Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)
A wave of class struggles in Sri Lanka: Workers must fight for a socialist program to defend their rights
By the Socialist Equality Party, 18 February 2017
The series protests of private and public sector workers are a sign of the mass social upheavals to come against the pro-US government and the capitalist class as a whole.
By our correspondent, 28 December 2016
The Upcot public meeting discussed the necessity of a break from the unions and the establishment of independent action committees to fight for socialist policies.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 21 December 2016
Colombo’s military repression of the eight-day strike points to the urgent need to build a revolutionary leadership of the working class.
By , 15 December 2016
The meeting will discuss a program to defend plantation workers’ jobs, wages and social rights.
By our correspondents, 6 December 2016
Speakers explained the far-reaching and reactionary implications of Trump’s victory for workers and young people globally.
By our correspondents, 29 November 2016
Many people were keen to discuss with SEP and IYSSE campaigners the shift in world politics reflected in Trump’s victory.
By our correspondents, 28 November 2016
Speakers explained the dangerous political agenda of the incoming Trump administration in the US and the necessity for workers and youth to mobilise on a revolutionary program.
By , 19 November 2016
The meeting will explain the political factors behind Trump’s election and outline the program of socialist internationalism that the working class must adopt.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 November 2016
The Tamil nationalist parties support Washington’s war drive in Asia and have pleaded for US backing to secure privileges for the Tamil elite in Sri Lanka.
By our correspondents, 31 October 2016
Yesterday’s meeting in Colombo unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the socialist anti-war conference to be held by the US SEP in Detroit on November 5.
By our correspondents, 29 October 2016
SEP and IYSSE supporters are widely promoting the forthcoming Colombo public meeting to be addressed by US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White via the Internet.
By , 21 October 2016
The US presidential elections are of enormous political significance for working people and youth in South Asia and internationally.
By Wije Dias, 10 October 2016
“Your meeting, aimed at mobilising Indian workers and youth against war in a common struggle with workers of the world based on international socialism, is of enormous importance.”
By our correspondents, 28 September 2016
Indian workers and students discussed mounting global tensions and New Delhi’s role in the US military preparations against China.
“You are a man of unimpeachable revolutionary integrity”
By David North, 9 September 2016
In his greetings, David North reviewed the significance of the more than 50-year struggle for revolutionary internationalism waged by Wije Dias, the leader of the SEP in Sri Lanka.
By our correspondents, 20 August 2016
The Colombo meeting discussed the growing popular opposition to the Sirisena-Wickremesinge regime and the necessity for a socialist and internationalist perspective.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 27 July 2016
The meeting will discuss the strikes and protests emerging in Sri Lanka against the Sirisena government and advance the socialist alternative.
By W.A. Sunil, 18 June 2016
Angry protests following the huge June 5 Salawa armoury explosion reflect growing opposition to the government.
By Athiyan Silva, 16 May 2016
Jayalalithaa’s promises have nothing to do with any concern about the oppression of Sri Lankan Tamils.
By our reporters, 12 May 2016
More than 200 people joined the meeting, which was followed by the International May Day online rally.
By Wije Dias, 3 May 2016
Wije Dias, general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 9 April 2016
The eviction of slum dwellers and low-income families cannot be separated from the government’s attacks on thousands of urban and rural workers.
David North addresses Sri Lankan SEP launch of Sinhala edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
By David North, 22 March 2016
Publication of this new translation of David North’s The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century will contribute significantly to the education of workers and youth in Sri Lanka.
Colombo meeting launches Sinhala translation of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
By our correspondents, 22 March 2016
SEP general secretary Wije Dias stressed that the book’s exposure of historical falsifications was “a weapon in the revolutionary struggles of the future.”
By , 14 March 2016
The meeting will expose the pro-imperialist stance of the Tamil nationalist parties and elaborate a socialist perspective to halt the growing danger of world war.
By , 1 March 2016
The meeting will discuss the socialist policies needed to defend the jobs and wages of plantation workers, which are under sustained attack.
SEP/IYSSE public meeting in Colombo to introduce Sinhala edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century
By , 22 February 2016
David North’s book makes clear that an understanding of the key strategic experiences of the 20th century, particularly the Russian Revolution of 1917, is essential for a renaissance of socialist consciousness in the working class.
By our correspondents, 30 December 2015
Well aware that World War II would produce revolutionary upheavals, neither Stalinism nor imperialism could tolerate Trotsky’s continued existence.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 14 December 2015
The trade unions have reluctantly called a one-day strike to deflect mounting opposition among workers and the poor to the government’s austerity measures.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 2 December 2015
Plantation companies, in collusion with the government and unions, are planning a far-reaching reversal of working conditions and social spending to boost profits.
By , 21 November 2015
Trotsky’s theoretical and political conceptions are essential for the development of revolutionary leadership in the international working class.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 10 November 2015
Gunaratnam’s arrest is another warning that the Sri Lankan government is preparing far broader attacks on the democratic rights of the working class and poor.
