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Black July 1983: Political Leaders Should Bravely And Honestly Address The Key Issues: NPC

The rampant violence that engulfed the Tamil people 23 July 1983 and days that followed discredited Sri Lanka internationally and signaled the brain-drain among the Tamils that would impact the future economic and political trajectory of the country. It also led to a costly and brutal war that lasted until May 2009, tore up the fabric of society and undermined the national economy.

The crimes of July 1983 were a watershed for our country | pic by Chandraguptha Amarasingha - A Tamil boy stripped naked and later beaten to death by Sinhala youth in Boralla gustation - 1983 July

The crimes of July 1983 were a watershed for our country | pic by Chandraguptha Amarasingha – A Tamil boy stripped naked and later beaten to death by Sinhala youth in Boralla gustation – 1983 July

Underlying both the anti-Tamil pogrom and the protracted war stemmed grievances of the Tamil people and the failure of their attempt to draw attention to them in a peaceful and non-violent manner. However, 32 years later, conditions in Sri Lanka have changed so that a political solution has become a viable prospect. The experience gathered in the work done by the National Peace Council for over two decades convinces us that our fellow citizens are now more willing to accept, and commit themselves to, a political solution that ensures justice and security to all.

We should also not forget those who saved the Tamils from those who incited and carried out the pogrom of July 1983. There are many accounts of Tamils, including NPC members, attributing their escape from injury and death to their Sinhalese and Muslim neighbours. We are grateful to those who risked their own lives to allow Tamils to hide in their homes or take them to places of safety.

During the past six months we saw an encouraging reduction of the fear psychosis in society and positive steps taken towards the reintegration of the ethnic and religious minorities into the mainstream of society. However, the early dissolution of Parliament on June 26 due to the political deadlock between the government and opposition means that many of the unresolved issues that existed prior to the presidential election continue to be present for exploitation by racist extremists.

In this time of commemoration of Black July, public attention is focused on the forthcoming general elections. Election campaigns provide an invaluable opportunity for public education. We call on our political leaders who seek genuine change in the country to bravely and honestly address the key issues that Sri Lanka as a country needs to resolve.

From the perspective of the National Peace Council there are several key issues impacting the future of the country that relate to relations between the ethnic and religious communities which require attention by the political parties in their election manifestos and in their campaign statements. These are,

• The issue of post-war accountability and reconciliation. We believe that the truth of what happened during the three decades of the war must be known to the people, and accountability sought, with reconciliation rather than punishment as the primary goal.

• There needs to be appropriate compensation and reparation to enable the conflict affected populations a fresh start in their lives, with the institutional reforms to sustain this change.

• The rights of ethnic and religious minorities need to be guaranteed and protected both through the rule of law and the manner in which future generations are educated to respect the diversity and pluralism in our country.

• Speech that incites hatred or violence against those of other ethnic or religious communities needs to be prohibited by law.

• There needs to be a just political solution in which there is a fair sharing of power between the ethnic and religious communities through the devolution of power, but also including mechanisms for power sharing at the level of the central government in a manner that recognizes the plural nature of our society.

These are sensitive issues that have evaded resolution for decades and therefore the resolution of these problems must be done in consultation with the people and by taking them into confidence and not by ignoring or by-passing them. After the general election, the new government that is elected will need to face many problems and find solutions to them. The people need to be told of the problems that should be solved for the country to march forward. People’s participation in national problem solving will ensure that the solutions agreed upon are implemented and will be sustained in the longer term.

*Statement by National Peace Council

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    The Singhalese and non-Singhalese participated in this crime were opportunists who were supplied with free liquor and biryani by resist politicians and backed up by army and police. Even in the west it will happen if politicians have freedom to do what ever they wanted to stay in power. Singhalese people are not born resists – they were fed racism in schools in the name of religion and through corrupted medias by greedy politicians to loot the country and divert people from the real issues – politicians never looked after the poor voters, they always used them as use-and-throw. Politicians never allow the ordinary people to wake up, which is dangerous to them.

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      Dear Senthil and Lanka Watch,

      Black July 1983 happened because the govt in power manipulated and fanned the natural outpouring of anger and grief at the murder of 13 Soldiers by the LTTE.

