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It is supposed to be a day of celebration in Sri Lanka, the country marks its New Year but there is little joy. The economic crisis have brought all the festivities to halt. On Wednesday, Sri Lankan waited in long queues to buy central items.

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  1. Mr., Prime Minister,

    Having listened to you addressing the nation we the people have this to say. We are grateful to all stakeholders who were responsible for saving the nation by wining of the separatist war. However please don’t keep repeatedly using this as your governments credentials to stay in power. This victory belongs to all who sacrificed in many ways and not only you.

    You try to show that currently the people are discrediting and acting against the tri-forces and the police. This is wrong we love them, and you will see this from the people’s actions. But perhaps not the few who are behaving like a private brigade loyal to your regime. People want the forces and the police to stand with the people in winning the war against your family. Please don’t forget what you did to SF who was a vital stakeholder in winning the war.

    You quote doom and gloom incidents from post-independence history. While agreeing with your facts we feel that they are being used in the wrong context and for your own benefit without sincerity. Please note that the present protest is not led by a set of politically insighted, ignorant and disillusioned lot of people but by a well informed, educated, professional and a non-party political lot. You can see that by the way Galle Face protest was manged with meticulous organising and discipline with people controlling and being accountable for each other’s actions.

    Lastly while the people are fully aware of the impact of the Covid and the inactiveness of “Yahapalayna” regime the people are sick and tired of the corruption, theft, uppishness, and non-professional mismanagement of your regime, which is the root cause of where we are as a country and not the Covid or “Yahapalayna” regime. Especially the people are sick of the fact that in your regime there is no space for anyone other than Rajapakses and their stooges.

    So, enough is enough please step down with grace!

    Please forward this to all!


    ඔබ ජාතිය අමතා කරන ලද කතාවට ඇහුම්කන් දුනිමු… ජනතාව වන අපට කියන්නට ඇත්තේ මෙවැන්නකි. බෙදුම්වාදී යුද්ධය ජයග‍්‍රහණය කර ජාතිය බේරා ගැනීමට කටයුතු කළ සියලූ පාර්ශ්වකරුවන්ට අපි ස්තුතිවන්ත වෙනවා. කෙසේ වෙතත්, කරුණාකර බලයේ රැඳී සිටීම සඳහා ඔබේ රජයේ අක්තපත්‍ර ලෙස මෙය නැවත නැවත භාවිතා නොකරන්න. මේ ජයග්‍රහණය ඔබට පමණක් නොව නන් අයුරින් කැපකළ සැමට හිමි වුවකි.

    මේ වන විට ජනතාව ත්‍රිවිධ හමුදාවට හා පොලිසියට එරෙහිව ක්‍රියා කරමින්ද අපකීර්තියට පත් කරමින්ද සිටින බව පෙන්වීමට ඔබ උත්සාහ කරනවා. මෙය වැරදියි! අපි ඔවුන්ට ආදරය කරන අතර විරෝදයේ යෙදීසිටින මිනිසුන්ගේ ක්රියාවන්ගෙන් ඔබ මෙය දකිනු ඇත. නමුත් ඔබේ පාලනයට හිතවත් පෞද්ගලික බලඇණියක් ලෙස හැසිරෙන සුළු පිරිස ජනතාවගේ පිළිකුලට ලක්වනු ඇත. ජනතාවට අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ ඔබේ රෙජිමයට එරෙහි යුද්ධය ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීමේදී හමුදාව සහ පොලිසිය ජනතාව සමඟ සිටගැනිමයි. බෙදුම්වාදී යුද්ධය ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීමේ ප්‍රධාන කොටස්කරුවෙකු වූ SF ට ඔබ කළ දේ කරුණාකර අමතක කරන්න එපා.

