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Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

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Protest Against Sri Lankan Army's Tamil Genocide
Thursday, 29 January 2009, 9:52 am
Press Release: Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Protest against Sri Lankan army genocide of Tamil population

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is supporting a rally and march organised by the New Zealand Tamil Community for next Wednesday 4th February.

The protest is make the public aware of the murderous attacks on Tamils by the Sri Lankan military in the past two weeks. This follows the Sri Lankan army fighting their way into Tamil areas in North-East Sri Lanka where they are trying to suppress the Tamil struggle for self-determination.

In the meantime we are appealing to the new Foreign Minister Murray McCully to speak out against massacres of Tamils in Sri Lanka. We want him to make a direct appeal to the Sri Lankan government to reign in its troops who are engaged in a thinly disguised genocide of the civilian population in the North-East of Sri Lanka. The International Red Cross have talked about a human catastrophe unfolding. New Zealand must be active in doing all it can to avert this disaster.

The protest is organised by COTANZ (Consortium of Tamil Associations of New Zealand) and GPJA will be giving support. The protest is timed for Sri Lanka’s national day of independence next week. It will be a reminder that as the majority Sinhalese population celebrate Sri Lanka’s national day the Tamil people continue to suffer brutal oppression.

The protest is on -

Wednesday 4th February

3pm to 7pm (march at 5pm)

Aotea Square

Background

The Tamil people are engaged in a struggle for self determination in their area of North-East Sri Lanka. Their struggle has an armed wing (the Tamil Tigers) which has recently lost several battles as the Sri Lankan army, dominated by members of the majority Sinhalese population, has moved into Tamil areas.

The Tamil people are 18% of Sri Lanka’s population and have a different ethnicity, religion, language and geography from the majority Sinhalese population. Their modern struggle for self-determination dates to before the time of British colonial rule. (The British left in 1948)

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Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I found this a good article on the Tamil struggle for self-determination.
http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/76776/index.php

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Please be advised, the LTTE is not officially banned in New Zealand but its activities are closely monitored and where necessary, quietly circumscribed. New Zealand has not, and never will be a country that provides funding or recruitment opportunities for groups identified as 'terrorist' and thus proscribed by the international community.
Kiwis should NOT participate in public events and demonstrations organised by the dominant Tamil diaspora groups since many maintain close (though often furtive) links with the LTTE.
This is a conflict that is finally being brought to a close after 27 bloody years. New Zealanders must stay out of it and allow our fellow Commonwealth Government in Sri Lanka to do its job. Sri Lanka is a democratic state making sincere efforts to include the Tamil minority in the democratic process - witness efforts since 2005 in the Eastern Province (Batticoloa). A number of Cabinet Ministers in the current Government are Tamils in addition to a number of senior civil servants.
Any Kiwi who buys into LTTE rhetoric that includes words such as 'genocide', 'civilians deliberately targeted' or 'institutional discrimination' has been manipulated and made a pawn in a complex propaganda war in which we should play no part.
To Tamil and Sinhale New Zelanders - Please understand that you have made your home in a peaceful country. Many of you have taken out New Zealand citizenship (one of the most coveted passports in the world). Help us build our multi-ethnic country into one of the most dynamic small rich states in the world. Do not divert your creativity and capital to a futile destructive conflict that will end soon anyway. Many of you were Colombo Plan scholars who have been among this nation's most successful groups of migrants. The people who count in New Zealand know this. Don't wreck this great history.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

This is the very accurate and fair assesment of the situation in Sri Lanka. Great advice to Sri Lanken - New Zealanders ( Tamil or Sinhalese) live in this country. Peope need to know history of LTTE as one of most cruel terrorist organisation in the world. This one of the group who made whole world misarable and not only Sri Lanka

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Awesome. Good on you all.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

My partner and I took part in a march down Queen Street last Saturday in protest at the Sri Lankan government offensive. Apart from Keith Locke, we were the only non-Tamils present.

The three hundred or so members of the Tamil community who had turned out for the march at short notice were unused to staging public demonstrations, and didn't feel confident enough to walk down the street, or chant slogans. They moved in double file down the Queen Street footpath silently, holding aloft homemade placards with slogans like NEW ZEALAND SPEAK OUT and SELF-DETERMINATION FOR TAMILS written on them in felt pen.

These polite, modest people were repeatedly abused by passing motorists, who shouted witticisms like GO BACK HOME THEN YOU BLACK BASTARDS! and MUSLIM TERRORISTS! My partner and I had been invited to the march by Tamil friends, and after they introduced us we struck up a series of conversations. We heard about siblings who had been killed by Sri Lankan artillery bombardments, parents who had been obliterated by bombs dropped from above the clouds, and cousins who had vanished into 'refugee camps' surrounded by razor wire and patrolled by Sri Lankan soldiers. I listened to these stories, and listened to the abuse from passing motorists, and looked at the faces of shoppers ducking into Borders and Smith and Caugheys, and thought: how must we look to them? Does our happiness, our obliviousness not look like a calculated insult?

It was interesting to compare last Saturday's demonstration with the march down Queen Street organised a couple of weeks ago to protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza. That demonstration numbered at least a thousand souls, of whom no more than a third were Arabs. Why is it, one of my Tamil interlocutors asked, that everyone cares about Gaza, but nobody takes any notice of our plight in Sri Lanka? I found it hard to answer him.

There are certainly compelling similarities between the situations of the Palestinians and the Tamils: both have found themselves under massive attack by right-wing governments which have seized upon Bush's rhetoric of a 'War on Terror' to make an impossible attempt to settle a long-standing ethnic dispute by military means. The Gazans are residents of an open air prison that covers a few hundred square kilometres; after last week's battles, a quarter of a million Tamils have been forced into a jungle prison that covers just forty square kilometres. Both peoples are being bombed and denied vital humanitarian aid. The UN has come under sustained attacked in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka, as well as in Gaza.

The Tamils on last Saturday's demonstration were so amazed that my partner and I supported them that they asked one of us to speak. I said a few words, identifying myself as a member of New Zealand's trade union movement, talking about our movement's history of supporting progressive international causes like the anti-apartheid movement and the movement against war in Iraq, and suggesting that our movement ought to be a natural ally of the Tamil people in their struggle against war and oppression. I'm not sure how convincing I sounded. I hope that many more non-Tamil Kiwis will come to Wednesday's demonstration (I believe the march begins at 5pm) to show these courageous people that their plight is not being ignored.

Scott

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Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Hi Scott,
Wonder why the Tamils wants to stop the Sri Lankan GOVT trying to put an end to this war which has lasted for 27 years, Tamils keep coming in since then to NZ and other European countries. I do travel to Sri Lanka often for business, and I know the real truth and the nothing of the second hand information that you get from your so call Tamil friend.
If the war end by the govt, your mate want be able to bring his family to NZ anymore. And no more free ticket to travel the world as a refugee. When the world went against Sadham and the boys to Iraq to go hard out killing the innocent civilian on process, may be by mistake were you standing on the queen street saying this is a Genocide Scott? Of cause not now, now wipe your mouth there is some white stuff around it, or was it black stuff. This NZ is my country and those Tamil crowed is already starting to spread the germ of terrorism in this country with untrue, not found ideas and good on you Scott jump in the band wagon. No wonder you felt so lonely out there at the protest.
Nick

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Hi Scott,
Wonder why the Tamils wants to stop the Sri Lankan GOVT trying to put an end to this war which has lasted for 27 years, Tamils keep coming in since then to NZ and other European countries. I do travel to Sri Lanka often for business, and I know the real truth and the nothing of the second hand information that you get from your so call Tamil friend.
If the war end by the govt, your mate want be able to bring his family to NZ anymore. And no more free ticket to travel the world as a refugee. When the world went against Sadham and the boys to Iraq to go hard out killing the innocent civilian on process, may be by mistake were you standing on the queen street saying this is a Genocide Scott? Of cause not now, now wipe your mouth there is some white stuff around it, or was it black stuff. This NZ is my country and those Tamil crowed is already starting to spread the germ of terrorism in this country with untrue, not found ideas and good on you Scott jump in the band wagon. No wonder you felt so lonely out there at the protest.
Nick

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Ah, yes! The axe murderers of the LTTE are now preaching non-violence and democracy. When blasting over 100,000 people to bits, hacking entire villages of people to death, and killing all dissenters among their own people, failed to win a racist mono-ethnic aparthied Eelam state, we now have the same people preaching the virtues of democracy to us. Democracy there was, before all this violence was unleashed upon the people of Sri Lanka, and to democracy we will return the entire island of Sri Lanka, when this war is won in its entirety. One country, one people, one set of rights and responsibilities. No Eelams. Patriotic Indians watchout...these same arguments will be offered by these same separatists to destroy your own country from within!

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am all for "Political Solutions" with terrorists: In India and in Sri Lanka. That is why I VEHEMENTLY criticize the Indian security forces attack on the MUMBAI TERRORISTS. These are FREEDOM FIGHTERS with legitimate grievances...aren't they? The Indian Govt should have NEGOTIATED a PEACEFUL AGREEMENT with them...isn't that so? Hey, if they were demanding an INDEPENDENT JAMMU & KASHMIR...GIVE IT TO THEM, after all every community, no matter how small, has the right of SELF-DETERMINATION...don't they? By confronting the Mumbai terrorists, INDIA's security forces PROVOKED THEM and DELIBERATELY INFLICTED civilian casualties. What, the terrorists gunned down innocent people? Well, we have to break SOME EGGS in an independence struggle, DON'T WE? BOYS, will be BOYS. Forgive them, don't be harsh. Now, about the civilian casualties caused by the SECURITY forces...Quite REPREHENSIBLE, Don't you think?

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

EELAM is Dead! The NEW MISSION of the Tamil Diaspora is to Create "GREATER DRADIVIAN NATION HOMELAND MOVEMENTS": Liberation Tigers of Tamil Nadu (LTTTN); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Canada (LTTC); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Norway (LTTN); Liberation Tigers of Tamil United Kingdom (LTTUK); Liberation Tigers of Tamil South Africa (LTTSA); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Germany (LTTG); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Singapore (LTTS); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Malaysia (LTTM); Liberation Tigers of Tamil USA (LTTUSA); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Australia (LTTA), IRRESPECTIVE of how small a region the community occupies in that country as a whole. Goal is to complete the project of enslaving and exterminating their own people, as they did in Sri Lanka.

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Hey Sinha,

Before writing your comments few things that you need to keep in mind..

From your wordings that i can understand that you are not matured and how can you say that these forums will create a greater Dravidian movement. Is there any link between these forums who are fighting for their brothers and sisters in their home land and the Dravidian concept.

From this clearly understood that you are part of some right wing organization who are against Dravidian poeple.

Dravidians indicate not only the tamil people but also Kerala , karnataka and Andhra pradesh people.

If you want to protest against some one ..specify their exact movement or name but dont try to insult or hurt other people support to the sufferings of their co brothers in their country..

If your wife is raped by some unwanted forces and if your son or the daughter lives in a refugee camp then you will feel the pain.you know some thing about their struggle with those facts and understandings don't spread UNWANTED THINGS to all the people in the world..

As a TAMIL we know how STRONG we are and we are United.

All the TAMILS will unite together to safeguard our self from all the unwanted forces who used to criticize and oppress TAMILS for some reason..

By giving one fact you cant say that Srilankan government is good.

In non-violent way Tamils protest in 1960s and 1970s to get their rights but what happened to the Gandhian movement . Majority people with their government support killed the innocent tamils in mass numbers . when come to education and equality they are suppressed even though they are meritorious people ..

Like Jews who suffered in hands of Hitler and they lost many of their lives .Now Tamils are suffering from both the sides government part and as well as the people whom they think they will help them to get their rights ..

Until and unless western world interfere in these matter . As the freedom was given by British from then the problem is going on ..

Like global intervention which helped Jews to get their rights here Tamil forums they are fighting to get their rights in their home country .. but that doesnot mean those forums will create a Dravidian movement or some other etc as you have mentioned..

Scott please dont believe in his wordings or other people wordings .. If possible collect the facts from your friends who work for BBC and other aid organisations who can explain you about the current facts about the sufferings of the Tamil people in the Island ..

Sinha if you don't know things then please keep quiet but don't spread unwanted message to the western world

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Sinha: you are as obtuse as the Israeli apologists for the attack on Gaza. The demonstration I mentioned did not demand solidarity with the Tamil Tigers, but a ceasefire in the fighting which has left a quarter of a million people displaced. Do you really believe that there is a military solution to the grievances of the Tamil people? Do you imagine that these people will suddenly embrace the Sri Lankan state and forget their grievances, if you kill enough of them?

By casting all of the Tamils who fight as irrational, barbaric terrorists you avoid having to think about whether there might be a genuine set of complaints which accounts for the support that armed struggle receives from the general Tamil population. Even if the SLA over-runs all the Tiger-held territories, there will be no lasting stability in Sri Lanka, because Tamil people who see them not as liberators, but as aliens. Without some form of political settlement - the sort of settlement that can only arrived at through negotiation - the violence will continue indefinitely. Don't you wish that the Sri Lankan government didn't drive the Tamils into the hands of the Tigers by forcing their elected representatives from parliament in 1983, and organising ten days of pogroms against the Tamils in the South?

Scott

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

hey Scotty, do you mind me calling you scotty. Do you know about the situation in the eastern province of sri lanka. The area liberated last year, and which now has a tamil chief minister. Are the tamil people that live in that province raging against the goverment and protesting like you and your friends are doing here? no! why not? because finally they have peace. The ltte has tried to creat instability by setting off the odd bomb, but the tamil people in the eastern province, along with muslim and sinhalese have finally got the peace they craved for and deserved. Let the people of the north have that same chance. Ignorant westerners like you that parrot on about the "progroms against the tamils in the south" are only denying these innocent people the peace they deserve. You should perhaps take a good look at some of the people you are marching with. I would say that some of them have more than a vested interested in the ltte. You know how the saying goes, sleep with dogs.......Im sure you are a smart guy, you know the rest.

In the interest of neutrality, here is somewhat balanced article by reuters.
http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINCOL4559020090201?rpc=401&...

I would love to hear your opinion on Lakshman Kadiragamar.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

scott, perhaps you should read up more on the situation in sri lanka and what tamil people IN srilanka think about the ltte. Then you might understand who is trying to liberate them and who is trying to kill them. The tamil diaspora live in western countries, brainwash a few ignorant westerners like yourself and then have you march with them as the "token white guy". If you ever go to colombo and check the place out (i just got back) you will notice that tamil people make up a large population of the capital. If the singhelse people were hell bent on genocide, why would they allow tamils to live in the capital? wouldnt they be hunted down and hacked to death with machetes a la ruwanda, or tied up and shot kosovo style. had you looked at the sitation subjectively you would know about the genoicide of sinhalese and muslim people in what is now tamil dominated areas of the north, you would know about the massacres of children and monks, you would know about the mass murder of pilgrims as they prayed, you would know about the extortion of money from tamil diaspora. Why dont you either take some time to read and get a more rounded picture of the situation or just stick to your trade union wok.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Sinha,

I'm not taking a position for or against the Tigers. What I am arguing is that the people of Tamil Eelam have a set of long-standing grievances against the Sri Lankan state, and have often expressed their desire to be either autonomous from or completely independent of that state.

Do you agree with this observation? If you don't, how do you explain the popularity of the Federal Party amongst Tamils in the '50s and '60s, the rise of the Tamil United Liberation Front in the 1970s, the pro-independence Vaddukodai resolution ofhe mid-70s, and the popularity of the Tamil National Alliance Party today. Even if we
disregard the Tigers and other violent groups completely, it is still very clear that Tamil people have repeatedly supported organisations that call for either autonomy or complete independence.

By denying that there is any genuine problem in the way that Sinhala governments have treated the Tamils, and pretending that only a few irrational terrorists support independence, people like you actually create a space for groups like the Tigers. I discussed the 1983 riots, which lasted for ten days, cost the lives of thousands of Tamils, and were not condemned by the Sinhalese government of the time until they were almost over. The riots were followed by an act of parliament - an act which was debated for a mere day before it was rammed through by the Sinhala majority - that asked all MPs to swear an oath to a unitary Sri Lanka. Because they could not swear this oath, the Tamil MPs - who constituted the official opposition in parliament - were forced to give up their seats. Thus the peaceful representatives of the Tamil desire for independence were pushed out into the cold, and this along with the deadly riots encouraged many Tamil people to believe that armed struggle was the only way to express their grievances.

Imagine if anti-Scottish riots broke out in London, thousands of Scots living there were killed, and the British parliament reacted by demanding that Scottish National Party MPs in Westminister swear on oath that they would not try to break up the British state. Would an armed struggle quickly arise in Scotland in these circumstances? I think so.

Your response to my mention of the 1983 anti-Tamil progrom and the expulsion of Tamils from parliament is to deny that these things ever happened. Until you and other Sinhalese face up to reality Tamil grievances will continue, and conflict will continue in one form or another.

Scott

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so scott, when the nz govt persucated the people from the islands during the dawn raids, they were probably justified to have grievances. Did they continue to be agitated by it for the next 30 years? you could say their lot hasnt improved. Yes the Sinhalese have made massive mistakes and the SL government are not angels - but that doesn't take away the fact that the LTTE are murderous terrorists and there is more than enough evidence to prove that. There is also ample evidence to show that the tamil diaspora supported this terrorist organisation by funding them. since this site doesnt seem to be that big on facts and very big on emotive statements, i will go ahead and say that your friend that texted you to come and join the march probably funds this terrorist organisation and i wouldnt put it past that you probably give the odd 10bucks to them too. I hope you wipe from your hands the blood of the innocent people your misguided activism helped kill when the day comes, years from now, after you have led a comfortable, safe and long life, you go to meet your maker.

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so scott, on a very basic platform, tell me this. Tamil eelam is all about a nation of tamils i.e. no one else will be able to live there. if this nation is created, what will become of the tamils in what remains of sri lanka. do they move to eelam? will you fault srilankans for chasing them out? what about the land that tamils own in sri lanka? what about doctors, the lawyers, the politicians, the engineers, the soliders of tamil origin in srilanka? do they have a right to remain in sri lanka when sri lankans dont have the right to go to eelam?

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The tamil people in Eelam have the right to choose self-governance. Nobody else has that right. To think otherwise is to imply that, for example, Germans should decide French elections.

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so thats a no then. No one else can come and live in eelam. and yet you think you ahve the right to carve up srilanka with the barrel of a gun. Get real!

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

siva, i hope your house in eelam is going to have a lot of rooms and big back yard because when the tamils of what remains of the island of sri lanka get politely asked to pack up and leave, they are going to need a place to sleep. Ask the wife to make a few extra batches of vadai

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

maybe that nice girl nirupa george will make us some thosai too.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

Siva!there are still some sinhala and muslim people living in the areas you claim as eelam. im assuming you will ask them to leave and those that dont will be murdered and raped like you guys did before to get rid of non tamils from jaffna. So then, tell me this, you and your mates are marching tomorrow to protest against the genoide of tamil people right...and yet....right from the start..your whole ideology, your whole concept of eelam is genocide of non tamils

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Couple of PSs:

I only made it to the demonstration on Saturday because a Tamil friend texted me shortly before it began and I happened to be in town. I didn't mean to imply in my original comment that activists who didn't make it to the demo were somehow tardy - the event was organised at the last minute, and I don't think a lot of non-Tamils knew about it. I myself am a pretty inactive activist at the moment...

It looks like I was wrong to say that the quarter million refugees are trapped in forty square kilometres of land - they seem (according to the report in this morning's Herald) to be languishing in three square kilometres of jungle. That's still an appalling situation, of course.

Scott

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Arrgh! Correction to the correction! That should have been 'three hundred square kilometres of jungle'. I need a coffee...

S

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Thank you. That was really informative.

I support you.

An NZer Maori.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Pity I didn't know about the Tamil march last Saturday. I would have happily been the fourth white person to join the march :-)

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am not sure how many of you watched the 6pm news on Channel 1 last Thursday. If you missed the report on the Sri Lankan issue, here it is:
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-mourn-sri-lankas-conflict-2456517
I personally felt this was a very biased report. I was personally present when the interview with the Auckland man was done and was shocked about the way it was used. The choice of words and the editing done and especially the interview copied from the BBC i believe implied that the Sri Lankan government was going to be the saviours of the Tamils. That was absolutely shocking. Nowhere was it said that civilians have been killed by the government instead a bold statement is made that many lost their lives at the hands of the LTTE. I was very dissappointed and therefore wrote to Simon Bradwell the reporter who covered this story. His response to my email is as follows:

from Simon Bradwell
to #####
date Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM
subject RE: Coverage of the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka on the 6pm news of Thursday 29th January 2009
mailed-by tvnz.co.nz

Reply

Hi

Thank you for your email.

Any news report must as its guiding principle aim to give balanced, fair coverage of an issue or event without pushing an agenda or message. The reporter and his managers must decide what facts are reliable, salient and supported by evidence. Accusations and allegations that can not be supported in fact should be sifted out.

Likewise, a news report is not a mouthpiece for an individual or group to convey a message. They may be given the chance to state their case, but it, along with everything else said in an interview, may be omitted by the reporter on the basis of their judgement and for the reasons outlined above.

The news organisation makes the judgement on what is the story; what the news values of the story are; and how they can effectively be presented. Participants in a news story do not have any say in that process.

Frequently this results in a party feeling their message was not conveyed in the report. I stress that it not a reporter’s role to make their story a free advertisement or platform for any person or party. And people spoken to for any story do not have the right to demand or expect their message be contained.

Specifically, our story showed the impact on Tamils here of the latest military action in Sri Lanka. That fact was well illustrated by the Auckland family.

While you may feel hard-done-by that your message was not conveyed, we had no obligation to include it. In fact, it would have been ethically wrong for us to have done so.

I refute completely your suggestion that our report implied the Tamils were killing their own people. The introduction to the story made it clear it was military action between the government and Tamil Tigers. At no point was an inference made that the Tamils were launching the attacks. I’d be amazed if anyone could think otherwise. Similarly I never implied the interviewee was at risk from the Tigers, and do not think it is a reasonable inference to draw.

I also never said that Tamils had killed most of the seventy thousand people who have died in the war. What I said, in fact, was: SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE 25-YEAR CIVIL WAR...MANY OF THEM KILLED BY TAMIL TIGERS... AN ORGANISATION CONDEMNED AROUND THE WORLD AS TERRORIST. The distinction between “most” and “many” is an important distinction and one that can not denied.

Could I respectfully suggest you watch the item in its entirety again. I think you will find it allays many of your concerns.

I stand by the story 100 percent, I was happy with it, and so were others here who saw it.

Thank you again for your note. I hope this clarifies the position.

Simon Bradwell

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I have also had an e mail exchange with Bradshaw. He seems uninterested in having anything as equal as a conversation with his critics:
http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2009/02/always-good-to-get-and-comple...

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am not sure how many of you watched the 6pm news on Channel 1 last Thursday. If you missed the report on the Sri Lankan issue, here it is:
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-mourn-sri-lankas-conflict-2456517
I personally felt this was a very biased report. I was personally present when the interview with the Auckland man was done and was shocked about the way it was used. The choice of words and the editing done and especially the interview copied from the BBC i believe implied that the Sri Lankan government was going to be the saviours of the Tamils. That was absolutely shocking. Nowhere was it said that civilians have been killed by the government instead a bold statement is made that many lost their lives at the hands of the LTTE. I was very dissappointed and therefore wrote to Simon Bradwell the reporter who covered this story. His response to my email is as follows:

from Simon Bradwell
to #####
date Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM
subject RE: Coverage of the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka on the 6pm news of Thursday 29th January 2009
mailed-by tvnz.co.nz

Reply

Hi

Thank you for your email.

Any news report must as its guiding principle aim to give balanced, fair coverage of an issue or event without pushing an agenda or message. The reporter and his managers must decide what facts are reliable, salient and supported by evidence. Accusations and allegations that can not be supported in fact should be sifted out.

Likewise, a news report is not a mouthpiece for an individual or group to convey a message. They may be given the chance to state their case, but it, along with everything else said in an interview, may be omitted by the reporter on the basis of their judgement and for the reasons outlined above.

The news organisation makes the judgement on what is the story; what the news values of the story are; and how they can effectively be presented. Participants in a news story do not have any say in that process.

Frequently this results in a party feeling their message was not conveyed in the report. I stress that it not a reporter’s role to make their story a free advertisement or platform for any person or party. And people spoken to for any story do not have the right to demand or expect their message be contained.

Specifically, our story showed the impact on Tamils here of the latest military action in Sri Lanka. That fact was well illustrated by the Auckland family.

While you may feel hard-done-by that your message was not conveyed, we had no obligation to include it. In fact, it would have been ethically wrong for us to have done so.

I refute completely your suggestion that our report implied the Tamils were killing their own people. The introduction to the story made it clear it was military action between the government and Tamil Tigers. At no point was an inference made that the Tamils were launching the attacks. I’d be amazed if anyone could think otherwise. Similarly I never implied the interviewee was at risk from the Tigers, and do not think it is a reasonable inference to draw.

I also never said that Tamils had killed most of the seventy thousand people who have died in the war. What I said, in fact, was: SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE 25-YEAR CIVIL WAR...MANY OF THEM KILLED BY TAMIL TIGERS... AN ORGANISATION CONDEMNED AROUND THE WORLD AS TERRORIST. The distinction between “most” and “many” is an important distinction and one that can not denied.

Could I respectfully suggest you watch the item in its entirety again. I think you will find it allays many of your concerns.

I stand by the story 100 percent, I was happy with it, and so were others here who saw it.

Thank you again for your note. I hope this clarifies the position.

Simon Bradwell

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

What an arsehole, but hardly surprising given the 'quality' of this country's racist media. Embarassing.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Solidarity with the Tamil People - Socialist Aotearoa editor Joe Carolan talked to Nirupa George, the Media Liaison officer for the Tamil Youth Organisation New Zealand

http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2009/02/solidarity-with-tamil-peop...

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

International Media:

- Berlin unimpressed by Sri Lankan 'threats' to ambassador:

http://www.expatica.com/de/news/local_news/Berlin-unimpressed-by-Sri-Lan...

- Analysis: Sri Lanka's media faces growing pressure:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/01/srilanka.media/index.html?er...

- Aid groups: Sri Lanka situation 'nightmarish':

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/02/sri.lanka.fighting/index...

- Rare images emerge of Sri Lankans trapped in war

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CIVIL_WAR?SITE=M...

- Sri Lankan army killing civilians, claims EU MP:

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14849568

- Tamil refugees shelled as army closes in:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5627586.ece

News from the war zone:

- More than 5,000 shells fired on civilians, casualties uncountable:

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28267

- SLA fires MBRL rockets on IDP camp, several feared dead:

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28266

- Nurse killed in Udaiyaarkaddu hospital, ICRC staff wounded in PTK:

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28270

To be aware:

- S.Lanka targets $500 mln from diaspora:

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20090202/tbs-srilanka-economy-borrowing-73...

- Why New Delhi fiddles when Lanka burns:

http://www.rediff.com/news/2009/feb/02guest-why-new-delhi-fiddles-when-l...

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

1983
July 23: 13 soldiers are killed in an LTTE ambush in Jaffna, sparking anti-Tamil riots that cause the death of approximately 600 Tamils across Sri Lanka, in what would be later labelled as Black July.[9][10]

[edit] 1984
1984 marked the intensification of the war between the Tamil separatists and the Sri Lankan government, as well as the first reports of civilian massacres by the LTTE.

