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Sri Lanka Withdraws Funds from Tamil AreasSalem-News.com
So much for democracy in this war crime suspect island nation.
(SALEM / COLOMBO) - This week the political party representing the battered Tamil population in Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance, leaped back into power in the country's northern regions, sweeping local elections. This is happening as the government reels under very serious allegations of war crimes and Genocide, charges Sri Lanka denies.
What the government apparently is not denying, is its new plan to leave the surviving Tamil population to fend for itself in post war status. Until now the Rajapaksa administration has been touting its rebuilding efforts.
The election results were not likely what the government anticipated, yet cutting the Tamils off from government funding seem contrary to crushing to highly developed separatist state in order to build national unity. Tamil Eelam had a fully developed government, educational and healthcare system, culture, industry and infrastructure, prior to the Sinhalese government destroying it.
Power and Energies Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka already suggested that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) develop the north on its own
"It was not the Sinhalese who destroyed the tanks, electricity and railway lines," he charged. Tamils who were there fully disagree.
TNA MP Sumanthiran in response said, "the government is trying to negate the Tamil people's democratic will by economic force".
Minister Ranawaka added that the TNA with the new found support should not demand police and land powers or federal status.
The Sri Lanka Sinhalese government led by President Majinda Rajapaksa and two of his brothers, is sliding down a greasy pole into a pit of the worst type of public exposure. The heat is on, they're feeling it, and so far the best excuse the government has offered for their possibly direct role in Genocide, is that they are being persecuted by Channel 4 News in London.
Two years ago the armed forces they command slaughtered somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 Tamil civilians or more in the country's north coastal regions. They're people who because of discrimination, had tried for decades to establish their own independent state, Tamil Eelam.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were the military arm of this secessionist movement in Sri Lanka, and the LTTE is frequently blamed for what went wrong, but that is appearing increasingly less possible as more and more photos and video of the orgy of violence emerge. And now, the direct testimony of a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officer, states that the orders to exterminate human beings indeed came from the sibling Rajapaksa trio.
We've been covering it, Channel 4 in London has been following it with actual resources, and plenty of Asian media has paid attention, but it really is amazing that so many people can die in the modern world and yet so few people know about it. However the evidence without question shows that Sri Lanka's government exterminated the journalists before they went for the Tamils, and it almost worked. The emergence of information is indicative of the heartache in the SLA today from people who would never have pictured themselves associated with such cruelty and madness, when indeed they are.
It all came to light slowly, and then in one big shot with the recent release of the documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' by Channel 4 in London, which did more than open eyes. Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, said this week that her 28-year old son called her tearfully expressing that he was ashamed to call himself a Sinhalese Sri Lankan. It was reported yesterday, that she publicly criticized the current regime in Colombo, for plunging the country into such a pathetic world view.
Special thanks to BBC Sinhala for information in this report.
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