Dear Sri Lanka,

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Convenience has always been the paradigm our Government entities have peddled on for a long time. We have far too many examples of how they’ve pressed hard on the rights of the public and been more than annoyed when we stood up to them and their faulty theories. To them, we are either playing the ‘race’ card or the ‘human rights’ card or the ‘victim’ or ‘religion’ card. When we legally present an argument they would tell us we are influenced by the west, and I bet, if they could say it out loud, they would even say human rights is a hoax.

The funny part though, is when they feel attacked, they spare no time before crawling to those very people they accused of being allies of the west. Suddenly, human rights institutions become their safe havens and human right defenders, saviours.

Everything is to their convenience. When those in power steel, they argue it nothing but a business deal but when someone doing it to literally save their family another day of suffering out of pure destitution, its theft and they will have no problem mercilessly dragging them through court for a crime that weights a million times less than those they committed for the ‘betterment of the country’.

Then there is the more than competent Intelligence units that only act fast when politicians are not the ones at fault. Because when it comes to catching unknown individuals for what they did in their private lives but are seen as ’criminals’ in the eyes of archaic laws, they track them down with no problem. Locking up those who retaliated with violence only in defence, in the face of threat? They find them too, like St. Bernards sent to rescue skiers lost beneath a mountain of snow. The actual perpetrators of violence however, they either, have no intel on them, can’t locate them or evidence presented does not go beyond reasonable doubt to call for an arrest.

So, it comes as no surprise that with the recent turn of political changes we experienced, in all the chaos and drama, we are the ones who have disregarded, abused and insulted the law. Thus, they have resorted to witch-hunting individuals who broke into the Presidential Palace and damaged or stole State property.

Now apparently, social media and CCTV footage is sufficient to identify people and arrest them. Anyone remember 9 May and how the plethora of social media evidence was not quite enough to warrant arrests of prominent individuals?

Parliamentarians take every chance they get to tell us we behaved unruly and caused irreversible damage to State property and whole list of other things they accuse us of doing. However, the hilarity of the situation is how they don’t recall, that not too long ago, they literally brought the House down.

– Insult the Constitution, check. Flung it across the room.

– Violate the Constitution, check. Sat on Speaker’s chair, tipped it over and dragged it across the floor.

– Damage other State property, check. Water deliberately spilt on mics and chairs thrown across room.

– Disrespect the Speaker of Parliament, check. Attacked with books, chairs, a dust bin and chilli powder.

– Abuse Police Uniform, check. Hurled chairs at them.

How are we to take these people seriously if none of them are held accountable for doing the same, and feel that somehow they have a right to ‘discipline’ us?

That too was State property in question. They failed to have any decorum in the highest State institution. They brought disrepute and on a much larger scale, given they are the country’s representatives but somehow we are the ones they point their finger at. None of them were apprehended because apparently they have a different law to abide by which is essentially no law to abide by.

This is why people don’t care for the law, because it is never the people who need to be held accountable that pays the price. It’s always the people who are fed up of the people who need to pay the price, but haven’t paid the price, that end up paying the price.

Sincerely,
Are we ever going to make it out alive?

By Dilshani Palugaswewa