November 30: LTTE cadres massacre 62 Sinhalese civilians at Kent Farm and Dollar Farm in Mullaitivu District.[5][11]
Further information: Kent and Dollar Farm massacres
December 01: LTTE cadres kill eleven Sinhalese civilians in the fishing village of Kokilai.[5]
Further information: Kokilai massacre

[edit] 1985
1985 marked a major escalation of hostilities. For the first time the LTTE attacked a major Sinhalese majority town killing 146 unarmed civilians. The impact of this attack was felt across the island and received world wide attention.

May 14: LTTE gunmen shoot dead 146 Sinhalese civilians and injure 85 others as they were praying at a sacred Buddhist shrine in Anuradhapura.[9]
Further information: Anuradhapura massacre
May 14: LTTE cadres shoot dead 18 Sinhalese civilians in the Wilpattu forest reserve while they are fleeing from the massacre of 146 civilians earlier in the day (see Anuradhapura massacre).[5]
May 30: LTTE cadres shoot and kill five Sinhalese civilians in the villages of Mahandapura And Dehiwatta. People of these villages had previously received numerous threats from the LTTE associates. This massacre was part of a series of massacres aimed at displacing Sinhalese from the North East of Sri Lanka.[12]
June 11: 13 Sinhalese civilians are shot dead by LTTE gunmen in Dehiwatta, Mutur.[5]
August 02: Thrikonamadu Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres shot dead three Sinhalese Buddhist monks and three civilians, while they were worshipping at the Ruhunu Somavathiya Temple.[5]
August 14: Awarantalawa Vavuniya: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese civilians and set fire to 40 houses.[5]
August 18: Namalwatta Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead six Sinhalese villagers.[5]
November 07: Namalwatta Morawewa, Tobacco: LTTE cadres shot dead ten Sinhalese villagers.[5]
December 20: Mannar: Six Madhu pilgrims, abducted by the LTTE on 12.12.85, were executed.[5]

[edit] 1986
February 19: Sittaru Kantalai, Trincomalee: When refugees from Serunuwara, Dehiwatta were being escorted by army personnel along Ella/Kantalai road, LTTE exploded a mine: 35 civilians and four army personnel were killed.[5]
May 03: LTTE bomb explodes aboard Air Lanka flight carrying mainly French, British and Japanese tourists killing 21 (including 13 foreigners - of whom 2 British, 2 German, 3 French, 2 Japanese, 1 Maldivian and 1 Pakistani) and injuring 41 on Bandaranaike International Airport.[5][13]
Further information: Air Lanka Flight UL512
May 25: Mahadivulwewa: LTTE cadres shot dead 20 Sinhalese and set fire to 20 houses.[5]
June 04: Andankulam Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 20 Sinhalese villagers including Ven. Bakamune Subaddalanakara Thero.[5]
June 11: Trincomalee Two bombs exploded by LTTE almost simultaneously in two buses in front of the Bank of Ceylon and in close proximity to the SP office along Inner Harbour Road. They were on their way to Kantalai and Colombo respectively: 22 people were killed in the explosions; 75 others were injured.[5]
June 25: Sittaru, Kantalai: Bomb exploded in a vehicle by LTTE killed 16 Sinhalese.[5]
July 08: Monkey Bridge, Vavuniya: LTTE cadres shot dead 15 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
July 13: Pavakkulam, Vavuniya: Four LTTE cadres who had come in a jeep to tract No. 16, Pavakkulam, killed eleven civilians (two Sinhalese and nine Tamils).[5]
July 17: Sugar Corp., Kantalai LTTE cadres entered block No. 4, Sugar Corp., Kantalai and ten civilians were shot to death. (Seven Sinhalese, two Muslims and one Tamil).[5]
July 19: Vadigawewa, Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa LTTE cadres shot dead twelve Sinhalese villagers.[5]
July 22: Mammaduwa, Vavuniya: LTTE cadres exploded a land-mine on a civilian bus, killing 32 Sinhalese civilians and injuring 20 others.
July 24: Issenbessagala: a bomb exploded inside a bus proceeding from Vavuniya to Anuradhapura; killing 13 passengers and injuring 40 others.[5]
July 24: Mahanagapura, Ampara: About 50 LTTE cadres entered Damana, a Sinhalese village, and killed nine persons; another 13 were injured.[5]

[edit] 1987
February 07: Arantalawa, Ampara: LTTE cadres killed 28 villagers by slashing their necks.[5]
March 07: Awarantalawa, Vavuniya: LTTE exploded a land-mine where troops were proceeding, killing seven soldiers, four NAF soldiers and six civilians.[5]
March 22: Serunuwara Horowpathana: LTTE cadres shot dead 26 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
April 16: Habarana, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 127 Sinhalese civilians , including 31 police and security force personnel who were travelling in buses to Trincomalee.[5][8]
April 21: Central Bus Stand, Pettah: LTTE operatives exploded a bomb, killing 113 civilians, two policemen and a soldier; 298 others were injured.[4]
Further information: Central Bus Station Bombing
April 21: Jayanthipura Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 15 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
May 29: Kadawathmadu, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese villagers.[5]
June 02: A bus carrying Buddhist monks in Arantalawa was stopped by the LTTE who then killed 32 Buddhist monks (including Chief Priest Ven. Hegoda Indrasara) who were passengers of this bus. Only one monk survived this massacre. This was the first massacre of Buddhist monks in modern Sri Lankan history.[14]
Further information: Aranthalawa Massacre
June 11: Veppankulam Trincomalee Private van No. 38 Sri 496 proceeding from Horowpathana to Trincomalee was blasted by a pressure mine by LTTE, killing one soldier and 13 civilians.[5]
June 12: Godapotta, Medirigiriya Polonnaruwa: About 175 villagers had gathered to discuss a new temple. LTTE fighters surrounded the temple and attacked them, killing eight villagers and a soldier. Six persons were injured.[5]
5 July 1987: In the first ever suicide attack by the LTTE Black Tigers "Captain Miller", drives a small truck laden with explosives into a Sri Lanka Army camp in Nelliady, Jaffna peninsula, killing himself and over 50 Sri Lankan soldiers.
October 06: Batticaloa: LTTE cadres shot dead 18 Sinhalese civilians.[5]
October 06: Sagarapura, Kuchchuveli Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 27 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
October 06: Thalawai Eravur: LTTE cadres shot dead 25 Sinhalese settlers.[5]
October 06: Valaichchenai Batticaloa: The night-mail train from Batticaloa was stopped by LTTE cadres and 40 Sinhalese passengers were killed.[5]
October 07: Pottuvil Monargala Road: LTTE cadres shot dead 25 Sinhalese passengers, who were traveling by bus. They also killed five motor-cyclists who came along the same route.[5]
October 10: Gantalawa Kantalai: LTTE cadres shot dead ten Sinhalese villagers.[5]
October 15: Ella, Kantalai Road, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 14 Sinhalese passengers traveling on two lorries.
October 16: Pulimodai Trincomalee: LTTE cadres stopped a private bus, took out Sinhalese persons and killed eleven of them including three policemen.[5]
October 19: Kalkudah Batticaloa: Private bus 23 - 1182 transporting Tamil passengers got caught on an LTTE land-mine, killing 40 persons and an IPKF soldier[5]
November 09: Maradana Colombo: LTTE operatives exploded a bomb in a vehicle: 23 civilians killed, 106 were injured, 15 were shot dead.
November 11: Kalkuda, Batticaloa: Seven Sinhalese persons selling fish were shot dead by the LTTE.[5]
November 12: Cheddikulam, Vavuniya: A van transporting passengers was blasted by an LTTE land-mine explosion, killing twelve Tamil persons and 13 PLOTE members.[5]
December 15: Devalagodella, Polonnaruwa: The LTTE attacked Devalagodella and Somavathiya village, killing nine villagers.[5]
December 22: Morawewa, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres abducted five Sinhalese and a Tamil, who were fishing in Morawewa Tank and subsequently killed them.[5]
December 31: Mahadivulwewa Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead ten villagers and burnt 15 houses.[5]

[edit] 1988
March 02: Morawewa, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 14 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 11: Suhadagama Horowpathana Anuradhapura: A group of LTTE cadres attacked a private bus, 22 Sri 2218, at Suhadagamaw with small arms and grenades, killing 19 passengers and injuring nine others.[5]
March 14: Galmitiyawa, Kantalai: LTTE cadres shot dead 13 Sinhalese villagers at Galmitiyawa.[5]
March 15: Kivulkade, Morawewa, Trincomalee: Two groups of LTTE operatives entered the village and killed seven Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 17: Deegavapiya, Damana, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death 13 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 22: Pudukulam, Vavuniya: Between ten and 15 LTTE cadres attacked the Sinhalese village and killed six villagers. Another three were injured.[5]
March 22: Medavachchi-kulam Vavuniya: LTTE cadres shot dead nine Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 29: Wewalketiya: A LTTE bomb exploded inside CTB bus 29 Sri 9037 Anuradhapura which was proceeding from Horowpathana to Medavachchiya, killing nine passengers and injuring 14 others.[5]
March 31: Saindamaradu, Kalmunai: LTTE cadres attacked the village, killing ten Muslims and seven Tamils.[5]
April 08: Horowpathana, Meegaswewa, Anuradhapura: LTTE gunmen killed 14 Sinhalese.[5]
May 01: Sittaru Kantalai, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres exploded a land-mine on a CTB bus killing twelve Sinhalese, nine Muslims and five others, who were not identified.[5]
July 28: Ethawetunawewa, Weli Oya: LTTE operatives hacked to death 16 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
August 16: Trincomalee (opposite Clock Tower): LTTE cadres exploded a bomb, killing sixe Sinhalese, two Muslims, one Tamil and a soldier; 19 persons sustained injuries.[5]
August 25: Marawila, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres killed eleven civilians by cutting their necks.[5]
September 10: 16th Colony, Central Camp Ampara: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese and four Tamils.[5]
October 09: Mahakongaskada Medavachchiya: LTTE cadres shot dead 44 Sinhalese villagers and set fire to eleven houses.[5]
November 14: Paniketiyawa, Gomarakadawela Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 28 Sinhalese, including two security force personnel.[5]

[edit] 1989
February 02: Bogamuyaya, Maha Oya, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death eleven Sinhalese villagers.[5]
February 11: Dutuwewa, Horowpathana: LTTE cadres shot dead 34 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
February 22: Tract No. 13, Sinhapura, Weli Oya: LTTE cadres attacked Tract No. 13 and six Sinhalese were killed and another seven were injured.[5]
February 27: Borawewa, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres shot dead 37 Sinhalese illagers.[5]
August 17: Nochchikulam, Vavuniya: An IDE explosion, killing eight civilians and injuring four others.[5]

[edit] 1990
See also: Massacre of police officers in Eastern Sri Lanka in June 1990
June 10, 1990: The LTTE signals the breakdown of ceasefire talks by overrunning police stations located throughout the North East of Sri Lanka. The LTTE massacred most of the 400 to 600 police officers captured after they had surrendered to the LTTE during this attack.[15]
June 10: Over 400 unarmed police officers are shot dead by the LTTE in Police Stations across eastern Sri Lanka.[16]
Further information: Massacre of police officers in Eastern Sri Lanka in June 1990
June 15: 11 soldiers are killed in Kalmunai by the LTTE and their bodies are desecrated.[17]
July 23, Veeracholai, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres killed eight persons, thought to be Muslims and hanged them on trees.[5]
July 24, Damminna, Aralaganvila Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres hacked to death eight Sinhalese villagers.[5]
July 25, Wan Ela, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres hacked to death nine Sinhalese villagers who were cutting firewood.[5]
July 26, Thammannaelawaka Medavachchiya: LTTE cadres hacked and shot to death 19 Sinhalese and set fire to 30 houses.[5]
July 30, Akkaraipattu Batticaloa: LTTE cadres shot dead 14 Muslims in the town.[5]
July 31, Podankadu, Peraru, Kantalai: Ten Tamil civilians were killed by unidentified gunmen.[5]
August 04: Over 30 Tamil Tiger cadres attacked four Muslim mosques in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district, killing over 147 Muslims who were praying in the mosques.[18]
Further information: Kattankudi mosque massacre
August 05, Mulliyankadu, Ampara: LTTE cadres killed 17 Muslim farmers working in a paddy-field.[5]
August 06, Ampara: LTTE cadres killed 33 Muslim farmers working in a paddy-field.[5]
August 07, Bandaraduwa, Uhana, Ampara: About 40 LTTE cadres went to a Sinhalese village and killed 30 Sinhalese and injured four.[5]
August 08, Navagamuwa, Anuradhapura: LTTE cadres attacked a Sinhalese village and killed seven civilians; four persons were injured.[5]
August 11: Division 3 & 6 Eravur LTTE cadres attacked Div. 3 & 6, Eravur, killing 116 Muslims and injuring 20 others.[5]
August 13, 15th Mile Post, Pulmoddai, Weli Oya: Twenty-five civilians who were travelling in a lorry from Negombo at Kokuvil were ambushed by LTTE cadres, who killed 14 of them.[5]
August 13, Awarantalawa Vavuniya A Muslim village adjoining a Sinhalese village was attacked by LTTE cadres; nine Muslims and one Sinhalese were killed. Three others were injured.[5]
September 13, Poonani, Batticaloa LTTE cadres hacked to death seven Muslim civilians and injured one.[5]
September 19, Vellamundal, Puttalam: LTTE cadres killed 23 Sinhalese and set fire to eleven houses at the fishing village.[5]
September 21, Pudukudiyirippu Ampara: LTTE cadres attacked the village killing 15 Muslims and injuring eleven.[5]
September 30, Peraweltalawa, Maha Oya, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death nine Sinhalese villagers.[5]
October: The LTTE expelled, within 48 hours, 80,000 Muslims living under their control in the northern districts of the island: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, and Mannar. Each civilian was only allowed to carry 150 Sri Lankan rupees when they were expelled from LTTE areas.[18]
Further information: Expulsion of Muslims from Jaffna
October 02, Vahalkada, Ampara: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese.[5]
October 11, Arugambay, Ampara: LTTE cadres shot dead nine Muslims.[5]
October 23, Thanthirimalai, Anuradhapura: LTTE cadres killed eight Sinhalese and two home guards.[5]
November 01, Halambawewa, Sinhapura, Weli Oya: LTTE cadres attacked the village and killed ten Sinhalese.[5]

[edit] 1991
January 23: Bogamuyaya Maha Oya, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death 25 Sinhalese villagers and injured nine others, four subsequently succumbed to their injuries.[5]
March 2: At least 19 people, including Sri Lanka's Deputy Defence Minister, Ranjan Wijeratne killed in an LTTE car bomb explosion in Colombo. A further 73 people injured.[14]
March 24: Bogamuyaya, Akkaraipattu: Bomb explosion carried out by LTTE at Fish Market Akkaraipattu, killing nine Muslims and injuring 32 others.[5]
March 31: Irudayapuram Batticaloa: LTTE cadres shot dead eight civilians at the market in the night.[5]
April 03: Keviliya, Foul Point, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres in two boats surrounded several boats and opened fire at the fishermen. Ten dead bodies and eleven injured were found. Sixteen were missing. The missing persons were either taken away or drowned after being shot.[5]
April 14: Ethimalai, Monaragala: LTTE cadres hacked to death 17 Sinhalese villagers and injured another.[5]
April 20: Niyadella, Okkampitiya, Moneragala: LTTE cadres attacked the village and hacked and shot to death 21 men, women and children.[5]
May 19: Erakkamam, Ampara LTTE cadres attacked five Muslims and two Sinhalese persons, whilst they were returning from the paddy-field, killing six persons and injuring one.[5]
May 21, 1991: LTTE suicide bomber Thenmuli Rajaratnam assassinated former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi while the latter was campaigning for a parliamentary candidate in Tamil Nadu, also killing an additional 13 civilians.[4] Following the assassination, seven suspected LTTE activists committed suicide after being surrounded by police.[19] In June 2006, the LTTE issued a formal apology for this action. However, the Indian government quickly responded saying forgiving Tamil Tigers for the 1991 killing of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi would amount to endorsing their ideology of terror.[20]
May 21: Sriperumbudur, India: An LTTE suicide bomber kills former Indian Prime Minister and Indian Opposition Leader Rajiv Gandhi and 14 others.[21]
May 20: Malwatta, Sammanthurai, Ampara: LTTE cadres fired on a group of Muslims who were returning from the paddy-field in a tractor; nine Muslims were killed and two injured.[5]
June:Colombo: 12 killed and 85 civilians injured after a suicide bombing outside the Joint Operations Command (JOC) building on Flower Road, Colombo 7.[22]
June 12: Kokkadicholai, Batticaloa: LTTE Bomb explosion in Manmunai ferry kills ten civilians.[5]
June 24: Weligahakandiya Batticaloa: LTTE cadres abducted and killed eight Sinhalese and injured one Tamil.[5]
June 27: Lahugala, Ampara: LTTE cadres exploded two claymore mines and opened fire at the passengers of a private bus; 16 civilians were killed and eight wounded.[5]
July 1991:The army's Elephant Pass base, which controls access to the Jaffna peninsula, is surrounded by 5,000 LTTE cadres. More than two thousand died on both sides in the month-long siege, before 10,000 government troops arrived to relieve the base.[23]
July 06: Pudur, Jaffna: LTTE cadres cut and killed nine Muslims and moved towards the Mahaweli river bank and cut to death another eight persons, injuring four others. One of the injured succumbed to his injuries. Total killed: 16 Muslims and two Sinhalese.[5]
July 06: Karapola, Manampitiya, Polonnaruwa: Nine Sinhala fishermen were abducted by LTTE cadres and killed.[5]
August 08: Sammanthurai, Batticaloa: Six Muslims farmers killed by LTTE cadres.[5]
September 19: Palliyagodella, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres attacked a Muslim village, killing 13 Muslims and injuring six others.[5]
October 24: Iqbal Nagar: LTTE cadres who were in ambush, fired at a civilian van killing three Tamils and three Muslims.[5]

[edit] 1992
January 26: Between Arantalawa and Borapola LTTE mine explosion killed nine civilians in a bus.[5]
April 10: Ampara Town: A LTTE bomb exploded in a bus causing the death of 25 civilians and injuring 33 civilians. One policeman was also killed and two army personnel were wounded.[5]
April 10: Maharagama: A LTTE car bomb exploded, causing the death of eight civilians; one policeman and 23 civilians were injured.[5]
April 29, 1992: LTTE cadres kill 69 Muslim civilians including 5 infants. Reprisal attacks by Muslim civilians and homeguards results in the death of 49 Tamil men.[24]
April 29: Alinchipothana, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres attacked the Alinchipothana village, killing 56 Muslims and injuring 15.[25]
June 02: 209th Mile Post Ampara: A group of LTTE cadres stopped a bus opened fire, killing 14 civilians, one policeman, and injuring two civilians and one policeman.[5]
July 06: Parayankaulam, Vavuniya: LTTE cadres publicly shot dead ten Tamil lorry drivers and a woman, alleging that they had passed information to the security forces.[5]
July 15: Kirankulam, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres attacked a civilian bus proceeding from Kathankudy towards Kalmunai, killing 19 Muslims and injuring seven Muslims.[5]
July 21: Parangiyamadu, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres stopped a train, ordered the passengers to get down and opened fire at the Muslim passengers: seven Muslims were killed and four Muslims were injured.[5]
August 30: Trincomalee Town: A LTTE bomb planted in a private bus at the bus-stand exploded, killing nine civilians and injuring 34 (including four soldiers, two reserve policemen).[5]
September 01: Saindamaradu, Kalmunai: A LTTE bomb fixed to a push-cycle carrying an ice-cream container, exploded at the market, killing 22 Muslims and injuring 67 others.[5]
September 10: Kiliveddi Point, Trincomalee: LTTE operatives blasted a ferry across Allai Tank and killed 22 soldiers and seven civilians, and injured one soldier and two civilians.[5]
October 01: Konwewa Weli Oya: LTTE cadres fired and threw grenades at villagers, killing 15 civilians and injuring nine others.[5]
October 15: Palliyagodella Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres attacked a Muslim village and shot and hacked to death 182 civilians (171 of them were Muslims), twelve policemen and eight soldiers; 83 others were injured.[6][5]
Further information: Palliyagodella massacre
November 16: An anti-rebel website claimed that the Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Clancy Fernando and four others are killed by LTTE suicide bomber.[26]

[edit] 1993
May 1: Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa killed in LTTE suicide bomb attack at a May Day Rally.[4]
July 25: Janakapura: The LTTE raids a Sinhalese village and kills nine civilians by means of stabbing, shooting and blowing up with grenades.[27]
November 10, 1993: Eight officers and 233 soldiers were declared killed in action in LTTE's attack on the Pooneryn defences. The LTTE also executed 200 soldiers captured during this attack on the Pooneryn army camp.[15]

[edit] 1994
January 19, Rambewa, Anuradhapura: A LTTE bomb exploded in a private bus carrying civilians from Sripura to Anuradhapura, causing the death of ten Sinhalese civilians and injuring 51.[5]
March 16: Off Kudiramalai Puttalam LTTE cadres attacked about ten fishing boats, causing the death of 17 fishermen and injuring three; five fishermen were reported missing.[5]
October 24: Sri Lankan presidential candidate and opposition leader Gamini Dissanayake is killed by an LTTE suicide bomber who explodes herself at a campaign rally in Colombo. At least 50 others were killed in the blast and a further 75 were seriously hurt.[9][28][29]

[edit] 1995
May 25, 1995: During the Kallarawa massacre 42 civilians including six children are killed by the LTTE in an attack on the Kallarawa fishing village.[30]
May 25: LTTE cadres attack a fishing village in Kallarawa, and hack and shot to death 42 civilians (22 males, twelve females and eight children).[31][32][33]
Further information: Kallarawa massacre
August 07, Colombo: An LTTE suicide bomber explodes a suicide rickshaw killing 22 civilians.[26]
October 20, Kolonnawa, Colombo: LTTE attacked the oil storage complexes at Kolonnawa and Orugodawatta. At least three suicide bombers fought their way into the tanks and blew themselves up destroying the tanks. LTTE lost four cadres in the action while killing 22 security personals and destroying diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel and crude oil worth over US $10 million.[34]
October 21, Mangalagama: LTTE cadres kill 16 civilians.[31]
October 25, Panama: LTTE cadres kill twelve Sinhala farmers.[32][33]
November 11, Colombo: A LTTE suicide bomber causes an explosion near the Slave Island railway station resulting in the death of 15 children and two soldiers.[26]
November 24, Colombo: An attack by two LTTE female suicide bombers on the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters results in the death of 16 people.[26]
December 11, Colombo: Two LTTE suicide bombers blow themselves up at the Army Headquarters, resulting in the deaths of 15 civilians and three soldiers.[26]
December 23, The LTTE attacked an army detachment in Batticaloa district, killing 32 troops. Military sources reported that more than 60 rebels were killed.[35]

[edit] 1996
January 31, 1996: An attack by the LTTE on the Colombo Central Bank killed 90 and injured a further 1,400 civilians, damaging other buildings in the process. It was the most deadly LTTE attack on a civilian target in the history of the group's operations.[4]
January 31: Bombing of Sri Lanka's Central Bank resulting in 91 civilian deaths.[4]
March 19: 29 Tamil civilians killed by LTTE, as they were accused of being traitors and giving information to Security Forces.[31]
June 11: Lunuoya LTTE kills 14 civilians. According to Amnesty International, this attack was reportedly led by an LTTE member whose family had been killed in communal violence, after the LTTE attacked a police post. The main target of this appears to have been the family of those thought to have been responsible for the killing of this LTTE member's family.[31]
July 04, Jaffna: An attack by an LTTE suicide bomber on a Sri Lankan minister results in the death of 25 people.[26][36]
July 18, 1996: The LTTE overruns the Sri Lanka Army camp at Mullaitivu. The number of killed in action and missing in action Sri Lankan soldiers from this attack was over 1200.[37] The LTTE appear to have burnt alive hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers who had surrendered during the attack on the Mullaitivu army camp.[38]
July 24, 1996: The LTTE bombs a passenger train killing 70 civilians.[4]
July 24: Dehiwala train bombing where the LTTE exploded 4 bombs on Colombo-Alutgama train at Dehiwala killing between 60[39] and 70 civilians.[4] The technique of simultaneously exploding multiple bombs in several carriages was used during this attack.[39]

[edit] 1997
January 9, 1997: The LTTE conduct a two pronged assault north of Paranthan and south-west of Elephant Pass. This attack was the biggest LTTE attack in the Elephant Pass area since the abortive attempt to destroy the Elephant Pass army base in July 1991 and the biggest Tiger strike since the battle of Mullaitivu the year before. According to the military 142 soldiers were killed and 294 wounded. The SLA sources also said that more than 500 rebels were killed, but according to LTTE source 140 were killed. A later count would confirm 223 soldiers and 350 guerrillas dead.[40][41]
March 6, 1997: Tamil Tiger rebels overran the army base at Vavunativu and left more than 200 dead.[41]
August 2, 1997-August 3, 1997: In weekend fighting 200 Tamil Tigers and 67 government troops were killed. The rebel bodies were severely disfigured.[41]
September 22, 1997-September 30, 1997: An 8-day battle for an LTTE stronghold left 900 dead on both sides.[41]
October 7, 1997: The LTTE overrun a military arms depo on the Mankulam-Ottisuddan road killing 30 soldiers and wounding 47, 72 Tigers are also killed in the fighting.[42]
October 15: An LTTE bomb exploded at the Colombo World Trade Centre, killing 13 and injuring hundreds.[6][43]

[edit] 1998
January 25, 1998: Four likely members of the Black Tiger squad drove an explosives-laden truck into the Sri Dalada Maligawa (or "Temple of the Tooth"), a major Buddhist shrine, killing seven and injuring 25. The attack took place just days before foreign dignitaries were expected to attend celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of Sri Lankan independence at the temple.[4]
January 25: Four members of the Black Tiger squad drive an explosives-laden truck into a major Buddhist shrine, killing seven and injuring 25.[4] The Maligawa is one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in the world, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[26]
March 05: LTTE is blamed for two bomb explosions aboard buses in Colombo killing thirty-two civilians and injuring 252 others.[4]
May 14, 1998: A member of the Black Tiger squad jumped in front of a vehicle carrying Sri Lankan Brigadier Larry Wijeratne and detonated explosives, killing the general and two guards. Wijeratne was the commander of Sri Lankan forces in the Point Pedro area of the Jaffna peninsula in the Tamil-inhabited north of the country. Press reports described the assassination as a "serious blow" to the government's efforts in the area.
August 29: The LTTE shoot down a AN-24 Lionair Flight 602 with 55 passengers (including 48 Tamils) and crew while it was flying over LTTE held territory. Everyone onboard is killed.[44][45]
September 1998: In a massive LTTE offensive 1,500 soldiers are killed (Battle of Kilinochchi), 3,000 wounded and 500 are missing.[46]

