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Feb-03-2012 22:14printcomments

Sri Lanka's Independence Day- a Black Day for Tamil Eelam

Victims of state terrorism have nothing to celebrate.

1948 was a year one culture in Sri Lanka found independence, and another found oppression.
1948 was a year one culture in Sri Lanka found independence, and another found oppression. Courtesy: Muthamizh Vendhan

(SALEM) - How do Native American people really feel each time the 4th of July is celebrated in the United States? A friend of mine has a shirt featuring an Indian warrior with the words, "Fighting Terrorism Since 1492" and that seems to define both the irony and insanity of the USA's never ending boastful celebration of its own ideals.

Each time a society comes to view itself as superior to to others, it has entered its own downfall. This seems especially true of both the U.S. and Sri Lanka.

The day Sri Lanka's gained independence from British rule, 4th February 1948, was a black day for Eelam Tamils. This minority culture in the north of this island nation labored for self preservation for three decades, from '48 through '78 ... amid an atmosphere of state terrorism and violence.

Support for the Tamils has always flowed across the sea from India. Their cause for liberation which was in the end painted as 'terrorism' was in fact the product of a desperate struggle for equality and the survival of their very culture.

For more than a half century, the Tamil nation has endured severe oppression by the Sri Lankan Sinhalese State which represents both the government, and about 85% of the country's ethnic makeup. Through systematic discriminatory legislation and a series of violent atrocities against the Tamil people, there has been no independence tied to the 4th of February for Tamils.

It was after three decades of oppression that the Tamil people finally took up arms against the Sri Lanka government with the formation of the legendary Tamil Tigers, or LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

As TamilNet wrote of the recent past in Sri Lanka,

For over 30 years, democratically elected Tamil leaders protested against such oppression through non-violent, democratic and peaceful means. The just demands of the Tamil people were answered with military repression and state terrorism. Promises were made, but never fulfilled; the agreements and pacts entered into became dead letters.

The friction between the two peoples (the Sinhalese nation and the Tamil Eelam nation) finally emerged as a major conflict leading to the demand for secession at the 1977, Parliamentary elections. The Tamils overwhelmingly voted a mandate to create the state of Tamil Eelam. The Sri Lankan Government, however, continued its repression, state terrorism and flagrant violations of human rights. It is this brutalisation that led the Tamils to take up arms to defend themselves. The Sri Lanka government has banned both domestic and foreign media from visiting the war zone and reporting independently. The world at large is kept in the dark with only the news put out by the Government, which is one sided and biased. This war is a war without witness.

TamilNet says that as a result of the oppression beginning in 1948, 70,000 innocent Tamils have been killed and a million Tamils turned into refugees. While they are not all considered casualties, the Genocide in 2009 left more than 160,000 people unaccounted for.

How this horrific period was allowed to transpire is simple, the government of Majinda Rajapaksa, an ally of the U.S. and Great Britain, had his forces kill or disappear all of the country's pro-Tamil journalists, including many who were Sinhalese.

It is extremely noteworthy that many Sinhalese Buddhists simple lament and mourn the mass Genocide their own government committed against the Tamil people two summers ago. No decent human being would support the bloodbath of civilians that took place, however Sri Lanka's media is controlled and resistance press is kept silenced, increasingly, in the post-Genocide period.

The Tamil people are somber today, they know that something rightfully theirs is denied, and that the government that celebrates independence has nothing to celebrate.

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Tim King in 2007, covering the Afghanistan War

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sinnan February 25, 2012 4:10 am (Pacific time)

Oh TIM! you are really great a soul!
We are sure there are honest and brave men to defend innocents in the world.I appreciate your appropriate andwitty wayof answering to alahapperuma an ignourant of morality.We do condem the terror of ltte eventhough it was innevitable after long non violant struggle in vain,but how dare the unwanted singala govt relentlessly kilöl wound and do a lott of odd things to innocents becaues they happend to be TAMILS.I do not know why they have been adament to yield even a BIT?
May the almighty be on your side to do your DUTY!

Tim King: We must never sleep on this one, no quarter for those who perpetrate this level of human suffering, it is true Sinnan, thank you!


