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DateLine Sunday, 18 May 2008

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Talking point: Stealthy suicide bombers in protest

Itís the peopleís rights in a democratic society to stage peaceful protests whenever they think that their rights are violated or affected.

However, responsible politicians should think twice before they organise such protests especially in the city today as pubic gatherings could pose disaster to many lives as it happened at Lotus Road, Colombo Fort on Friday.

UNP had organised a protest march in the city and having known that the UNP rally would end up giving vent to their anger after the defeat of the Eastern Provincial Council polls, police deployed riot police squad to prevent any violence in the city.

The LTTE suicide bomber who was on his hunt for a VIP, used the opportunity to ram into the riot police squad, killing 10 persons including eight policemen and security men.

The Government tolerates public protests, whether they are by any community or political party because its commitments towards protecting and hails democracy and the peopleís rights.

Now the question is, does the Government should allow the petty politicians to use the party followers and the ordinary people as catís paw throwing them into the jaws of terrorism.

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