The SLFP would fight the Counter Terrorism Act (CTA), the new anti-terror laws proposed by the government, SLFP General Secretary, Dayasiri Jayasekera said on Tuesday (12), addressing the media in Colombo.
“The government is not trying to suppress terrorism with the new act; it is only trying to suppress the trade unions and the media.”
Counter terrorism laws are there to protect the national security of the country, but the current administration is trying to use those laws to suppress democracy, Jayasekera said.
The SLFP would do all it could to ensure that the act would not be passed, Jayasekera said.
The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) has sent a letter to all MPs urging them to vote against the counter terrorism proposals by the government.
“This act was approved by the Cabinet of ministers. Therefore it is likely to be presented to parliament soon. It has defined protests and public demonstrations as acts of terrorism. If this is passed trade unions, farmers’ associations and students’ unions will be labeled as terror outfits,” FSP Propaganda Secretary, Duminda Nagamuwa has said in the letter.
CTA attempts to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which was enacted in 1978.