“Artists have the capacity to expose the reality of war”
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 13 October 2015
Vithanage discusses With You, Without You and the political difficulties facing contemporary Sri Lankan filmmakers.
By , 5 October 2015
The meeting will discuss the implications for working people of the US-sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka.
By W. A. Sunil, 21 August 2015
During the election, the SEP alone warned that all the capitalist parties were united in their determination to impose the burden of the economic crisis onto working people.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 20 August 2015
The support for the SEP indicates a turn by an advanced section of workers and the oppressed masses towards the perspective of socialist internationalism.
By K. Ratnayake, 18 August 2015
Whichever party—the UNP or SLFP—finally forms the next government will accelerate the austerity agenda being demanded by the IMF.
By our correspondent, 17 August 2015
Today’s election is being held in the wake of a US-backed regime-change operation in January that ousted former President Rajapakse because of his ties with China.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
International Committee of the Fourth International supporters held a well-attended meeting to discuss the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) election campaign.
Sri Lankan general election 2015
For a socialist program against war, austerity and to defend democratic rights! For a workers and peasants government!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 August 2015
The SEP is standing 43 candidates in three of the country’s 22 electoral districts—Colombo, Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya.
By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 15 August 2015
The Tamil National People’s Front and the Crusaders for Democracy are aligned with the Sirisena government and US imperialism against Tamil and Sinhala workers.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 15 August 2015
Sirisena’s letter, aimed at bolstering the UNP’s electoral prospects, underscores the deep political crisis surrounding the whole election.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 August 2015
Pseudo-left organisations in Sri Lanka such as the USP are preparing to play no less treacherous a role than Syriza in Greece.
By Saman Gunadasa, 14 August 2015
Whether the US had a hand in it or not, the latest scandal is indicative of the methods that will be employed should Rajapakse win the election.
By Minusha Fernando, 13 August 2015
The problems facing the youth are an indictment of these parties and the capitalist system they maintain.
By Saman Gunadasa, 12 August 2015
The organisations are not only campaigning for the United National Party but are also a “colour revolution” in waiting if the party loses.
By Rohantha De Silva, 11 August 2015
The promotion of the UNP, the country’s oldest bourgeois party steeped in crimes against the working class, as a champion of democracy is a complete fraud.
By our correspondent, 10 August 2015
The Socialist Equality Party held its second northern Sri Lankan election meeting at Karainagar, where SEP campaigners held lively discussions with local residents.
By K. Ratnayake, 8 August 2015
NSSP leader Karunaratne is playing a particularly sinister role in the election campaign as a propagandist for the right-wing, pro-US UNP which is in power
By W.A. Sunil, 7 August 2015
In his bid to become prime minister, Rajapakse is posing as the “defender of the motherland” and making populist promises that he has no intention of keeping.
By our correspondent, 6 August 2015
Irrigation department and other local workers in Ratmalana, near Colombo, voice their anger over rising poverty and increasing exploitation.
By K. Nesan, 5 August 2015
The election manifesto aligns the TNA with the policies of Washington and the Colombo government installed in a US-engineered regime-change operation.
By W. A. Sunil, 4 August 2015
Under conditions of widespread alienation from the two main capitalist parties, the JVP is trying to show the ruling elites that it is a viable alternative.
Against war and austerity! Fight for a workers’ and peasants’ government and a socialist program!
By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 August 2015
The SEP’s campaign aims to mobilize workers and youth in opposition to war and attacks against democratic rights, on the basis of socialist internationalism.
By our correspondent, 1 August 2015
Hundreds of shoppers and passers-by listened to the SEP’s open-air election meeting in Kayts.
By our correspondents, 31 July 2015
SEP candidates spoke in Wanathamulla, where residents have been the target of government “slum eviction” operations.
By our correspondent, 30 July 2015
Dias explained the SEP’s socialist and international program in an hour-long interview on the state-owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network.
By Peter Symonds, 28 July 2015
The political crisis in Sri Lanka is an acute expression of the breakdown of global capitalism, which is fueling bitter geo-political rivalries and social counterrevolution against the working class.
By our correspondents, 27 July 2015
SEP supporters spoke with workers and youth in the Nuwara Eliya district who expressed deep opposition to the establishment parties and the trade unions.
By our correspondents, 25 July 2015
Speakers explained the crisis of bourgeois rule in Sri Lanka, its roots in global geo-political tensions and the socialist program that must be taken up by the working class.
By M. Thevarajah—Socialist Equality Party election candidate and group leader for the Nuwara Eliya district, 24 July 2015
The unions are collaborating with the plantation companies and the government to drive up productivity and slash workers’ living standards.
By our correspondent, 16 July 2015
The SEP’s election slates are headed by leading party members with long-standing records of fighting for socialist internationalism.
By our correspondents, 15 July 2015
Central hills plantation workers attend SEP public meeting in defiance of ongoing union and police harassment.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 13 July 2015
The SEP is the only party advancing an internationalist and socialist program against war, austerity and attacks on democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 3 July 2015
Tea estate management targeted Deeside workers because of their leading role in a three-day strike against increased production demands.