      It happened because govt thugs took to the streets while the police were inactive for several days.

      The carnage was reduced because Sinhalese and Burghers took upon themselves the responsibility of protecting the Tamils amongst them, even at the risk of murderous reprisals against them, their families and their properties by the very thugs who were attacking the Tamils.

      Not many Tamils acknowledge it Publicly but amongst the few who do, is Dr Rajasingham Narendran and the UTHR (J)

      Lanka Watch says “the problem initially started with the introduction of Sinhala only bill, thrust down the throats of the Tamils, deprived livelihood of many Tamils doing govt.jobs by another Oxford educated man”

      Unfortunately Lanka watch did not see what was happening in his own backyard long before the Language bill.

      Your missive is not about “TAMILS” but about a small but powerful and wealthy minority amongst the Tamils.

      Quote “This practice of caste exclusion gave rise to violent incidents in the 1960s and 1970s directed against high-caste Jaffna Tamils. Trade and industry and jobs in government service remained the monopoly of the upper-caste groups and attempts by the Pallars and Nalavars to improve their position resulted in violence, long drawn out hartal, and in extreme cases, killings by both high-and low-caste Tamils. Any sign of upward mobility by untouchable groups was quickly suppressed and repressive social customs were enforced through intimidation and violence. Vellalas often fielded thugs to punish attempts by Pallars or Nalawars to improve themselves, forcing them to conform to the social stratification. According to Pfaffenberger ‘Minority Tamils who attempted to raise their position would find their communities victimised by Vellalar-organised gangs of thugs, who burnt down properties and poisoned wells” unquote (Pfaffenberger, ‘The Political Construction of Defensive Nationalism’ cited by Gnanapala Welhengama, Nirmala Pillay in The Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka: From Communalism to Secession)

      Tamil society is a fractured society consisting of TWO distinct classes. The Ruling class and the Oppressed class. It is not cohesive as the abundant use of the word “TAMIL” would suggest.

      Quote “There had been for centuries a deep division between high caste Vellalas and low caste Tamils, mainly Pallavar, Nalavar and Karaiyar. These last castes were considered `non-Tamils or aboriginal people of a despicably low status” unquote (Pfaffenberger, ‘The Political Construction of Defensive Nationalism’, 1990, p.82)

      The Oppressed class is the Tamil majority but the Ruling Class owned all land and all means of production. Hence the Oppressed class was completely depended on the Ruling class for their livelihood. They were social pariahs excluded from daily social life by the Ruling Class.

      Re Lanka Watch’s statement “Never heard of such state assisted cases of anarchy happening against their own countrymen in civilised countries, other than in Hitler’s Germany”

      Perhaps Lanka Watch should study what went on in the Southern States of the United States.

      Sometimes ignorance is bliss!

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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        “It happened because govt thugs took to the streets while the police were inactive for several days.”

        Who are you trying to kid? The government on the day from top to bottom was planning such a lesson to be taught to the Tamils. It was a matter of time and VP provided an excuse. The police was inactive for a reason and can have a guess as to why?

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          Dear Burning,

          Are you providing an opinion or stating facts?

          If facts provide references

          Of course the police had a reason why do you think I mentioned it? It is a govt dept controlled by the govt, don’t be idiotic.

          Do you agree with the rest?

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Please OTC get a grip; your fascination with the Tamil elite has done overtime. The mop did not differentiate they attacked all and maimed. The Sinhala largely give a tacit support and the government of the day prepared the public just like Hitler did building up the Jewish hatred during the 1930s.

            Your pathetic attempt to mitigate the magnitude and scale of the pogrom will not wash! My comment is not in anyway belittle those Sinhala who safeguarded the Tamils at their own peril.

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              Dear Burning,

              I am disgusted with the Tamil elite not fascinated. Perhaps you are one of them as the Oppressed underclass could not get an Education.

              If you don’t like the reflection in the mirror, think of the people who you trampled afoot.

              Re “Your pathetic attempt to mitigate the magnitude and scale of the pogrom will not wash!”