Kanchana Alahapperuma February 7, 2012 3:44 am (Pacific time)

Dear Tim Please do not waste time writing untrue stories. My advice to you is to take time to study what happend in Sri Lanka and what is happening in the world now. By adopting this you will be able to achive a lot and will be a great journalist. Yours sincerly, Kanchana Alahapperuma


Kanchana Alahapperuma February 6, 2012 5:00 am (Pacific time)

Tim King: There you go, your highly insulting comment is published.  The one you reference, you're right in that I put up an overly emotional reaction, and then took it down.  This is serious business and you can behave in a casual manner about government terrorism and Genocide if you want, but my job is to make people aware and it is only drivel to you.  And the awards on my wall absolutely disprove your assertion of my having "no journalistic ability or credibility".  The only things you seem accomplished in are denial and vulgarity, no offense. Dear Tim  You can not compair Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bush. Or you even can not compair Mr Rajapaksa to the ex Presidents of Sri Lanka. As you know Mr Rajapaksa wanted to have a pieceful solution. Unfortunately the LTTE did not want to have any acceptable solution for the whole nation.  For your information Please read this Talks and further violence  In light of this violence, the co-chairs of the Tokyo Donor conference called on both parties to return to the negotiating table. US State Department officials gave warnings to the Tigers claiming a return to hostilities would mean that the Tigers would face a "more capable and more determined" Sri Lankan military.[87] While the talks were going on there was violence targeted towards civilians such as massacre of 5 Tamil students on January 2, 2006.[88][89]  In a last-minute effort to salvage an agreement between the parties, the Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim and the LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham arrived in the island. The parties severely disagreed on the location of the talks; however, continued efforts produced a breakthrough when both parties agreed on February 7, 2006, that new talks could be held in Geneva, Switzerland on February 22 and February 23. During the weeks after the talks, there was a significant decrease in violence. However, the LTTE resumed attacks against the military in April.  In light of this violence, the LTTE called for a postponement of the Geneva talks until April 24–25, and the government initially agreed to this. Following negotiations, both the government and the rebels agreed to have a civilian vessel transport the regional LTTE leaders with international truce monitors on April 16, which involved crossing government-controlled territory. However, the climate shifted drastically when the Tamil Tigers canceled the meeting, claiming not to have agreed to a naval escort. According to the SLMM, the Tamil rebels had previously agreed to the escort.[90]  On April 20, 2006, the LTTE officially pulled out of peace talks indefinitely. While they stated that transportation issues had prevented them from meeting their regional leaders, some analysts and the international community held a deep skepticism, seeing the transportation issue as a delaying tactic by the LTTE in order to avoid attending peace talks in Geneva.[91] Violence continued to spiral and on April 23, 2006, six Sinhalese rice farmers were massacred in their paddy fields by suspected LTTE cadres,[92] and on May 13, 2006, 13 Tamil civilians were killed in the islet of Kayts.[93] International condemnation against the LTTE skyrocketed following the attempted assassination of the commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka by a pregnant LTTE Black Tiger suicide bomber named Anoja Kugenthirasah who blew herself up at the Sri Lankan Army headquarters in Colombo. For the first time since the 2001 ceasefire, the Sri Lanka Air Force carried out aerial assaults on rebel positions in the north-eastern part of the island nation in retaliation for the attack.[94]  This attack, along with the assassination of Lakshman Kadiragamar a year earlier and an unsuccessful attack against a naval vessel carrying 710 unarmed security force personnel on holiday, proved the catalysts as the European Union decided to proscribe the LTTE as a terrorist organisation on May 19, 2006. It resulted in the freezing of LTTE assets in its 27 member nations. In a statement, the European Parliament said that the LTTE did not represent all the Tamils and called on it to "allow for political pluralism and alternate democratic voices in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka".[95] As the North and East of the country continued to be rocked by attacks, new talks were scheduled in Oslo, Norway, between June 8–9. Delegations from both sides arrived in Oslo, but the talks were canceled when the LTTE refused to meet directly with the government delegation claiming its fighters were not been allowed safe passage to travel to the talks. Norwegian mediator Erik Solheim told journalists that the LTTE should take direct responsibility for the collapse of the talks.[96]  Further violence followed, including the Vankalai massacre. The Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels have blamed each other for the killings[97][98] There was also the Kebithigollewa massacre, in which the LTTE attacked a bus killing at least 64 Sinhalese civilians and prompting more air strikes by the Air Force,[99] and the assassination of Sri Lanka's third highest-ranking army officer and Deputy Chief of Staff General Parami Kulatunga on June 26 by an LTTE suicide bomber.[100] These events led the SLMM to question whether a ceasefire could still be said to exist.[101]  [edit] Mavil Aru water dispute  A new crisis leading to the first large-scale fighting since signing of the ceasefire occurred when the LTTE closed the sluice gates of the Mavil Aru reservoir on July 21 and cut the water supply to 15,000 villages in government controlled areas.[102] After initial negotiations and efforts by the SLMM to open the gates failed, the Air Force attacked LTTE positions on July 26, and ground troops began an operation to open the gate.[103]  The sluice gates were eventually reopened on August 8, with conflicting reports as to who actually opened them. Initially, the SLMM claimed that they managed to persuade the LTTE to lift the waterway blockade conditionally.[104] However a government spokesman said that "utilities could not be used as bargaining tools" by the rebels[102] and government forces launched fresh attacks on LTTE positions around the reservoir. The LTTE then claimed they opened the sluice gates "on humanitarian grounds" although this was disputed by military correspondents, who stated the water began flowing immediately after the security forces carried out a precise bombing of the Mavil Aru anicut.[105] Eventually, following heavy fighting with the rebels, government troops gained full control of the Mavil Aru reservoir on August 15.[106]  [edit] LTTE offensives in Muttur and Jaffna  As fierce fighting was ongoing in the vicinity of Mavil Aru, the violence spread to Trincomalee, where the LTTE launched an attack on a crucial Sri Lanka Navy base,[104] and to the strategic government controlled coastal town of Muttur in early August, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 civilians and displacing 25,000 residents of the area.[107] The clashes erupted on August 2, 2006 when the LTTE launched a heavy artillery attack on Muttur[108] and then moved in, gaining control of some parts of the town.[109] The military retaliated, and reestablished full control over the town by August 5, killing over 150 LTTE cadres in heavy fighting.[108]  Soon afterwards, 17 persons working for the International French charity Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Muthur, were found executed. They were found lying face down on the floor of their office, with bullet wounds, still wearing their clearly marked T-shirts indicating they were international humanitarian workers. The murders prompted widespread international condemnation.[110] The SLMM claimed that the government was behind the attack,[111] but the government denied the allegation calling it "pathetic and biased", and stated that the SLMM had "no right to make such a statement because they are not professionals in autopsy or post-mortem."[112]  Meanwhile, in the north of the country, some of the bloodiest fighting since 2001 took place after the LTTE launched massive attacks on Sri Lanka Army defence lines in the Jaffna peninsula on August 11. The LTTE used a force of 400 to 500 fighters in the attacks which consisted of land and amphibious assaults, and also fired a barrage of artillery at government positions, including the key military airbase at Palaly.[113][114] The LTTE is estimated to have lost over 250[114] cadres in the operation, while 90 Sri Lankan soldiers and sailors were also killed.[115]  As ground battles were ongoing in the North and the East of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Air Force carried out an air strike against a facility in the rebel held Mullaitivu area, killing a number of Tamil girls. Although the LTTE claimed 61 girls were killed, the SLMM stated they were able to count just 19 bodies.[116] The government stated that it was an LTTE training facility and that the children were LTTE child soldiers,[117] although the LTTE claimed the victims were schoolgirls attending a course on first aid at an orphanage.[117]  On the same day, a convoy carrying the Pakistani High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bashir Wali Mohamed was attacked by a claymore antipersonnel mine concealed within an auto rickshaw. The High Commissioner escaped unhurt, but seven people were killed and a further seventeen injured in the blast.