    ඔබ නිදහසින් පසු ඉතිහාසයෙන් විනාශකාරී හා අඳුරු සිදුවීම් උපුටා දක්වයි. ඔබේ කරුණු සමඟ එකඟ වන අතරම ඒවා වැරදි සන්දර්භය තුළ සහ අවංකභාවයකින් තොරව ඔබේම ප්‍රයෝජනය සඳහා භාවිතා කරන බව අපට හැඟේ. වත්මන් විරෝධතාව මෙහෙයවනු ලබන්නේ පක්ස දේශපාලයට වහල්වූ නූගත් කලකිරුණු මිනිසුන් සමූහයක් විසින් නොව, හොඳින් දැනුවත්, උගත්, වෘත්තීය සහ නිර්පාක්ෂික පිරිසක් විසින් බව කරුණාවෙන් වටහා ගන්න. ගාලු මුවදොර විරෝධතාව සූක්ෂ්ම ලෙස සංවිධානය කිරීම, විනය ගරුකව පාලනය කිරීම සහ එකිනෙකාගේ ක්‍රියාවන්ට එකිනෙකා වගකීම තුලින් මෙය පිළිබිඹු වේ.

    අවසාන වශයෙන් කොවිඩ් ව්‍යසනයේ බලපෑම සහ “යහපාලන” පාලනයේ අකර්මණ්‍යභාවය පිළිබඳව ජනතාව හොඳින් දන්නා අතර වත්මන් පාලනයේ මූලික ලක්ෂණ වන දූෂණය, සොරකම, උඩඟුකම සහ වෘත්තීයමය නොවන තීරණ නිසා ජනතාව වෙහෙසට පත්ව ඇත. රටක් ලෙස අප සිටින තැනට මූලික හේතුව එය මිස කෝවිඩ් හෝ "යහපාලන" පාලනය නොවේ. විශේෂයෙන්ම ඔබේ පාලනය තුළ රාජපක්ෂලාට සහ ඔවුනගේ ගෝලබාලයන්ට හැර වෙන කිසිවකුට ඉඩක් නොමැතිවීම ගැන ජනතාව කනසල්ලට පත්ව ඇත.

    ඉතින්, දැන්නම් ඇති! කරුණාකර ඉවත් වන්න!

    කරුණාකර මෙය සැමට යොමු කරන්න!

  2. As He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. And you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will rise and will deceive many. Because iniquity will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:3‭-14 MEV

    (Obs: From the beginning of the tribulation to the end there are 7 years. Near the end, the gospel will be preached to the whole world, which would be impossible without technology of global communication.)

    When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you know that its desolation has drawn near. Luke 21:20 MEV

    So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place,(…) Matthew 24:15 MEV

    “His armies shall rise up and desecrate the sanctuary fortress. They shall abolish the daily sacrifice and set up the abomination that makes desolate." Daniel 11:31 MEV

    “From the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days." Daniel 12:11 MEV

    (Obs: These events will take place after the construction of the third temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.)

    (…)then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. Let him who is in the field not return to take his clothes. Woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse in those days! Pray that your escape will not be in the winter or on the Sabbath. For then will be great tribulation, such as has not happened since the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. “Unless those days were shortened, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:16‭-22 MEV

    There will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men fainting from fear and expectation of what is coming on the inhabited earth. For the powers of heaven will be shaken. Luke 21:25-26 MEV

    (Obs: In the age of technology, men know what is happening on the inhabited earth, no longer are they limited by local information.)

    Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. Matthew 24:29‭-31 MEV

    (Obs: This is the sixth seal of the book of Revelation, the signs of the sixth seal match the signs of Matthew 24:29-30, the sixth seal is when the rapture happens; before the great tribulation, before the seven trumpets.)

    When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:28 MEV

    Because you have kept My word of patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the entire world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 3:10 MEV

    (Obs: Rapture before the time of temptation, which will be the government of the antichrist during the great tribulation.)

    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 MEV

    (Obs: Rapture.)

    For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:38‭-‬39 MEV

    (Obs: People will not be eating and drinking and marrying during the great tribulation, therefore, rapture will happen before the great tribulation, when people are still distracted.)

    When they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 MEV

    (Obs: Sudden destruction near the rapture.)

    For the mystery of lawlessness is already working. Only He who is now restraining him will do so until He is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His presence, 2 Thessalonians 2:7

    (Obs: Who is restraining the antichrist? Who is stopping the antichrist from rising? The elect; those who are saved and sealed by the Holy Spirit because of the Christ! When the elect are raptured, the antichrist will take over. Rapture will trigger the great tribulation and the government of the antichrist.)

    Two will be in the field; one will be taken, and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and the other left. Matthew 24:40‭-41 MEV

    (Obs: Rapture.)