              Perhaps the goat that came out after reading my comment made you incapable of rationally assessing the following that I wrote.

              the govt in power manipulated and fanned the natural outpouring of anger and grief ,,,,It happened because govt thugs took to the streets while the police were inactive for several days.

              You say “My comment is not in anyway belittle those Sinhala who safeguarded the Tamils at their own peril”

              Except other than censuring the Sinhala, not even the beneficiaries of that largess, numbering tens of thousands, ever mention it publicly.

              Dr Rajasingham Narendran who suffered immensely did it. Have you ever done it?

              I asked the following question

              Are you providing an opinion or stating facts? If facts provide references

              The inability to provide references leaves no doubt about what you write.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                I am disgusted with the Tamil elite not fascinated. Perhaps you are one of them as the Oppressed underclass could not get an Education.”

                Kandian Sinhala Intellectual, why did not you get a decent education? You looted a lowyer degree from Namal Low University without knowing what is meant by “Illegal Immigrant”. Further you are coward enough worm in the cocoon not to reply for comments. If you have courage bring the dictionary you found your meaning for “illegal immigrant” can you cut and paste it here?

                Illegal Immigrants are not criminal immigrants in many countries’ law. But, Vijeya and the gang deported criminal and rowdies exactly the way Castro did it to America. And the Gang brought 700 Tamil real legal women to Lanakve. That is the truth! If you can understand English, Tamil women are legal immigrants and Vijeya gang is illegal immigrants. That is true even in today’s world. When an illegal immigrant is legalized, they bring their women or men legally. That is why the Sinhala Vijeya rowdies are illegal immigrants and the women they got down from Tamil Nadu are real Tamil immigrants.

                Tamils did not bring Kerala Soldiers to protection. Thai is the Sinhala Intellectual Kings who could not hire soldiers from cocoon worm cowards went Kerela and brought soldiers. They all are now converted as Sinhalese. That is why, dear friend you, eat non milk Appa. That is why your women wear loonky. Do you know the Kandian Intellectual style of sari wearing is from Kerala? If get out of your cocoon and see the world you know Eelam Tamils do not copycat the Tamil Nadu like you have cut and pasted the Kerala culture. If you get out of your cocoon one time to go and see Kerala, you will know your Kandian Intellectuals even looks like Malaiyalies. Even your alphabets shapes are looted. You are the only race in Lankave is illegal immigrants in your sense. Even babies know the Kandian Sinhala Intellectuals like you are Kerala People. The Negombo and other shore area are Tamil Nadu peoples. Only uneducated rabies like you does not know the Kandian Sinhala Intellectuals are Kerala soldiers who became dominants.

                You looted a lowyer degree; your second boss Son Prince pick pocketed a a lowyer degree; his daddy King or the Bahrain Calipha paid Chinese money to Russia to buy a PhD. Now you are telling you are crying for underprivileged Tamils’ education. Is that worry made you to occupy, bomb or even bulldozed 50% of the School for army? One of my friend an under prevailed boy studies at Nadeswara College,. Two Years ago, when his school was bulldozed by Sinhala Intellectual Army to build a Manson for Old King, in Kankeyanthurai, he brought me the news and cried and cried. Now you too telling me you are crying for those boys education? Can you write one sentence here saying it was illegal to bulldoze underprivileged boys and girls studying school to build Manson for rulers? Whom do you fool rabies?

                If you not going to school it doesn’t matter; can you sent your M.Ps to school? Then you can start to worry about the Tamil boys and Girls. Lankave claims it is 99% educated country. But only 45% of the MPs educated. What is this comedy? Because these all guys have got something by the looting process is called standardization. If you are really honest in crying for under privileged boys and girls when you were looting education for you by name of Standardization why did not you take the Tamils-under-privileged into that? You not just infamous looter and murderous, you are shameless liar too.

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                  The Ranting IDIOT Mallaiyuran is ignored

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                The Black July of 1983 has been well documented. Rajan Hoole has been chronicling the events on these forums. Do have a reed and do not ever ask anyone to provide evidences or references; get it?

                If anything I said that you do not agree with, you are welcome to prove me wrong.

