Most popular Astrologer Chandrasiri Bandara of Sri Lanka’s predicted upon looking to her birth chart that he would soon be assassinated. Mr Bandara, 48, fears for his life because of a string of death threats that followed his bold forecast this year that the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, would be booted from office or killed.
Having charged of having a threat to national security Mr Bandara jailed for nine days. However even the judge dismissed the case, his arrest is being taken seriously in Sri Lanka.
Mr Bandara said that Even astrologers have horoscopes, who has his own website and writes a column for an opposition newspaper. ”Mine does not show a long life. Until 2012 there is a chance of someone in the Government killing me.”
Arresting and intimidating political dissidents, from journalists to aid workers, is nothing new in Sri Lanka.
But the ”battle of Bandara and his horror-scope”, as local media have termed it, also shows the President’s increasing vulnerability. Presidential and parliamentary elections could be held in April, and the opposition parties recently formed an alliance to oppose Mr Rajapaksa.
Moreover, the man who led the army to victory, General Sarath Fonseka, resigned last week amid speculation that he would stand for president.
During a street demonstration last week by thousands of Rajapaksa opponents, protesters shouted that the country was heading towards a dictatorship, that the Government was growing increasingly corrupt and that the economy was falling down. In which the opponents also accuse Mr Rajapaksa of nepotism; two of his brothers occupy top government posts, and critics say as many as 300 family members are in the Government.
”The war euphoria is over now,” said an opposition figure, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
”We can see clearly we are dealing with an autocratic group of brothers that silence journalists, aid workers, political leaders, even an astrologer.”
Source : SMH