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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Presidential election: Let's avoid a civil war at any cost

[b]Presidential election: Let's avoid a civil war at any cost[/b]

R.S.K. Iddamalgoda of Sri Lanka writes to the Editor, Asian Tribune about the forthcoming presidential election that if Mahinda Rajapakse is defeated at this election, the majority Sinhala Buddhists will face persecution. The Country will plunge into a civil war and that will be the beginning of the end of this country and its unique ethnic balance. He further writes that it is extremely dangerous for the political leaders, donors and others to take the patience of the majority Sinhala Buddhists for granted as they have now reached the very end of their tolerance after 550 years of extreme injustice.

The full text of Iddamalgoda’s letter is given below:

The background is set for a Civil War, but at any cost, we must avoid that eventuality. The country had suffered under the colonial yoke for nearly 500 years and then again 50 years due to the misrule after independence and all our rights were removed especially after 1980, and it has now reached the threshold of being completely overridden. We tolerated gunning down of our religious leaders, gunning down of our political leaders, destruction of our heritage and violation of our basic rights and now we face the final threat of being driven into extinction.

At the 2005 Presidential Election, majority ethnic group - Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka has been cornered and driven against the wall by the corrupted business community, which has joined hands with racist minorities - LTTE and the Muslim Congress. They are now bent on to deliver the final knockout blow.

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