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Govt is heading towards military control-Tilvin

General Secretary of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Tilvin Silva says that the current government is heading towards militarisation by suppressing the alternate media, hunting down police officers and by giving police powers to the army.

Silva told reporters this evening (4 Dec), people had fears that Gotabaya Rajapaksa coming to power would affect the democracy of the country because of the previous experiences during the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

Despite promising throughout their campaign that they would protect democracy and will not bring back the white van culture, the government has started to suppress the democracy by intimidating Media and hunting down police officers who investigated against them.

He added by granting the Army civil powers when the situation does not warrant such a move “it hints that the government is heading towards military control centred around the army.”

Further, he said that although investigations began against corruption and other incidents, the UNP government especially Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe did not want to expedite the investigations because they were all classmates.

The people who were accused of those crimes have now become president and ministers and they are trying to label the CID officers who investigate against them as criminals.

Silva said that if these officers get to hunt down, harassed and marginalised for doing their duties, “In future, no investigation can be held against any person who can be assumed to come into power as the officers get scared to do their jobs.” he added.

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