By Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP, New Socialist Party, Sri Lanka)

April 7, 2012 -- Two leaders of the Frontline Socialist Party Kumar Gunarathnam and Dimuthu Attygalle (women's and international affairs secretary) were separately abducted in the early hours of Saturday April 7, 2012, from Kiribathgoda and Godagama respectively (suburbs of Colombo).

They are prominent representatives of a new left party that has broken away from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in opposition to coalition politics and in solidarity with the Tamil people's struggle for justice and equality.

Kumar Gunarathnam, who is of Tamil origin, was a longstanding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, who has been in hiding from the authorities since the split with the JVP. Dimuthu Attygalle is also a former member of the JVP politburo and leader of its women’s front and former elected member of an urban council.

The timing of their abduction is directly related to the forthcoming inaugural conference of the Frontline Socialist Party on April 9, 2012. It is a clear attempt to intimidate and discourage the members and sympathisers of this new socialist party. This heinous act follows the disappearance of two Tamil-origin activists of the party, Lalith and Kugan, in Jaffna in December 2011 whose whereabouts and safety is still unknown.

The Nava Sama Samaja Party demands the immediate release of the comrades of the Frontline Socialist Party; and for all acts of intimidation and harassment of their political activities to end forthwith. We call upon Left parties across the world to organise solidarity actions in front of Sri Lankan embassies and missions and to send messages of protest to the Sri Lankan authorities.

Write to: Hon President of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha

Defence Secretary Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapakse secdef@sltnet.lk