The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna conspiracy to create disturbances within the Free Trade Zone has come to light.
It is reported that the JVP strategy was to destabilize the country through this act of sabotage despite the government’s decision to exclude the employees of the Free Trade Zone from the proposed Private Sector Pensions Scheme. Before the disturbances surfaced on Monday, the workers were engaged in a peaceful demonstration. After the decision was intimated to the workers through Government representatives, they resumed their normal duties.
Informed sources have confirmed that the JVP leaders and a handful of trade union activists had gathered at a hotel in Seeduwa and discussed a plan to create disturbances. Accordingly an agitation was staged by using about 3000 employees. While the workers were engaged in a peaceful demonstration, Party internal sources said that that the JVP Politburo decision of attacking the police by deploying some JVP thugs, who were not workers, was put into action. The JVP strategy to provoke the Police by attacking them and thereby get the workers on to the streets, worked out as planned.
Also, informed sources said that based on the Politburo decision several groups attacked factories of foreign investors and also the Katunayake Police Station. JVP internal sources claimed that the target of the party was to kill a worker, thus achieving a political mileage and intimate a message to the world that the Sri Lankan Government was blatantly violating human rights. The Inter Companies Employees Union, affiliated to the JVP had continuously maintained that the workers would be brought to the streets against the Government. Accordingly the long-term plan of the JVP had come to light. Informed sources also said that during the last few days, JVP Trade Unions had received lump sums of money through Foreign NGO’s.