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                  Dear Burning,

                  You wrote “The Black July of 1983 has been well documented. Rajan Hoole has been chronicling the events on these forums. Do have a reed and do not ever ask anyone to provide evidences or references; get it?”

                  Wow arrogant aren’t we?

                  Is that a Vellala Ruling class arrogance? The same arrogance that trampled on the Tamil majority of the North and made them SLAVE for you?

                  It is advisable to put a bridle on that arrogance, you are making a fool of yourself.

                  Libraries are full of books too.
                  Don’t make foolish comments.

                  You challenged what I wrote and when I ask you for verifiable evidence you expose your bankruptcy by asking me to read what you did not know.

                  You say “If anything I said that you do not agree with, you are welcome to prove me wrong”

                  That goat is making you lose your memory too?

                  I did not challenge you. You challenged me.
                  I supported what I wrote with references. You did not.

                  Kind Regards
                  OTC

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        Off the cuff – Great respect should be paid to the Sinhala people
        who took risk of their lives to protect the helpless Tamils and
        Cricketer Sangakkara family is one among them and earned a black
        mark among the communal forces for harbouring the Tamils. Death
        toll would have been much higher if not for the brave Sinhala people but this carnage took place for 48 hours or more,unabated under the very nose of the armed forces and police and some dawned civilian clothing and joined the thugs. This goes beyond a hartal and a study must be made as to why the govt. consisting of educated people resorted to this tactics, encouraging thuggery
        in the country.
        What happened in southern states of USA is a different story as Blacks were immigrants and wanted citizenship rights but here the Tamils affected were indigenous people, enjoying the same rights as citizens of Sri Lanka.

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          Dear Lanka Watch,

          Thank you for acknowledging but Sangakkara is just one person of the several thousands who protected, fed, hid and delivered Tamil families to safety.

          Tens of thousands would have got that protection but the fingers in one hand is sufficient to count those who acknowledge it in public.

          Re “Blacks were immigrants and wanted citizenship rights but here the Tamils affected were indigenous people,”

          The Negroes were abducted from Africa and brought to America and sold as Slaves. They are not immigrants like the White people.

          The Ancient Tamils are Sons of the Soil but they are only a small fraction of the Tamil population.

          Please feel free to correct the following classification.

          1. Ancient Tamil migrants from India
          2. Those brought by Sinhala Kings for work & military service
          3. Invaders from Chola, 1017 AD and later
          4. Those who were brought by the Portuguese
          5. Those who were brought by the Dutch
          6. Those who were brought by the British
          7. Illegal immigrants (still on going)

          Except 1 and 2 all others are invaders or workers of invaders or illegal immigrants.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Vijeya clan and Rowdies are beasts by acceptance of you and Mahanama. They never get any status in any country in the world. The foul mouthed, wild fantasy dreamer, poet Mahanama who wrote they are children of beasts. This is the basic foundation of you. As Sinhala Language did not existed that time, he had written in Pali. North to south, east west from Siva period of Hindus valley civilization The Eelam island was ruled by Hindu Tamils. For 9000 years Siva Dravidian ruling the south Asia.

            Ceylon never existed until Britain recognized as one.

            Kandian Sinhala Intellectual lowyer does not understand the legal term sovereignty. So confused. Introducing illegal immigrants without knowing the meaning of that term. Who gave you the lowyer degree? Can you bring and post that legal definition for that word from your gurus from Namal University? If you do not under stand the meaning of English words do not use them.

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              Ranting Idiot is ignored

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              Cool story, Mal bro. I’ll look for the extended edition next to The Silmarillion in the Fantasy/Fiction section :D

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                Ever so insufferable imposter! :D :D

                You are inimitable such that you laugh like on body’s business at your own uttering! All I can do is :D :D :D

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                  Typical comment

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            Off the Cuff,

            ref. your classifications above

            1. Ancient Tamils are migrants are from India and so were the
            Singhalese – Agreed
            2. Ancient Tamils had their own kingdom in the North and the
            fight between Elara & Duttu Gemunu took place in Anurathapura
            which shows the extent of area Tamil kings occupied -Agreed