    Know this first, that there shall come scoffers in the last days who walk after their own lusts, and say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things have continued as they were since the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3‭-4 MEV

    (Obs: Apostasy of the last days, when more and more men are denying God and going after their own sinful desires.)

    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat. The earth also and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10 MEV

    (Obs: The destructions that will happen after the rapture, just as the days of Sodom and Gomorrah; the righteous are rescued and the judgements are poured upon the wicked. "like a thief in the night" means it will happen when you do not expect. "heavens will pass away" means the sky will vanish as a scroll that is being rolled up, which is mentioned in Revelation 6:14.)

    In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52 MEV

    (Obs: People around the world have been hearing trumpets from the sky in different times, it has been happening for a few years. When the last trumpet sound, the redeemed will be rescued and the great tribulation will begin.)

    He causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except he who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16‭-17 MEV

    (Obs: In the last days, no one will be able to buy or sell without a mark from the government/beast of the antichrist, which will take place during the great tribulation, which is at the door.)

    But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase. Daniel 12:4 MEV

    (Obs: In the last days, many people travel to many places and knowledge is increased.)

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 MEV

    Behold, the Lord of lords is coming soon, repent now of all your sins — stay away from all sins — and abide in the only Savior and Lord Jesus the Christ (Yeshua, the Messiah) with all your heart, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

  3. To be honest this situation is visible only in parts of colombo where poor ppl live. In other areas, celebrations as usual.

  4. Wait I am from west Bengal and it is new year for us too. We call it " poyla boyshag" or something like that. Sorry if miss spelled. my bangla is retarded. We India and Sri Lanka share same new year? Thats new!!!

  5. Not just in Sri Lanka this Day is celebrated widely in South and southeast Asia and parts of India too.
    Let's pray that everything will be back to normal asap

  6. ශිව දෙවියන් රාජපක්ෂ සහෝදරයින්ගෙන් අපේ රට බේරගන්න🙏🙏🙏

  7. Wion tells the truth but all Sri Lankans must understand The people who behind the wion happy to see our problems

  8. පුලුවන් හැමෝටම උදව් කරමු මේ වෙලාවෙ සහෝදරවරුනි ❤️

  9. Send Gota to Jaffna……people over there have cooked sweets for him……. they would like to feed him with their hands………..fool

  10. how did they spend 1.5billion before declaring bankruptcy?.. who did they pay back? did they give this to china?

  11. The protests should not be limited for Rajapakashas all the corrupted politicians should go. We need a new direction now otherwise whoever come to the power will do the same. we have to stand against as one to corruption injustice and inequality. That is the only way to save our country.

  12. In all seriousness Sri Lanka should abandon the socialist mindset and adopt the capitalist approach to first boost economy and become business friendly. You cannot take loans and be socialist and then be happy about short term improvement in human development index.

  13. Thank you so much, WION (Gravitas) ❤️❤️🙏🙏
    Thank you so much for letting the world know how EVIL the Rajapaksa family is 🙏🙏

  14. Media pedaling despair to stoke unrest and easy regime change for west! 🙄.That's their way of happy newyear!


  16. Of course the celebrations are on.. people are enjoying.. no power cuts on Wednesday and Thursday… the news is incorrect.. I’m reporting from the ground

  17. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته أنا اختكم من سوريه اعيش بالمخيمات الشمال السوري واشكو همي وحزني الى الله ثم إلى عباد الله الصالحين أخواني ارجو منكم المساعده بهذا الشهر الفضيل شهر رمضان المبارك الصدقه الجاريه في سبيل الله رحمه وجزاكم الله خيرا يا اخوتي وكل عام وانتم بخير يارب،،،

  18. හැබැයි ඉතින් මුනුත් ගහනවා ගැහිල්ලක් බන් අපේ රටට.

  19. For this indian population is increasing ..indian people..may face prblm…modi shud see on this things as well

  20. කොහොම හරි රාජපක්ෂලා ඇමෙරිකාවට ගියානම් හරි අපි නිදහස්

  21. It wouldn't take much for citizens of developed countries to do a bit of charity because salaries etc in Sri Lanka are less than10% of their own countries, but of course nobody owes anyone anything, thats how it is.


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