[118] The High Commissioner claimed that India was strongly believed to have carried it out,[119] in order to intimidate Pakistan, which is one of the main suppliers of military equipment to the Sri Lankan government.[119] Pakistan had promised one shipload of the wherewithal every 10 days in coming months.  [edit] Fall of Sampur  Since the resumption of violence, concerns were mounting among the military establishment that the strategically crucial[120] Sri Lanka Navy base in Trincomalee was under grave threat from LTTE gun positions located in and around Sampur, which lies across the Koddiyar Bay from Trincomalee.[121][122] Artillery fired from LTTE bases in the area could potentially cripple the naval base, bringing it to a complete standstill and therefore cutting the only military supply chain to Jaffna. All movements of naval vessels were also under the constant surveillance of the LTTE.[121] These fears were backed up by a United States military advisory team which visited the island in 2005.  Following the clashes in Mavil Aru and Muttur, the LTTE had intensified attacks targeting the naval base in Trincomalee,[122] and in a speech on August 21, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse made clear the government intentions were to neutralize the LTTE threat from Sampur.[122] On August 28, the Sri Lankan military launched an assault to retake the LTTE camps in Sampur and the adjoining Kaddaiparichchan and Thoppur areas. This led the LTTE to declare that if the offensive continued, the ceasefire would be officially over.  After steady progress, Sri Lankan security forces led by Brigade Commander Sarath Wijesinghe[123] re-captured Sampur from the LTTE on September 4, and began to establish military bases there,[124] as the LTTE admitted defeat and stated their cadres "withdrew" from the strategically important town.[125] It marked the first significant territorial change of hands since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in 2002.[126] The Sri Lankan Military estimated that 33 personnel were killed in the offensive, along with over 200 LTTE cadres.[123]  [edit] LTTE retaliation and further peace talks  The LTTE struck back in October. First, they killed nearly 130 soldiers in a fierce battle at Muhamalai, the crossing-point between government and LTTE controlled area in the north of the country.[127] Just days later, a suspected LTTE suicide bomber struck a naval convoy in Habaraba, in the center of the country killing about 100 sailors who were returning home on leave.[128][129] It was the deadliest suicide attack in the history of the conflict.[130]  Two days later, LTTE Sea Tiger cadres launched an attack against the Dakshina naval base in the southern port city of Galle. It was the farthest south any major LTTE attack had taken place, and involved 15 LTTE cadres who arrived in five suicide boats. The attack was repulsed by the government, and the damage to the naval base was minimum. All 15 LTTE suicide cadres are believed to have died in the attack, along with one Sri Lanka Navy sailor.[131]  Despite these incidents, both parties agreed to unconditionally attend peace talks in Geneva on October 28–29.[132] However the peace talks broke down due to disagreements over the reopening of the key A9 highway, which is the link between Jaffna and government controlled areas in the south. While the LTTE wanted the highway, which was closed following fierce battles in August, to be reopened, the government refused, stating the LTTE would use it to collect tax from people passing through and would use it to launch further offensives against government troops.[133]  Following the dawn of the new year, suspected LTTE cadres carried out two bus bombings in the south of the country, killing 21 civilians. News reports stated that the attacks bore all the hallmarks of an LTTE attack.[134] The Sri Lankan government condemned the attacks and blamed the LTTE for carrying them out,[135] although the LTTE denied any involvement. Iqbal Athas, an analyst for Jane's Defence Weekly commented that the LTTE's targeting of civilians was a cause for concern, and that further attacks against civilians could not be ruled out.[136] Other analysts too expressed fears that LTTE attacks, which had largely been confined to military and political targets during the ceasefire period, may now increasingly target civilians as in earlier stages of a conflict.  [edit] Government offensive in the East Main article: Eastern Theater of Eelam War IV See also: Operation Definite Victory In December 2006, the Commander of the Army and other senior government officials expressed their plans to initially drive the LTTE out of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, and then use the full strength of the military to defeat the LTTE in the North of the country.