a wartime security and propaganda force being consolidated into the very workings of a centralized state. One wonders if they’ll ever lift Emergency now, or if this is just the state that has emerged.