The Government has drawn its special attention to the background of the protest campaign staged by employees of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone despite the Government’s announcement that these employees will be exempt from the proposed Private Sector Pensions Scheme. The security sectors are soliciting the support of the FTZ workers and the people to identify saboteurs who created havoc in the Zone.
The President has appointed a one member Committee to inquire into the disturbance that erupted in controlling the protest campaign. Retired Supreme Court Judge Mahanama Tilakaratne is assigned this task. The Government made public the decision it took to exempt the FTZ employees from the proposed Pensions Scheme on the morning of May 30th. The security sectors have received information that despite this decision, certain political forces had been engaged in an attempt to destabilize the country by sacrificing the lives of innocent workers with the aim of meeting their ends by staging this protest campaign.
A statement issued by the Government Information Department points out that the parties concerned are engaged in committing mistakes of the past by embroiling the police in a clash. The regressive forces which attempted to topple Governments in power by conspiracies through the 1979 insurgency, the 1983 black July and 1988 – 89 fear psychosis period, are attempting to recreate such a situation mainly due to the rejection of their political movement by the people. Security sectors have received information that outsiders who were not employees had been involved in this incident.