[edit] 1999
June 2: Eleven Sinhalese civilians were murdered at Inginiyagala.[47]
July 29: An LTTE suicide bomber killed Sri Lankan Tamil MP Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam along with two others. Six civilians were injured. At the time of his death Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam was working on a constitutional package aimed at ending the decades long ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.[48]
September 18: LTTE cadres massacre at least 50 Sinhalese civilians in three villages in Ampara District.[9][49][50][51]
Further information: Gonagala massacre
November 1, 1999: An LTTE attack on an army camp at Oddusuddan results in an SLA defeat with 800 soldiers killed or missing and another 1,200 deserted (See Oddusuddan offensive).[46]
December 11, 1999 - January 2, 2000: 212 soldiers are killed in heavy fighting. Also another 37 are missing and 2,118 are wounded.[46]
December 18: A LTTE suicide bomber kills 23 civilians in attempt to kill Sri Lankan president Kumaratunga at a pre-election rally.[4][52]
December 18: In Colombo LTTE suicide bomber Skandaraja Ashoka kills eleven people and retired Sri Lanka Army Major General Lucky Algama.[26]

[edit] 2000
January 5: An LTTE suicide bomber blows herself up outside the office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka killing 13 civilians and three police officers.[52][26]
January 7: An LTTE suicide bomber kills Sri Lankan Industrial Minister C.V. Gunaratne and 24 civilians.[53][26]
January 27: LTTE bomb a post office killing eleven and injuring 70.[54][55]
March 11: 14 civilians and six police die when four LTTE suicide bombers attempt to assassinate the defence minister. 46 others are injured[54][26]
April 22, 2000: The LTTE overrun the most important military base in the Northern province, the Elephant Pass base (See Second Battle of Elephant Pass ).[56]
May 18: An LTTE bomber killed 23 and injured 70 at a Buddhist temple in Batticaloa during celebrations of the Vesak holiday.[57]
May 17: The LTTE detonate a bomb hidden inside an ice-cream box on a bicycle during celebrations to mark the holiest day of the Buddhist calendar, Vesak, killing over 20 people and injuring 75.[58]
June 26: LTTE suicide boats sink a chartered private ship M.V. Uhana. Five civilian crew and three navy personnel die.[26]
September 15: An anti-rebel website claimed that in Colombo a suicide bomber explodes in front of the main government hospital in Colombo resulting in seven civilian deaths. 28 civilians are injured.[26]
October 03: An anti-rebel website claimed that the an LTTE bomb kills parliamentary candidate Mohammed Baithullah and more than twenty others in Muttur. At least 49 others were injured.[59]
October 05: An anti-rebel website claimed that in Medawacchchiya, Anuradhapura an attack by an LTTE suicide bomber on the Health and Indigenous Medicine Deputy Minister Tissa Karaliyadda results in the death of seven civilians and injuries to 40 civilians.[59]

[edit] 2001
July 24: An LTTE 14-man suicide squad attacked a Sri Lanka Air Force base and the adjoining Bandaranaike International Airport. They destroyed many aircraft, crippling the country's economy and reducing tourism.[60]

[edit] 2005
August 12, 2005: Lakshman Kadirgamar, the foreign minister of Sri Lanka and an ethnic Tamil was shot by an unidentified sniper (no formal evidence to link LTTE to the murder)[61] in Colombo as he was getting out of the swimming pool at his private residence. The EU holds the LTTE responsible for this murder and bans its members from traveling to the EU.[62]

[edit] 2006
January 7, 2006: A suspected LTTE fishing boat loaded with explosives detonates and destroys a Sri Lankan navy boat as it leaves the port of Trincomalee, killing 13 sailors.[63]
March 01: Five civilians die in suspected LTTE mine explosion.[64]
April 23: The LTTE kill six Sinhalese civilians including two 15 year old children in the village of Gomarankadawala in the Trincomalee district.[65]
Further information: Gomarankadawala massacre
April 25, 2006: A suicide bomber, believed to belong to the LTTE, attempts to kill Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, seriously injuring him while killing eight others and injuring thirty more. The explosives were disguised as the late stages of pregnancy, and the bomber was originally believed to be pregnant, although subsequent medical tests have been inconclusive.[66]
May 11, 2006: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Sea Tigers attacks and sink one Sri Lanka Navy vessel while seriously damaging another. The attack is ruled as a grave violation of the Cease Fire Agreement by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. In response, LTTE threathened the truce monitors not to be aboard naval vessels.[67] 18 sailors perish on the Sri Lankan patrolboat, and an unknown number of Sea Tiger cadres also die in the attack.[68] The fact that the lives of two Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission monitors on board these ships were endangered by this attack, triggered the European Union decision to ban the LTTE.[69]
May 27: The award-winning author Nihal de Silva and seven Sri Lankan tourists were killed by a supposed LTTE land mine in Wilpattu National Park. The explosion took place near Tamil held territory in the northern part of the country. Before a 2002 cease fire agreement, rebels used the park as a hiding place. It is unclear whether the mine was planted before or after the cease fire agreement.[70]
May 29, 2006: Thirteen farm workers were cut and shot in a village around Welikanda in Plonnaruwa. The government suspected the LTTE were responsible, while the LTTE responded that they had no involvement and that they were falsely implicated. Furthermore, the LTTE condemned this attack. [71][72]
May 30: An anti-rebel website claimed that the LTTE cadres kill twelve Sinhalese villagers working at an irrigation canal construction site in Omadiyamadu, close to the uncleared areas of Welikanda in Polonnaruwa district.[73]
June 15, 2006: The LTTE blow up a civilian bus killing 68, including ten children and three pregnant women. Approximately 60 more are injured.
June 15: The LTTE bombs a bus carrying 140 civilians in Kebithigollewa, in northeastern Sri Lanka. The blast results in the death of 68 civilians including 15 school children, and injurers 78 others. It was caused by two claymore mines placed side by side on the bus by LTTE cadres, which spraying the packed bus with millions of ball bearings upon manual detonation.[74]
Further information: Kebithigollewa massacre
June 26, 2006: The third highest ranking Sri Lankan military officer, Major General Parami Kulatunga was wounded in an attack by LTTE and died after being taken to the hospital. Two other military escorts and a passerby were also killed.[75]
September 18: LTTE cadres massacre ten innocent Muslims at Pothuwil in the Eastern province. The sole survivor of the attack confirms it was carried out by LTTE cadres.[76]
Further information: Pottuvil massacre
October 16, 2006: In the deadliest ever suicide attack by the LTTE in Sri Lanka, a suicide bomber in a truck kills 103 sailors on buses going or returning from leave at a transit point and wounds over 150 other sailors. Several civilians may also have died.[77]
October 16: In the deadliest suicide attack in Sri Lanka to date, a suicide bomber in a truck kills 103 Sri Lanka Navy sailors on buses going or returning from leave at a transit point and wounds over 150 other sailors. Several civilians may also have died.[78]
Further information: 2006 Digampathana truck bombing
December 1: An LTTE suicide bomber triggers the explosives packed into a vehicle in Colombo as a five car convoy carrying Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse passes by, in an attempt to assassinate him. Secretary Rajapakse escapes unharmed, although two people are killed and 14 others are wounded, mostly civilians who were passing by the site.[79]

[edit] 2007
January 05, Nittambuwa: The LTTE are the only suspects in bomb blast on a city bus carrying more than 80 civilians. The resulting explosion kills six civilians and wounds 63, ten of them seriously. The bus was bombed during the evening rush-hour near Nittambuwa town, 40 km (25 miles) north-east of Colombo.[80][81] It followed a threat issued by the LTTE that they will carry out revenge attacks for air raids by the Sri Lanka Air Force.[82][83][84]
Further information: 2007 Sri Lankan bus bombs
January 06, Peraliya: A suspected LTTE suicide bomber detonates herself inside a Colombo – Matara passenger bus. 16 civilians are killed and more than 50 are injured.[85][86] These attacks on buses appear to be a fulfillment of threats made by the LTTE.[82][87]
Further information: 2007 Sri Lankan bus bombs
February 07, Batticaloa: Rev. Selliah Parameswaran Kurukkal, the head Priest of the Santhiveli Pilleyar Kovil and a father of three, who blessed President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the President's visit to Vakarai four days previously, is forcibly dragged out of his residence and shot dead by gunmen from the LTTE.[88][89][90][91] The gunmen had mentioned that they were from the LTTE and they needed to question the Poosari in connection with the garlanding of the President.[92][93] It is also suggested he had been targeted because he had co-operated with the security forces in order to help civilians flee the fighting around Vakarai.[94]
March 9, Puttlam: Eight people who entered the Wilpattu National Park to investigate the grievances of the local population over wild elephant attacks, including the Sri Lanka Army Area Commander, the head Park Warden and three park rangers, are ambushed and massacred by the LTTE.[95]
March 26, 2007: The LTTE mount their first air strike, bombing a government-controlled military airbase. The attack leaves three killed and 19 wounded.[96]
March 29, Tamil Nadu, India: LTTE cadres kill five Indian fisherman off the coast of Tamil Nadu and kidnap twelve others. An anonymous caller initially attempts to blame the incidents on the Sri Lanka Navy.[97]
April 1, Eravur, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres massacre six aid workers who were constructing a housing scheme named "Village of Hope" for Tamil children orphaned by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. Another three aid workers suffer serious gunshot injuries following the shooting at close range which took place at 8.15 pm local time.[98][99][100][101]
April 2, Ampara: The LTTE bomb a civilian bus in eastern Sri Lanka, killing at least 16 civilians, and wounding 25 others. Among the dead are eleven women, three men and two boys.[102][103][104] Video of the blast scene
April 5, Polonnaruwa: In the third attack on civilians in a week, LTTE cadres shoot dead four Sinhalese farmers.[105]
April 7, Piramanalankulam, Vavunia: In the second such incident in five days, the LTTE bomb a civilian bus traveling along the Vavuniya - Mannar main road at 7:30 am, killing eight and wounding a further 26 people.[106][107] Video of the blast scene
April 12, Avarantalawa, Vavuniya: Suspected LTTE raid a village at around 4:45 pm (local time) and shoot dead seven people, of six women and one man, on the eve of the traditional New Year.[108][109]
April 23, Vavunia: The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry claimed that the LTTE cadres A bomb set off by rips through a civilian bus traveling near the town of Vavuniya killing five passengers and wounding 35.[110][111]
April 24, 2007: The LTTE mount a second air strike on Palaly, the main government-controlled military airbase in Northern Jaffna.[112]
April 29, 2007: Two fuel facilities were bombed by the LTTE during an air raid which they said was in response to an army strike on their positions.[113]
May 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Army claimed that it suspects Tamil Tigers exploded an IED fixed on motorbike in Colombo targeting a bus transporting Sri Lankan Army personal killing one soldier and wounding six people, including three civilians.[114][115][116] Video of the blast scene
May 27, Thirukkovil: The Sri Lankan Military said Tamil Tiger rebels set off a road side bomb blast blew up a truck, killing the three civilians.[117][118][119][120]
May 28, Rathmalana: The Sri Lankan Military and a doctor claimed that the Tamil Tigers detonated a bomb targeting a truck carrying Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel at Belk Kade junction, in Rathmalana during the evening, killing seven civilians and injureding more than 39 people, including seven STF personal. Amongst dead were one pregnant mother.[121][122][123][124]
July 16, Trincomalee: Suspected Tamil Tigers gunned down Eastern province chief secretary Herath Abeyweera at around 5:30 p.m. local time (12.00 GMT).[125][126]
August 20, Vavuniya: Sri Lanka military claimed that Tamil Tiger rebels in a jeep opened fire on the police checkpoint in Vavuniya district, killing four home guards including three female guards and one civilian.[127][128][129]
September 22, Trincomalee: The Sri Lankan military claimed that suspected Tamil Tigers detonates a mine targeting a bus carrying civilians in Trincomalee district killing the driver of it and wounding two others.[130][131][132]
September 27, Jaffna: At least two civilians were killed and about fifteen were injured, including two policemen when LTTE rebels had triggered a road side bomb targeting a police road patrol vehicle at Chunnakam, Jaffna market area around 10.30 a.m. local time (0500 GMT).[133][134][135]
October 22: LTTE attacked Anuradapura Airbase destroying more than 20 military aircrafts (See Raid on Anuradhapura Air Force Base).
November 26: Group of LTTE cadres shot and killed four Sinhalese farmers, including one woman, at Mahawilachchiya, Anuradhapura. For details look Mahawilachchiya massacre[citation needed]
November 28, Colombo: A suspected LTTE cadre blows herself up in front of the office of Douglas Devananda, the leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party in an attempt to assassinate him. Devanda escapes unhurt, but his personal secretary is killed and two of his security personal are seriously injured.[136]
November 28, Colombo: An LTTE parcel bomb blows up a Department Store in Colombo killing 20 civilians. Amnesty International have asked the LTTE to comply with international law and halt such attacks.[137]

[edit] 2008
January 1, Colombo: A former minister and a Member of Parliament belonging to UNP for Colombo District T. Maheswaran was shot by a gunman while attending the New Year prayers at Kotahena, Sivam Kovil around 10:35 local time (05:05 GMT) and later succumbed to his injuries at the Colombo General Hospital along with one Hindu pilgrim who was too attending to the prayers.[138][139][140] UNP parliamentarians Johnston Fernando and Dayasiri Jayasekara accused the current government as responsible by saying that T. Maheswaran's plan to reveal Jaffna situation has led to his murder. The government has denied any responsibility.[141] However, The Council on Foreign Relations claimed that LTTE was suspected.[142] To the accusation that Douglas Devananda a cabinet minister and leader of the EPDP political party was involved in his murder and had previously threatened T. Maheswaran, Douglas had denied any responsibility.[143] Later the government of Sri Lanka claimed that the suspected gunmen worked for the state. The suspected gunman was a security guard for Minister Douglas Devananda and for the victim - Maheswaran.[144]
January 2, Colombo: A bomb attack outside the Nipon Hotel in the Slave Island district, aimed at a Sri Lankan Army bus, killed at least four people, including a soldier and three civilians, and injured 28 others, Sri Lankan defense and hospital officials said. The Defense Ministry blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the attack.[145]
January 8, Ja-Ela: A non-cabinet Minister of Nation Building and a Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka, D. M. Dassanayake died of injuries sustained in a roadside bomb attack in Ja-Ela, twelve miles (19 km) north of Colombo along with one of his body guard. The attack injured ten others. LTTE blamed for this assassination.[142][146]
January 16, Buttala: A roadside bomb targeting a passenger bus packed with civilians, killing 27 civilians including three schoolchildren and wounding 67 others, 240km (150 miles) south-east of the capital, Colombo. This attack took place on the same day that a ceasefire ended between the Tamil Tigers and the government of Sri Lanka. Also, after the blast, gunmen had started shooting passengers as they tried to flee. According to the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry, the bus was hit by a powerful Claymore-type mine which was packed with explosives and ball-bearings. The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry blames the LTTE.[147][148][149][150][151][152]
February 2, Dambulla: A bomb blast was accord on a passenger bus, 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of the island's capital killing 20 people and injuring 50 more. The Sri Lankan government has blamed the LTTE for this attack.[153]
February 3, Colombo:A suicide bomber exploded herself at on broad a train at the main railway station in Colombo Fort, killing eleven people and wounding 97 others[154]. Killed in the incident where seven school children of the baseball team of D. S. Senanayake College and their coach[155].[156].
Further information: 2008 Fort Railway Station Bombing
February 23, Mount Lavinia: A bomb went off in a bus in the suburban town of Mount Lavinia, 10 kilometres (six miles) south of the capital of Colombo, wounding at least 18 people including seven women and an 8-month-old infant. Government blamed on Tamil Tigers for the responsibility.[157][158][159][160]
February 23, Batticaloa: A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up in east Sri Lanka on Sunday killing two members of a regional political party.[161][162]
February 29, Colombo: A suicide bomber exploded himself and wounding seven included three policemen and four civilians, when Sri Lanka Police attempt to search his house during a search and cordon operation by police aimed at flushing out Tamil Tiger rebels seeking to mount attacks in the capital.[163][164]
March 2, Vavuniya: A roadside bomb exploded wounding four policemen and six civilians in a northern city of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Military blames the LTTE.[165]
March 10, Colombo: A bomb hidden in a roadside flowerpot in Sri Lanka's capital Monday, killing one person and injuring six others, including four children who were on their way to school. Government blamed on Tamil Tigers for the responsibility.[166][167]
April 6, Colombo: A suicide bomber killed 14 people at an opening ceremony for a marathon Sunday, including a government minister who was nearing the starting line with a flag and a former Olympian. More than 90 others were wounded in the attack.
Further information: 2008 Weliveriya bombing
April 25, Colombo: A parcel bomb explodes inside a bus in the residential suburb of Piliyandala, killing 24 and wounding 52.[168][169]
Further information: 2008 Piliyandala bus bombing
May 16 Colombo: A LTTE suicide bomber on a motorcycle packed with explosives rammed into a bus carrying a police riot squad, killing 13 people which included 11 police personal and 2 civilians, and wounding 95.[170][171].
May 26 Dehiwala: A bomb exploded inside a crowded train in Dehiwala station, killing 8 people and wounding 67.[172] The same place or very close to that place where the LTTE's Dehiwala train bombing in 1996, which resulted 64 deaths and 400 wounded.[173]
Further information: 2008 Dehiwala train bombing
June 4, Wellawatte: A bomb exploded between the railway tracks hit by packed commuter train at 0710 local time between the Dehiwala and Wellawatte railway stations, was injured at least 24 people. The incident happened after one weeks time in the same area, also the Police said that they have captured the two suspects in the same day.[174]
Further information: 2008 Wellawatte train bombing
June 6
Moratuwa: A roadside bomb exploded targeting a passenger bus during rush hour, killing 23 civilians and wounding 80 more. The Sri Lankan Government blames the LTTE.[175]
Further information: 2008 Moratuwa bus bombing

Pollgolla, Kandy: A bomb blast occurred on a passenger bus, killing 2 civilians and wounding 20. The Sri Lankan Government blamed the LTTE.[176]
Further information: 2008 Polgolla bus bombing
June 16 Vavuniya: Suspected LTTE suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated explosives in front of a police office killing 12 policemen including 4 female police constables and wounded 40 others including school children.[177]

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

i guess these are also genocidal actions of chauvanist buddhist singalese eh

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle Minister of Highways and Road Development and SLFP MP;

Kadirgamar Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and SLFP MP;
Maheshwaran UNP MP;

Raviraj TNA MP (Jaffna)

Dr Neelan Thiruchelvam TULF MP killed on July 29, 1999 in Colombo by a suicide

Saranabawan Shanmuganathan MP killed on July 15, 1997 in Wanni

A. Thangadurai MP killed on July 5, 1997 in Trincomalee

P. Kirubakaran MP killed on July 15, 1990 in Pottuvil

V.Yogasangari EPRLF MP; 19 June 1990[2]

Sam Thambimuthu EPRLF MP; 7 May 1990[3]

Appapillai Amirthalingam leader of the TULF; killed on July 13, 1989 in Colombo

K Alalasundaram MP ; Manipai September 2, 1985

S Dharmalingam MP; Kopai September 2, 1985

P.Ganeshalingam EPRLF provincial minister; 28 January 1990 LTTE[4]

Alfred Duraiappah SLFP Mayor Jaffna; July 27, 1975

Sarojini Yogeswaran Mayor, Jaffna; 17 May 1998

Pon Sivapalan Mayor, Jaffna; 11 September 1998

Thomas Anton Deputy Mayor, Batticaloa;

Chelian Perinpanayagam Former Mayor of Batticalao, Writer, journalist[5]

Dr John Pulle UNP member, Anuradhapura District organizer and former Sri Lankan Ambassador, killed along with his wife; Anuradhapura, October 6, 2008

Sri Sabaratnam TELO leader; April/May, 1986

Rajani Thiranagama University teacher – political activist; 25 September 1989

Ketheesh Loganathan Co-founder, Centre for policy alternatives, Colombo and deputy leader, Government Peace Secretariat

Ponniah Selvarajah

even other tamil militants :

Oberoi Thevan TELA leader[12] Killed by the LTTE [80]
Subathiran Thambirajah Jaffna district leader of splinter group of EPRLF known as EPRLF-V; 14 June 2003[13] Killed by the LTTE [81]
P. Rajaratnam General Secretary of Indian based ENDLF in Sri Lanka[14] ENDLF blamed LTTE.[15]
Sonnyboy Occerz Alias Rangappa: Senior member of ENDLF and from the Portuguese Burghers community[16] LTTE

E. Kousalyan LTTE political wing regional leader killed in an ambush TMVP[84]
Kandiah Ulaganathan Alias "Colonel Ramanan"; LTTE military leader for Batticaloa district killed on 21 May 2006 TMVP[85]

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

The killings carried out by the Sinhala people and their government have been conveniently left out I see. Perhaps the previous poster would like to find the list of thousands of dead tamils at the same source too. Please state the source in order for readers to judge the reliability of this information.
Either way, I feel the pain that you are feeling for the sinhala people. That means you will also feel the pain the Tamils are feeling for their innocent brothers and sisters that are loosing their lives in the conflict. Currently there are about 25 Tamil civilians dying every day . No food, no water, no shelter. So I hope you too will attend the protest to support international intervention for immediate relief to this humanitarian crisis. I am curious to see how many Sinhala people will attend this protest and show their support. If they genuinely believe that Sri lanka does not require seperation it implies that they believe the Tamils are their people. So why would they not show their protest when these Tamil people are dying. Noone can deny the fact that the recent deaths are all civilian casualties...not LTTE!!!!

oh and also a small, tiny fraction of massacres of Tamil people I found on the web...i am simply tired of copying and pasting...because the list is endless.

1958 riots in Sri Lanka
1958 riots in Sri Lanka also known as 58 riots was first island wide ethnic riots that targeted the minority Sri Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka after it became an independent country from Britain in 1948. The riots lasted from May 22 until May 27, 1958 although sporadic disturbances happened even after the declaration of emergency in June 1, 1958. The event is generally termed as an ethnic riot, but in some geographic locations in its scale of its destruction, it was a pogrom.[2] The estimates of the mass murders[3] range from 70 based on the recovered body count to 300.[1] Although most of the victims were Sri Lankan Tamils, some majority Sinhalese civilians and their property was also affected both by attacking Sinhalese mobs who attacked those Sinhalese who provided sanctuary to Tamils as well as in retaliatory attacks by Tamil mobs in Batticalao and Jaffna.[2]As the first full-scale race riot in modern Sri Lanka in over forty years, the events of 1958 shattered the trust the communities had in one another and led to further polarization leading up the Sri Lankan civil war.

Trincomalee massacre
The incident referred to as Trincomalee massacre in 2006 happened when five(5) minority Sri Lankan Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.[1]

Akkaraipattu massacre happened on 19 February 1986 when approximately 80 minority Sri Lankan Tamil farm workers were allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan Army personnel and their bodies burned in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. [1][2]
The Allaipiddy massacre or Allaipiddy murders refers to the May 13, 2006 killing of 13 minority Tamil civilians in separate incidents in three villages in the islet of Kayts in northern Sri Lanka.[1]

Massgraves at Chemmani
Hundreds of people who disappeared from the Jaffna peninsula after it was retaken by Government troops from the LTTE in 1995-1996 were killed and buried in mass graves near the village of Chemmani. There are reports about 300 - 400 bodies being buried there[1].

1990 Batticaloa massacre also known as Sathurukondan massacre is a massacre of at least 184 minority Sri Lankan Tamil refugees including infants from 3 villages in the Batticaloa district by the Sri Lankan Army personnel on September 9, 1990. [1][2][3][4][5] The event is part of what is known amongst Sri Lankan Tamils as the Black September events.

Black July is the commonly used name for the pogroms starting in Sri Lanka on July 23, 1983. It is estimated that at least 1,000[1] Tamil people were killed, tens of thousands of houses were destroyed, and a wave of Sri Lankan Tamils left for other countries. There are other estimates that put the death toll at 3,000 dead. The riots occurred following a deadly ambush by a Tamil militant organization known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam which killed 13 Sri Lanka Army soldiers.
Black July is generally seen as the start of full-scale armed conflict between Tamil separatists and the Sinhalese-dominated government of Sri Lanka.[2][3][4]It has become a day of remembrance for the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora around the world.
It took place on August 14, 2006 when the Sri Lankan Air Force bombed what they claimed to be a rebel LTTE training camp killing at least 61 children[1] between the ages of 16 and 18, all of them girls.Sri Lankan army stated it considered the children as LTTE combatants and hence a legitimate target.[2]

Duraiappa stadium mass grave (also spelled Duraiyappah or Thuraiappa) was unearthed during the excavations of Duraiappah Sports Stadium in the embattled northern city of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, during a period of relative calm between civil conflicts. The mass grave was unearthed in stages between April 4 and 10 of 1999.[1] [2][3][4]
Eastern University massacre also known as Vantharamulai (also Vantharoomulai) campus massacre refers to the arrest and subsequent mass murder of 158 minority Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who had taken refuge in the Eastern University campus close to the city Batticalo of on September 5, 1990.

Jaffna hospital massacre happened on October 21 and 22, 1987 when soldiers belonging to the Indian Army entered the premises of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in Jaffna, Sri Lanka an island nation in South Asia and killed about 68 - 70 patients, nurses, doctors and other staff members.

Jaffna lagoon massacre or Kilaly massacre happened on January 02, 1993 when Sri Lankan Navy Motor Gun Boat and a number of smaller speed boats intercepted a number of boats transporting people between south and north shores of the Jaffna lagoon in the Northern province in Sri Lanka and attacked them under the glare of a spot light. The estimates of death range from thirty five (35) to one hundred (100), although only fourteen (14) bodies were recovered. It was reported that other victims of this massacre were burnt along with their boats.

1991 Kokkadichcholai massacre refers to the massacres of minority Sri Lankan Tamil civilians in the village Kokkadichcholai near the eastern province town of Batticaloa. The massacre happened in June 12, 1991 in which 152 [1][2]civilians were killed.

Madhu church shelling or Madhu church massacre is the name for the shelling of the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka during the Sri Lankan civil war on November 20, 1999. The shelling resulted in the deaths of approximately 40 minority Sri Lankan Tamil civilians, including children, and more than 60 non-fatal injuries.

The Madhu School bus bombing was the bombing of a school bus carried out on January 29, 2008 in Mannar, Northern province of Sri Lanka. The bombing killed 17, including eleven school children, and injured at least 14 more people.

The Vankalai massacre was a massacre of a family of four minority Sri Lankan Tamils from the village of Vankalai in Mannar District, Sri Lanka on June 8, 2006. The victims were tortured and both the mother and nine-year-old daughter are alleged to have been raped.

The Mylanthanai massacre happened on August 9, 1992 when 35 minority Sri Lankan Tamils, including 14 children, at Mylanthanai in Batticaloa District in Sri Lanka, were killed.[1]

Nagerkovil school bombing :Sri Lankan Air Force bombed the Nagarkovil Maha Vidyalayam school in Jaffna, resulting in the death of, by varying accounts, 34-71 minority Sri Lankan Tamil civilians, primarily schoolchildren, and the injury of many more.

The Navaly Church bombing was the result of bombing of The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Navaly or Navali in the Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan Air Force. It is estimated that at least 125 civilians, who found refuge from the fighting inside the church, have died as a result of this incident. The victims included men, women and children[1] [2]

Pesalai church attack happened on June 17, 2006 Our lady of heart church Pesalai village in Mannar Island. Six civilians were killed and at least 47 were injured in the attack. The eyewitness accused the governmental troops for this attack.

1989 Valvettiturai massacre happened on 2nd and 3rd of August 1989 at a small coastal town called Valvettiturai, in Jaffna peninsula, in Sri Lanka where approximately 64 minority Sri Lankan Tamil civilians were killed by the soldiers belonging to the Indian Peace Keeping Force.