[103] Among the reasons cited by the military for the offensives in the East were the need to "free the civilians in the area from the LTTE", who the military stated was firing artillery towards civilian settlements and were using 35,000 people as human shields.[137] These claims were later backed by the civilians who told reporters that they were held by force by the Tamil Tigers.[138] On November 7, 2006, in the midst of conflicting claims over 45 Tamil civilians were killed in what is known as the Vaharai bombing.  Victory monument at Karadiyanaru junction.  Subsequently, the Army began an offensive against the LTTE on December 8, 2006, in the Batticoloa district with the objective of taking Vakarai, the principle stronghold of the LTTE in the East, but temporarily aborted it after a week of fighting due to the large number of civilians in the area and the difficulty in conducting combat operations due to the ongoing Monsoon rain.[139] Over the next few weeks, an estimated 20,000 civilians fled from Vaakare to Government controlled areas fearing the imminent assault. The Army launched a new offensive in mid January, and Vakarai fell to the advancing troops on January 19, 2007. While the offensive in the East was ongoing, the LTTE and others accused the government of murdering 15 civilians in the Padahuthurai bombing on January 2, 2007, when the Sri Lanka Air Force bombed what they claimed to be rebel LTTE naval base in Illuppaikadavai in Northern Sri Lanka.[140][141] The loss of Vakarai has been predicted to cut off supply routes of the northern Tigers to their cadres in the East, thus weakening the Tigers' already diminishing grip on the East.[142][143] As the military offensive was ongoing, the LTTE continued to carry out attacks against civilians in government held territory. On April 1, 2007, the Sri Lankan military accused the LTTE of killing 6 Sinhalese tsunami aid workers in the Eastern district of Batticaloa.[144][145] The next day, suspected LTTE cadres set off a bomb aboard a civilian bus in Ampara which killed 17 people, including 3 children.[146][147]  Troops mostly operating in small groups of Special Forces and Commando units began a new operation in February[148] to clear the last remaining LTTE cadres from the Eastern Province. As part of the operation, troops captured the key LTTE base in Kokkadicholai on March 28,[149] and the strategic A5 highway on April 12, bringing the entire highway under government control for the first time in 15 years.[150] This meant the LTTE's presence in the East was reduced to a 140 square kilometer pocket of jungle land in the Thoppigala area north-west of Batticaloa.[148] After the 3 month long Battle of Thoppigala, the Army captured the Thoppigala peak on 11 July 2007, ending the LTTE's military capability in the Eastern Province and concluding Eelam War IV in the Eastern theater.[151]  [edit] Government offensive in the North Main article: 2008–2009 SLA Northern offensive  Sporadic fighting in the North had been going on for months, but the intensity of the clashes increased after September 2007. During clashes in the Forward Defence Lines, separating their forces, both sides exchanged heavy artillery fire, after which military incursions followed.[152] By December 2007, the LTTE defences at Uyilankulama, Parappakandal and Thampanai were lost to advancing troops of the Sri Lanka Army.[153]  In an interview with the Sunday Observer the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said that the Army had occupied the LTTE's Forward Defence Lines and surrounded the Wanni LTTE bases from all directions. He also said that there were around 3,000 Tigers remaining and that the military intended to annihilate them within the first six months of the next year.[154] A day later there were less optimistic statements by Army, Air Force and Navy Commanders. The Army was to face an estimated 5,000 Tiger cadres in the Wanni. The Commander of the Army intended to shift the current battles in the Forward Defence Lines to a decisive phase in August 2008. In the Commanders' view, it was quite possible to defeat the LTTE in 2008.[155]  The military of Sri Lanka claimed that the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was seriously injured during air strikes carried out by the Sri Lanka Air Force on a bunker complex in Jayanthinagar on November 26, 2007.[156] Earlier, on November 2, 2007, S. P. Thamilselvan, the head of the LTTE political wing, was killed during another government air raid.[157] The Sri Lanka Air Force openly vowed to destroy the entire leadership of the LTTE.[155] On January 5, 2008, Colonel Charles, Head of LTTE Military Intelligence, was killed in a claymore mine ambush by a Sri Lanka Army Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP)  Dear Tim Let me finish giving you this advice. Please do not waste time writing untrue stories. Please take time to study what happend in Sri Lanka Yours sincerely, Kanchana Alahapperuma


