Over 450 families in Trincomalee are to lose their homes as a result of the Rajapaksa regime’s continuous wooing of the Chinese to remain in their good books.
The Australian media establishment ‘Green Left Weekly’ in an article on Monday has revealed that President Rajapaksa during his recent visit to China had signed an agreement to hand over 1200 acres of land in Trincomalee to the Chinese on a long term lease for ‘defense-related development’.
The land that has been promised to be given over to the Chinese is said to be occupied by temples, mosques, schools and houses and the majority among the 450 families who are affected are said to be Tamil speaking Muslims.
Several similar land transfers have been made to China recently by the Rajapaksa regime in a bid to curry favour with the Chinese government. Some 198-acres of land in Gampaha has been promised to a Chinese company in order to settle their losses in constructing the expressway under the build-operate-transfer scheme and another large land area has been promised to the Chinese in return for constructing a dam to prevent coastal erosion along Colombo South Port to Moratuwa.