New JVP faction behind J’pura student demo - VC
Thursday’s student demonstrations at the Sri Jayawardhanapura
University that impacted on traffic in Colombo, was well planned action
staged by the university’s new JVP faction.
Sri Jayawardhanapura University Vice Chancellor Dr Nanayakkara
Liyanage Amaranath Karunaratna said yesterday, the new JVP faction had
planned this move for weeks as a means to gain more political power in
the university over the old JVP activists. Students say they started
their protest on Thursday against the damage caused to a statue called
‘Viru Sisu Prathimawa’ which they regard as the symbol of students’
freedom. “We are protesting against the suppression of students in the
university,” the protesters said.
Asked who is responsible for blasting the statue, the Vice Chancellor
said, “When we study, there are lies, palpable lies and statistics.
‘First the statue has not been damaged to any extent that anyone can
describe it as being bombed or blasted.”
“This was part of their plan. That is why they blame it on the
security personnel at the university,” he explained.
“We get the services of the Rathnalanka Security Company for the
security of the University. The firm functions under the Defence
Ministry,” he said.
“It is interesting to note that the new faction JVP students had held
classes for new university students from Monday and taught them about
the importance of their Sisu Viru statue before they created a big scene
on Thursday,” he stated.
“We also have reasons to believe that the new JVP faction in the
university is funded by some external agencies. Most of these students
come from poor families. However, they hardly dine at the campus canteen
but eat from restaurants unlike other students,” he said. “They use
expensive laptops, motorbikes and cell phones which are worth over Rs
50,000,” he explained.