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Killing Field Since 1948...Salem-News.com
Resistance to ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka was met with Genocide.
(LONDON) - Since 1948, the Tamil people of Sri Lanka have been suffering under the stranglehold of extreme prejudice. The British colonized Ceylon as it was previously known, and then when they allowed the people to resume control of their own affairs, the harmony that had previously existed between the Tamils and the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community was gone.
In its place, the spirit of Sinhala religious and political domination became central. Tamils soon were watching the government legislate against them; a long list of acts were passed that allowed the Buddhists to erode the rights of Tamils. Their very language was threatened.
For thirty years, the Tamils attempted to negotiate with the government, utilizing a Gandhi style non-violent form of peace activism. It got them nowhere, so eventually the Tamils had to defend themselves and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were formed to protect those who lived in the north, in the part of Sri Lanka that had been occupied by Tamils for thousands of years. A thirty-year attempt to wage peace turned to violence as the only means of preserving the Tamil culture and people.
This resistance was met with a bloody Genocide that was Sri Lanka's answer toward Tamil independence. Now it is time for Sri Lanka to be accountable for its crimes, the event in London is geared toward accomplishing that goal.
Killing field Since 1948....
Venue : In front of Olympic Park
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