The Vanni Van bombing, also referred to as the Murukandy claymore attack, was the bombing of a private van on May 23, 2008 which killed sixteen civilians, including five children. NESOHR alleged that the the attack was carried out by the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lankan army.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

likewise, mine was just a cut and paste job too..list is endless. my list wasnt about what the sinhalese or the goverment had done, mine was about what the tamils and the ltte had done, which this blog site seemed to forget. for the ignorant, they would think this was a one sided affair. Far from it. why would we turn out and support when we know that people organising this march are ltte sympathisers. maybe when you hold a march about TRUE peace, and publicly denounce the ltte, then ill be right there in line next to you.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

i dont deny there are civilian casualties. it makes me sad that is the case. however, its the ltte that drove the civilians into the areas they are in..i am yet to see proof that the army has been source of the artillery. just like i cant prove at the moment that the ltte didnt fire these, no one can tell me with proof that it was the army. all that it is here is emotion and "my side is good" and "your side is bad". neither the tamil people nor the sinhalese people are mature enough to see through that emotional bias. i am curious to know how if 200000 people are confined to an area no larger than some major cities in this world, how casulaties from indiscriminate, genocidal armies are limited to 10 - 20 per day. isreal managed to kill and injur 1000s. Do you deny that the ltte is using civilans and shields? do you deny that they rae not firing at the army from within the safe zone?

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

i dont deny there are civilian casualties. it makes me sad that is the case. however, its the ltte that drove the civilians into the areas they are in..i am yet to see proof that the army has been source of the artillery. just like i cant prove at the moment that the ltte didnt fire these, no one can tell me with proof that it was the army. all that it is here is emotion and "my side is good" and "your side is bad". neither the tamil people nor the sinhalese people are mature enough to see through that emotional bias. i am curious to know how if 200000 people are confined to an area no larger than some major cities in this world, how casulaties from indiscriminate, genocidal armies are limited to 10 - 20 per day. isreal managed to kill and injur 1000s. Do you deny that the ltte is using civilans and shields? do you deny that they rae not firing at the army from within the safe zone?

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

NEHSOR is a proxy LTTE group - wouldnt believe what came out of their typewriters one bit.
so tell me this, when the army this week,prevented the ltte from blowing up the iranamadu tank bund and flooding the areas where the civilians are trapped and therefore prevented 1000s from drowning, were they going against orders? had they done that, they could have achieved their genocidal aims without wasting a single artillery shell? instead they go and SAVE these people? not too smart these chauvanist singalese eh

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

source is wikipedia, but one should never rely on wiki, read the citations within and then go and do your own research and make a judgement for yourself as to whether you think 1)these happend and 2) who conducted them.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

who lost??? Your own people. The LTTE has done the biggest crime for Tamils in Sri Lanka. But they did help people like you to migrate to New Zealand and other countries as refugees and now to become a Kiwi.100% of the sinhlaese community in New Zealand and other devloped countries are not refugees. They are skilled migrants. You should be shame to talk.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

First of all, the Tamil minority is less than 12% and 1/2 of them live with the Sinhela majority peacefully so let's get our facts correct shall we?

Hello to one and all...I am from NY and have been an avid reader of this journal for awhile. I have visited NZ and do have friends living there and as such, I want to warn my dear Kiwis not to be hoodwinked by LTTER terrorists' vile propaganda.

LTTE is a banned terrorist organization in the UK, USA, Canada, EU and even in India!

Here's an example of LTTE's vile propaganda...yes, LTTE once circulated a decapitated body of an Iraqi soldier claiming it to be a Sri Lankan soldier, the intent being to demoralize the SL population and to assure that recruitment to the Sri Lanka army was not possible from any family, especially a mother, who would have seen it.

In any case, a group that has killed all its dissident Tamil intellectuals, forced recruited Tamil children as young as 12 years to its "liberation army baby-brigades" and carried out horrific massacres of innocent Sri Lankans in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka that had no direct or indirect "military value" (i.e. through axe/sword attacks of poor Sinhela farming villagers including hacking pregnant women in those villages, blowing up of banks, trains, buses, supermarkets in Colombo, etc.) in my view cannot now claim to be the "victim" when it is finally getting routed by the Sri Lanka army.

No dear NZ-Kiwis, do not be misled...I see now you are at the receiving end of the propaganda form this vile terrorist group (via their agents) that would make Al-Queida look like a group of misbehaving boy scouts!

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

unfortunately the kiwis on this site have their own agendas. most and either leftist socialist, communist or anarchists as well and nearly all are ignorant of the facts and are parroting what their ltte supporter friends are feeding them.

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

It is sad to see such ignorant comments by people who have no sympathy. Thousands of Tamil people have been driven out of their homeland and here you are stating that 1/2 live peacefully with Sinhalese people in the capitol. By the way the Tamil population is 18% not 12. Those who could afford to flee Sri Lanka to lead a life with equal opportunities left the country. Those who dont have the heart to leave their land and would rather die are still suffering in the North and East. Those who don't mind living as 3rd class citizens in their own country leading their lives in a submissive manner among the Sinhalese are in the capitol.
LTTE may be banned in some countries but the fact remains that it is not banned here in NZ. All the allegations you have made in your post are yet to be prooven. This is just part of the propaganda of the Sri Lankan government in their continuing effort to wipe out the Tamil race in Sri Lanka. So to all my Kiwi brothers and sisters I request you not to fall for the propaganda that is spread by the sinhalese government. They have the money and the resources to effectively do that. The Tamils are fighting for themselves alone. I beg you, please be the voice for the voiceless. There are sufficient media outlets that are spreading the governments untruthful messages. Who is there to fight for the Tamils? Noone apart from the Tamil disaspora. They are doing their part. Please do your part at looking right through the Sri lankan government. If I would start the atrocities carried out by the Sri Lankan army there will be no end....the rapes, the abductions, the tortures, the disrespectful ways bodies of dead Tamils were handled...these are all documented. Please read and judge for yourself. Do not fall prey to the Sri Lankan government's propaganda. See you all at the protest tomorrow!!!!

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

so the tamils that live in colombo, what do you call them. the ones that have good jobs, the ones that live in peace with the rest of the population, the ones who also live in fear thinking that the next bus or train they get on will get blown up.
And what of the people of tamil origin in the SLA? what about the tamils in the hill country? will they be able to live in eelam?

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

no because they are indian tamils. Eelam is not for indian tamils.

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

It is sad to see such ignorant comments by people who have no sympathy. Thousands of Tamil people have been driven out of their homeland and here you are stating that 1/2 live peacefully with Sinhalese people in the capitol. By the way the Tamil population is 18% not 12. Those who could afford to flee Sri Lanka to lead a life with equal opportunities left the country. Those who dont have the heart to leave their land and would rather die are still suffering in the North and East. Those who don't mind living as 3rd class citizens in their own country leading their lives in a submissive manner among the Sinhalese are in the capitol.
LTTE may be banned in some countries but the fact remains that it is not banned here in NZ. All the allegations you have made in your post are yet to be prooven. This is just part of the propaganda of the Sri Lankan government in their continuing effort to wipe out the Tamil race in Sri Lanka. So to all my Kiwi brothers and sisters I request you not to fall for the propaganda that is spread by the sinhalese government. They have the money and the resources to effectively do that. The Tamils are fighting for themselves alone. I beg you, please be the voice for the voiceless. There are sufficient media outlets that are spreading the governments untruthful messages. Who is there to fight for the Tamils? Noone apart from the Tamil disaspora. They are doing their part. Please do your part at looking right through the Sri lankan government. If I would start the atrocities carried out by the Sri Lankan army there will be no end....the rapes, the abductions, the tortures, the disrespectful ways bodies of dead Tamils were handled...these are all documented. Please read and judge for yourself. Do not fall prey to the Sri Lankan government's propaganda. See you all at the protest tomorrow!!!!

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

The the attrocities commited by tamils? Tamils don't commit attrocities right? the massacre of 1000+ soldiers who had surrenderd at mullativu never happend right, they tied up their hands themselves, shot themselves in the head and then burnt themselves right? the massacre of monks and pilgrims at sri maha bodhi didnt happen right, the bomb at the temple of the tooth relic didnt happend right, the abduction, torture and rape of sinhalese and muslim villagers from the north and east didnt happen right? Dont worry, everything is documented. judgement day will come.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

if being some of the best surgeons and lawyers and most wealthy businesspeople and CEO of multional accounting firms in colombo is the live of a 3rd class citizen then sign me up for that!

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

it is great to see that all vocing concern about dicremination of tamilians. however where were you all when the birtish favoured the tamilians. Disproportionate ratio of tamilians were in powerfull positions, ad got the best education,more than the sinhalese. Sinhalese were prevented from going to universities. Yes the politicians of the day made mistakes by going too far and discriminating against tamilians, but that has changed. tamilians can do anything in sri lanka now. tamilians who live abroad and do not understand situation in srilankan NOW are creating problems for those that live in srilanka.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Dear Kiwis,

I see this "Anonymous" is hoodwinking the NZ population just like all LTTE terrorist agents have done worldwide since 30 years ago.

The 18% Tamil figure comes from the 12% indigenous "Sri Lanka Tamils" figure added to the approx. 6% "Indian-Tamils" who are today in the Tea plantations (who inhabit in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, far, far away from the where Sri-Lankan Tamil racists claim their "homeland" to be) of Sri Lanka. These Indian-Tamils are in fact the indentured laborers (and their offspring) from Tamil Nadu India that the British colonials brought to Sri Lanka to work the Tea estates about 70-100 years ago.

Naturally, these individuals did not consider themselves to be Sri Lankans but only as "Indians" and that only changes about 25 years ago once they were granted Sri Lankan citizenship under a special proviso between India and Sri Lanka (although, to this date, many still don't consider themselves to be Sri Lankans given their strong and current roots to India).

So, what is appearing to be cunning here is the insidious ploy of the LTTE supporting Tamil racists to grab in that 6% too, very conveniently, into their racist "We Tamils" fold to boost up their number as a justification for their Tamil-only separate state!

Nefarious - to say the least!

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

I hate being an Indian, My country has gone to barbarians, God help My India

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

Some miscreants in India trying split India supporting Singahalese(Barbarians)

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

Singahalese are barbarians, do not come to india, Do not use Indian Money or help, Singahalese are beggers, always begging india

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Please be advised, the LTTE is not officially banned in New Zealand but its activities are closely monitored and where necessary, quietly circumscribed. New Zealand has not, and never will be a country that provides funding or recruitment opportunities for groups identified as 'terrorist' and thus proscribed by the international community.
Kiwis should NOT participate in public events and demonstrations organised by the dominant Tamil diaspora groups since many maintain close (though often furtive) links with the LTTE.
This is a conflict that is finally being brought to a close after 27 bloody years. New Zealanders must stay out of it and allow our fellow Commonwealth Government in Sri Lanka to do its job. Sri Lanka is a democratic state making sincere efforts to include the Tamil minority in the democratic process - witness efforts since 2005 in the Eastern Province (Batticoloa). A number of Cabinet Ministers in the current Government are Tamils in addition to a number of senior civil servants.
Any Kiwi who buys into LTTE rhetoric that includes words such as 'genocide', 'civilians deliberately targeted' or 'institutional discrimination' has been manipulated and made a pawn in a complex propaganda war in which we should play no part.
To Tamil and Sinhale New Zelanders - Please understand that you have made your home in a peaceful country. Many of you have taken out New Zealand citizenship (one of the most coveted passports in the world). Help us build our multi-ethnic country into one of the most dynamic small rich states in the world. Do not divert your creativity and capital to a futile destructive conflict that will end soon anyway. Many of you were Colombo Plan scholars who have been among this nation's most successful groups of migrants. The people who count in New Zealand know this. Don't wreck this great history.

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Dear Kiwis,

If the government of Sri Lanka wanted to wipe out the tamil race, I'd say it wouldn't have taken 30 yrs now would it????....

my dear Kiwis, LTTE coolies are trying to poison your mind and get their hands on your $$$$$s, don't be hoodwinked into supporting a ruthless terrorist organization (LTTE).

be informed, see the truth, visit defence.lk and army.lk (official gov. sources)

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

It is very enertaining to read more of this right wing chauvinism. The Sri Lankan government is obviously extremely successful in spreading their propaganda. And excuse me??? Mithura is saying that LTTE is after the cash of Kiwis??? This is the biggest joke that I have heard for a long time. You must be mistaken....it is the Sri Lankan government who is pretty much bankrupt and going around the world begging for money and arms...not to provide humanitarian aid but violate human rights. Do get your facts straight. The Tamil people have enough funds and that is a fact that noone disputes. HOw do you think they have sustained themselves agsinst the brutal army for 30 years???
Mithura is asking why it has been taking so long to wipe out the TAmils. Well, apparently they are fighting LTTE terrorists. They have not been able to wipe them out in the last 30 years. The reason for that is that the struggle for freedom is not the LTTE’s fight…it is the people’s fight. And the Sri Lankan government still has not got their heads around this obviously.

I do not understand why several people are mentioning funding. The LTTE or the Tamil people have never requested money for their freedom struggle. The only thing the international community has been asked is for humanitarian aid and to help bring peace to the country by implementing a political solution.

The talk about 12% and 18%…very interesting…first time I ever heard this argument…the Tamil people are all one….may it be Eelam Tamils or Indian Tamils…that is why you see the uproar in Tamil Nadu…because they feel for them…there is no reason to differentiate betweem estate Tamils and Eelam Tamils….they are one race…of course they do not feel as Sri Lankan Tamils as you call it…why would they if they are treated this badly? Not even the native Tamils have equal rights. You think Tamils from India are going to be able to live there with self respect?

defence.lk and army.lk…nice reference…it is the Sri Lankan government that is being criticized and you are giving references to government websites…very helpful.

None of the international media is let in. You should wonder what the Sri Lankan government has to hide? What do they not want to be exposed?
Interesting article, please read:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5627586.ece

To all my Kiwi brothers and sisters…do not get influenced by these right wing comments. Come and support the Tamils tomorrow at Aotea Square. Stand for human rights and freedom.

Peace!

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

forget tamil nadu my friend, why isnt there an uproar in kandy then by all the estate tamil brethren :)you fail to mention that you think that they are beneath you, that they are from a lower caste. Interesting how you only show one side of the picture to the world. But you know machang , we know the full story. you must be truly deluded if you believe your statement about ltte never requesting money for their freedom struggle. Tamil mates of mine here in auckland have had george's goons come knocking on their doors asking for money (or else their relatives i batti get the bullet).
you maybe be be able to hoodwink the odd ignorant westerner, but the truth is coming out, judgement day is upon you and it aint looking good mate.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

Scott
These are not comments by an ideological 'right winger'. And this war is not a 30 year war of oppression by a monolithic-monoethnic big bad state against a poor little helpless minority as you simplistically frame it. You and me are New Zealanders who need to stay out of this nasty little conflict, and just hope like hell that its over soon. In addition to the 70,000, Sri Lanka has been a graveyard for well meaning western 'liberals' (for lack of a better word) since the start of the war. The only effect they have had is to prolong this dirty little problem while draining their own credibility. I don't want to be condescending but the whole Sri Lankan issue is a whole lot more complex than you paint it. We are better off well out of it. Dhafur, Gaza or Human Rights in a multitude of other places would be causes far more worthy of your time and sincere efforts. Don't get involved in this one.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

Rights groups slam LTTE

Hasan Suroor

London: The LTTE was on Friday accused by human rights groups of using civilians as human shields.

In a joint statement, 10 organisations campaigning for a peaceful solution said the LTTE was “responsible for forcing the civilian population to retreat with them into parts of Mullaitivu under its control”.

“The LTTE’s use of civilians as human shields and deadly efforts to prevent civilians fleeing the war zone are unacceptable and clearly violate the laws of war. Despite this, it is the Sri Lankan state’s duty to ensure the safety and protection of all of its citizens. Civilian protection must take priority over military objectives,” said the statement urging Colombo to “prioritise” the safety of civilians trapped in areas still under LTTE control. The signatories included Sri Lanka Democracy Forum , South Asia Solidarity Group, U.K. and Committee for Democracy and Justice, U.K.

The British government on Friday announced that it was doubling its emergency aid — £2.5 million aid on top of the £2.5 million —to Sri Lanka to help it deal with the humanitarian crisis.

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so the use of defence.lk is not a good reference but that superior unbiased, well of knowledge tamilnet is well and good right.

see you at the march mate. ill be the one with the telephoto lense. Im sure when the ltte get banned, the authorities will be interested in supporters of terrorism. :)

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MULLAITTIVU: TIGER terrorists’ long list of bizarre network of underground bunkers, luxurious homes, storages, camp complexes, etc received a new dimension on Tuesday (3) morning when the troops uncovered a far-fetched colossal Torture Chamber cum an Open Prison of the LTTE in the west of VISUAMADU area, reminiscent of the yesteryear Nazi Era torture chambers, Auschwitz, the Jews death camp.

The entire LTTE Prison complex spreading over five acres in extent has been fenced with barbed wire rolls to a height of about 10 ft and includes tiny cells, made of concrete and cement with only thin openings for ventilation. All the metal doors to the chambers can be padlocked from the outside as the photos depict.

details http://www.army.lk/morenews.php?id=20042

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Tamils should vote wearing black clothes in the general polls in India as all political parties are playing games in the name of LTTE & none is working for a ceasefire. They want LTTE to be eliminated so that they can bring draconian laws in Tamilnadu & make them slaves of other people. Kannada, Sinhala, North Indian or Marathis all have humiliated Tamils.

Jayshree Sunder Marvellous Tamil Beauty to me of the Millenium.

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The LTTE is nothing more than a racist supremacist organisation intent on creating an ethnically cleansed area for its 'own people'. Its no different from any white racist supremacist organisation like the BNP (in UK), Aryan Nations (USA), Die Republikaner (Germany), with one big difference. The LTTE heavy artillery, gunboats and suicide squads. Think of Pol Pot with a heavy admixture of nasty, virulent racism.

If Kiwi liberals want to support that kind of organisation, the total antithesis of happy multiculturalism, you need examine your thinking. You've already allowed into your country, adherents of this racist sect. Sri Lanka is on the verge of finally wiping out the heavy military component of this racist organisation.

New Zealand hasn't yet had the pleasure of dealing with committed, ultra-violent racists, but no doubt the LTTE-supporting Tamils from Sri Lanka will show you the way. Expect to hear demands for an 'Eelam' in New Zealand.

If you support 'Eelam' (a racially pure, ethnically cleansed area that only Tamils may inhabit) in Sri Lanka, then logic demands that you support the creation of an 'Eelam' wherever the LTTE supporters demand.

That is what you want in New Zealand, right?

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The LTTE is nothing more than a racist supremacist organisation intent on creating an ethnically cleansed area for its 'own people'. Its no different from any white racist supremacist organisation like the BNP (in UK), Aryan Nations (USA), Die Republikaner (Germany), with one big difference. The LTTE heavy artillery, gunboats and suicide squads. Think of Pol Pot with a heavy admixture of nasty, virulent racism.

If Kiwi liberals want to support that kind of organisation, the total antithesis of happy multiculturalism, you need examine your thinking. You've already allowed into your country, adherents of this racist sect. Sri Lanka is on the verge of finally wiping out the heavy military component of this racist organisation.

New Zealand hasn't yet had the pleasure of dealing with committed, ultra-violent racists, but no doubt the LTTE-supporting Tamils from Sri Lanka will show you the way. Expect to hear demands for an 'Eelam' in New Zealand.

If you support 'Eelam' (a racially pure, ethnically cleansed area that only Tamils may inhabit) in Sri Lanka, then logic demands that you support the creation of an 'Eelam' wherever the LTTE supporters demand.

That is what you want in New Zealand, right?

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First of all regarding your name…the Sri Lankan army has been killing and raping Tamil civilians including children until today. There are enough reports on that.

Why should I forget Tamilnadu? You cannot digest that they are supporting us? Of course you can’t. You can not even digest that Kiwis are supporting us, The LTTE does not support caste differentiation. First study the principles that the LTTE stand for!!!
Stop calling me names such as muchang!!! That is offensive!

Time and time again politicians, religious leaders and high profile individuals have stated that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country. The last one to do so was Sarath Fonseka on national TV. No criticism was expressed there. Why? Because Singhalese agree with it. So who are the racist supremacists?

You have just revealed that you are just one of those many sinhalese racists backing the Sri Lankan government’s genocide. All this time I thought your lack of knowledge or ignorance was speaking. Obviously this is not the case…it is your racism speaking. This will be my last post since it is below me to argue with racist people like you.

Sri Lanka as a nation has passed its judgment day. With or without eelam it is going down. There is no future for that place. Your economy is screwed and you are already nearing bankruptcy since you have invested all your money in the Tamil genocide.
The unrest will never end until Tamil Eelam is achieved. You really believe that by regaining the land you lost to the LTTE the government is going to bring peace or unite all the people there? You must be really delusional!!!!

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i dont want you to forget tamil nadu. its a figure of speach. maybe you should learn how to speak the language of the country you have faked your way into. my point was, why focus on tamil nadu when we can focus on a place and a people much much closer..the "estate" tamils.
listen, just because you see that your lies are starting to crumble around you, dont use a weak excuse like "dont want to talk to racist people". Your people are willing to kill themselves by 1) flooding and 2) pushing into the line of fire (and these are just examples of the last two weeks). I maybe rascist in your mind, but you are supporter of murderers of your own people? we will see my friend, i bet you our srilanka will be around long after your day dream of eelam has been lost and forgotten.

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LETS talk about tamil nadu now..whats this..even tamil nadu politicians are going against you!!! the sky is falling the sky is falling!!!

http://ekawaaz.org/2009/01/18/jayalalithaa-slams-ltte-on-using-tamils-as...

ayalalithaa Slams LTTE on using Tamils as shield in the war

Via: The Hindu

Finally someone is talking sense about LTTE in Indian Political circle. AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa gave a bold and very sensible comment about the ongoing war and conflict between LTTE and Sri-Lankan Army.

Jayalalithaa Jayaram: source Wiki

Jayalalithaa Jayaram: source Wiki

On the occasion of AIADMK founder M.G. Ramachandran birthday she clearly said that LTTE is using Tamils as shield in the war against Sri-Lankan Army and also rejected the argument that the outfit was the sole representative of the Tamils.

On asking about India’s intervention about ceasefire and peace negotiations she replied with best answer I have ever heard from Indian political leader’s since the war broke out between LTTE and Sri-Lankan She said “that there is limit how far one country can go and interfere in other countries internal polices and matters.

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is the hindu and acceptable source for you?
http://www.hindu.com/2009/01/18/stories/2009011850250100.htm

CHENNAI: Accusing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam of using the Tamils as a shield in the war against the Sri Lankan army, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa rejected the argument that the outfit was the sole representative of the Tamils.

“The killing of the innocent Tamils can be avoided if the LTTE allows them safe passage,” she told reporters at the party headquarters here on Saturday. She argued that the Sri Lankan army’s intention was not to kill the Tamils.

“But the killing of innocents is inevitable in a war. No country is an exception.”

She even took exception to the usage, ‘Eelam Tamils,’ saying it could not be used since there was no separate Eelam. Instead, she preferred the word, ‘Sri Lankan Tamils.’

As for the demand for India’s intervention to ensure a ceasefire, Ms. Jayalalithaa said there was a limit to how far one country could interfere in the internal affairs of another country.

While her party was for securing the rights of the Tamils on a par with those of the Sinhalese, the fact remained that the LTTE was a terrorist organisation.

“Many countries have declared the LTTE a terrorist organisation. It has been banned in India.”

Ms. Jayalalithaa said the fast observed by Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan, demanding a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, was a drama.

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'The LTTE is nothing more than a racist supremacist organisation intent on creating an ethnically cleansed area for its 'own people'.'

Can you find the statement where the LTTE says its wants a Tamils-only state?

And how do you feel about the treatment of the indigenous people of Sri Lanka, the Wanniya-laeto, by the Sinhalese government? If the problem is not the Sri Lankan state but the Tamil people, why have the first Sri Lankans also been oppressed by the Sri Lankan state?

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A couple of thoughts on the games some of the pro-Sri Lankan comemnters are playing here:

http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com
/2009/02/rhetoric-of-evasion.html

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games based on the rulebook perfected by tamil terrorist apologists like yourself :)

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'The LTTE is nothing more than a racist supremacist organisation intent on creating an ethnically cleansed area for its 'own people'.'

Can you find the statement where the LTTE says its wants a Tamils-only state?

And how do you feel about the treatment of the indigenous people of Sri Lanka, the Wanniya-laeto, by the Sinhalese government? If the problem is not the Sri Lankan state but the Tamil people, why have the first Sri Lankans also been oppressed by the Sri Lankan state?

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just read any standard statement in any article, or news interview is "ltte's/tamil aim is to create a seperate homeland for tamils".. never seen or heard the phrase "homeland for tamils, wanniyo-laeto, and anyone else who is oppressed by the sri lankan state". its good though that you remember the indigenous people's of sri lanka when you see the dream of eelam fading..

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perhaps if the terrorist organisation you fund didnt kill president premadasa (who was driving through changes to improve the lives of veddas), the veddas would be better treated.

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A 'separate homeland for Tamils' is hardly the same as 'a Tamil-only state', is it? There are many states that have been founded by national minorities that felt oppressed as parts of larger states, and felt they needed to break away.

East Timor is a separate homeland for East Timorese who felt oppressed in Indonesia, but that doesn't mean that non-Timorese are excluded from it.

Why should a Tamil homeland have to be any different? I think your argument that a Tamil homeland would automatically mean the oppression of non-Tamil groups would have more merit if there was a very large percentage of non-Tamils living in Tamil Eelam. Some leftists in India oppose the Sikh demand for the establishment of a state of their own in Punjab, on the grounds that only a minority of this state's people are Sikh. I can understand that objection.

But areas like Jaffna and the eastern coast of Sri Lanka are overwhelmingly Tamil. The Sinhalese population of the region is very low. A friend of mine who grew up in Jaffna in the '70s says the only Sinhalese he ever saw were cops and soldiers and government officials.

The rights of minorities living in the Tamil state could be protected, and the state would be secular, because Tamils espouse a variety of religions. The Sri Lankan state, by contrast, is neither multinational nor secular: it is a de facto Buddhist and Sinhalese sectarian state.

Scott

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sure mate, since you are close minded enough to not accept facts and figures you believe what your mate said. my mate said that he has evidence that tamils only came to srilanka in the 1700s. Tamils conducted genocidal attrocities and cleansed jaffna of sinhalese and muslims in order to create the region with no sinhalese. my dad was a baker up in jaffna. i know exactly whether or not there were "only a few cops, soldiers and govt officials". If you seriously think eelam wil be a secular state, i would gladly vote for the donation of requested land just to see your delusional vision shattered.

In 1971: 29.2% of Tamils were living in Sinhala areas while the percentage of Sinhalese living in the Northern province was 4.5%.

In 1981: there were 32.8% Tamils living in Sinhala areas while Sinhalese in the Norther Province were 3%. Sinhalese living in Jaffna had dwindled from 2.9% in 1971 to 0.6% in 1981.
Census of 1971 show 20,514 Sinhala civilians living in Jaffna. By mid October, 1987 there were none. Today Jaffna is ethnically pure. There are no Muslims living there either.

why dont you start pulling out the numbers and lets talk facts and figures.

