[Marxism] Veteran Sri Lankan leftist Lionel Bopage on the national question, class and revolution

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 20:51:43 MST 2013

*Lionel Bopage*, 68, has jailed twice and tortured for his roll as a former
leader of a mass liberation movement in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 1980s,
called the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (People's Liberation Front). He rose
to the position of general secretary of the JVP but resigned from the group
in 1984 over a number of differences, including his principled support for
the right of national self-determination for the Tamil people. He was
eventually forced into political exile together with his wife, Chitra. They
now live in Melbourne, Australia, where they continue to be outspoken
defenders of human rights and social justice.

*Green Left Weekly* asked Bopage to reflect on his political experiences in
liberation struggle in Sri Lanka.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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