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* Socialist Youth Union of Sri Lanka to commemorate struggle against dictatorial rule on Valentine's Day
Tue, Feb 12, 2013, 08:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 12, Colombo: Socialist Youth Union, affiliated to Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) says that Valentine's Day is to commemorate the struggle by Saint Valentine, who carried out a struggle against the dictatorial, cruel rule at the time.

National Organizer of the Union, Bimal Ratnayake told a news conference today that the Socialist Youth Union will launch a campaign on the Valentine's Day on the 14th to promote a love that does not believe in caste, creed or dowry.

He observed that the Valentine's Day that commenced to mark a struggle against oppression has now been commercialized.

"As the SYU we thought of having a dialogue regarding the obstacles that exist in this country for love and to show our youth how to overcome those obstacles," he said.

According to Ratnayake, the real significance of Valentine's Day should be given prominence and it should be made meaningful to the country's youth.

"It is a day to commemorate a courageous priest who fought against a cruel ruler against injustice to the youth. It should not be made a day to sell goods," he added.

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