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scotty, who will rule this secular state of yours? what will prabhakaran's role be in this secular utopia? what about his 2iCs? and his son? what will charles anthony's role be? Will they have elections and multiparty democracy? will they have the death penalty or not?

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Hey scotty, did you mate tell your about the muslims he evicted from jaffna?

In October 1990, some 75,000 Muslims in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka were dragged
into Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict when they were forcibly expelled from their northern homeland
by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Under threat of death the northern Muslim
community from five districts were given 48 hours (in some instances only 2 hours) to leave
their homeland; they were allowed to take only Rs. 300 per family and some clothing. Many of
them walked, for as long as 3 days in some cases, only being able to get transport when reaching border towns further south.

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'perhaps if the terrorist organisation you fund didnt kill president premadasa (who was driving through changes to improve the lives of veddas), the veddas would be better treated'

So you admit that the Wanniya-laeto have been oppressed by the Sri Lankan state? The fact that this has happened - and by all accounts continues to happen - suggests that you are wrong when you claim that the Sri Lankan state only oppresses the Tamils because some of them use violence. The Wanniya-laeto don't have an army, and if they did it'd be armed with bows and arrows.

Why have these peaceful people been oppressed? I think it has something to do with the fact that the Sri Lankan state is dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, and does not tolerate other ethnic groups on the island.

Why has the Sri lankan state sought to make Sinhalese the only official language of the island, thus helping kill the Wanniya-laeto language and antagonising the many Tamils who speak only their own language? Not really the behaviour of a non-sectarain state, is it?

Scott

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Above calim by Scott that the Sri lankan state sought to make Sinhalese the only official language of the island' is a total lie. The Constitution of Sri Lanka recognises the existence of the Tamil community as a distinct nationality with a separate language and section 19 provides that the national languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil.

Cheers!

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Several pertinent sections of the Sri Lanka constitution:

Article 12

2. No citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any one of such grounds:
Provided that it shall be lawful to require a person to acquire within a reasonable time sufficient knowledge of any language as a qualification for any employment or office in the public, judicial or local government service, or in the service of any public corporation, where such knowledge is reasonably necessary for the discharge of the duties of such employment or office:
Provided further that it shall be lawful to require a person to have a sufficient knowledge of any language as a qualification for any such employment of office where no function of that employment or office can be discharged otherwise than with a knowledge of that language.
3. No person shall, on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex or any one of such grounds, be subject to any disability, liability, restriction or conditions with regard to access to shops, public restaurants, hotels, places of public entertainment and places of public worship of his own religion.

Article 14

1. Every citizen is entitled to...
(f) the freedom by himself or in association with others to enjoy and promote his own culture and to use his own language;
Article 18

1. The official language of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala.
2. Tamil shall also be an official language.

3. English shall be the link language.

Article 19

The national languages of Sri Lanka shall be Sinhala and Tamil.

Cheers!

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no i said better treated. every body wants to be treated better. you missed the point that srilankan leaders actually care about hte people on their land and tried to improve conditions, until your tamil mates went and blew them up. Scott scott, again, parroting your tamil mates rhetoric i see. I would like to see prabhakran taking care of the veddas. probably the last we will see of them. youve been to sri lanka right, so you know that "down south" and in colombo and actually in most of hte country, buses, shop signs, road signs are in all three languages, tamil, sinhala nad english. But you then also know that if you go to jaffna or batticaloa, its only in tamil. Why is that? Why did the goverment allow elections to go ahead in the eastern province if they were intolerent of tamils. the Chief minister is tamil! why dont you put all this energy to say promoting te reo or improving the lot of a truly down trodden and oppressed people like the aborigines in australia. Anyway, arent you late for the march...go quick...see you there

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'Above claim by Scott that the Sri lankan state sought to make Sinhalese the only official language of the island' is a total lie'

No it's not. The 1956 Sinhala Only Act made Sinhala the sole official language of the island. This locked many Tamils out of the civil service and higher education and was a major contributor to the Tamnil desire for autonomy and, later, independence. The Sinhala Only Act was only removed in 1987, after the Tamils had fought the Sri Lankan government to a standstill and the Indians intervened and forced some compromises from the government.

So what do you think about the Sinhala Only Act? Are you going to defend or accept that the Sri Lankan state has acted in a discriminatory way towards Tamils?

Scott

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arent you at the rally scott?
this is where people like you dont get the plot. the sinhalese accept that mistakes have been made in the past. and have been trying to rectify those issues. The ltte have had other ideas and ignorant people such as your self have helped prolong the suffering of everyone on the island of srilanka. When the british were on the island they ruled by giving tamils a prominent place and discriminating against the sinhalese. Sinhalese were kept out of jobs and universities. Had this been on merit fair enough, but it wasnt on merit. As a consequence to that the sinhalese politicians went too far the other way after independence. Mistakes that later genrations have tried to fix but havent been able to due to the genocidal actions of the ltte. the ltte that you and your tamil mate fund. Have you not been reading this blog scotty. there is some good educational stuff here.. stuff that goes above and beyond the one liners you parrot on.

i asked you at the start what you opinion was of a prominent tamil statesman, lakshman kadiragarmar. I would be interested to understand your opinion of ths tamil person. do you think he was a collaborator with the genocidal chauvanistic buddhist people? Also, why do buddhist temples (which im sure you have been to, because you are worldly and knowledgeable and surely visited on your many vists to sri lanka) have hindu shrines if they are so hateful of other religions?
so then what about christian singhalese? are they not genocidal? is it just the budhists?

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scott, why arent we discussing the eastern province? lets discuss please. would love to get your thoughts on it. you know, the province that was liberated from the tamil terrorists you and your mate fund. Lets talk about the democratic elections that were held. Lets talk about the attempt to sabotage this by more murder and killing by the same tamil terrorist organisation that you and your mate fund. lets talk about how people are finally moving on with their lives. I was in batti in december. Lovely place, lovely people.Youve been to batti right Scott?

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LOL why dont you just put the link for tamilnet.com

speaking of which...why are there no reports of genocidal actions by the goons of the SL army today on tamilnet? are they taking a break from genocide? must be very tiring :)

or did the letters used for the word g.e.n.o.c.i.d.e wear out on that desktop warriors keyboard i wonder.

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hey scotty, read this article. the tamil terrorists you and your mate fund have douglas on their hitlist. why is that? why try to kill this man?

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To the Singhala diaspora and Colombo-based activists blogging here:
We can look after ourselves here in NZ. I think Scott has got the message. Some of the above comments have been counter-productive from a propaganda-war perspective. The complexity of Sri Lankan affairs are fully comprehended in Wellington, so you can take a break.
This war will not be allowed to spill over into damaging diaspora-on-diaspora clashes here (as has occured in Germany, Canada and the UK). As a whole, the Sri Lankan community in New Zealand are among the best educated and have one of the highest average per-capita incomes of all ethnic groups. DO NOT stoke passions in this peaceful country.

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To the Singhala diaspora and Colombo-based activists blogging here:
We can look after ourselves here in NZ. I think Scott has got the message. Some of the above comments have been counter-productive from a propaganda-war perspective. The complexity of Sri Lankan affairs are fully comprehended in Wellington, so you can take a break.
This war will not be allowed to spill over into damaging diaspora-on-diaspora clashes here (as has occured in Germany, Canada and the UK). As a whole, the Sri Lankan community in New Zealand are among the best educated and have one of the highest average per-capita incomes of all ethnic groups. DO NOT stoke passions in this peaceful country.

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'I think Scott has got the message.'

I think I might have more hope of getting the message if you defenders of the Sri Lankan state could decide what the message was.

You rubbish claims that Sinhala was ever the sole language of Sri Lanka and then, when the Sinhala Only Act is cited, you change your tune and admit that 'mistakes have been made', which presumably is a shamefaced way of admitting you were the
one(s) telling porkies.

You claim that it is only the Tamils' use of violence that has brought the force of the state down upon them, and when the case of the Wanniya-laeto is mentioned to show that not only Tamils have been oppressed by the Sri Lankan state you try to blame the state's treatment of these people on the Tamil Tigers.

You claim to sympathise with the Wanniya-laeto, but in the same breath use the derogatory term 'Vedda' to describe them. Imagine how much credibility I would have if I posted about how much I sympathised with the Tamils, and then referred to them as a bunch of darkies.

You post claims that Tamils only arrived in Ceylon in the 1700s, when historical and archaeological evidence to the contrary is easily available.

I think that the Sri Lankan embassy is going to have to hire some more competent propagandists.

We had a fine march yesterday - I hope that somebody from IMC will post a few pictures soon. Despite all the bluster and threats from the brave defenders of the Sri Lankan state, they were noticeably absent from Queen Street between four and seven o'clock. I guess they prefer threats on Facebook to real-life politics.

Scott

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"you post claims that tamils only arrived in 1700" - you obviously dont get sarcasm scott :)

did you have fun stomping on the srilankan flag scott? and i bet holding the ltte banner and prabhakarans photo felt really good there yesterday scott. dont worry, we were there.. :)

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here you go scott,
since you like non gosl websites, write a letter to the guardian and tell them that they are using derogatory terms when refering to the "Wanniyala-Aetto"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/1999/jun/10/srilanka

or maybe its because you are anti sinhalese that you think the term veddah is derogatory. pray tell what they are refered to in tamil?

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'dont worry, we were there.. :)'

So you hung about in the shadows like peeping Toms? What brave boys you are!

The march was the action of a United Front; in a United Front groups and individuals with a range of views come together over an issue on which they agree. In this case that issue was the demand for an end to Sri Lank'a sttacks. To claim that everyone on the demonstration agreed with all the views of a particular organisation on that demonstration is nonsense. You might as well accuse all of the Tamils on the march of being Marxists, because the Marxist group Socialism Aotearoa was present.

I am not surprised that the defenders of the Sri Lankan state's actions struggle to understand the notion of a United Front: the Sri Lankan state tries to brand all of its opponents as terrorists, instead of recognising the diversity of their viewpoints.

There is a history of the Sri Lankan state attacking Sinhalese leftists groups and unions because they 'support' the Tamil Tigers, when in fact these groups merely oppose the warmongering of their government. One of the themes of the speeches after the rally was the interest that the Sinhalese working class has in opposing the military adventures of their corrupt rulers. The fact that the defenders of these adventures don't even have the guts to emerge from the shadows doesn't say a lot about their confidence in their ideas.

Scott

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it was your protest march...why should we steal your limelight.the citizens of auckland saw your disruptive actions. Why should we intervene. we actually had a couple of conversations with people in your march. dont need to shout and scream. There were a few people in your march that could actually carry out a civil conversation.

and yes scott. the speeches were entertaining. no where was it said we have issues with tamil people. we just have issues with the tamil terrorist organisation and the tamil diaspora (and friends) that fund that terrorist organisation.anyway, glad you had a good march.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

Thank you to all who came to the protest. It was a success. I was expecting a few interruptions but nothing happened. Everything went smoothly. The event started in a very silent manner and evolved into a loud emotional protest. Especially the march down Queen Street felt amazing. The traffic was controlled by the police (we had obtained permissions from the council and all other authorities for this). We talked to many pedestrians who offered to sign the petition. I believe we collected about 1000 signatures. Some Kiwis even joined the march. The Sri Lankan flag was burnt after the speeches to express our anger at the Sri Lankan government.
Thank you to all who helped making this event a memorable one. Thank you Joe, Cameron, John and others who offered to speak. It meant a lot to us Tamils. We were overwhelmed by the support.

Those who expressed their opposing views on this site, thought you would make your presence felt. None of you were to be seen though. Where were you guys hiding? I only heard of a small bunch of you lingering around somewhere but I was not sure whether it was a rumor or not. And what do you mean by " don't worry we were there"? That sounded almost like a 'threat' to Scott...what a joke. But thanks for the confirmation that you actually were present. That makes the experience even sweeter for us.

It would have been nice if you had approached more of us to have one of your 'civil' conversations. I was approached by one individual but I didn't think he was one of the posters here. He is known among the Tamil community and normally gets ignored as he has lately been showing up frequently. We do live in a free country and you all are more than welcome to come to all of our events. You can speak to us and we will listen since we Tamils are civil people. But we are just sick and tired of trying to speak to the Sri Lankan government who has never lent us an ear. Nowhere did we say we had issues with Singhalese people. We just have issues with the Singhalese government and their ‘friends’ who blindly defend them.

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my tamil friends in auckland know all about threats, how they and their families are threatened by the ltte members that you "anonymous" no doubt are part of. So its hillarious to read that you thought "scott" was threatened. if you think most of the comments here were by the friends of the singhalese govt then not only are you ignorant, you are also blinded by your hatred for a race. Once the terrorist organisation you fun has been destroyed and that tamil people in srilanka are able to speak for themselves, what will you and your socialist/communist friends do on a summer afternoon? see you at the next flag burning i guess.
ciao

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http://ellalanforce.blogspot.com/
We are at a decisive stage of our freedom struggle. There is no denying that our leaders have not achieved our freedom via an armed struggle. However, our respect and homage must go to those who have given their lives for the cause over the past 30 years.

The result of the opinion poll is overwhelmingly in support of the LTTE to lay down arms and enter rehabilitation. We have no doubt this result is an accurate reflection of the opinion of all those who have an interest in the conflict in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), be it Singala, Thamil or other. This message could be interpreted as follows. We must create another method and/or follow a different path if we are to achieve our freedom enabling our people to live in peace. We have tried the armed struggle and have achieved little via this method. We Thamils must learn from this experience. We would do well to heed this message at this juncture and resolve to follow another path to freedom.

We Thamils who live outside of Ceylon mostly live in the Western world inner cities where different communities live side by side accepting one another. We see problems only when one community tries to create a "ghetto" mentality refusing to mix with others and refusing to progress with a changing world. Islamic fundamentalism is a perfect example. We Thamils must learn from these mistakes of others as well – A clever man learns from his mistakes, and a wise man learns from other people’s mistakes!

Along with all Thamils I have been waiting for a "Ceaseless Waves" type counter attack from the Liberation Tigers, which unfortunately did not materialise for whatever reason. I have been critical of our leaders at times and published information from reliable sources in Vanni front. For this reason I have been accused of many things in this blog by both supporters of our cause and opposes. I do understand their sentiments.

I believe the honourable thing to do at present while we have lost all major cities of Thamil Eelaam and many of our fighters have laid down their lives, is to concede our current position and acknowledge SLDF’s achievement - they have been worthy opponents. We have been outnumbered and outplayed.

Learning from our mistakes and learning from other peoples’ mistakes we shall continue our journey to freedom; it may NOT be a journey taken as a single race but with all peoples/races of Sri Lanka.

This would be my last (news) post on Ellalan Force. Running this blog has been a roller-coaster experience. I sincerely thank all who visited it, quoted it (with or without permission) and commented on it – you made it all worthwhile.

I Mahen Raviraj, along with everyone at Ellalan Force team and our sources, wish you a happy, peaceful and content future wherever you make your home.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

The use of the word 'terrorist' is just plain lazy aside from putting you in a bigotted position.

Please try engage your brains when you write.

George

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what took you so long to speak up george :)
is bigotted your word for the day. anyway, if "terrorist" is the term that describes something, then "terrorist" it is.
good day george.

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bigotted! LOL
this blog is the definition of bigotted opinion. you people are have shown nothing but hatred and intolerance towards all non ltte supporting sri lankans (since you oppose the state, which was democratically elected) with a particular hatred towards sinhalese and buddhists. sounds bigotted to me :)

so what is your position on maori sovereignty and tino rangatiritanga. Once you have delivered eelam, shall we march the streets and burn the flags for a seperate maori nation?

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democratically elected because the ltte prevent people in the east from voting, which probably would have meant that Ranil Wickremasinghe would have won the elections, and ltte which is funded by you all wouldnt be facing extinction.You reap what you sow.

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Yes, the east did not vote...this revealed what the people of sri lanka want...it was WAR!!! They voted in Rajapakse...
Yes, you reap what you saw...so Sri Lanka should be REALLY worried....there will never be unity and there will never be peace...and you all know it...

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Yes, the east did not vote...this revealed what the people of sri lanka want...it was WAR!!! They voted in Rajapakse...
Yes, you reap what you sow...so Sri Lanka should be REALLY worried....there will never be unity and there will never be peace...and you all know it...eelam is the only solution...

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the east didnt vote because the ltte prevented people from voting. the east would have voted for ranil. get your facts right deborah G.
so what is your opinion of the people who have been voted to parliament from the eastern province now. Once liberated, elections happend, and a former LTTE member is the chief minister.
what about all the bunkers that the army found during the liberation of the east from the ltte that were filled with sacks of international aid that should have gone to the innocent civilians? ltte was funded by your mates that went on that march yesterday. once liberated, did the government of srilanka kill off all the tamil people and repopulate with sinhalese? NO. get back into reality Deborah G.

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To Scott's education:
Hatred towards Sinhalese and Buddhists????
What the hell are you on man? You must be out of your mind. People like you are the type that trigger riots by putting a nice spin onto what has been said or done.
Of course we support Tino Rangatiratanga. What kind of question is that? All people's will for self-determination should be respected. But unfortunately the position of the Maoris are not the same as the position of the Tamils.

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@ DeborahG

you dont know me. And yet you have no issue in judging me and labeling me as the type of person to trigger riots. After the tsunami i helped build houses for tamil and muslim and sinhalese people along the coast all teh way from tangalla to arugam bay and up to nilavelli. I argued and debated and fought with government officials for their insanely stupid 100m rule as well as the TRO for preventing the distribution of donated supplies to the rightful people. However its people like you that create an opinion without the facts that have prolonged the suffering of all srilankans. Im no spin doctore Deborah, though im pretty sure theres plenty of kings (and queens) of spin contributing to this website. My comments were based on the general attititude and atmosphere and hostility shown by contributers to this thread. I have asked questions to see whether scott and other contributers who can be probably classified as "anti GOSL" are able to consider a different view point based on facts - there has been nothing but silence. Just a whole lot of rhetoric and set piece statements that weve all heard in the past and have no place if the people on the island of srilanka are to go forward. Have you seen things first hand, or are you, like Scott just parotting the things told to you by the ltte supporting tamil population and friends (if only the non ltte supporting tamil population had supporters like you).You should get your ltte friends to take you to the agents house :)

Do you mean that the FOrtunately the position of maoris are not hte same as tamils? so how do you see tino rangatiritanga panning out? Its waitangi day tomorrow. 169 years after the treaty has been signed, where do maori stand today in terms of self-determination? what have you done to help it on its way?

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if the srilankan army deliberately target civilians then yes, those responsible should be made accountable, however, which of you is going to tell me here that if the ltte deliberately killed innocent tamil civilians that they should be held accountable? the same organisation that marched with you and some of you probably fund. The other day the local UN rep in sl accused the army (he was strangely using phrases more common to tamil net) of shelling the hospitals using "cluster bombs". and yet today......
"Weiss said the U.N. accepted the government's assurance it did not have the weapons. The rebels were not available for comment; most communications to the war zone have been cut.
The U.N. workers and their families had been huddled in trenches they dug across the street from the hospital, Weiss said. The group tried to leave the war zone two weeks earlier, but the rebels refused to let them out, he said.
The 96 civilians had four U.N. trucks. The rebels commandeered two of the vehicles and later tried to take the other two, but the workers stood firm and the gunmen backed down, Weiss said.
The workers and families then crammed into the large trucks and headed north, deeper into rebel territory, Weiss said. At one point, artillery landed in front of the vehicles, blocking them from heading into the "safe zone" that itself has come under repeated attack, Weiss said."
i agree, the goverment needs to do more to save the people trapped by the ltte, however, i find it strange that none of you have the testicular fortitude to say anything against the ltte.

http://www.wtopnews.com/?sid=1478982&nid=105

Associated press - NOT a GOSL "propaganda" website.

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Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

3rd time lucky
http://www.wtopnews.com/
?sid=1478982&nid=105

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

is it biggoted to say that the LTTE terrorist supporters that marched with you in your united front should be questioned over these actions?

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Just brousing the comments and article it seems to me that the main problem here is aggressive war. This problem has existed since the first empires were formed thousands of years ago. It appears to me that both sides electd democratically and both sides havc a most important just cause in dismantling the war machine and living side by side in peace and justice respecting each others differences and making sure not to harm each other. When you think of it, the fact is the world is in such a crisis and getting worse with the big armament manufacturies basing their fortunes on monied profits from selling weapons of mass destruction and causing sales by playing unique cultural differences off, one against the other. Such practices have been reported by herstory and history as one side winning or the other. or the two sides fighting to the mutual destruction of each people. It does no good to re-conquor each other as that only causes the alienated species to live in misery. What is required for taking the path of liberation is for both sides to quit the killing of the peoples and instead point their weapons on the military war machines and manufacturies till disarmament occurs, so peace and justice for the peoples can prevail. CDN first Div. says that. Unity is strength and aggressive war is weakness for the whole species.

In Peoples China there is fifty-four national minorities, and Mao says that is welcome because the world needs variety and each culture saved is a joy and happiness to the world. If extinquished then a great loss occurs that cannot be replaced. Here the two peoples should learn the lesson mentioned in the Holy Bible 'and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore'.

That is a lesson from ancient times of the peoples and the modern world needs to renew its message as the modern imperialist governments have over spent their military budgets to the tune of six overkill of all life on earth. The planet is beginning to die because of that fact. The great call of the marxists for workers of the world, unite is a lesson. It is not Marx or the ancient people who would destroy the peoples cultures and nations but the Imperialist empire builders. It appears to me that the Tamils are a minority people who have been abused by a larger government and then fell to fighting for freedom. Big nation against small, but does the whole world need such lessons now?? With the pollution from the industrial war motivated by coal, gas, oil, and atomic energy is it not time to unite the planet around the non-pollution solution of wind, tidal, and solar power that transforms to electricity and is more power than societies can use. Unity is strength, but polllution is destructive disunity of the ecological green organic balances. The whole world and all the species are suffering from this narrow war concept of nation against nation. Liberation of the world and its peoples, plants, and animals depends on scrapping the war machines and their manufacturies globally.. End pollution wars, not endless wars for more pollution. Ceasefire and both sides disarm to show a genuine desire to live in peace with justice to both sides. The first Canadian Divison says that the fascist side must disarm first but as is commented upon in this artice both sides have broken with the anti-fascist covenants and have fascistically killed each other civilians, and if you read the Geneva Conventions of war that is a war crime, so to is torturing and killing prisoners of war, and so to is collective punishment, such as killing disproportionally people for the acts of one or two soldiers killing soldiers of the other side. As this is the case, it appears that both sides ought to ceasefire and disarm so their respective civilian populations can be allowed a peaceful life again. Salud, No Pasaran. Down with fascism.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am tired after reading all the above messages.

I didn't know so much is going on in Srilanka. All I knew was that my tea comes from there and of course the cricketers. And also heard about the tigers blowing up stuff. Didn't realise that there was so much the mainstream media was hiding. It is sad. It was a very educational experience to read this and the passionate overwhelming protest by the Tamils yesterday in Auckland.

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Phew, im going to ahve to open a whole learning institution!
Well then Neil, suggest you go drink a cup of tea then. if you think yesteday was an educational experience then i feel sorry for you. have a listen to the world today programme at 7 GMT today (5th feb). here is the link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/ondemand/worldservice/meta/tx/twt?bgc...
about a quarter of the way you will find a piece by the bbc reporter ethirajan anbarasan (not sinhalese). within that report you will find the host of the BBC (which i personally think stands for biased broadcasting corporation for their anti sri lanka spin on the news...so you can imagine how shocked i was when they actually let this interview on air) interview a gentleman by the name of Dharmalingam Siddarthan. This gentleman is the leader of the people's liberation organisation of tamil eelam. Scott and the rest of you ignorant tamil tiger terrorist sympathisers might want to listen in. IN this interview he states, that, tamil aspirations were set back, not because of the sinhalese, or the sri lankan governement, but by the LTTE, the people you marched with yesterday, the people that probably gave you your education experience Neil. He also states that the SL Army hasnt killed any of the tamil leaders, leaders that would have taken tamil aspirations to the the forefront. No it was the LTTE. Now maybe before you go shouting about genocide, you should stop and listen to the other voices (and Mr Sidarthan is as tamil as you can get).
But you know what, enjoy your tea, remain ignorant.
The terrorists will be vanquished, their leaders brought to justice, the conscripted freed and brought back into society, the devolution package will be implemented and then whos flag will you burn?

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

try again...no point in trotting out an ltte mouthpiece. wheres the objectivity in that..but since thats the theme...here you go.

http://www.asiantribune.com/?q=node/12697

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Unveiling of Robert Evans and his agenda
Tue, 2008-08-12 02:28

Some political analysts and media wiz kids try to defend Robert Evans with more vigour and professed conviction than Evans himself after Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama lashed out at the team of European Union representatives led by Evans for its one sided statement issued following few meetings with few selected individuals with their own agendas. These self-righteous analysts seem to take the version of the EU delegation as gospel truth even without trying to find out whether there was any truth in the charges leveled against Evans and questions on his alleged past links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“The delegates had confined themselves to a few doors in Colombo and were not correctly assessing the ground situation,” Minister pointed out. One of the professed objectives of the EU mission was to visit the Eastern Province where the people have voted in a new democratic provincial government. However, the delegation cancelled the visit and skillfully avoided the proposed meeting with the democratically elected new Chief Minister of the Eastern Province due to Evans’ pre-conceived objective of blaming the government.

At the same time, Evans has criticized Sri Lanka on human right issues and has indicated that Sri Lanka is unlikely to get duty concession under the GSP+ from the European Union.

Although the statement issued by Robert Evans on behalf of the EU delegation prior to their departure maybe a surprise to those who did not know about him but it is not at all a surprise for people who knew about the past record of Evans and his links with LTTE.

Evans has maintained close links with the LTTE as far back as late 1990s, if not before. The Organization of Federation of Tamil association, a prominent front organization of LTTE in UK had organized a conference under the theme of ‘Tamil Eelam Towards Independence’ on 25th April 1999 at Alexander Place in London. The aim of the conference was to urge the international community to accept the following:

• Accept/recognize Tamil rights to self-determination.

• Accept/recognize north and east as traditional homeland of Tamils.

• Accept/recognize LTTE as legitimate representatives of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

• Stop operations and withdraw security forces from north and east.

Evans was the most prominent LTTE sympathizer at the event and he was entrusted with the prestigious task of delivering the key-note speech. His opening address began with “greetings from the European Parliament” and during the speech he expressed his “support for the Tamil people” and lamented that the situation in Sri Lanka has been “forgotten” by the world. (Tamilnet 26th April 1999.)

Mr. Evans has also visited the headquarters of the terrorist outfit in Kilinochchi on October 15, 2002. The pro-LTTE website tamilnet reported that “on 15th October 2002 two British MPs named G Thomas and Robert Evans met LTTE leaders in Wanni.” According to sources, Mr Mr.Selvam Adaikalanathan TNA MP for Wanni had organized this meeting. (Tamilnet on 16th October 2002.)

His next key public appearance at an LTTE forum was in 2001. Pro-LTTE Confederation of Tamils in the United Kingdom had organized a conference on ‘Peace in Sri Lanka’ on 22nd January 2001 in order to enlist support of British parliamentarians to protest against the proposed ban on LTTE. Robert Evans has addressed the gathering, and talked at length in support of the organizers. ( “Will Britain ban LTTE?” –D B S Jayaraj –February 2006)

Mr. Robert Evans met with an LTTE delegation at the EU parliament on 10th October 2004. According to the pro LTTE website, Mr. Evans expressed his support to the peace process and to Norway's facilitation, and assured the delegation that he will use his offices to obtain support from the European community for the recommencement of talks and also would emphasize to his European parliamentary colleagues the need to address urgent humanitarian needs to the Northeast. (Tamilnet on 19th October 2004).

