Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is calling on “all professionals and intellectuals to support the patriotic forces who have organized the rally ‘Janabalaya Kolambata’ on 5 September.”
In press communiqué he said, that Sri Lanka has never, in its long history, fallen to the political, social and economic depths that the nation has witnessed in recent times.
“Having recognized the dangerous trends across all sectors, we have engaged in various processes and readied ourselves to take up the challenge of rectifying the status quo in a systematic manner. A large number of professionals and intellectuals from all walks of life, irrespective of their religious and ethnic identities, have rallied around us for this purpose,” he said.
He went on to say: “It is no secret that I have so far desisted from participating in activities of the mainstream political forces. I am aware that you, as professionals and intellectuals who consider it imprudent to dabble with largely discredited political entities, have silently endorsed my position.
The scale of the serious calamities unfolding before us however, necessitates an impactful response. Therefore I now believe we are at a juncture where everyone must set aside such concerns to step up and be counted in the larger struggle to save our nation as we know it.”
“Even the basic right of expressing political preference has been flagrantly violated through the arbitrary and illegal postponement of elections.”
“The economic doldrums we find ourselves in today are evidenced by the gloomy numbers pertaining to inflation, debt ratio, balance of payments, the value of the rupee against the dollar and foreign investment.
“There are also dangerous, and concerted, efforts to compromise peace and reconciliation in the pursuit of personal political interests; this is evident in the ongoing constitutional reform initiatives as well as the witch-hunts on military personnel.
“The political situation borders on anarchy and our nation hurtle towards disaster. We must choose not to stay silent.