            3. How Tamil kingdoms existed, if Tamils were immigrants-agreed

            4. Indigenous Tamils were sent as protectors from southern Indian
            kingdoms when Tamil queens married Sinhala kings and they were
            worriers, who later intermarried .One cannot call himself as a
            pure Singhalese or pure Tamil as there were inter marriages
            when kingdoms flourished in south India & Sri Lanka in the
            early centuries.For E.G.The word Bandara came from the Tamil
            word “pandaram” meaning they served in the palaces as aids.
            This was raised in parliament and SWRD Banda had no say -agreed

            4. The rest is recent history, where Muslim traders were brought
            in to do trade and Indian Tamil labour was brought in to work
            on the Tea/Rubber plantations and by intermarriages over the
            years, they integrated and became citizens,some Sinhala,some
            Tamil speaking – Agreed.

            Know the history of African/American blacks and they were forced immigrants in USA.

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              Is Ravan worshipper of Siva or Buddha or pandyan a Tamil king or Sihala king? answer please.

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              Dear Lanka Watch,

              Re “1. Ancient Tamils are migrants are from India and so were the Singhalese – Agreed”

              Unfortunately NO.

              The Ancient Tamils were immigrants and they were ONE of the Parental populations of the Sinhalese.

              The Sinhalese EVOLVED in Lanka when their Tamil Parents AND Local Parents produced Children in Lanka. The Sinhalese cannot immigrate to Lanka from anywhere as there are no Sinhalese anywhere else in the world.

              Re “2. Ancient Tamils had their own kingdom in the North and the fight between Elara & Duttu Gemunu took place in Anurathapura which shows the extent of area Tamil kings occupied -Agreed”

              Again NO

              Elara was an Invader who occupied Anuradhapura by military might. Dutu Gemunu RECLAIMED it.

              Re “3. How Tamil kingdoms existed, if Tamils were immigrants-agreed”

              The Chola’s invaded in 1017 and existed with the military support of Tamil India.

              The Chola was an occupation army

              Re “4. Indigenous Tamils were sent as protectors from southern Indian kingdoms when Tamil queens married Sinhala kings and they were worriers, who later intermarried .One cannot call himself as a pure Singhalese or pure Tamil as there were inter marriages when kingdoms flourished in south India & Sri Lanka in the early centuries.For E.G.The word Bandara came from the Tamil word “pandaram” meaning they served in the palaces as aids. This was raised in parliament and SWRD Banda had no say -agreed”

              The Sinhalese are not a PURE Race. They have Tamil Genes and Vedda Genes and other genes. I never claim or use that type of argument. BTW the word “Paan” is Portuguese for bread. It is the same in Sinhala. It does not mean the Sinhala originated from the Portuguese.

              Re “4. The rest is recent history, where Muslim traders were brought in to do trade and Indian Tamil labour was brought in to work on the Tea/Rubber plantations and by intermarriages over the years, they integrated and became citizens,some Sinhala,some Tamil speaking – Agreed.”

              Though your argument does not hold water, It is unfortunate that you cannot think in those terms of brotherhood when you talk of Exclusive Homelands. If the Alien Indian Tamils can live and occupy Sinhalese Land what is the objection you can have when the Sinhalese occupy their OWN LAND in the East?

              Also please note that the Lanka Tamils consider the Indian Tamils who are all “Untouchable” unsuitable for marriage.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                OTC – You are twisting the history of Sri Lanka under the cover of Jaffna library, which contained ancient valuable history books
                were burnt to ashes and Tamils cannot reach out to truth this was done by the thugs but the educated were behind the cause. We shouldn’t take valuable pages of esteem web site CT to make personal attacks but I would not have thanked Sanga and the rest of the Samaritans who helped the helpless Tamils during the many riots, not only 83 mayhem If ,as you claimed ,that I cannot think in those terms of brotherhood.
                On the matter of words being commonly used all over the world,
                Paan is certainly a foreign word for both of us and Paan means
                betel for the Indians. the word ‘Paraya, mulagutani (Soup),
                Kattamarang (Boat)used in the west came from Tamil words and these are used for convenience sake and not connected with any body’s gene.
                when you say East, I presume you are referring to eastern province. It was forced colonization of Tamils lands by D.S
                followed by C.P.De Silva and that is why Tamil parties keep
                objecting the expansion programme. This is why I say that the
                history of Sri Lanka is rewritten and the boundaries are redrawn.