Das February 6, 2012 5:38 am (Pacific time)

Systematic massacres of tamils commenced soon after independence in 1951.
http://nesohr.org/hrr/?show=all
http://nesohr.org/hrr/?show=all%20LTTE was thus born.Final slaughter was in May 2009


RollinThunder February 6, 2012 4:32 am (Pacific time)

Sri Lankan Tamils are a hateful lot. They hate each other with a passion, unlike anyone else I've come across anywhere else. They have divisions along religious, caste and other lines, too many to remember and impossible to comprehend. To truly understand the invalidity of their claims of prejudice one needs to live in Sri Lanka for a period of time, as I have. My own take on it is, just as there may have been discrimination and segregation at one time in Sri Lanka, it is either non existant or insignificant in today's society. One cannot live for ever in the past and needs to move on, realizing the importance of fitting into an inclusive world. Some Sri Lankan Tamils still seem incapable of doing so, while most that I meet in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka are happy that the tamil terrorists have been wiped out.
I am an American who has lived for a long time in Sri Lanka, who has no preference in their bestial conflict.

Editor: Really? Not taking sides? You toss out paranoia and you bigotry sounds like it was sharpened on a stone.  Tamil and Sinhalese people are both kind and gentle by nature, like all human beings.  The problem is the Genocidal politics, get it? 


Farouk February 6, 2012 12:39 am (Pacific time)

Hi Alaha and others,

There's no use arguing with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience. I have read the drivel Tim writes, including a reply to a comment which has been since removed (oh yeah, in other words, censored). This guy has no journalistic ability or credibility. He has not published any of the comments I have made to this piece of garbage.

Tim King: There you go, your highly insulting comment is published.  The one you reference, you're right in that I put up an overly emotional reaction, and then took it down.  This is serious business and you can behave in a casual manner about government terrorism and Genocide if you want, but my job is to make people aware and it is only drivel to you.  And the awards on my wall absolutely disprove your assertion of my having "no journalistic ability or credibility".  The only things you seem accomplished in are denial and vulgarity, no offense.


stephen February 5, 2012 1:59 pm (Pacific time)

ok then. How about the elephant in the room. With all the history, and different opinions of all the chaos and death that is going on in the world, I just wonder one thing about it all. Is it the job of the U.S., NATO, the western world, to bomb all these countries to promote democracy? Has all the bombing promoted any type of democracy (answer: no it hasnt). Has the bombing created more death and chaos? (answer: yes it has).. Thats all I have for now.


Jason February 5, 2012 5:53 am (Pacific time)

Tamils amount to no more than 15 per cent of the total population of Sri Lanka hey have no right to claim an independence. .


Alahapperuma February 5, 2012 9:22 am (Pacific time)

Tim King: Tamils have a very long history of existence in Sri Lankan, this is something you can easily look up. Eelam Tamils have lived on the island since around the 2nd century BCE. Knowing this, I ask how you would feel in their place? Have you ever been forced to flee your home under threat of violence or death? Do you realize that this is what you are essentially approving of? You need to take a serious look at your own words, and I am not going to go down a big list of the differences but I can tell you that the Tamils faced many serious obstacles, like the elimination of their own language which is unique to Sri Lanka because it includes words not used in Tamil Nadu. Why India turned its back on the suffering masses would be an important question to ask.

Dear Mr Tim

Let me ask you this Question. Did you ask other Sri Lankan how they felt when LTTE terrorising
the whole nation.
Let me give you few eg.

Dollar Farm Massacre

The LTTE terrorists commenced their systematic ethnic cleansing campaign against Sinhalese and Muslims by attacking the traditional fishing villages in the Mullaittivu district. On 11 Nov 1984 a group of armed LTTE cadres attacked the Dollar Farm village in the night and massacred at least 33 civilians including large number of children and women

Kent Farm Massacre
On 30 Nov 1984, the terrorists launched their second night raid targeting the Kent Farm village and massacred 29 civilians, including women and children, looted their belongings and set fire on to their houses

Kokilai and Nayaru Attack on ancient fishing villages

Wilpattu Village Massacre

On 5th May 1985, a group of armed LTTE terrorists raided an ancient Sinahalese village in Wilpattu in Anuradhapura district killing 18 villagers including women and children.
Dehiwatta Village Massacre

On 4th June 1985, over 100 LTTE terrorists armed with sharp weapons butchered 15 villagers of Dehiwatta in Polonnaruwa district on their sleeping mats. Majority of the victims were women and children.

Some of the civilians massacres carried out by the LTTE were given publicity in the media fearing a communal backlash. It was during this time the term “Border Villages” were introduced by the separatist elements to develop feeling in the public that there exists two states
Aranthalawa Village Massacre

On 14th August 1985 , A group of armed LTTE terrorists raided a Sinhalse village at Aranthalawa , in Ampara district . The terrorists butchered 7 villagers after torturing them.