Robert Evans and G Thomas with S P ThamilselvanRobert Evans and G Thomas with S P Thamilselvan

Pro LTTE Tamil website Tamilnet also reported that Mr. Robert Evans has visited Sri Lanka along with other LTTE supporters including Mr. Thaya Idaikkaadaar (Councillor, Harrow, UK) in February 2005 on a fact finding mission on equitable distribution of international tsunami aid in the country. It is reported that during his visit he has met prominent LTTE activists and also attended LTTE sponsored events in the North in the guise of promoting welfare of the Tamils in the North. (Tamilnet 07 feb 2005)Evans with TamilselvanEvans with Tamilselvan

Robert Evans also attended a fund raising campaign organized by ‘White Pigeon’, another front organization of LTTE under the pretext of tsunami remembrance on 22 January 2006 at Trafalgar Square in London. Mr Evans, who was guest of honour at the celebration, said White Pigeon was one of the few charity organizations assisting those affected by the war for years, and more recently by the Asian tsunami in the north and east regions of Sri Lanka. (Tamilnet on 25 Feb 2006.)

Evans was a prime mover to defend LTTE whenever there was an international action against the terrorist organization or its front associations. He has not only condemned the freezing of TRO assets, but walked out of the chamber when he failed to get any support from any quarter in the European Parliament. As reported by the Sunday Times in Sep 2006, “Norway is peeved that its behind-the-scenes efforts to have the European Parliament pass a highly critical resolution condemning Sri Lanka did not find favour in Strasbourg in September 2006. Two amendments moved by British MEP Robert Evans condemning Colombo for freezing the assets of TRO and calling on the EU to lift its restrictions on the LTTE were defeated by a majority of about 30 votes each time. Less than 60 members were present in the chamber when the vote was taken. Evans, apparently annoyed at his failure to do something for the LTTE, left the chamber soon after his amendments were defeated, sources in Strasbourg told The Sunday Times” (Sunday Times 10 Sept 2006)

The Island revealed way back in 2006 about Evans’ close links with the LTTE. According to the daily newspaper, “those unfortunate Tamils who arrive in the UK as refugees and have passed through these particular British charities are also potential recruits, for LTTE political lobbying and are mobilized for LTTE rallies, marches, vigils, meetings etc. in London forming an LTTE overseas constituency. They form an important "voting block" in order to impress British politicians such as Simon Hughes MP of the Liberal Democratic Party, and London Euro MPs such as Robert Evans MEP and Barry Gardiner MEP who are all frequent speakers at LTTE events. The LTTE is abusing the liberal institutions in western democracies to further its terrorist cause in Sri Lanka, in a similar way to which NORAID raised funds in the United States under the guise of "humanitarian work" to fund terrorism in Northern Ireland. (Dushy Ranetunge. The Island 04 Oct 2006)

In an article written on LTTE activities in Britain, Mr Domique Whiteman, editor of the Westminster Journal on 18th October 2006 has clearly identified Robert Evans, Labour Party Parliamentarian of EU as ‘another active supporter of LTTE.’ (Global Politician, 18 October 2006.

Mr. Robert Evans’ next key appearance on pro-LTTE stage was the propaganda exercise titled ‘EU contribution to the peace process in Sri Lanka’ on 7th March 2006. It is reported that, Mr. Evans had organized this event at the EU parliament. The top LTTE members and pro-LTTE activists at the event included Mr Kirubhakran –Head of LTTE front organization named ‘Tamil Centre for Human Rights’ based in Paris.(TCHR), Mrs D Mconnelle – Director of TCHR also the wife of Mr Kirubhakaran, Dr Brian Senvirathne – Pro-LTTE activist based in Australia and Mr Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam TNA MP. As per an article written by Dushi Rantunga, London Correspondent of The Island, although the event was organized under the above heading, it was not clear what relevance the contents of the event had to the title and also there was no EU representative other than Evans. Ranatunga pointed out that Evans’ constituency of north London has a large Tamil population. He appears frequently on the LTTE political platforms in UK until the anti terrorist legislation listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization.(“Snubs LTTE human right group” by Dushi Ranatunga , The Island –10.03.2006)

Mr. Robert Evans attended another propaganda event organized by ‘Pungudithive Welfare Association’ (PWA) along with other LTTE supporters such as Thal Thirumaval, a south Indian politician and Thaya Iddaikarar, British Tamil Councillor on 10th September 2006 in London. It is learnt that this organization is linked to Madhumadhini, wife of LTTE leader Prabhakaran who is hailing from the village Pungudithive.(Asian Voice, 29 May 2006)
When LTTE was banned by EU, Robert Evans in a statement mentioned, “The LTTE is outlawed in India but the New Delhi government seems to still be recognising that it is essential for both sides to communicate with one another if solutions are going to be found.

Proscribing the LTTE therefore, seems to be little more than a cosmetic exercise. Having travelled widely in Sri Lanka, a splendid island, I grieve over the current situation but remain optimistic that common sense will prevail. The LTTE are not going to be beaten and the Sri Lankan government are not going to give up….one thing is certain. There’s no military solution to the conflict. Equally it is difficult to see how banning LTTE will make the peace process easier. (Asian voice, 29th May 2006).

Pro-LTTE elements in UK had organized an event titled ‘60 Years of oppression’ in February 2008 and it was attended by Robert Evans. Mr. Evans attendance was highlighted in pro-LTTE websites. (Tamilnet 5th February 2008).

According to the pro LTTE website tamilnet, Mr Robert Evans is one of the British MPs who has sent supportive message to the recently held LTTE sponsored Pongu Thamil event in London on 13 July 2008.(Tamilnet 12 July 2008)

The above evidence is sufficient even to make the most skeptic to come to the conclusion that Mr Robert Evans is not the best suited person by any means to lead an impartial fact finding mission to say the least.

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Nirj Deva MEP lashes out at EU delegation which visited Sri Lanka
Wed, 2008-07-30 05:49

Colombo, 30 July, (Asiantribune.com): EU Praliamnetarian Niranjan Deva Adithya hit out at the EU delegation head for coming to Sri Lanka and attempting to preach democracy.Niranjan Deva Adithya MEPNiranjan Deva Adithya MEP

However he said the recent visit by the European Parliament Delegation set up to improve Relations with South Asian countries has generated much controversy.

Speaking to media in Colombo on Tuesday he said last weekend’s newspapers carried embarrassing headlines stating that we had been misled.

Full text of his statement:-

Far from improving relationships with Sri Lanka - the visit on the contrary, has led to recriminations, finger pointing and mistrust.

This was claimed by the Government, by the democratic Tamil political parties including PLOTE, Mr Anandasagaree, by the JHU and even the JVP. One newspaper even claimed that the Labour Party Member and Leader of the European Parliament delegation Mr Evans was an LTTE propagandist having appeared on LTTE platforms in London.

This is deeply disturbing news. As a Sri Lankan born Conservative Member of the European Parliament elected to represent 8 million British people some of whom have great affection for Sri Lanka I am now making this statement in order to redress this situation.

I do so with a consistency of principle I have maintained throughout my 40 year long political career in the UK and Europe. I have always put what I consider to be the national interest first, then my constituency interest second and finally my party interest third.

I have never put the interest of the Conservative Party before the interests of the United Kingdom. This has led me on occasion to challenge the views of the Party leadership.

Similarly now, in the European Parliament I have voted many times against my Party whip when I believe that the interest of the UK come before those of Party political expediencies.

As a dual citizen, proud of my Sri Lankan heritage, similarly I would never put the interests of any party before those which I believe to be in the national interest of all the Sri Lankan people.

One of the stories claimed that Mr Evans as an alleged LTTE supporter had a hidden agenda which made him avoid meeting the new Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Mr Pillayan in Trincomalee; thus aborting the visit to Trincomallee.

So let me deal with this first.

We did not go to Trincomallee, as had been planned with the full support of the Foreign Ministry and the Government of Sri Lanka, for many reasons.

First mistake was because the leader of the Delegation turned down the offer of a Government aircraft on the grounds that we could be seen to be partial; whatever he meant by that.

Instead an aeroplane from South Africa was chartered for us through a private company (Expo Aviation) by the EU Delegation Office in Colombo through the United Nations.

The plane yet to be certificated as airworthy according to Sri Lanka Civil Aviation Rules did not arrive in Colombo from South Africa until Sunday the 20th for a flight for Wednesday the 23rd July; though our plans were known at least 2 months in advance by the EU office in Colombo.

We were therefore going to be put on an inaugural flight in a 20 year old aircraft which had yet to be certificated as airworthy by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and flown by South African pilots who had never flown the route before.

Second, the Civil Aviation Authority rushed the clearance procedure by 14.30 on the 23rd July but insisted that a local flight director from Expo Aviation were to fly in the aircraft for our safety as the pilots who were hired by the EU/UN were not cleared for the route.

We did not know any of this nor were we told by the EU/UN office about this except that we were to be flown in a new UN aircraft and given assurances that all would be well by various Sri Lankan authorities.

Third, on the day of the flight we reported to the Ratmalana airport at 12.00 as scheduled and at 1.20 pm the South African pilot who had been hired came on board the MEPs bus and informed us that “this flight is not going to take off and I am not cleared to fly the aircraft”. Having made this statement he then left.

Naturally mild panic ensued in a bus full of MEPs who demanded that we return to Colombo at 13.30 that day.

So what do we glean from this?

1) That the EU office in Colombo having passed the matter over to the UN to charter the plane, washed their hands of the whole affair and did not even bother to check nor monitor whether the plane had been chartered, whether it had arrived, whether it had been cleared as airworthy and whether the pilots had been security checked and route cleared before we set out for the airport.

2) The Civil Aviation Authority rushed through an airworthy inspection based on a South African airworthy test conducted weeks before.

As an Aeronautical Engineer I know how long it takes to do an “a” and “b” check on a 20 year old aircraft especially after arriving from South Africa and probably used on wildlife safaris.

I am appalled that we have been put at such risk by the misfeasance of the EU Commission Office in Colombo who did not carry out their duties in a timely manner and on my return to Brussels it is my intention to question the Commissioner on the floor of the House as to whether this was indeed a matter of malfide.

I am now also requesting the Government to carry out its own enquiries as to the sequence of events and the various decisions taken by the private company, the EU office, the UN and the SLCAA which culminated in this fiasco, by holding a Committee of Enquiry so that we can end speculation and clear the air.

I also belatedly record my sincere thanks on behalf of the whole Delegation to all the Government Officials for the unstinting assistance provided to us to make this journey to the Eastern Province which alas did not happen for the aforesaid reasons.

Rather than increase the influence of the EU in Sri Lanka I deeply regret that the Parliamentary visit has diminished the EU’s standing as an authoritative friend.

The same "shooting ourselves in the foot" tendency has developed among some (though not all) of the Embassies of the Member States, who have lost the plot and forgotten that they are not some glorified single issue NGO but rather that they are here to promote their countries national, economic, trade, environmental and social interest for the benefit of their own people back home.

In my view the national interest of all the Sri Lankan peoples demands the eradication of terrorism, the establishment of the primacy of the rule of law, the concept of being equal under the law, constitutional liberties, democratic governance and equality of opportunities for all the people applied uniformly throughout the whole of the island.

These principles are also the foundation of the European Union. The EUs relations with Sri Lanka are unique.

There is no other country in the world that can match the longevity of the relationship which Europe through Portugal Holland and Britain, has had with Sri Lanka.

The British were in India for only 150 years and yet British attachment even now for India is strong as ever.

Yet for over 450 years Sri Lanka was connected to Europe and the European peoples. That is why Sri Lanka is held in such high esteem and much love by the people of Europe.

The outpouring of grief in Europe over the Tsunami in Sri Lanka was an eye-opener to me. That is also why anything Sri Lanka says or does is minutely examined. This is a fact and the sooner we accept this truth and turn it to Sri Lanka’s advantage , the better for all concerned.

Instead of resisting this unrequited love, we should embrace it as I have done and build on it for the benefit of the peoples of this country.

The European Union above all else is a construct of compromises. The very ethos of the EU is truth, reconciliation, forgiveness and the identification of a common democratic interest under the rule of law and sharing power through unity in diversity.

How else could millions of Germans, French, and British, Dutch, Belgians and Italian peoples have come together in 1958 to create the modern European Union, forgiving and forgetting the hatreds generated by the bloody wars in Europe when 70 million of their fellow countrymen were slaughtered by one another.

What has been achieved by the Government in the Eastern Province in turning previous terrorist into Chief Ministers and civil administrators in a peaceful democratic forum and resettling over 90% of the internally displaced people in a short time is truly remarkable. We should acknowledge this, not carp about it.

Far from belittling this achievement, the European Union must do everything in its power to support the Government in the development of the Eastern Province, empowering the democratic process by capacity building and encouraging inward investment to enable life opportunities, youth employment, health and education services for 3 million people who for over 20 years have lived without freedom in utter despair and abject poverty under terrorism. So let me say a few words about freedom and democracy.

Sri Lanka is one of the oldest parliamentary democracies in the world, having gained self governing status under universal adult franchise in 1931 – only a few years after the UK itself. Since independence in 1948 Sri Lanka has peacefully transferred power through the ballot box on 7 occasions holding 12 general elections and 5 presidential elections.

Compare this with the EU

Germany has had 16 general elections having earlier been a Fascist dictatorship from 1932 to 1945. Spain has had 10 general elections having been a Dictatorship between 1936-77.

Portugal was a dictatorship from 1933 to 1976 and had the first of its 9 democratic elections only in 1975. Greece was a dictatorship from 1964-74 with the first of its 6 democratic elections held only in 1976. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia Romania, Bulgaria were totalitarian states since 1948 only becoming a democracies less than 12 years ago.

Sri Lanka is an older and more mature democracy than 21 of the 27 current Member States in the EU.

It then becomes absurd for European Parliamentarians to come to Sri Lanka and lecture the Sri Lankan polity about the nature of democracy. In fact Sri Lanka could teach a thing or two to some of these newly emerging democratic nations in the EU particularly about her robust and independent judiciary which is vigorous in determining breaches of fundamental rights.

This over arching point was wholly ignored during the press conference given by the Chairman of the European Parliamentary Delegation.

The European Union is not some Utopia. It is not a land of milk and honey where sweetness and light reigns supreme and the streets are paved with gold.

It is a area of land where nearly 70 million people were slaughtered in 9 years during two world wars; where millions of innocent women and children were bombed and gassed to death as recently as 60 years ago at a time when Sri Lanka was a self governing country living in communal harmony and peace
As a European legislator for 500 million people in 27 states, I have to confront on a daily basis rising unemployment, a tide of crime, shootings, and knife attacks.

I have to confront discrimination against Gypsies and minority communities, a trade in sex workers and young girls sold into prostitution from some of the poorer EU member States, waves of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers whose human rights are unprotected, corruption in the newer member states where the independence of their judiciary is highly questionable, a huge drugs problem with the young being turned into useless lifelong addicts; and with overcrowded prisons where 70 percent of the prison population are from the ethnic minority communities. We are in David Cameron’s words "A Broken Society".

In Britain we face the challenge of terrorism on a daily basis. Prime Minister Brown against our opposition breached the most fundamental of our rights and freedoms, blew a hole through the Magna Carta which has underpinned British freedoms for 800 years and pushed through legislation to lock up suspected potential terrorists for 48 days, yes 48 days, without charging them.

Today notwithstanding 25 years of conflict generated on three occasions by bloody JVP terrorist uprisings in the South and by separatist suicide terrorism by the LTTE in the North, Sri Lanka still functions as a mature parliamentary democracy where the rule of law not only prevails; it is being constantly strengthened by the Supreme Court and a highly visible independent judiciary.

In the SAARC region in particular Sri Lanka is a model of institutional stability and rectitude; given what has happened in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, the Maldives to name a few.

This is a phenomenal achievement over the last 60 years due largely to the maturity of the UNP and the SLFP working to maintain the fundamental democratic ethos whatever the sometimes overwhelming external challenges.

These are attributes which we in the EU must cherish, not denigrate. Those of us who come here with an open mind and without a predetermined agenda recognise what has been achieved and what has been secured.

Now I come to a matter of paramount concern to all my colleagues in the European Parliament even if they have never set foot in Sri Lanka.

There is genuine concern about the human rights and collateral damage inflicted on innocent people fuelled by enduring conflicts the world over; be it in Kosova, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chad, DRC or Sri Lanka.

In times of conflict there is a difficult balancing act between the protection of human rights under the rule of law and its neglect under the rule of expediency; particularly when many innocent lives are at stake and time is of the essence.

In other words, “when is it right to torture someone to find out where he has hidden a big bomb which, if it goes off, will kill thousands of innocent civilians”?

If you believe in the supremacy of the rule of law, the answer is "never".

Because carrying out the act of torture is in fact carrying out an act of terrorism and nullifies the moral imperative of going to war to end terrorism in the first place.

This was a point repeatedly made by the European Parliament to the United States over allegations of torture in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and in Guantánamo Bay.

This is also why the UK Government three weeks ago successfully prosecuted seven Queens Lancashire Regiment soldiers on charges of murder and abuse in Iraq. The government agreed to pay nearly 3 million pounds to torture victims and admitted liability for 'substantive' human rights breaches.

By locking up a few rotten apples, the Government could say with pride and without contradiction that the many thousands of other British soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan were honest, brave, loyal and law abiding and were conducting themselves 'to the highest standard of behavior.'

By enacting the rule of law and punishing the few, the British Government won a huge accolade for the many.

Similarly in Sri Lanka given various allegations of disappearances and abuse, a few indictments and arrests would do the Government a power of good. By applying the rule of law and by being seen to apply it; such actions would immediately promote Sri Lanka as a nation where the rule of law even in times of the bitterest conflict reigns supreme.

I this regard I look forward to receiving soon the report by Justice Udalagama on the Presidential Committee of Inquiry set up to investigate the killing of 5 youth in Tricomalee and the 17 aid workers in Muttur in 2006.

Of equal importance is the ability of 21 million ordinary Sri Lankans from all communities including the Tamil community, the majority of whom live prosperously side by side with the Sinhalese in the South, to live a life of equal opportunity in democratic freedom.

The promise that was a peaceful multicultural multilingual multi religious Sri Lanka where the Sinhala, Muslim and Tamils with other minorities lived together in peace in the 1950s was destroyed.

Destroyed by separatist LTTE terrorism due to the chauvinistic and short-sighted policies of some Sinhalese leader’s in the 1960 and 1970s and the terrible dreadful events of July 25th 1983 which the Government of the day allowed to happen.

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Good on you Tamils!!! I was wondering when something like this would happen. Your people in the UK and Canada are doing so much. Good to see you guys here too are joining in.

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How rude! "you tamils!" careful, if scott thought "veddah" was derogatory, what might he think about "you tamils!!!" :)

You obviously havent been very aware of the situation Gisela. The LTTE supporters have been jumping and up and down and shouting for quite a while now. Its only because their organisation is being driven to extinction that they are getting a bit panicky and resorting to "genocide" claims and "war on tamil people" etc. Werent you at Pongu thamizh last year? it was a hoot. very colourful in all that red and yellow. i think its all the new blood thats doing the trick. The old fellas were a bit too stale, george or rather georgina gets the masses motivated quite well.

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There’s a famous and much over used line that says ‘love is blind’ but I guess the same thing can also be said to be true about hatred.

With the lives of thousands of innocent civilians hanging in the balance, more and more leaders of the international community have been making appeals to the LTTE to lay down their arms and surrender in order to bring about an end to the bloodshed.

While this seems very heartening to note, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of messages floating around the blogosphere that calls for a continued armed struggle. Even if it means that every single civilian is forced to bear arms and be killed in a vain attempt to buy time for the beleaguered LTTE leadership!

While I do understand to some extent the feelings of the Tamil diaspora, I really find it hard to relate to the fact that they can continue to call for the war to continue. I mean aren’t they even a little bit affected by the way in which these civilians are suffering?

When visiting certain pro LTTE blog sites, it’s pretty obvious that the most vociferous of these voices belong to a generation of Tamils who have never even set foot in Sri Lanka. Yet they insist on commenting about how Tamils are being systematically wiped out throughout the country. How can they make these claims without ever having visited Colombo or any other part of Sri Lanka?

One such comment went like this:

“Better the children die fighting the genocidal sinhalese, rather than surrender and be murdered by them. Should they be tortured and have their necks cut with a knife, like many in Jaffna? Or should they stand like men with guns in their hand giving their lives to protect their people?…”

How can anyone in their right minds make such a statement?

These are children you’re talking about for God’s sake! Children who should be given the right to have a future that’s not decided for them by someone who sits in the comforts of a western country and feels very patriotic about sending a few dollars every month for the purchase of arms and ammunition!

If anyone feels they have a right to fight for a separate homeland, that’s their own prerogative, and they should have the courage to stand up and fight for their beliefs. But when instead they decide to live thousands of miles away from the fighting and scream encouragement to children to take up arms and die for these beliefs, it just proves them to be heartless cowards who are blinded by hatred.

It seems the LTTE if nothing else have achieved one thing. They have taken a peace loving community and changed it into a hate spewing monstrosity that seems blind even to the deaths of its future generations.

So i guess as far as certain elements of the Tamil diaspora are concerned, hatred is blind, is the most popular axiom to live by.

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FInal nail in the coffin of tamil diaspora (and friends) funded terrorist organisation. THe tamil people of sri lanka are one step closer to achieving autonomy via peaceful means. looks like all your funds through extortion of hard working tamil people in nz, p production, money laundering and drug smuggling didnt cut the mustard.

Deputy sea tiger leader killed; fall of Chalai imminent

Adding another huge setback for the LTTE terrorists in Wanni battlefront the Deputy LTTE sea tiger leader and three other sea tiger leaders were killed in a fierce confrontation took place in north of Chalai yesterday, 4 February, the latest military sources in battlefront said.

According to the available information, LTTE sea tiger deputy leader known as Vinayagam was killed as troops of 55 Division on mission to capture LTTE's last sea tiger base, Chalai, launched an effective offensive thrust against LTTE resistance. The intense fighting reported between 1.45PM to 2.00 PM, defence sources said.

By intercepting LTTE communication channels, it is revealed that terrorists were unable to found the body of the killed deputy sea tiger leader so far as troops continued their offensive on remaining LTTE positions in the area.

Meanwhile, In-charge of LTTE land fighting group known as Kader and sea tiger Pooneryn area leader know as Pahalawan were also killed during the confrontation, military sources further confirmed.

Sea tiger special leader known as Sinna Kannan was killed in a separate confrontation reported in north of Chalai around 8.50 AM yesterday. He was later given the self-styled rank of 'Lt. Colonel', Electronic Warfare (EW) sources confirmed intercepting LTTE communication channels. Eight more sea tigers were also killed during the battle.

Troops are now heading towards Chalai, the only remaining sea tiger base, gaining more LTTE hiding areas amidst stiff resistance given by the terrorists.

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ok so robert evans got brought up...which of these guys will trot out bruce fein?

im actually suprised its taken this long!

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practically a joker..

Keith vaz. whos going to bring him to the table?

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ABC INTERVIEW - Sinhalese professor in Melbourne Speaking for Tamils...

Attached link was on ABC TV breakfast show two days ago. Prof Sisira Jayasuriya clarified how Tamils are not treated equally there and his arguments about civilians getting killed/ injured by the SL govt and why the war is going to continue.

- copy paste into your windows media player -
http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200901/r334759_1514920.asx

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That was a good interview link.....

Also check what the SL Government is upto today: http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28314

Those people who say Tigers are terrorist, please understand that most of the Tamils think that they are freedom fighters.....and they are our boys. Also most of the Tamils think Sri Lankan Government is terrorists. So only answer is two countries....Tamils will be happy in Tamil Eelam with our Government (LTTE) and Sinhalese can be happy with their Government (Sri Lankan Government). Then we will have peace and economic growth.

Some images from around the world of the 4th Feb black day protest....check it out.....all together now say: "Sri Lanka, stop Killing Tamils", "LTTE for the Tamils", "We want Tamil Eelam", "Our Leader is Prabhaharan"...

now watch:
http://www.tamilnaatham.com/photos_feb_04.html

Sorry the link is in Tamil, however the photo links in order of protests from:
South Africa
Canada
UK
Cyprus
Norway
Denmark
France 1
Finland
France 2
Italy
France (Paris)
New Zealand
Sweden
Australia

This is only some of them.....there are more to be uploaded.

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That was a good interview link.....

Also check what the SL Government is upto today: http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28314

Those people who say Tigers are terrorist, please understand that most of the Tamils think that they are freedom fighters.....and they are our boys. Also most of the Tamils think Sri Lankan Government is terrorists. So only answer is two countries....Tamils will be happy in Tamil Eelam with our Government (LTTE) and Sinhalese can be happy with their Government (Sri Lankan Government). Then we will have peace and economic growth.

Some images from around the world of the 4th Feb black day protest....check it out.....all together now say: "Sri Lanka, stop Killing Tamils", "LTTE for the Tamils", "We want Tamil Eelam", "Our Leader is Prabhaharan"...

now watch:
http://www.tamilnaatham.com/photos_feb_04.html

Sorry the link is in Tamil, however the photo links in order of protests from:
South Africa
Canada
UK
Cyprus
Norway
Denmark
France 1
Finland
France 2
Italy
France (Paris)
New Zealand
Sweden
Australia

This is only some of them.....there are more to be uploaded.

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i do agree as we Tamils we need a separate nation
to live peacefully

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Sorry for the long post but I believe this article provides a nuanced TAMIL view of of the conflict. The current situation is put in its historical context stripped of all ideological baggage.

The Future of the Tamils of Sri Lanka

by Sebastian Rasalingam

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2008/08/future-of-tamils-of-sri-lanka.html

(August 26, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Some of us who have managed to escape to Canada could afford the luxury of listening to Ratnajeevan Hoole who tells us the impossibility of Eelam and what fine opportunities we Tamils lost . We negated the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987, scuttled Chandrika Bandaranaike’s peace efforts, and pulled the carpet from under Ranil Wickremasinghe. Hoole was holding forth only a few weeks after the “celebrations” of Black July, where our Tamil community seems to almost relish that dark event and wish for another round of mortification.

I learn that there was no attempt at inter-communal bridge building, or even a token invitation to any Sinhalese or Muslim expatriates at either of these events. Clearly, we Tamils have achieved excellent ethnic cleansing at our public events.

Mean while, we read in the Sri Lanka Guardian, an article by a Mr. J. T. Janani arguing that “most Tamils want Eelam, and support Eelam”. I hope he does not imply that most Tamils are willing to go along with child recruitment as well as forcing civilians to fight, as long as the end is Eelam. However, in a society where children are routinely used as house-hold servants, and in a society where large segments of the society were designated to caste-stipulated servitude, the occurrence of such attitudes is easy to understand. Jananai ‘s claim also implies that “moderate Tamils”, or the likes of Ratnajeevan Hoole are an inconvenient invention of the international community , irrelevant to the Tamils as such.Of course, moderate is a relative term, and I am going to claim that Jeevan Hoole is really just another extrimist carrying the old baggage of Chelvanayagam.

