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* Sri Lanka's Marxist party vows to fight for democracy
Thu, Apr 8, 2010, 05:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said the party would fight to restore democracy in the country with the little bit of democracy that currently prevails in the country.

JVP Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe after casting his vote at the Mayurapadha Pirivena in Pelawatta today (8) said apart from the violence, voters should also keep in mind the blatant violation of election laws that had taken place during election times since 2008.

He said the ruling party has been using public money, pubic assets, state employees, and state media for their campaigns since 2008 in a very immoral manner.

"They also attacked and assaulted and even murdered activists of the opposition parties including that of the JVP. We have to consider all this when talking about the election results. Hence, we do not consider any of these elections as a free and fair election," he said.

Amarasinghe observed that a country could not move forward under the present situation and that free and fair elections were needed for a country to progress.

"It is the government that is tired of free and fair elections, not us. All what we have to say is that we would be in if at least one little bit of democracy exists," the Marxist leader continued.

He vowed to fight for democracy and free and fair elections. "The JVP will fight for such elections and until the country is victorious. We would never be subjugated. Our aim is to fight back. We will fight till victory."


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