During this time villagers in those border villagers started to sleep in the jungles at night to protect their families from the terrorists who used raid their villages at night
Namalwatta Village Massacre I

On 18th August 1985, a group of LTTE terrorists armed with sharp weapons hacked 7 innocent villagers including children after torturing them at Namalwatta village, in Trincomalee district
Namalwatta Village Massacre II

On 7th November 1985, the LTTE terrorists raided Namalwatta village for the second time and executed 10 villagers including women and children

No body forced them to leave the country. In Sri Lanka the Sri Lankans can live as a nation no matter to which race you are born.
Dear Tim Just go to colombo and see how many Tamils are living in colombo with Sinhalese and Muslims. This was the case during the conflict. Did you mention in your artikel how many Muslims and sinhalese lived in Jaffna during the conflict.

And by the way I do not have to tell you The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

If you want have more real things let me know. I will be very glad to give more information which make sense.

Yours sincerely,

Kanchana Alahapperuma

Tim King to Kanchana Alahapperuma: I hate what happened to the Muslim population and I am familiar with some of this, my very interest in Sr Lanka stems from my friendship with a Lankan Muslim.  I hate what happened in the 80's and there were obviously many mistakes that grew out of this.  We in the USA have seen massive bigotry and prejudice; routing of entire cultures multiple times and I deplore all of it.  Note that I mentioned in this article about the many Sinhalese who are not part of this, do not support what happened.  Also, so many killed in the recent Genocide weren't even alive when the above events took place.  Most importantly is that period beginning in '48 when Tamils didn't raise so much as a stone against the majority culture.  Why didn't the government take a different route after so many years of British control?  There are few 'good guys' when this is the subject and trust me, I know people on all sides of this.  I note that you didn't address the recent Genocide, do you recall your only female president's somewhat recent statement about this?  Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga had her head on straight about these matters, she tried for years, worked with the LTTE, worked with the Tamil leaders... Your Rajapaksa is our 'GW Bush' - not much of a hopeful picture.  But most of all, of ALL things, I despise the actions of the current government on behalf of my brother and sister journalists who were snuffed out by the government, 'white vanned' and never seen again.  These were honest hard-working reporters, editors and employees of news firms, they didn't fire bullets or plant bombs yet your government was so threatened that it MURDERED them.  Below are just a handful, yet some of the more recognized names.    

Mylvaganam Nimalarajan,
Mr. Aiyathurai Nadesan,
Darmaratnam Sivaram,
Relangi Selvarajah,
David Selvaratnam,
Manickam Kamalanathan,
Subramaniyam Suthas,
A.M.F Anas,
Yogakumar Krishnapillai,
Subramaniam Sugirtharajan,
Bastian George
Sagayathas, S. Ranjith,
Suresh Kumar,
Ranjith Kumar,
Sampath Lakmal de Silva,
Mariathas Manojanraj,
Relangi Selvarajah,
Sathasivam Baskaram,
Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah,
S. T. Gananathan,
Subash Chandrabose,
Selvarajah Rajivarman,
Shoba Isaippiriya 

Think about it Kanchana.. I know what it is like to be a journalist in a war zone and to be scared.  These folks all died, they didn't have the luxury of looking back at "what could have" happened, it is all  history now and their hearts are still because of Rajapaksa and the SLA.  I think if I were to visit Colombo I would need a body bag and this isn't the time for that, however I would visit the north..

                  


ConcernedCitizen February 4, 2012 6:51 pm (Pacific time)

Dear Mr.Tim , tell me actually how much you got for writing this trash. If you wanna see the actual situation , either do some research outside tamilnet or come here and see for your self . It sad that the tamils have this inferiority complex which forces them to think like they are second class citizens. Tell me what rights the Singhalese enjoy which the tamil population dose not have ? And why the so called oppressed tamils would not flee to places like tamil nadu (India) where the governance is run by tamils ? they wont since even the worst possible situation in S.L is far better than the situation in tamil nadu which is run by their own brother in .

 Tim King: Tamils have a very long history of existence in Sri Lankan, this is something you can easily look up.  Eelam Tamils have  lived on the island since around the 2nd century BCE.  Knowing this, I ask how you would feel in their place?  Have you ever been forced to flee your home under threat of violence or death?  Do you realize that this is what you are essentially approving of?  You need to take a serious look at your own words, and I am not going to go down a big list of the differences but I can tell you that the Tamils faced many serious obstacles, like the elimination of their own language which is unique to Sri Lanka because it includes words not used in Tamil Nadu.  Why India turned its back on the suffering masses would be an important question to ask. 