An even more interesting phenomenon in the horizen of Tamil politics has come into being. A Bruce Fein, an American lobbyist who is well known to argue any case, true or false, as long as he is paid the fee, is found to write articles in support of Tamil causes tinged by the hue of the LTTE. Surely, the Tamils have produces many distinguished lawyers. Indeed, some like Wakely Paul are like Bruce Fein in not having even a Tamil name. Clearly, then, why are we not using them? Clearly the Tamils have no true voice, but just a cacophony of paid hirelings, propagandist web sites, coerced journalists and politicians afraid of their very lives because of LTTE assassins or white vans.

Who are the Tamils in the context of Sri Lanka?

Tamils are people whose culture and language identify them as Tamils. There is no distinction between a Sinhalese and a Tamil, except in this veneer of culture. Culturally, the Tamils and the Sinhalese are very close, just like the Jews and the Arabs, the Valoons and the Flems, the Georgians and the Ossetians, the Sufis and Sunnis, etc. Of course, the racist writers on both sides wish to emphasize the differences between the two communities, and insist that we are dealing with totally irreconcilable, starkly different cultures. However, even the grammar and vocabulary of the Tamils and the Sinhalese are so close that you can take a Tamil sentence, and convert it to Sinhala with almost the same word order, and with many common words. A Tamil can go to a Buddhist Temple and often find his own Gods, though not the caste strictures placed upon some of us by our own Hindu Temples. According to the Yalpana Vaibasha Kaumudi of Mr Velu Pillai, according to Swami Gnanaprakasar, and Fr. Rasanayagam, the so called “Traditional Homelands” of the Tamils have in ancient times had Sinhala place names showing that Sinhalese too had lived there. In the south too, we have shrines like Kathirkamam (Katharagama) and Thevanthurai (Devundara) where Tamils have lived from time immemorial. But then, the Senanayake-Ponnambalam citizenship act of 1948 conferred citizenship to any Tamil who had resided here for over seven years. Thus there is no need to say “we too were here since the common era”. In fact, those who insist on “traditional homelands” have all the hill-country Tamils excluded by it. Ironically, Chelvanayagam’s Tamil Arasu Kadchchi formula of 1948, and the Vadukoddai formula of 1976, where the doctrine of “Traditional Home lands” was brought in, is less helpful than D. S. Senanayake’s citizenship act.

I developed this discussion to point out to you that the Tamils have had a truly great leader in Mr. Thondaman Sr., who guided a depressed and deprived people to build up a community which is today a proud component of Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic fabric. I know the hill-country Tamils very well, having lived and made family in Hatton, Sri Lanka. I believe that the rest of the Tamils in Sri Lanka came to its present sorry impasse due to the arrogance and zealotry of the Colombo-Tamil leadership. It is their kith and kin who among the expatriates form the vanguard of the forces of unreason and war.

The hill-country Tamils are not the only group of Tamils who have been deprived and denied their right of dignity and well being. Every Tamil knows that Tamil society is a hierarchical society. Every westerner living in Colombo will tell you that Tamils make good servants and house boys. But these westerners do not know that those "good Tamils" are the “low-caste” Tamils. The upper class Tamils are a pain even to themselves, conspiring against each other for power and supremacy, and making little cabals to take advantage of everything including even the ambiguous position of the Christian Church which is at once an invader, an oppressor and a liberator. In fact, it is interesting to note that the Ponnambalams, Chelvanayagams, Naganathans, Thiruchelvams, Eliezers, the Anton Balasinghams and even the Ratnajeevan Hooles are not Hindus. Those who left the Tamils and joined the British imperialists were the first to become Christians, and they were empowered by the British. Among the Sinhalese too, The Mahamudiyars like Bandaranaikes and Obesekeras defected from their people to become good Christians. When the British began to leave, the battle for the spoils opened up between these two groups, i.e., the Tamil Christians and the Sinhala Christians. Unlike the hierarchical Tamil society where the masses didn’t mean much, the power-hungry Sinhala leaders had to identify themselves with the Buddhist masses. So we have these Anglican-Sinhala leaders changing their religions, their dress and their mannerisms. The Tamil leaders did not have to change their religion, as Ponnambalam had already found that Tamil Nationalism, directed against the Sinhalese was an adequate force. However, he listened to Soulbury and moderated his politics for cooperation with the Sinhalese. This was enough for Chelvanayagam to denounce Ponnambalam and turn Tamil Nationalism into the powerful racist dream of a separate nation powered by the the Tamils, for the Tamils, already in 1956, almost a decade before "Sinhala Only".

How extremist Tamils became mainstream Tamils.

Mr.J. T. Janani's ideas embody the net result of that movement where Tamil racism is regarded as the moderate norm. When S.J.V. Chelvanayagam started his campaigns in 1948, he was regarded as a hopeless, rather harmless extremist. But he built on the legacy of Ponnambalam where Tamil Nationalism had already become good currency in the upper-class salons of Cinnamon Gardens. From the Sinhala side, Bandaranaike gave S. J. V. the opportunity to bank-roll his extremism and make it main-stream politics. The extremely advantageous position enjoyed by the Tamil community in the areas of commerce, the professions etc., were gradually forfeited for an elusive search for a “Traditional Homeland” which would be run by Tamils living in Colombo.

Mr. Janani and many others like him have argued that the 1977 electoral success of the TULF proves that the “Tamils have voted for separation”. As is usual for most Tamil writers, he forgets that the Hill-country Tamils were NOT a party to the Vadukoddai resolution. He forgets that a point of view expressed in a state of national frenzy has no validity. He forgets that if a mandate had been given by the Tamils to Mr. Amrithlingam and others, then that mandate was negated by a group which assasinated that TULF leadership and usurped power. So, what ever electoral legitimacy existed in the policies of 1977 or Thimpu, they have been negated by the new, self-appointed Tamil leadership embodied in the LTTE. It was the political failure of the TULF in unleashing a militancy that it could not control, that the vote should have brought the Tamils to such an impasse. After all, the vast majority of Germans, many Spaniards, Italians and Vichy France solidly supported Nazism because Hitler had sold them heady nationalism. But this type of political support for extreme agendas does NOT provide a sanction to mono-ethnic racism which is the essential basis of Eelam. Democratic processes have no meaning in pathological situations. Younger Tamils are too caught up in the frenzy of all this to understand the cul-de-sac of no return contained in Vadukkoddai 1976 and the electrons of 1977. Thondaman was the great Tamil leader who had the experience and the sagacity to recognize the dangerous whirl pool of Vadukkodai and he steered his people away from it.

Why Fedaralism and the Federal party failed.

Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole thinks that Federalism would have solved the country’s problems, and that perhaps the Banda-Chelva pact should have saved the country. I have attended political meetings of the era in Jaffna, conducted in Tamil, and I know that there were two faces to the campaigns of the so called Federal Party, which became a strongly sovereignist party in its Tamil language publications. Even if S. J. V. had some Federalist inclinations, he was too much of a fanatic to stay there. He believed in the ineluctable “re-conquest” of the “Traditional Homelands occupied” by the Sinhalese. In this he was driven by a false history of the “Tamil” people where he made no allowance for the fact that these two cultural groups were kindred groups who have inter-mingled their identities many times over. After all, the Sinhalese and Tamils have both lived in the North and East, as testified by the hundreds of inscriptions and historical evidence found there. Thus the Sinhala nationalists and even the moderate Tamils of the era did not trust Chlevanayagam. SJV was one of the first to label his opponents as “Traitors”, but he did not proceed to kill them. That came later, in the hands of his political progeny. I append here a picture of Chelvanayagam posing with Sivakumaran, the Tamil militant who later committed suicide biting cyanide after a botched bank heist. This picture shows that although S. J. V. donned the “saintly” mantle of Gandhi he had no compunction against encouraging the embryonic “armed struggle”. The TULF then went on to declare that it was ready for ”state terror”, and we have had plenty of it since then. If Federalism was Chelava’s aim, he would have attempted to build bridges with the Sinhalese, instead of picking a fight from day one in 1948 or distributing symbolic wooden pistols and Eelam stamps at Satyagrahas. You cannot have Fedaralism without building fraternity.

The Eelam War

The “embryonic armed struggle” materialized into the Eelam wars, and many Tamils, living outside the war zone were very happy about it, especially because of successive alienation and anger arsing from successive race riots, putting Tamil lives at risk. So they ended up financing a war conducted by an immoral gang which had eliminated the more urbane Tamil leadership. If violence is tolerated even once, the rest is a free fall, and we have supported a war that converted the children of the less-fortunate Tamils into cannon fodder, and silenced all discussion under the cry of "Eelam". Today we have Satheesan Kumaran and other LTTE propagandists, ever reminding us that the government bombed an orphanage in Chencholei, while ignoring what the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) have written about the blood-curdling suicide-worrier songs which are used as a part of the training of these children at this orphanage. As Ranajeevan Hoole points out, this double-speak by the Tamil writers has made them into liars in front of world opinion. They have now got to hire Bruce Fein and other lobbyists of doubtful shade as their spokesmen. If children and civilians could be used for war, then inevitably, they will become cannon fodder and we cannot turn around and say that civilians and children are being bombed. The guilt falls squarely on the blood-thirsty Terrorist leader who has usurped the nationalist program of the Tamils. It falls equally strongly on men like Sampanthan , Senathirajah, Sivalingam and others who continue to give some sort of political support to a modern-day Tamilized Nazi movement. If Sampanthan and others have even a trace of civility, then they should denounce the assassins of Amirthlingam, Canagaratnam, Thiruchelvam etc.,at least in the name of animal justice as they were murdered in cold blood. Sampanthan and others should realize that even if the Eelam war were won, it will simply lead to ever- lasting war with the Sinhala south, and continual subjugation to south India.

The government claims that its bombings are very accurate. They are perhaps accurate once every ten times. Even the Americans and the Isrealis, with their vastly superior technology, end up bombing hundreds of civilians. I call upon His Excellency the President to carry on the war against the LTTE, but withour air attacks which have little effect on well-bunkered LTTE cadre, but hurt the vast majorty of ordinary people who are themselves victims of the LTTE.

What options do the Tamils have?

Dr. Hoole in his speech claims that the Tamils have to either face the unacceptable option of “assimilation”, or coax India to intervene. He is even naïve enough to think that India will impose a “just settlement”. Electrical engineers are not expected to be knowlegable in history or human affairs, but Hoole is no longer a technician; he is trying to claim a position as a political comentator. Unfortunately, our Tamil leaders and intellectuals have always run to India in the hope of Justice, and betrayed their surrogate status. Not so long ago our Karuvakkaadu lawyers pleaded everything before the Privy council or the House of Lords in England. I am afraid Dr. Hoole has missed the boat when he thinks that today we can go to India and get the problems of the Tamils sorted out. In fact, even if we get a measure of regional independence, given this kneel-to-India mentality, we would never be independent. In ancient times the Kings of Jaffna were either subservient to the King of Kandy or the Chola kings, depending on whose power was waxing or vaning. The Colombo Tamils and their expatriate-support base too would try to run any regional Tamil adminstration and undermine the local leaders. The local leaders would also be forever under the mercy of the Tamil Nadu and Indian-Center conflicts. Our own local Tamil interests would be ignored, just as the people of the Vanni were sacrificed for the sake of the battles engineered by the TULF-led Colombo Tamils.

What then is the future of the Sri Lankan Tamils?

The future of the Tamils of Sri Lanka lies firmly in the hands of the Hill-country Tamils, the Eastern Tamils, and the Tamils living in the suburbs of Colombo. These are practical Tamils. These are not anglicized arrogant lawyers who are more at home in New Jersy or in the Middle Temple, London. The Tamils living in the suburbs of Colombo and other urban centers of the south are trying to rebuild the mercantile and financial leadership that were eroded from them due to the unfavorable political activities of the Tamil Leadership. The future of the Tamils lies not in Indian hands, but in our own hands, in our ability to build bridges between the various communities, and forge working relations based on fundamental human values which are independent of racial and caste considerations. This will always need the freshness of one new generation, as the old wounds of war have to heal. But anyone who has read the history of Europe or even Sri Lanka should know that there will always be grievances, and there will always be battles for space, land and resources. But such battles can be conducted in a non-confrontational way. We Tamils can take a leaf from other minority groups in other countries. The Jews are a small minority in the United States. Unlike the Zionists who wanted an Eelam-like state of their own, the US Jews remained in the USA. They have retained their culture and their position in society, without assimilation. They have succeeded in this precisely BECAUSE they did not attempt to capture overt political power by confronting the American establsihment. The Tamils of Sri Lanka too can maintain their culture and their dignity. Any one settling down in a predominantly Tamil district would be required to be proficient in Tamil up to, say , “Junior level”, as it was called in my school days during the British Era. Similarly, any Tamil hoping to work and settle down in, say, Wellawatta should be required to be proficient in Sinhala to the same level. Of course, this type of law should only apply to people under 21, as one cannot expect old dogs to learn new tricks. But in time, each region would have its own linguistic character preserved to a significant extent. It should not be forgotten that Sri Lanka will continue to be replenished by interactions with Tamil Nadu, a large trading partner and a strong cultural influence. Thus I think Dr. Hoole and others who are ready to kneel in front of India are merely exposing in public the poverty of their thinking. They only have a pessimistic, tunnel-view of things and fail to see the larger canvas.

One should remember that Language is NOT the cause of the conflict. It was USED by the power hungry leaders as the bone of contention. Even countries having the same language have fought civil wars worse than our own. The English, the Americans, the North and South Koreans, the North and South Vietnamese, the Spanish, all these peoples had the same language but had engaged in debilitating war. The men who saw the carnage of two world wars understood that the economic and political union in Europe, as well as the extinction of nationalism define the basic bastions of a peaceful future. The same holds for Sri Lanka. Once it has put its own house in order, it would be time to look for a closer economic union with India from a position of strength. However, before that, we need to get our own house in order, and in this, I salute Mr. Devananda and Mr.Karuna for collaborating with the present government to build up a unitary nation. This does not of course mean that I codone the elements of viloence contained in the political methods of both these individuals.

This transformation of post-LTTE Sri Lankan Tamil politics does not require big devolution of power or political action. A system of modern roads – public transport that is, would be enough to make Jaffna a mere suburb of Colombo. Thus wise leadership which emphasizes economic action rather than constitutional tinkering is what is needed. If the Diaspora could pore billions to buy arms to feed a killing machine, that same Diaspora should atone its sins by funding a development bank which would make venture capital easily available to our would be entrepreneurs. It could support Tamil culture and education without having to grmble that the state has not done this or that. Now that the political progeny of the Chelvanayagams, Naganathans, Ponnambalams etc., have (thank God!) been eliminated from the political arena by Prabakraan, and since Prabakaran too would also get eliminated some day by the State machinery or International action (unlikely), the stage would be set for a new set of leaders to come to the fore. Twentieth century Sri Lanka had two great leaders, viz., D. S. Senanayaka and S. Thondaman. I hope that future new leaders would take a leaf from Senanayaka and Thondaman, and attempt to forge good relationships with all communities as the first step to giving a new political chance to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Let the Tamils think of themselves as some type of new, unbigoted, enterprise-oriented “Jews” of Sri Lanka and prosper. If we make the money, and do things honestly and honourably, culture and coronation will be ours.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Sorry for the long post but I believe this article provides a nuanced TAMIL view of of the conflict. The current situation is put in its historical context stripped of all ideological baggage.

The Future of the Tamils of Sri Lanka

by Sebastian Rasalingam

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2008/08/future-of-tamils-of-sri-lanka.html

(August 26, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Some of us who have managed to escape to Canada could afford the luxury of listening to Ratnajeevan Hoole who tells us the impossibility of Eelam and what fine opportunities we Tamils lost . We negated the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987, scuttled Chandrika Bandaranaike’s peace efforts, and pulled the carpet from under Ranil Wickremasinghe. Hoole was holding forth only a few weeks after the “celebrations” of Black July, where our Tamil community seems to almost relish that dark event and wish for another round of mortification.

I learn that there was no attempt at inter-communal bridge building, or even a token invitation to any Sinhalese or Muslim expatriates at either of these events. Clearly, we Tamils have achieved excellent ethnic cleansing at our public events.

Mean while, we read in the Sri Lanka Guardian, an article by a Mr. J. T. Janani arguing that “most Tamils want Eelam, and support Eelam”. I hope he does not imply that most Tamils are willing to go along with child recruitment as well as forcing civilians to fight, as long as the end is Eelam. However, in a society where children are routinely used as house-hold servants, and in a society where large segments of the society were designated to caste-stipulated servitude, the occurrence of such attitudes is easy to understand. Jananai ‘s claim also implies that “moderate Tamils”, or the likes of Ratnajeevan Hoole are an inconvenient invention of the international community , irrelevant to the Tamils as such.Of course, moderate is a relative term, and I am going to claim that Jeevan Hoole is really just another extrimist carrying the old baggage of Chelvanayagam.

An even more interesting phenomenon in the horizen of Tamil politics has come into being. A Bruce Fein, an American lobbyist who is well known to argue any case, true or false, as long as he is paid the fee, is found to write articles in support of Tamil causes tinged by the hue of the LTTE. Surely, the Tamils have produces many distinguished lawyers. Indeed, some like Wakely Paul are like Bruce Fein in not having even a Tamil name. Clearly, then, why are we not using them? Clearly the Tamils have no true voice, but just a cacophony of paid hirelings, propagandist web sites, coerced journalists and politicians afraid of their very lives because of LTTE assassins or white vans.

Who are the Tamils in the context of Sri Lanka?

Tamils are people whose culture and language identify them as Tamils. There is no distinction between a Sinhalese and a Tamil, except in this veneer of culture. Culturally, the Tamils and the Sinhalese are very close, just like the Jews and the Arabs, the Valoons and the Flems, the Georgians and the Ossetians, the Sufis and Sunnis, etc. Of course, the racist writers on both sides wish to emphasize the differences between the two communities, and insist that we are dealing with totally irreconcilable, starkly different cultures. However, even the grammar and vocabulary of the Tamils and the Sinhalese are so close that you can take a Tamil sentence, and convert it to Sinhala with almost the same word order, and with many common words. A Tamil can go to a Buddhist Temple and often find his own Gods, though not the caste strictures placed upon some of us by our own Hindu Temples. According to the Yalpana Vaibasha Kaumudi of Mr Velu Pillai, according to Swami Gnanaprakasar, and Fr. Rasanayagam, the so called “Traditional Homelands” of the Tamils have in ancient times had Sinhala place names showing that Sinhalese too had lived there. In the south too, we have shrines like Kathirkamam (Katharagama) and Thevanthurai (Devundara) where Tamils have lived from time immemorial. But then, the Senanayake-Ponnambalam citizenship act of 1948 conferred citizenship to any Tamil who had resided here for over seven years. Thus there is no need to say “we too were here since the common era”. In fact, those who insist on “traditional homelands” have all the hill-country Tamils excluded by it. Ironically, Chelvanayagam’s Tamil Arasu Kadchchi formula of 1948, and the Vadukoddai formula of 1976, where the doctrine of “Traditional Home lands” was brought in, is less helpful than D. S. Senanayake’s citizenship act.

I developed this discussion to point out to you that the Tamils have had a truly great leader in Mr. Thondaman Sr., who guided a depressed and deprived people to build up a community which is today a proud component of Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic fabric. I know the hill-country Tamils very well, having lived and made family in Hatton, Sri Lanka. I believe that the rest of the Tamils in Sri Lanka came to its present sorry impasse due to the arrogance and zealotry of the Colombo-Tamil leadership. It is their kith and kin who among the expatriates form the vanguard of the forces of unreason and war.

The hill-country Tamils are not the only group of Tamils who have been deprived and denied their right of dignity and well being. Every Tamil knows that Tamil society is a hierarchical society. Every westerner living in Colombo will tell you that Tamils make good servants and house boys. But these westerners do not know that those "good Tamils" are the “low-caste” Tamils. The upper class Tamils are a pain even to themselves, conspiring against each other for power and supremacy, and making little cabals to take advantage of everything including even the ambiguous position of the Christian Church which is at once an invader, an oppressor and a liberator. In fact, it is interesting to note that the Ponnambalams, Chelvanayagams, Naganathans, Thiruchelvams, Eliezers, the Anton Balasinghams and even the Ratnajeevan Hooles are not Hindus. Those who left the Tamils and joined the British imperialists were the first to become Christians, and they were empowered by the British. Among the Sinhalese too, The Mahamudiyars like Bandaranaikes and Obesekeras defected from their people to become good Christians. When the British began to leave, the battle for the spoils opened up between these two groups, i.e., the Tamil Christians and the Sinhala Christians. Unlike the hierarchical Tamil society where the masses didn’t mean much, the power-hungry Sinhala leaders had to identify themselves with the Buddhist masses. So we have these Anglican-Sinhala leaders changing their religions, their dress and their mannerisms. The Tamil leaders did not have to change their religion, as Ponnambalam had already found that Tamil Nationalism, directed against the Sinhalese was an adequate force. However, he listened to Soulbury and moderated his politics for cooperation with the Sinhalese. This was enough for Chelvanayagam to denounce Ponnambalam and turn Tamil Nationalism into the powerful racist dream of a separate nation powered by the the Tamils, for the Tamils, already in 1956, almost a decade before "Sinhala Only".

How extremist Tamils became mainstream Tamils.

Mr.J. T. Janani's ideas embody the net result of that movement where Tamil racism is regarded as the moderate norm. When S.J.V. Chelvanayagam started his campaigns in 1948, he was regarded as a hopeless, rather harmless extremist. But he built on the legacy of Ponnambalam where Tamil Nationalism had already become good currency in the upper-class salons of Cinnamon Gardens. From the Sinhala side, Bandaranaike gave S. J. V. the opportunity to bank-roll his extremism and make it main-stream politics. The extremely advantageous position enjoyed by the Tamil community in the areas of commerce, the professions etc., were gradually forfeited for an elusive search for a “Traditional Homeland” which would be run by Tamils living in Colombo.

Mr. Janani and many others like him have argued that the 1977 electoral success of the TULF proves that the “Tamils have voted for separation”. As is usual for most Tamil writers, he forgets that the Hill-country Tamils were NOT a party to the Vadukoddai resolution. He forgets that a point of view expressed in a state of national frenzy has no validity. He forgets that if a mandate had been given by the Tamils to Mr. Amrithlingam and others, then that mandate was negated by a group which assasinated that TULF leadership and usurped power. So, what ever electoral legitimacy existed in the policies of 1977 or Thimpu, they have been negated by the new, self-appointed Tamil leadership embodied in the LTTE. It was the political failure of the TULF in unleashing a militancy that it could not control, that the vote should have brought the Tamils to such an impasse. After all, the vast majority of Germans, many Spaniards, Italians and Vichy France solidly supported Nazism because Hitler had sold them heady nationalism. But this type of political support for extreme agendas does NOT provide a sanction to mono-ethnic racism which is the essential basis of Eelam. Democratic processes have no meaning in pathological situations. Younger Tamils are too caught up in the frenzy of all this to understand the cul-de-sac of no return contained in Vadukkoddai 1976 and the electrons of 1977. Thondaman was the great Tamil leader who had the experience and the sagacity to recognize the dangerous whirl pool of Vadukkodai and he steered his people away from it.

Why Fedaralism and the Federal party failed.

Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole thinks that Federalism would have solved the country’s problems, and that perhaps the Banda-Chelva pact should have saved the country. I have attended political meetings of the era in Jaffna, conducted in Tamil, and I know that there were two faces to the campaigns of the so called Federal Party, which became a strongly sovereignist party in its Tamil language publications. Even if S. J. V. had some Federalist inclinations, he was too much of a fanatic to stay there. He believed in the ineluctable “re-conquest” of the “Traditional Homelands occupied” by the Sinhalese. In this he was driven by a false history of the “Tamil” people where he made no allowance for the fact that these two cultural groups were kindred groups who have inter-mingled their identities many times over. After all, the Sinhalese and Tamils have both lived in the North and East, as testified by the hundreds of inscriptions and historical evidence found there. Thus the Sinhala nationalists and even the moderate Tamils of the era did not trust Chlevanayagam. SJV was one of the first to label his opponents as “Traitors”, but he did not proceed to kill them. That came later, in the hands of his political progeny. I append here a picture of Chelvanayagam posing with Sivakumaran, the Tamil militant who later committed suicide biting cyanide after a botched bank heist. This picture shows that although S. J. V. donned the “saintly” mantle of Gandhi he had no compunction against encouraging the embryonic “armed struggle”. The TULF then went on to declare that it was ready for ”state terror”, and we have had plenty of it since then. If Federalism was Chelava’s aim, he would have attempted to build bridges with the Sinhalese, instead of picking a fight from day one in 1948 or distributing symbolic wooden pistols and Eelam stamps at Satyagrahas. You cannot have Fedaralism without building fraternity.

The Eelam War

The “embryonic armed struggle” materialized into the Eelam wars, and many Tamils, living outside the war zone were very happy about it, especially because of successive alienation and anger arsing from successive race riots, putting Tamil lives at risk. So they ended up financing a war conducted by an immoral gang which had eliminated the more urbane Tamil leadership. If violence is tolerated even once, the rest is a free fall, and we have supported a war that converted the children of the less-fortunate Tamils into cannon fodder, and silenced all discussion under the cry of "Eelam". Today we have Satheesan Kumaran and other LTTE propagandists, ever reminding us that the government bombed an orphanage in Chencholei, while ignoring what the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) have written about the blood-curdling suicide-worrier songs which are used as a part of the training of these children at this orphanage. As Ranajeevan Hoole points out, this double-speak by the Tamil writers has made them into liars in front of world opinion. They have now got to hire Bruce Fein and other lobbyists of doubtful shade as their spokesmen. If children and civilians could be used for war, then inevitably, they will become cannon fodder and we cannot turn around and say that civilians and children are being bombed. The guilt falls squarely on the blood-thirsty Terrorist leader who has usurped the nationalist program of the Tamils. It falls equally strongly on men like Sampanthan , Senathirajah, Sivalingam and others who continue to give some sort of political support to a modern-day Tamilized Nazi movement. If Sampanthan and others have even a trace of civility, then they should denounce the assassins of Amirthlingam, Canagaratnam, Thiruchelvam etc.,at least in the name of animal justice as they were murdered in cold blood. Sampanthan and others should realize that even if the Eelam war were won, it will simply lead to ever- lasting war with the Sinhala south, and continual subjugation to south India.

The government claims that its bombings are very accurate. They are perhaps accurate once every ten times. Even the Americans and the Isrealis, with their vastly superior technology, end up bombing hundreds of civilians. I call upon His Excellency the President to carry on the war against the LTTE, but withour air attacks which have little effect on well-bunkered LTTE cadre, but hurt the vast majorty of ordinary people who are themselves victims of the LTTE.

What options do the Tamils have?

