No room for dictators in Sri Lanka - President
When the footsteps of an oppressor with dictatorial tendencies are
heard in the vicinity, the first people who will rally round to counter
him are the intellectuals, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a meeting
held at President’s House, Kandy on Thursday.
Doctors, engineers, lawyers, university dons, artistes and all other
intellectuals have now come forward to perform their duty by the nation
by correctly identifying this threat, he said. President Rajapaksa who
said that the strength and intellect of the country’s youth could never
be suppressed or destroyed, added that youth strength should be utilised
for the country’s development and progress.
“This country is our own Motherland where we were born and where we
have to breathe our last and it is the duty of every citizen to treasure
it more than ones own life,” the President said.
President Rajapaksa said that no one had the right to betray the hard
won freedom by making false statements derogatory of the heroic forces
and such politics of hate had very short shrift in this country.