The Federation of University Teachers Associations says it will not end its campaign against the proposed General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University Bill despite any threats or challenges.
Speaking to media in Kandy, Chairman of the Association Prof. Shyama Banneheka said the government is using various methods to suppress those involved in the struggle against the bill.
Prof. Shyama Banneheka said although the government has claimed it has temporarily delayed the tabling of the bill due to objections raised by various segments of society, it is continuously targeting those protesting against the bill.
He said they will not be deterred by threats and will continue to fight against the proposed bill.
Prof. Shyama Banneheka also vehemently condemned the move to arbitrarily arrest those involved in demonstrations against the proposed bill.
He said the government should follow due protocol when arresting individuals.
Prof. Banneheka said in recent days some individuals in civil clothing have arrested persons involved in protests adding that such acts are a threat to the country’s democratic framework.
Prof. Banneheka noted similar tactics have been used to stifle demonstrations launched by teacher and principal unions over salary anomalies.
He said by using force the government will not be able to silence such public struggles.
Prof. Shyama Banneheka requested the government to take meaningful steps to address issues instead of using oppressive methods to undermine genuine demands of the people.