                I belong to the old school and after our generation passes, you
                will be in a win win situation as Tamil history will be erased by then. My Best of friends were Singhalese and even now I adored some them but I hate people who call Tamils, aliens.

                That was a silly argument you brought that Tamils treat Indian
                Tamils differently and do not marry their girls as Tamils as
                you probably know they are conservatives and they marry among
                their relatives

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            What about Pandyan king and Ravna king only Chola just given island back to Tamil. Pandyan and Ravana are also Tamil kings Sinhala are Telugu.

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              Dear Prem,

              Write what you can prove or logically argue

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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        The capacity of OFC to obfuscate the main issue by introducing garbage is mind boggling!! A true talent.

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          Dear Stanislaus,

          If it is garbage you should easily be able to dispose it.

          Your inability to do so means you are AFRAID of the Truth.

          Everything that I write is FACTUAL AND VERIFIABLE unlike the Trashy Propaganda the Eelamists like you write.

          Prove me wrong in any matter by providing verifiable factual evidence and I will without any hesitation apologize and correct myself.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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    In 1969 Prabakran and Uma Maheshwaran factions were shooting each other in Pondi Bazzar, Tamil Nadu. MGR was financing and militarising a Tamil war on Ceylon.

    In 1972 the last vestige of Air Ceylon went up in smoke when the Avro was bombed on Pallai runway.

    Dixit, the former Foreign Minster of India writes in his autobiography how Indians begin arming and militarising Tamils from 1980 onwards.

    So I think you need to give a break with these trollop how 83 riots ignited it all.

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      RE:Black July 1983: Political Leaders Should Bravely And Honestly Address The Key Issues: NPC

      “So I think you need to give a break with these trollop how 83 riots ignited it all.”

      It was in play with India Playing its role of Terrorist/Freedom Fighter Supporter Role.

      This was the biggest recruitment help the SL State gave to LTTE and justified India supporting and arming them. Rest was History.

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      @Vibushana, you are a real wing nut. 1969? The movement did not even exist then. Idiot these two with their 2nd in command shot at each other in the 80s. Also what does your comment have to do with this article? What is the relevance? Racist will always try to hide his shame by throwing some garbage to mislead people.

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      Vibushana – The difference is that it was not a spontaneous revolt by
      the Sinhala people, in July,1983, but a state assisted pogrom against their own people by the Oxford educated president and the problem initially started with the introduction of Sinhala only bill, thrust down the throats of the Tamils, deprived livelihood of many Tamils doing govt.jobs by another Oxford educated man and the world renowned Jaffna library was burnt down by another graduate, not from Oxford but from local university.
      Never heard of such state assisted cases of anarchy happening against their own countrymen in civilised countries, other than in Hitler’s Germany.

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      Imbecile Vibhushna,

      You are indeed master at concoctions! You are unscrupulous at bashing and belittling anything Tamil! Please grow up and be a man and a good Sinhala.

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      @ Vibhushana,your comments further enhances the fact that your a real stupid and dumb person not to mention a racist

      in 1969 there was no LTTE or any other groups,the shootout that you mentioned happened in the mid 1980’s

      the Avro plane was destroyed not in 1972 but in in 1978 and not in Pallali but at Ratmalana (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Ceylon#Accidents_and_incidents)

      Please for heavens sake update your knowledge and then comment on CT as all here are intelligent barring the likes of you and few others!

      in the meantime go update your self ignorant fool

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        Peace Lover,

        Vibhushana is a devious racist! He knows the score very well but he consciously conducts stories to portray the Tamils as terrorists, invaders and trouble-makers. This is his mission; he is of the belief that if he can inculcate the same lies, and they eventually will become true.

        Some people are racist because they are ignorant and insecure. But, this imbecile is well-informed and he maliciously tells lies because he is a complete bigot beyond redemption.

