The humorous side of the political turmoil
The constitutional crisis engulfing the country is entering its third week, as politicians and their supporters continue to trade insults on social media, which has become a key battleground in the fight to win public opinion.
Even in this highly charged and tense political atmosphere, ordinary Sri Lankans continue to find ways to see the funny side of an unprecedented crisis. Social media again, has been key to this, with various ‘memes’ being created and shared online, and some going viral.
Many of the posts gave voice to the suddenness of the Government change, which caught most Sri Lankans completely unawares.
Others gave vent to disgust at politicians who were crossing over, likening them to ‘frogs’ ( gembo) who were jumping. Many of the more widely shared posts poked fun at all politicians in general.
One post had a warning sign with Temple Trees in the background saying, ‘A location where elephants cross’.
Another said it was better to divide the country into three, like in the ancient days as ‘ Ruhunu’ ‘Phiti’ and ‘ Maya’ and give it to the three leaders who want power.
One more said, ‘ We have two prime ministers and could offer one to another country’.