Blog: Peace is a fragile thing
Leonie Barrie | 5 November 2003
But now, in a rather cruel irony, it seems the peace process has been the catalyst for political turmoil, and according to some news sources a state of emergency has been declared. At least that’s what we’ve been told by the media. Speaking with some of my contacts in Sri Lanka this-morning, a different story emerges: one in which both life and business are carrying on as normal and the military presence – where there is one – is low key.
Let’s put this into context. For the past two decades Sri Lankans have lived with the threat – and sometimes actions – of a guerrilla organisation in their midst. The country was ruled under emergency laws almost continually between March 1983 and October 2001. And even against a backdrop like this some sectors of the economy, particularly clothing and textiles, have grown almost unabated. Yes the next couple of weeks will be interesting, but from what I’ve been told it will take more than a spat between two political rivals to derail the country’s forward progress.
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