Sri Lanka bans banners, musical instruments at grounds
Source: Reuters – By Ranga Sirilal
COLOMBO, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka has banned spectators from carrying defamatory banners, posters, glass bottles and also drums and bands to Cricket World Cup venues, police said on Friday.
Sri Lanka, co-host of the tournament with Bangladesh and India, is hosting 12 matches including the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya said security was tight for the biggest sporting event Sri Lanka has hosted since the 1996 World Cup, all the more so since the island nation’s military defeated the Tamil Tiger separatists in May 2009.
“This is a good opportunity we get after defeating terrorists, so cricket-loving people should behave well,” Balasuriya told a press conference.
Balasuriya said police will check spectators at the entrances for firearms, sticks, poles, cans, tins, any form of firecracker, all sharp-edged items and alcohol. People under the influence of alcohol will not be allowed inside.
“We will not allow anyone carrying banners, posters or placards defamatory to any country, any person or any race. The police will take action against those violators, we will confiscate the items.”
Police, including those specially trained for VIP protection, along with the military will handle the security for the venues and players. He declined to say how many would be involved.
Sri Lanka had an ugly experience in India at the 1996 semi-finals of the World Cup, as the home team failed to chase down a victory target.
The crowd at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens threw bottles on the ground and rioting broke out in the stands.
The acts forced match referee Clive Lloyd to declare Sri Lanka winner by default before the match was over when India were on the verge of defeat. (Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Bryson Hull)
This is horrible. without papara bana can u image the match situation on the grounds. security of course i Agree but there has to be a proper checking methods. but without musical instrument i think its going to be a like a poya day in a temple
so please re think the decisions and arrange some methods otherwise the publicity that are given prior the match will be no use.
stop the publicity with the pupera band in media if this want to continue.
this is only my idea no against but…..
having 30years of ltte terrorists war let all srilanken and entire world to get together and enjoy real cricket world cup.god bless sanga and the entire srilanken team.
Welcome back Mr Pillayan. We did have 30 yeras of terror in our lands because people of your community have nothing but destruction in their minds. Mr Pillayan, members of your community killed innocent sinhala villagers and their children in their sleep. I have witnessed many of these incidents as a medical worker in the border areas. When you see the level of barbarism you guys are capable of, I do not think you are human beings.
Mr Pillyan, now you are asking me to enjoy the cricket. How can I enjoy the cricket while the scene of a sinhala village kid whose hands and legs had been severed by your people asking me for her mother and then for a glass of water. These images torment me in my dreams.
As long as there are tamils living in Sri Lanka, I fear they will deliver their cruelty to us any time any place. Even the US has warned that there is a possibility of terrorist strikes anytime now.
Mr Pillyan, all tamil people are cruel and inhuman. We cannot live with them any longer. Pleae pack your bags and go away and leave us in peace.
When you are taking that return boat to Tamil Nadu, please take Douglas, Colonel K, Mr P the EPCM, KP, George and Daya masters with you. And also don’t forget the Maharajah’s.
Your tamil educated people who ran away to western countries gave truck loads of money to the Sun God to buy weapons and machetes to kill innocent sinhala buddhist civilians.
Why did they do that? Why didn’t they say no to the Sun God? Why didn’t they complain to the Police in the western countries about the few LTT guys who were extorting money?
I know the reason Mr Pillayan. Because all tamil people have blood in their brains. The tamil people want to kill all the Sinhala Buddhists and take over our land. Even now it is the same. Even now when the Sun God is (in ND’s language) “setthupotchi” the tamil people want to kill us when we are sleeping.
Mr Pillayan, why talk about cricket when you people are still here waiting for a day with machete’s sharpened and suicide jackets ready.
Please go away and cheer the Indian cricket team if you like cricket.
My dear guru,i think you have a big problem with you,why do not chanel the one of tamil doctor and get some medicine to cure your JVP and racials problems.otherwise also i can arrange our world best army who took prabakaran brain out and cured and send him for ever to setthupotchi.
Please don’t insult all Tamils as terrorists. They suffered even more in the hands of the LTTE, back at home as well as abroad. When any diaspora Tamil busnessman refused to pay ‘protection money’ his business was set on fire. Worse still, the man was killed brutally. This happened at home and abroad. The imperial West supported the LTTE surreptitiously, so they got away with murder. Most diaspora Tamils lived in fear of the LTTE and their killing machine. The police in the imperial West turned a blind eye due to interference by the imperial West governments. They still live in fear. Only in SL this fear has been lifted. But it can happen again. So Guru please do not generalise. Please stop being a racist. We nead to tolerate other communities who live with us and appreciate each other cultures an contributions to the national economy. This is the holy dhamma of Lord Buddha. As a good Buddhist I appeal to you to stop being racist and learn tolerance. Get rid of the poison of your hate, fear and suspicion through meditation on the Dhamma.