By our correspondents, 1 July 2015
Plantation workers denounce frame-up charges against Deeside estate workers.
By , 30 June 2015
The Glenugie tea plantation workers were victimised for playing a leading role in a three-day strike in February against an arbitrary increase in workloads.
By our correspondents, 26 June 2015
A successful meeting in Colombo examined the turmoil confronting President Sirisena’s government.
By , 25 June 2015
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding public meetings throughout Sri Lanka.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 June 2015
What took place at the Deeside division is a rehearsal for broader attacks by government and the corporate elite on all sections of the working class.
By Wije Dias, 5 May 2015
This speech was delivered by Wije Dias, the general secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) to the May 3 International May Day Online Rally.
Link to audio
Perspective resolution of the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)
By , 30 April 2015
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the first national congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) held on March 27–30, 2015.
By our correspondents, 24 April 2015
University students and workers in Colombo are signing up for the May 3 global online rally.
By our correspondents, 21 April 2015
Delegates from across the island unanimously adopted two resolutions on socialist internationalism and the political fight against war.
By Manusha Fernando, 23 February 2015
The delay is a clear concession to the new Sri Lankan government in return for its rapid realignment of Colombo’s foreign policy away from Beijing towards Washington.
By K. Ratnayake, 16 February 2015
The installation of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lankan president via the January 8 election was the outcome of a carefully orchestrated operation in which the US was intimately involved.
By Saman Gunadasa, 9 February 2015
Behind false claims of budget “concessions,” the government is preparing new attacks on the working class and the poor.
By K. Ratnayake, 21 January 2015
Reuters reported that an Indian intelligence agent was expelled before the Sri Lankan presidential election, following complaints that he assisted the opposition parties.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 20 January 2015
The measures are nothing but a smokescreen for the new government’s right-wing agenda, including its pro-US foreign policy.
By Sujeewa Amaranath and W.A. Sunil, 16 January 2015
Sirisena is not a “common man” but a bourgeois politician devoted to imperialism and big business.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena, 15 January 2015
The SEP alone fought for the political independence of the working class from all the pro-capitalist candidates.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 12 January 2015
What has unfolded since Sirisena deserted Rajapakse’s government is a US-sponsored regime-change operation.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe and K. Ratnayake, 9 January 2015
The result is the outcome of a behind-the-scenes intervention by the Obama administration.
By K. Ratnayake, 8 January 2015
The opposition parties are seeking to cloak their line-up with US interests via cynical denunciations of “Rajapakse’s dictatorship.”
By Wije Dias, 7 January 2015
Washington’s intervention in the election is bound up with the accelerating pace of its “pivot to Asia” and preparations for war against China.
By K. Nesan, 7 January 2015
The TNA is backing Maithripala Sirisena, who is just as responsible for the government’s crimes during the civil war and the attacks on the working class.
By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 6 January 2015
Having long ago integrated itself into the Colombo establishment, the JVP has increasingly accommodated to Washington.
By Vilani Peiris, 5 January 2015
The USP claims to be running an “independent” campaign, but in reality is providing back-handed support for the pro-US opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.
By our correspondents, 3 January 2015
The SEP has a long history in northern Sri Lanka of fighting for an international socialist program against both successive Colombo governments and the separatist LTTE.
By W.A. Sunil, 31 December 2014
One of the central purposes of Sirisena’s manifesto is to send a clear signal that he will shift foreign policy decisively towards the West.
By Pani Wijesiriwardena—SEP presidential candidate, 27 December 2014
The NSSP’s election campaign is part of the international line-up of pseudo-left organisations behind US imperialism and its aggressive drive for global hegemony.
By our correspondents, 22 December 2014
Socialist Equality Party supporters have launched an intense campaign for the party’s presidential candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena.
By our correspondents, 20 December 2014
The SEP campaign aims to build a socialist and internationalist movement of the working class against imperialist war and attacks on basic rights and living conditions.
SEP statement for Sri Lanka’s presidential election
Vote for SEP candidate Pani Wijesiriwardena! Fight for a socialist program against war and social counterrevolution!
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 15 December 2014
The SEP is the only party fighting for a socialist program against the growing threat of world war and the relentless assault on the living conditions and democratic rights of working people.
By Socialist Equality Party, 9 December 2014
The meetings will discuss the socialist program necessary for the working class to fight the growing dangers of world war and the deepening assault on social and democratic rights.
By K. Ratnayake, 4 December 2014
The opposition platform is a cynical exercise aimed at duping voters into believing that its candidate would end the onslaught on living standards and democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 29 November 2014
SEP political committee member Pani Wijesiriwardena is the only candidate representing the interests of the working class.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 26 November 2014
The SEP will campaign on a socialist and internationalist perspective against the growing danger of world war and deepening attacks on living conditions and democratic rights.
By our correspondents, 22 November 2014
Workers and students from various workplaces and colleges came to discuss an alternative socialist perspective.
By , 18 November 2014
The lectures will discuss the vital political lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s entry into a bourgeois coalition government in 1964.