Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s war hero calls for an Arab Spring-style uprising

Sarath Fonseka,Ex-Commander and General of the Sri Lankan Army who played a key role in ending the 26-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka has proclaimed that he will be in the forefront to lead an Arab Spring-style uprising to force the government’s exit from power.

Sarath Fonseka  is hailed  as  Sri Lanka’s most successful army commander. After the defeat of the Tamil tigers under his command, he was elevated to a higher rank of office as Chief of Defence Staff by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Yet, Fonseka seeing the move as an attempt to sideline him, submitted his resignation and formally announced his candidature for the Sri Lankan Presidential election 2010 in which he was eventually defeated. Following his defeat, he was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison. Pressured by US, he was released from prison on 21 May 2012.

After release from prison, Sarath Fonseka launched a harsh campaign against Mahinda Rajapaksa, calling him a ‘dictator’. He has called on the international community to de-recognize the Sri Lankan government and isolate it for its war crimes. He has also condemned British prime Minister David Cameron for hosting him at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II at London.

Sarath Fonseka has appealed to the people of Sri Lanka to rise up and overthrow the dictatorial government by democratic means.

He has also highlighted the rise in cases of abuses, murders and rapes by pro-government forces in the country. Harassment to his family continues in various forms, says Sarath Fonseka including being spied on by the Intelligence Bureau; his son-in-law’s disappearance for the past two and a half years and his wife being unable to rent or buy a home when he was in prison.

Sarath Fonseka says he is happy to be the spearheading an opposition despite many sacrifices by his family and hopes and wishes that the tyrannical regime of Sri Lanka will not be overthrown akin to an uprising as witnessed in Libya.

Original Post | Truth Dive | July 9 2012

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