Tilvin accuses Govt of destroying environment
By Treshan Fernando
The lesson we learnt from the 1971 insurrection is that people should be ready to change society to achieve results, said General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. “Even if we must sacrifice our lives, we are ready to fight,” he added.
The JVP organised a Heroes Commemoration on 5 April, in line with the 50th anniversary of the 1971 JVP insurrection. At the Tangalle event, Tilvin Silva spoke at length about the history of the JVP and what he termed as failings of the present Government. Silva also said the Government has failed in a way that it can no longer hide from the public. He accused the Government of destroying the environment and taking away the resources of future generations.
“They know the price of the environment but not its value. That is why they are cutting trees and planting corn,” Silva said. From 1950 to today Sri Lanka has fallen and is now riddled with debt as other Asian countries have surpassed us, he said.
In the address, Silva also blamed capitalist thinking for the destruction of the environment. He said, “As long as capitalism exists, the environment cannot be saved, therefore to save the environment, we must get rid of capitalism.”
Whilst no struggle in the world was faultless, the 1971 insurrection was a fight for justice and humanity, Silva stated. “History is written by the victors,” Silva said. As the 1971 JVP insurrection was lost, the story was told by those who opposed the JVP. According to Silva, the capitalist class was afraid which led to anger against the JVP.
“We will not kneel and let groups take away our political voice,” he said.