Dr. Hoole in his speech claims that the Tamils have to either face the unacceptable option of “assimilation”, or coax India to intervene. He is even naïve enough to think that India will impose a “just settlement”. Electrical engineers are not expected to be knowlegable in history or human affairs, but Hoole is no longer a technician; he is trying to claim a position as a political comentator. Unfortunately, our Tamil leaders and intellectuals have always run to India in the hope of Justice, and betrayed their surrogate status. Not so long ago our Karuvakkaadu lawyers pleaded everything before the Privy council or the House of Lords in England. I am afraid Dr. Hoole has missed the boat when he thinks that today we can go to India and get the problems of the Tamils sorted out. In fact, even if we get a measure of regional independence, given this kneel-to-India mentality, we would never be independent. In ancient times the Kings of Jaffna were either subservient to the King of Kandy or the Chola kings, depending on whose power was waxing or vaning. The Colombo Tamils and their expatriate-support base too would try to run any regional Tamil adminstration and undermine the local leaders. The local leaders would also be forever under the mercy of the Tamil Nadu and Indian-Center conflicts. Our own local Tamil interests would be ignored, just as the people of the Vanni were sacrificed for the sake of the battles engineered by the TULF-led Colombo Tamils.

What then is the future of the Sri Lankan Tamils?

The future of the Tamils of Sri Lanka lies firmly in the hands of the Hill-country Tamils, the Eastern Tamils, and the Tamils living in the suburbs of Colombo. These are practical Tamils. These are not anglicized arrogant lawyers who are more at home in New Jersy or in the Middle Temple, London. The Tamils living in the suburbs of Colombo and other urban centers of the south are trying to rebuild the mercantile and financial leadership that were eroded from them due to the unfavorable political activities of the Tamil Leadership. The future of the Tamils lies not in Indian hands, but in our own hands, in our ability to build bridges between the various communities, and forge working relations based on fundamental human values which are independent of racial and caste considerations. This will always need the freshness of one new generation, as the old wounds of war have to heal. But anyone who has read the history of Europe or even Sri Lanka should know that there will always be grievances, and there will always be battles for space, land and resources. But such battles can be conducted in a non-confrontational way. We Tamils can take a leaf from other minority groups in other countries. The Jews are a small minority in the United States. Unlike the Zionists who wanted an Eelam-like state of their own, the US Jews remained in the USA. They have retained their culture and their position in society, without assimilation. They have succeeded in this precisely BECAUSE they did not attempt to capture overt political power by confronting the American establsihment. The Tamils of Sri Lanka too can maintain their culture and their dignity. Any one settling down in a predominantly Tamil district would be required to be proficient in Tamil up to, say , “Junior level”, as it was called in my school days during the British Era. Similarly, any Tamil hoping to work and settle down in, say, Wellawatta should be required to be proficient in Sinhala to the same level. Of course, this type of law should only apply to people under 21, as one cannot expect old dogs to learn new tricks. But in time, each region would have its own linguistic character preserved to a significant extent. It should not be forgotten that Sri Lanka will continue to be replenished by interactions with Tamil Nadu, a large trading partner and a strong cultural influence. Thus I think Dr. Hoole and others who are ready to kneel in front of India are merely exposing in public the poverty of their thinking. They only have a pessimistic, tunnel-view of things and fail to see the larger canvas.

One should remember that Language is NOT the cause of the conflict. It was USED by the power hungry leaders as the bone of contention. Even countries having the same language have fought civil wars worse than our own. The English, the Americans, the North and South Koreans, the North and South Vietnamese, the Spanish, all these peoples had the same language but had engaged in debilitating war. The men who saw the carnage of two world wars understood that the economic and political union in Europe, as well as the extinction of nationalism define the basic bastions of a peaceful future. The same holds for Sri Lanka. Once it has put its own house in order, it would be time to look for a closer economic union with India from a position of strength. However, before that, we need to get our own house in order, and in this, I salute Mr. Devananda and Mr.Karuna for collaborating with the present government to build up a unitary nation. This does not of course mean that I codone the elements of viloence contained in the political methods of both these individuals.

This transformation of post-LTTE Sri Lankan Tamil politics does not require big devolution of power or political action. A system of modern roads – public transport that is, would be enough to make Jaffna a mere suburb of Colombo. Thus wise leadership which emphasizes economic action rather than constitutional tinkering is what is needed. If the Diaspora could pore billions to buy arms to feed a killing machine, that same Diaspora should atone its sins by funding a development bank which would make venture capital easily available to our would be entrepreneurs. It could support Tamil culture and education without having to grmble that the state has not done this or that. Now that the political progeny of the Chelvanayagams, Naganathans, Ponnambalams etc., have (thank God!) been eliminated from the political arena by Prabakraan, and since Prabakaran too would also get eliminated some day by the State machinery or International action (unlikely), the stage would be set for a new set of leaders to come to the fore. Twentieth century Sri Lanka had two great leaders, viz., D. S. Senanayaka and S. Thondaman. I hope that future new leaders would take a leaf from Senanayaka and Thondaman, and attempt to forge good relationships with all communities as the first step to giving a new political chance to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Let the Tamils think of themselves as some type of new, unbigoted, enterprise-oriented “Jews” of Sri Lanka and prosper. If we make the money, and do things honestly and honourably, culture and coronation will be ours.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

So this is what you marchd down the streets of auckland for, to support the murder of innocent tamil civilians by your tamil tiger terroist mates...

A female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber hiding among a group of civilians fleeing Sri Lanka's war zone blew herself up, killing at least 28 people and wounding 90, the military said.

The blast happened near Vishvamadu, a town in the north of the Indian Ocean island recently captured by the military as it battles to crush the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatists and end a 25-year-old war.

Underscoring the challenge the military faces in separating combatants from civilians as the war moves to a final showdown, officials said the bomber was in a group of people being checked for weapons by soldiers when she set off the bomb.

"Two officers and 18 others were killed from the army, two officers injured and 48 others injured. Eight civilians were killed and 40 others injured. Many of them are women and children," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The rate of civilians fleeing fighting between the military and the cornered LTTE has picked up sharply this week, with at least 17,300 fleeing since Thursday -- out of at least 21,627 so far this year, according to military tallies.

More than 50,000 soldiers are converging on a sliver of jungle in the Indian Ocean island's northeast to crush the LTTE -- now estimated to number no more than 2000 hardcore fighters.

"We are trying to save Tamil people, but LTTE is not allowing us to do that and they have exploded a suicide bomb among civilians," Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told Reuters.

The government, aid agencies and rights groups have accused the LTTE of forcibly keeping civilians in the war zone as human shields and for use as conscripts and labourers.

The rebels deny that, saying Tamils there do not want to leave their side. They accuse the government of intentionally targeting civilians, which the military denies.

The former head of intelligence for India's 1987-1990 peacekeeping mission in the Sri Lankan war, Col R Hariharan, said the civilians' delayed movement to safe areas was what was holding up the military's final offensive.

"It is a desperate measure. The refugees are getting out of control of the LTTE, so this flood will increase. This was a sort of a shock treatment," Hariharan, who spoke to Reuters by phone from Chennai, said of the blast.

The LTTE has a squadron of elite fighters known as the "Black Tigers" used for suicide missions and other difficult assaults.

The Tigers have long mixed with the civilian population to give themselves the ability to infiltrate and launch surprise attacks on the military and other targets.

Analysts say that is the type of war they will fight after the military seizes the last 175sq km the Tigers now hold as a conventional force. The army's commander has said his troops are ready for that.

The Tigers have landed on US, EU, Canadian and Indian terrorism lists, largely for their widespread use of the suicide blast as a weapon of war.

The LTTE is credited with inventing the suicide jacket (a bomb-laden vest) and of creating a culture of martyrdom. All fighters on duty wear cyanide capsules around their necks to be taken in case of capture, a symbol of their no-surrender mindset.

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The truth will have to come to light sooner or later!

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

As a civilized nation on the planet ,kiwis dont be misled and hoodwinked by most ruthless and dangerous rebel outfit supporters in NZ.innocent civilians are escaping LTTE tyranny to cross overto goverment army control area to find safty and LTTE KILL THEM ON COLD BLOOD preventing them go a safer place , read this.Last modified on: 2/10/2009 6:13:10 AM United States government condemns LTTE suicide attack on Tamils civilians
(By: Walter Jayawardhana)

Calling the suicide attack on an Internally Displaced Persons Center an apparent effort of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to discourage Tamils from leaving the conflict area, the United States government condemned the act in a statement issued in Colombo on Monday (Feb 9).

The statement from the US Embassy in Colombo said: "The United States condemns today's the suicide attack on a government center that was registering internally displaced persons who had managed to exit the conflict area in northern Sri Lanka. This apparent effort by the LTTE to discourage Tamils from leaving the conflict area killed and wounded many Tamil civilians.

"The United States calls on the LTTE to allow all civilians freedom of movement. The United States also urges the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that all IDPs who leave the conflict area are registered and transferred in a transparent manner to temporary camps in accordance with international standards.

Last modified on: 2/10/2009 11:34:28 AM LTTE continues targeting Tamil civilians: suicide bomb attack at IDP rescue centre - Kilinochchi

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At least 29 people including 10 civilians were killed and 64 others including 40 civilians reported injured when an LTTE woman suicide bomber blew herself at an IDP rescue centre, North of Visuamadu in Mullaittivu this morning (Feb 9) at around 11.30 a.m. 3 woman soldiers were also among the military fatalities reported.

According to defence observers, LTTE terrorists have perpetrated the attack targeting the civilians in reprisal, for defying LTTE's orders to take-up arms. Exact casualty figures are yet to be estimated as tension prevails in the area. Security forces immediately cordon off the area, while medical units were rushed to the site, the sources said. Women and children are said to be among the many reported killed and injured in the suicide bomb blast, security sources said. Ambulances carried the wounded to the Kilinochchi hospital.

The female suicide bomber had arrived among the civilians who were seeking protection with security forces in guise. The bomber had blown herself before being screened, the reports further said.

According to them, the LTTE in the face of an inevitable defeat is trying to score levels with the innocent civilians. On Sunday(8), a group of civilians escaping from the LTTE hellholes North of Visuamadu and Sugandirapuram have ramped an LTTE barricade assaulting a LTTE 'police' cadre and killing two female terrorists in the cause. Similarly civilians, who were forcibly armed and sent to the forefront by LTTE, have taken on the less numbered LTTE cadres beating the terrorists and tying them behind, on 7th February. The civilians had later managed to flee towards the security forces controlled area, the sources further said.

Earlier, LTTE terrorists used a 13 year old child suicide bomber against the advancing 55 Division troops in Chalai on 4th Feb. Observers of LTTE activity have expressed concerns over the likelihood of the LTTE increasing such attacks targeting civilians to enact a large scale carnage instilling fear among the people who are entrapped in the non-liberated regions in Mullaittivu.

LTTE is a ruthless terrorist outfit that has been fighting for a mono ethnic separate homeland for the Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1983. During its 3 decades of existence the outfit has pioneered a large number of terror tactics particularly in the field of suicide bombing, that have been soon copied by the other terror organizations in the world. Fuelled by extremist tribal ideologies held by their megalomaniac leader, V. Prabhakaran, and largely foreign funds generated through its false propaganda, LTTE terrorists have killed tens and thousands of innocent civilians in many village massacres, bus bombings, train bombings, ethnic cleansing raids, and etc. The outfit is also included in the UN list of shame for using children for terror attacks.

A soldier carrying the corpse of an innocent child, killed in the LTTE suicide blast.(09.02.2009)
This is how they (LTTE) 'liberate' the innocent Tamil people in Sri Lanka. Feeding on the same people, once they(LTTE) lambasted to 'represent'.
'A helping hand in need'. Sri Lankan Security forces are the only liberators who can free these innocent people from the LTTE tyranny.

Injured and traumatized: civilians been evacuated for immediate medical attention. The reality of a facade 'struggle' exposed.
LTTE does not even spare the elderly. These people fled to the liberated area after undergoing unprecedented hardships with LTTE.
The diaspora community, the 'victim industry', and the Colombo 'elites' should be shamed off for whitewashing the heinous crimes perpetrated by the LTTE over the years.

Sri Lankan Army medical corps attending to the injured civilians. See, the eyes of the traumatized mother. What liberation has the LTTE brought into these innocent lives?
The head of the LTTE woman suicide bomber, which was found lying in distances from the blast site.
Many pretend to be worried about the safety of the civilians "trapped" in remaining LTTE hiding areas in Wanni. Yet, they refrain revealing the accurate facts.

Obviously, the pictures would be embarrassing for anyone who had provided funds to the LTTE and its front organisations.
Millions of dollars were pumped for the LTTE by bogus HR campaigners and 'free media' organizations to continue with its crimes unabated.
These people were on the run for hours evading LTTE death squads before they arrived at the IDP rescue centre today (Feb 9) morning.

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Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

please stop war please please.............

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Tamil Tiger separatist rebels shot at civilians trying to flee fighting in Sri Lanka's northern war zone, wounded witnesses said after escaping with the help of the Red Cross.

The military says at least 32,000 people have fled the war zone in the Indian Ocean island's northeast, where troops aim to end a 25-year-old war by dealing a death blow to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels they have cornered there.

On Tuesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ferried out 240 sick and wounded people by boat from the Tiger-held coastal village of Puttumatalan.

Among them was Sister Mary Colostica, a 74-year-old Catholic nun, who told how she and five other nuns shepherded more than 2000 civilians from village to village as they tried to escape fighting and shelling, searching for what food they could find.

First-hand accounts from the war zone are difficult to get because most civilians who flee are put into military-run camps off-limits to outsiders.

"When we tried to leave, the LTTE didn't allow civilians to leave and said only we can leave," she said from a hospital in Trincomalee, the eastern port where she and the others were taken by the Red Cross.

"So we stayed back with the civilians," she said. The group kept close to a makeshift field hospital that had to be moved away from the rapidly advancing fighting, until reaching the shores of the Indian Ocean at Puttumatalan.

The ICRC said 16 patients were killed by artillery fire there on Monday. Another boatload of 160 patients sailed from Puttumatalan on Thursday, the ICRC said.

The military said on Thursday it had set up a 12km long no-fire zone encompassing Puttumatalan and other villages on a narrow strip of coastline, to replace one further inland. It said the LTTE had driven people out of the old one.

Sister Mary, being treated for shrapnel wounds, described the crisis in the north as worse than what she saw after the 2004 tsunami, which killed about 30,000 people on the island.

"At least 10 to 15 people die a day and no one is there to bury them," she said. "The LTTE fired from close to civilians. We had objected, but that didn't work."

The entire war zone has been sealed off to journalists and most aid workers. Humanitarian agencies estimate about 250,000 people are trapped there.

The government says the number is half that, while the United Nations is planning for an exodus of 150,000 people.

Another nun, Sister Louise, said the LTTE fired at people repeatedly when they begged to leave.

"When we tried to escape with civilians, LTTE had fired at me. I got shot in my leg," she said from her hospital bed.

The rebels have denied accusations from the government, a growing list of countries and rights groups that they have forcibly kept civilians inside the war zone to use as fighters.

The LTTE is on numerous international terrorism lists and has rebuffed repeated international calls to free civilians.

Sri Lanka's government has refused calls for a ceasefire but pledged to give civilians safe passage. Both sides deny targeting civilians and blame the other for non-combatant deaths.

Another 2000 people reached army-held areas on Wednesday and at least another 200 had come out by Thursday morning, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.

More than 50,000 soldiers are converging on the 175 squarekm pocket still held by the Tigers. Analysts say they have no more than 2,000 hardcore guerrillas left and face defeat.

Nanayakkara said that number had shrunk to about 700.

"It can be increased, because the people are still with them and can be forcibly recruited and trained to fight," he said.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

you did march with the tigers on queenstreet afterall and they are your brothers

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7893201.stm

The United Nations says it has received reports that Tamil Tiger rebels are actively preventing civilians from leaving Sri Lanka's war zone.
It says a growing number of those trying to leave have been shot at and some have been killed.
Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to be trapped after weeks of heavy fighting, mostly in a government "safe zone" along the north coast.
The Tigers have regularly denied claims they are using civilian human shields.
'Forcible recruitment'
A statement from the United Nations in Sri Lanka says its concern for the safety of civilians caught up in the fighting has been heightened by reports it has received over the past few days.
Many of the reports are based on testimony from people who have managed to come out of the conflict zone, it says.
It says there are credible reports to suggest that the Tamil Tigers are preventing civilians from leaving and a number of those trying to get away are being shot at and in some cases killed.
It says that reports on Sunday indicated that there was fighting inside the government-designated "safe zone".
The UN is calling on both sides to refrain from fighting in areas with large civilian concentrations.
UN spokesman Gordon Weiss also said the Tamil Tigers were trying to forcibly recruit people into their ranks, including children as young as 14.

The UN said one staff member had been forcibly recruited into the rebels and demanded his immediate release.
There has been no response from the Tamil Tigers to the latest reports but in the past they have said civilians are frightened and are seeking shelter from the rebels.
They have denied trying to prevent civilians leaving or shooting at them and say the military is constantly firing artillery shells into civilian zones.
On Monday the pro-rebel TamilNet accused the military of using cluster and incendiary bombs on civilian positions.
The government has always denied targeting civilians.
No independent journalists can reach the conflict zone so claims by either side cannot be independently verified.
About 50,000 soldiers are pressing the Tamil Tigers into a patch of north-eastern jungle after taking the key areas of Kilinochchi, Elephant Pass and Mullaitivu.
The government has rejected international calls for a ceasefire, demanding the rebels lay down their arms.
The Tigers have said they will not do so until they have a "guarantee of living with freedom and dignity and sovereignty".

Get Real

The situation in srilanka does not concern new zealanders. it really was laughable to watch hundreds of brown middle class people who eat well, sleep well and reside in new zealand strolling up queen street, pretending as if they really cared about the situation any more than other new zealand residents.

This is the sort of hypocrisy that we have come to expect from these so-called "humanitarian" causes. the "chant" from these "protesters" was barely audible as they strolled past vulcan lane.

Rather than "protest" in a country that has nothing to do with them and their origins, they would be much better to be grateful they managed to get into a safe westernised country where poverty is nowhere near as bad.

also these people would do well to consider the impact that foreigners just like them are having on average new zealanders. In this way perhaps there presence will come to be somewhat respected.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

As a Sinhalese, I don't want to be as the Germans did during the NAZI time; ignorant of the fact the Jews were being massacred. Please stop the carnage of the poor Tamil people. Haven't we some mercy left in us! Are we just being ignorant of the fact that the Tamils are being slaughtered. Sri Lanka started the war and Sri Lanka should stop the war! Stop the carnage immediately! let us proove that we are Buddhists and not terrorists!

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

as a tamil, i dont want to be as the germans did during NAZI time; ignorant of the fact the Jews were being massacred. Please stop the carnage of the poor Tamil people. Haven't we some mercy left in us! Are we just being ignorant of the fact that the Tamils are being slaughtered. Sri Lanka started the war and Sri Lanka should stop the war! Stop the carnage immediately! let us prove that we are hindus and not terrorists!" would have been more apt dont you think mr bandulavalingam? - sad that you need to resort to pretending to be sinhalese :) get a life mate, go back to sl and do something constructive and dont pretend to give a toss here in nz.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

There’s a famous and much over used line that says ‘love is blind’ but I guess the same thing can also be said to be true about hatred.

With the lives of thousands of innocent civilians hanging in the balance, more and more leaders of the international community have been making appeals to the LTTE to lay down their arms and surrender in order to bring about an end to the bloodshed.

While this seems very heartening to note, I couldn’t help but notice the amount of messages floating around the blogosphere that calls for a continued armed struggle. Even if it means that every single civilian is forced to bear arms and be killed in a vain attempt to buy time for the beleaguered LTTE leadership!

While I do understand to some extent the feelings of the Tamil diaspora, I really find it hard to relate to the fact that they can continue to call for the war to continue. I mean aren’t they even a little bit affected by the way in which these civilians are suffering?

When visiting certain pro LTTE blog sites, it’s pretty obvious that the most vociferous of these voices belong to a generation of Tamils who have never even set foot in Sri Lanka. Yet they insist on commenting about how Tamils are being systematically wiped out throughout the country. How can they make these claims without ever having visited Colombo or any other part of Sri Lanka?

One such comment went like this:

“Better the children die fighting the genocidal sinhalese, rather than surrender and be murdered by them. Should they be tortured and have their necks cut with a knife, like many in Jaffna? Or should they stand like men with guns in their hand giving their lives to protect their people?…”

How can anyone in their right minds make such a statement?

These are children you’re talking about for God’s sake! Children who should be given the right to have a future that’s not decided for them by someone who sits in the comforts of a western country and feels very patriotic about sending a few dollars every month for the purchase of arms and ammunition!

If anyone feels they have a right to fight for a separate homeland, that’s their own prerogative, and they should have the courage to stand up and fight for their beliefs. But when instead they decide to live thousands of miles away from the fighting and scream encouragement to children to take up arms and die for these beliefs, it just proves them to be heartless cowards who are blinded by hatred.

It seems the LTTE if nothing else have achieved one thing. They have taken a peace loving community and changed it into a hate spewing monstrosity that seems blind even to the deaths of its future generations.

So i guess as far as certain elements of the Tamil diaspora are concerned, hatred is blind, is the most popular axiom to live by.

The Terrorist Tamils

This from the bbc two hours ago:

'Two planes belonging to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have attacked the capital Colombo, damaging a government building, officials say.

'Both planes were downed, one of them hitting inland revenue offices, killing one person and injuring at least 40 others', officials said.

Is this the kind of thing you middle class hypocrites are supporting? I bet you sadistic asswipes smirked as 3000 people died on 9/11.

Re: The Terrorist Tamils

global peace and justice supports tamil tiger terrorism

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Editorial/COUNTERVIEW--No-truck-with-...

Sri Lanka has rejected the LTTE's offer of a ceasefire to the war raging in north-east of the island nation. Its stand will doubtless be decried as
counterproductive intransigence. Innocent Tamils are suffering and hence the calls for a political rather than military solution to the conflict. But those passing moral judgment on Sri Lanka's military offensive are off target. Aren't they overlooking the LTTE's caveat that it won't lay down arms? Or that its recent aborted air raid on Colombo signalled its complete lack of interest in peace? For the first time since 1983, the Tamil Tigers have been pushed into a fast-shrinking corner along the north-east coast. If they're now talking truce, there's reason to be suspicious. The LTTE has tactically capitulated before, only to live to fight another day. That's why the deal brokered by Norway in 2002 fell apart.

Tamil civilians have been no more than collateral damage to their own self-proclaimed champions. Recently, the Sri Lankan authorities announced a 48-hour ceasefire, asking the LTTE to ensure safe passage for people trapped in the war zone. There was no response. India also asked the LTTE to disarm. In answer, all the world has seen are horrific reports of civilians being used as human shields or forced labour and children recruited as soldiers. This is not official propaganda; it's a charge levelled by human rights watchdogs.

Should Sri Lanka believe the LTTE has turned dove overnight? A political solution is the ideal but requires genuine dialogue. If the LTTE wants peace, it must disarm first. There can be no truck with violent groups refusing to come overground. If we sympathise with the 'root causes' of the LTTE's murderous war, shouldn't we do the same for India-baiting terrorists or al-Qaeda's butchers or Taliban's strangulators of freedom? Sri Lanka is within sniffing distance of smashing a terror outfit disingenuously parading as the sole mouthpiece of an ethnic minority whose members are fleeing LTTE-controlled territory by the thousands. Why should Sri Lanka's army snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

COLOMBO, 12 March 2009 (IRIN) - The UN has deplored the diversion of high-energy therapeutic food supplies intended for severely malnourished children to Liberation Tigers of Tamils Eelam (LTTE) fighters in combat zones in Sri Lanka’s north.

A statement released on 11 March by the UN country office in Sri Lanka said that BP-100 high-energy biscuits found in the possession of a dead Tamil Tiger came from supplies targeted at severely malnourished children.

“The UN deplores that such life-saving items, destined for severely malnourished children, were diverted from their intended purpose,” the statement said.

“The last shipment of BP-100 was sent with all due government authorisations by the UN Children’s Fund [UNICEF] to the Ministry of Health Regional Directors of Health Services in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in June 2007, for the treatment of severely malnourished children in those districts.”

The UN statement said “the treatment of malnutrition among children remains a priority for Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the World Food Programme”.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

By Sarath Dissanayake of Auckland

LTTE Freedom Fighters!!

The Auckland based Sri Lankan community has accused that current agitators on New Zealand streets pretending to be clamoring for the Tamil civilians are the very people who are responsible for creating a humanitarian crisis within a narrow sliver of a land in Sri Lanka's Northern Province.

The creators of the crisis who shoot any civilian trying to go away from the area of Pudukudiyrippu to prevent them from escaping so that they could be used as a human shield, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE-Not Liberation but Terrorist) are masquerading in the streets of Auckland as agitators for the protection of those very civilians harmed by them. These pretenders of human rights are some of the world's worst violators of human rights (According FBI in USA this freedom fighters are the world Ruthless Terror Group) who are the enslavers of children as child soldiers and mould and brain-wash some of them to become suicide bombers. (LTTE is the first terror group to introduce suicide bombing in the world and even they used pregnant mothers)

These campaigners extort money from Tamil businesses in Auckland and use that money to explode bombs, against innocent civilian in Sri Lanka both walking and otherwise, to kill scores of civilians which is part of the crisis. The walking bombs have been utilized, to kill those very Tamils running away from the LTTE enclaves.

Many of the participants of these rallies carry red flags of the terrorist group LTTE that practices suicide bombings and abducts children to use as soldiers in addition to wanton slaughter of civilians including women and children.

The flags are the red flags with the emblem of a springing out ferocious tiger, which they call the terrorist outfit's official flag. Demonstrators also carry the photograph of Velupillai Prabhakaran , the man who heads the outfit and wanted by the Interpol for the murder of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and other multiple crimes. These agitators want the New Zealanders to believe that they did not commit those crimes and blame them on someone else.

This is a clear case of a humanitarian crisis of gigantic proportions by using civilians as a human shield and shooting them when they try to escape the most intolerable torment and trying to mislead the unsuspecting New Zealanders to believe that the culprits of the agony is the Sri Lanka government.

Tamil Tigers, as they are popularly known even used coercive tactics to extract financial "donations" from Tamils abroad. They root this money to kill innocent people in Sri Lanka. Some of these actions are covertly and overtly happening in New Zealand as well and it cannot be a secret to law enforcing authorities. When similar trends started to emerge in some other western countries, steps have been taken to curb such activities by officially designating the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group, a move that criminalized the group's fund-raising efforts. The outfit has been banned in USA, Canada, UK, European Union, India and many other countries of the world.

We would like to emphasise to the New Zealand public that the New Zealanders are now witnessing a part of a world wide publicity campaign unleashed by an international terror group LTTE. In all countries, along with the publicity campaign they raise funds. The cash contributions solicited from Tamil owned businesses in the suburbs of either Auckland or Toronto are being used to buy bombs to blow up civilians 10,000 miles away.

They are not freedom fighters. They have killed almost all educated Tamils in Sri Lnaka or opposed their struggle. If they are freedom fighters they should allow others to speak. They kill almost all who opposed their view and who cannot brain washed. Every one knows that there is no ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and there is not discrimination. But yes there is a big class gap in Sri Lanka where 7% of the population is extremely rich. This includes Tamil businessmen. If you go to Colombo you will see that most of the Tamils live in Colombo and run very successful business. Their Children go to leading schools and enjoy all the comforts like others. The famous cricketer Murali is a Tamil and every one loves him like many kiwis do. But LTTE is behind for killing nearly 70,000 people for maniac reason of its leader Prabakaran. They killed the former Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka who is Tamil but spoke against the brutality of LTTE.

So we urge Tamils in New Zealand not spend a at least a dollar to kill communities in Sri Lanka but for the development in Sri Lanka.If its not LTTE we could have made Sri Lanka the paradise of the east by now.