The president has requested the opposition not to betray the children to achieve their narrow aims.
He made this request at the meeting held in Hambantota under the series launched by the UPFA. The President said that the people remember the terror unleashed during 1989 to 1990. Many lives were lost. Once again certain elements are attempting to seek the teachers help to use school children for various activities. He requested the teachers not to permit this to happen. He said that the innocent children should be allowed to study. The parents spend large amounts of money and undergo much suffering only to see their children educated. He said that he is in possession of the programme expected to be carried out by these elements during the week starting from the 16th up to the 21st. He said the children are to be used for writing slogans on black boards, to put up posters and distribute handbills and participate in debates. He requested the parents to pay more attention to the whereabouts of the children and to see whether they return from schools in the afternoon. He said that it is the responsibility of the parents to advise the children and not to allow them to be misled.
The President addressed the UPFA activists in many areas in the Hambantota District including Tissamaharama this morning. The President met with UPFA activists in Diyawara Village in Lunugam-vehera, Debarawewa in Tangalle and Pannegamuwa. The President also participated in a programme held this morning at the Tangalle Bus Stand to commemorate the people who were killed by the JVP