June 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today asked the Sri Lankans not to fall prey for religious extremism and become "stupid victims of extremists".
Expressing the party's standpoint regarding the communalist and religious clashes that have arisen in certain areas in the country, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva at a special media conference held at the party head office at Pelawatta today (16th) said the the communal and religious clashes that have arisen have to be defeated.
"We first invite the people in this country to come forward to build national unity. What exists at present is a very serious and inflammable situation," Silva said emphasizing that the media institutions have a big responsibility in quelling the situation.
The party leader pointed out that as a result of an incident that occurred at Aluthgama a communal and religious conflict is spreading throughout the country.
"This is a clash created by extremists making use of a minor incident. Now those who ignited the fire are unable to extinguish it and it is spreading in all directions. The people that lived together in these areas now live in fear and suspicion," Silva said.
Reminding that the Black July in 1983 created a reason for the thirty year war against Tamil terrorists, the JVP leader said many lessons should be learnt in history regarding such clashes.
Silva criticized the government for backing the extremist groups and using communal and religious clashes instead of preventing them for its advantage.
"Conduct of the government in this situation has sustained extremists' moves. Communal and religious clashes are intentionally created to get its vote base increased," he charged.
The JVP General Secretary said the religious extremists use the sentiment of the general public for their targets and urged all Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim masses to stop communal and religious clashes and come forward to normalize the situation and create an environment for peaceful living.