The hu­mor­ous side of the po­lit­i­cal turmoil

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

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’.

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