Carolyn Vandahey February 4, 2012 6:20 pm (Pacific time)

I agree about all of the morons who fire rocket in the air to celebrate Independence Day: As Tim King wrote... "How do Native American people really feel each time the 4th of July is celebrated in the United States? A friend of mine has a shirt featuring an Indian warrior with the words, "Fighting Terrorism Since 1492" and {"that seems to define both the irony and [insanity] of the USA's never ending [boastful] celebration of its own ideals.")  All I can say to that, is 'amen'.


Bharat Vasa February 4, 2012 5:04 pm (Pacific time)

You guys alway refer yourself as Indian tamils.
and the TN politician keep supporting your terrorist activities.So now after 30 years of blod shed and the cowardly death of the megalomaiac Prabhakaran,I think It is time for you guys to ask Vaiko to Give you the same amount of landas you tried to wrench away from the people ofsri Lanka living along the shores fro Jaffna to Batticloa in the Eastand from Jaffna to Puttalam in west along the coastin the West.
If your friend Viakois so concerned He coyuld Just cve of Parts of TN near Chettinad and Rameshwaram.
If not then stop Bitching.
You got you bloody asses whipped so just leave it at that. This time you guys will be totally eradicated like RATS.Go beg your Tamil Brethern to give you some land which you could name as Tamil Elam.THen we'll see how long you last with the rest of India.??????

Tim King: Yeah you guys sure did some killing alright, those little kids and civilian woman you butchered sure did get their asses 'whipped' as you say.  What is your slang, derogatory term for the rape and abuse of female corpses?  Just curious.  So you're standing tall over that bout of ethnic cleansing are you?  Just know that there is growing support for Tamil Sri Lankans from all over the world, not just in India, but the USA and Canada are becoming aware of what the SLA did and not a soul approves of what your forces did.  And then there is the fact that everything the Rajapaksa regime said has been disproven, they are counting on ignorance and fear to sustain at this point, pretty sad.     


James Jesudhasen February 4, 2012 4:27 pm (Pacific time)

Sri Lankans are finally getting over 30 years of terrorism funded by the diaspora and other interest groups around the world. Its sad to see innocent lives lost in war, irrespective ethnicity. Now let those people who have finally found peace live in peace.


stephen February 4, 2012 2:59 pm (Pacific time)

To alaha...I complain about the same thing, but Tim is just trying to show all of the havoc. There are many countries and he cant keep up with them all. He does a great job overall considering tho. But I did want to address you concern about Libya. After the western backed NATO bombing, I was sick, and still have not recovered. This was a blatent military aggression act on a country that did not deserve it. And now, rebels (some say are alciada) run the country and its worse than ever. It is now of my opinion, that the west not only


Alahapperuma February 4, 2012 11:01 am (Pacific time)

Dear Mr Tim King What are you writing. The Sri Lankan Nation is trying to recover from a 30 years of civilwar. The nation is celebrating the indipendence day as a nation. Why you waste time writing such artikels. Why dont you write what happened in Libiya. Not to know about things is not a shame. But to show the whole world that you know nothing is a shame.


Vignesh February 4, 2012 5:42 am (Pacific time)

Mr Moonesinghe great joke of this century


Vinod Moonesinghe February 4, 2012 1:54 am (Pacific time)

The writer is obviously not familiar with the history of Sri Lanka. In 1948, the leaders of Sri Lanka's Tamils voted with Sinhala racists to deprive Indian Tamil immigrants of their citizenship and right to vote. Only the Marxis Lanka Sama Samaja Party and the Communist Party voted against this. Ten years later, the Tamil leadership accepted second-class status for the Tamil language - again the only opposition came from the LSSP and the CP. The Tamil parties voted against the Paddy Lands Act, which gave more rights to poor farmers - which the bulk of Tamil people were. The first victims of the separatist terrorists were the very marxists who had been fighting for Tamil rights for years. Today Tamils have full language rights and all public servants must learn Tamil. The Indian Tamil immigrants all enjoy the right to vote.

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