Thank you for you advice. I wiil try to follow your wise words. In fact, I spend more than 20 hours per week in Buddhist precincts every week praying for the safety of my fellow Sinhala Buddhist citizens.
Nicholas, for example, look at Pillayans comments in Blog 6. He has no understanding whatsoever of what I am going through. That scene of a child with severed arms and legs asking me for her mother and then for a glass of water will torment me for the rest of my life. No psychiatrist in the world will be able to cure me from the impacts of that scene caused by machete yielding tamil youth while a Sinhala Buddhist village was asleep.
Mr Pillyan must be watching the cricket on TV now, thanks to the valiant Sinhahala Buddhist Soldiers who sacrificed their lives to save his terrorist community. If not for for the valiant Sinhala Buddhist soldiers who scarificed their lives, these terrorist tamils will be in bunkers for the rest of their lives.
Dear Nichoals, please support me in my noble quest to completely eliminate the threats faced by our puristic Sinhala Buddhist Society from the tyrannical, terroristic tamils. Mr Nicholas, do you think any Sinhala Buddhist person is capable of the cruelties unleashed on our community by Pillayan and his ilk?
Do you think their thirst for Sinhala blood has been quenched by “settupothchi”fying their Sun God?
Think again and think hard Mr Nicholas.
Your search for a “puristic Sinhala Buddhist” SL is just a fantasy. We live in a multicultural pluralistic society. Many countries in the world today are pluralistic and multicultural. Such a country is enriched by such diversity as all these communities contribute to make the country a single great nation. They all play their varied roles to build the country and the nation.
Hitler chased a fantasy like you, for a pure German race, blue-eyed and blond. He tried to eliminate all other communities, especially the Jews. But funnily enough he himself had jewish ancestry. The psychopath VP, like Nazi Hitler, tried to eliminate the Sinhalese and Muslims from his so-called eelam State. He committed genocide on a massive scale. But did the imperial West decry it? Not a word from them. They massaged his ego and pandered to all his whims and fancies. The imperial West, particularly Britain, allowed LTTE to have their base in London. Norway, France and Switzerland too followed suit. LTTE committed crimes in these countries to gather funds for their war against the legitimate GOSL. The imperial West protected and nourished terrorist LTTE and their acvtivities from their shores, for vested interests. They wanted LTTE to capture the whole of SL to form their eelam state. But our heroic defence services put a thitha to it, led by our valliant MR and GR. The purges of the Sinhala and muslim people from the North and the East was stopped, as we are one country and one nation. Anyone can settle anywhere in the island.
The dispora LTTE aided by the imperial West, Norway and the TNA and some other Tamil minority parties, bearing the name ‘eelam’ like PLOTE, have not given up their fight for separatism. The danger is still there. They are Tamil extremists. We cannot tolerate the rise of Tamil extremism, using Tamil Nadu to clamour for it from Central Government of India. India should respect our sovereignty and try not to dictate to us. If they do, they are no better than their erstwhile colonial masters, Britain and USA.
On the other hand, We must not tolerate Sinhala extremism either, as Tamil extremism feeds on this, and Sinhala extremism is just as bad. We cannot have this kind of territorialism and extremism at each other’s throats. SL would then never be at peace. SL would then never be successful as one Nation and forge forward in economic victory for us and for future generations for all communities.
So my friend, Guru, please give up your Sinhala extremism. As a true Buddhist renounce this mentality. Walk in the path of Lord Buddha, at peace with yourself and the world. Find comfort in the words of the Dhamma pada. Learn to tolerate and live in peace in maithriya, dayava and karunava.
my dear N.D.no use of talking with people like gurus.this fellow has nothing to do with Buddhism.this bugger is real racial,untollarance sick person he has nothing to do with our srilanken society.and he is a sinhala extremist.
Pillayan kiyana ekka hari. Guru liyannaewata Apasu Liyanna epa. Eya liyannaewa gannan nogena inna. Dewdatharayek eya.
Dear Rani and Pillayan
You are both right. I replied for the last time because I don’t want the majority good Tamils to feel bad that they are not welcome in this country and they may be made to feel second class citizens. I want our Tamil and Muslim brothers and sisters to feel equally at homne in SL, with equal rights as SL citizens to jobs, education, health, housing etc. for themselves and their children.
Guru is a racist and an extremist Sinhalese Buddhist, who wants to stir-up Tamil nationalism again. He will not stop there. He will want Hinduism, Islam and Christianity to be outlawed also in SL. He will want their churches and temples burnt down as well. Racial and religious hatreds go hand in hand. Genocide and purges happened several times in India from the time of Mahatma Gandhi. He tried his best to stop it but paid with his life in the hands of a Hindu extremist.
All extremists like Guru and LTTE rump in SL and abroad will go on fighting for their fanatical cause till their dying day. They will never listen to reason.