The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on
Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) strongly condemns the violent
dispersal by Sri Lanka’s military of the peaceful demonstrators
fighting for clean and safe water in the village of Weliveriya just
outside Colombo last August 1.
Three people were killed including two
school children and at least 15 others were injured as military men
fired live bullets at protesters fleeing from the teargas used to
disperse the 5,000 people-strong demonstration demanding action
against the Venigros Gloves Factory for polluting the drinking water
of about 12 villages.
By deploying the military, the Sri
Lankan government in effect attacked its own citizenry as they
exercised their human and democratic rights to free speech and
assembly. It showed the callousness of government towards the welfare
of the people who continue to suffer the adverse impacts of Venigros’
polluting activities on their health, water supply and food crops. It
clearly highlights where the Sri Lankan government’s loyalties lie
– not in upholding the interests of grassroots people and
communities, but in protecting that of business interests and profit.
We stand in solidarity with the people
of Weliveriya and other affected villages in protesting companies
like Venigros and fighting for a basic human right to clean,
affordable and adequate water.
We join other
voices demanding justice for the victims of military violence and in
calling for an immediate, transparent and independent investigation
of the violent acts committed. Those responsible must be held
accountable and redress must be provided those who suffered from this
grossly undemocratic act.
We call on the government of Sri Lanka
uphold its people’s interests over corporate interests and to take
immediate steps to ensure that the people’s right to water is
upheld and fulfilled.
To further sustain this movement and condemn this brutal attack, sign the online petition !
"JSAPMDD Statement on the recent act of military
brutality in Sri Lanka : a call for justice and solidarity!", Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on
Debt and Development, http://www.apmdd.org/ (07-08-2013).
See also Daily_Mirror_(Sri_Lanka)_-_5_Aug_2013.jpg (570.01 KB)