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* Sri Lanka Marxist party calls for an alternative people's movement to defeat undemocratic government
Sun, Jan 13, 2013, 02:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that an alternative people's movement is needed to stand against the undemocratic government.

JVP parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that what the country needs is not an opposition but an alternative people's movement.

He observed that the government is ready to engage in any undemocratic act to safeguard its dictatorial rule and a massive people's force has to be built against this situation.

"There is now anarchy in the country," he said.

"All democratic forces in the country have to come together. The media was first targeted and media personnel were killed, attacked and media institutions were also attacked and burnt. The Rajapaksas have now created a media that is supportive of it by threatening, intimidating, buying over and by giving perks to them. The Judiciary is now under attack," Dissanayake said.

He added that the main opposition United National Party (UNP) would only be a substitution for the current government and not an alternative.

Dissanayake said the JVP stood for an alternative people's movement and was committed to work to build one.

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