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    Another advertisement from Jehan Perera to save new King from war crime focus.

    In the last election Sinhalese clearly indicated they want Sinhala Sri Lanka, but Tamil Tamil Eelam. You know what they mean; put Tamils to starve until death so we can feel happy.

    Some were worried about the Chinese taking over the Lanka with the name of “port city”. Now, even the Prime Minister Ranil Mahata is ok with the “Port City”.

    No Sinhalese wants any solution. Jehan running around to save the war criminals with this advertisement. If Old King come back, in this election, division is possible. If he is not coming back on this election, he is coming back in the next election, unless Tamil are success in prosecuting him at the Un, ICC level. .

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    The shame of 1983 lays with the UNP who’s erudite leader, JR, waited for three days for matters ‘to be settled’ this meant that a rampage of untold proportions where the brutal Sinhalese unleashed a series of murderous and unthinkable torture on the Tamils of Colombo.

    The incumbent Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, was in the cabinet and to this day he has not apologized nor compensated for this travesty. However, it is ironic that the Tamils – both here and abroad – see his as some sort of a messiah to their cause when he actually was a tacit supporter of this monstrous period.

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    NPC,

    Forget about 1983. Much water has flowed under the bridge since.

    Deal with the water issue in Jaffna. Make the Jaffna a River Projeect a reality, with help of the government at the centre, the International community andd the Tamil& Sinhala Diaspora,

    Even if this will be your only achievement, it will change everything in the north, including the nature of our politics. The people in the North will etch your names in solid granite in gratitude. You will be remembered for all time! We may even erect a massive stature of our CM in granite!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dear doctor, your CM will be permanently etched in history for driving a permanent wedge between the Sinhalese and Tamils.
      Soma

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      Right you are Narendran Rajasingham.Stop rehashing the past and work towards constructing a stable democratic society for the for the future of Tamils who are living in Sri Lanka and others.And ignore the diatribes of the likes of Off the Cuff and Ravana’s traitorous brother and the wishful thinking of the likes of Kali(Australian?) and the Canadian Sris Skanda Rajah

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        Dear Stanislaus,

        This article itself rehashes the Past. Have you not noticed?

        There is a comment awaiting your response posted by me on July 24, 2015 at 10:51 am which itself was a response to the garbage diatribe you write. Instead of making silly asides why don’t you make an intelligent contribution?

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          Taking a tactic from OFC: Rants and garbage ignored

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            Dear Stanislaus,

            Unfortunately you can’t prove it’s garbage to call it garbage. While I can do so whenever I call anything Rubbish, Idiotic or garbage. You were caught with your pants down with my response to your foolishness. And you try to cover that foolishness with another idiocy.

            This is my response you avoided

            Dear Stanislaus, If it is garbage you should easily be able to dispose it. Your inability to do so means you are AFRAID of the Truth. Everything that I write is FACTUAL AND VERIFIABLE unlike the Trashy Propaganda the Eelamists like you write. Prove me wrong in any matter by providing verifiable factual evidence and I will without any hesitation apologize and correct myself.

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    The ‘brain drain’ started long before 1983. Under Mrs B’s government we were forced to eat weavil-infested bread and there were shortages of all essentials. Sri Lankans Tamil, Sinhala and Burgher with the wherewithal to leave, did so, though they alluded to different reasons for doing so.

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    July 1983 is a storm in the tea cup compared to Nandhikadal.
    .

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      Nanthikadal and everything leading upto it , was like jumping from the frying pan in to the fire!

      Dr.RN

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        absolutely
        July 1983 is a storm in the teacup
        Nadhikadal is tsunami

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      In July 1983 over 3000 Tamils been killed and their houses looted and burnt by the Sinhalese and this is History but in May 2009 over 75,000 Tamils civilians been killed by the MR Govt. at Nanthikadal in the Mullativu District according to UN sources.

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    Srilanka is a poor country and will be forever until sinhalese are eredicted.

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    tamil terrorists started the mayhem by killing 13 soldiers…

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      ela kolla,

      please be honest; you could not wait for an excuse! Well planned attack was executed to meticulous precision! VP obliged you guys embraced it with open arms; VP was able to build an army any conduct a war for 30 years!

