Colombo, Peace and Conflict

Sri Lankan Defence Ministry suddenly wakes up to its own propaganda

In response to the appearance of posters in Colombo promising generous cash rewards for would be suicide bombers who gave themselves up, Sri Lanka’s military spokesman, Brig Udaya Nanayakkara, said last Friday (28th March) in a BBC news report that the police were investigating the posters.

“He said there was no answer when he had called the number himself and he suspected it was a hoax.” (Emphasis mine)

In an absurd turn of events that beggars belief, the Daily Mirror reports today that it was in fact the Defense Ministry itself that had put up these posters!

“Those posters had been put up by the Ministry of Defence and accordingly, now there is an opportunity to all would-be suicide bombers to surrender,” Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

In response to the earlier claims by the government that the posters were not put up by any state institution, the spokesman said, “earlier we were not aware about such thing, now the ministry is confirming that posters had been put up by the ministry.”

A Ministry of Defense that isn’t even aware of its own propaganda and unable carry out its own initiatives, Police who have no clue about anything and a President who does not make any sense are together leading the charge of a war against terrorism in Sri Lanka.

Apparently, victory is nigh.

  • Sri Lanka defence ministry was caught red handed in this under cover act. They were never open. They must come out to the open and state as to how many under cover murders, kidnapping and disappearances of Tamils they have done in the recent past.

    They also must state as to how many bombs they placed in Colombo and other places and accused the LTTE of doing it.

  • sam

    Perhaps it’s connected to April Fools Day?

  • I wish it was. But the point about fools is spot on.

  • Salami

    [Edited out] Because they said they didnt do it they were able to get international coverage..

    Look at it this way.. When the posters first came up there was only local coverage and no body in the international arena paid any attention to it. But when every1 at the govt. denied that it was them the intl. media picked it up and ran stories. Now they’ll run the story saying that the SL govt. is offering cash incentives for ppl not to blow them selves up.

    Nice propaganda move by the MOD. This is how propaganda should be done.

  • Jack Point

    ha ha that funny.

    I wonder what else they have up their sleeves?

  • Bala

    WOW! , OH MY GOD. I just couldn’t believe Sri Lankan armed forces will do some thing like this. Come on people WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. This is just a taste, if people of the south finds out, the things MOD have done and covered up, including planting bombs to kill their own people and blame it on LTTE, the country will collapse in a day.