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      @ela kola, 13 armed soldiers vs 30 unarmed innocent civilians? brilliant dumb arse.

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        sorry I meant 3000 innocent civilians……

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          @ela kola, how would you understand a simple difference between an act of war (between armed men) vs. act of murder (of unarmed civilians). The LTTE flourished because of low lives like you. If you can look at what happened in SL through the lens of a decent human, you will understand. But being a racist, you will never understand.

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            [Edited out]

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              ela kolla

              “[Edited out]”

              Thanks for keeping it brief.

              Are you secret admirer of Thiruvengadam Vellupillai Prabaharan?

              Which part of Eriveera Pattinam did your ancestors come from?

              Do you have a collection of their arms? If you have please publish the photograph of your armoury and its contents.

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              @ela kola, “edited out” – brilliant comment!!!!!!!!!

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      ela kolla

      “tamil terrorists started the mayhem by killing 13 soldiers…”

      Could you tell us who did start 1915, 1958 and 1977?

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      13 SOLDIERS KILLED BY THE TAMIL REBELS AS A REVENGE OVER 3000 INNOCENT TAMIL CIVILIANS BEEN KILLED, RAPED AND THEIR HOUSES BEEN LOOTED AND BURNT IN JULY 1983.

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    It is not the importance that who participated and oportunised but see who orchestrated and supported it. Who wished it to happen. who amused on it. Who failed to condemn it openly. Who still rationalise it. The repentant has not appeared yet. Then How will you reconcile. Mr T Nesaih has written about it immediately after the 30 year period.

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      Pacs,

      If I remember ugh the, Chandrika Kumaratunge apologised on behalf of the a State, during her term in office. Unfortunately, it did mean anything to those who instigated and condone pd the riots, and those who were the victims.
      This is our tragedy. The political culture in this country is our primary curse.

      Dr.RN

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        The Sri Lankan Govt. initiated over hundred’s of commissions but nothing came out of these commissions. 5 University students been shot and killed by the security forces in cold blood in Trincomalee town while I was in the vicinity at that time but so far none are arrested.

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          You are right, I gave evidence at the Sansoni Commission sittings in Jaffna in 1978. Their report did not see the light of day. Many reports like that on the recent Welida jail killings have also seen the light of day. Tiisa Vitharane’s APRC report suffered the same fate.

          The governments in Sri Lanka can be accused of many dastardly deeds, but cannot be accused of being unfair. They have treated the Sinhakese, Tamiks, Muslins, Burghers and the Veddas with equal disdain. The a State and the power they enjoyed has been more important than citizens, the citizens, of whatever kind or label, will be sacrificed at the first sign of challenge to their power. The JVP and LTTE insurrections and the results are an example. It is a power game in which we are pawns!

          Dr.RN

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    everyone call tamils are terrorist if so how do they call JVP from 1967 to 1970 what happen in sri lanka.

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      ravi

      “everyone call tamils are terrorist if so how do they call JVP from 1967 to 1970 what happen in sri lanka.”

      Not all Tamils are terrorist nor are all Sinhalese. They both are stupids.

      JVP was a terrorist organisation which claim to represent the down trodden Sinhala/Buddhists.

      LTTE was terrorist organisation which claimed to represent the entire Tamil speaking population.

      Both used terrorism as tool to control people’s thoughts and actions and failed miserably.

      The state used unprecedented level of terrorism as a tool not only to counter both but established semi dictatorship, created new rich from the war economy, gave refuge to most active racists, corrupt, criminals, ……… etc.

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    Black July, one of many stains on the Sinhala state. And sadly so many Sinhalese just can’t stop and say sorry. And more to the point the state needs to redress the damage, pursue the culprits of the crime (those who are still alive), and provide financial redress to the victims. Reconciliation is so very far away.

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      Dear akex (or is it alex?)

      Re “And sadly so many Sinhalese just can’t stop and say sorry.”

      And as sadly, so many Tens of THOUSANDS of Tamils, who owe their lives and those of their families to selfless Sinhalese and Burghers who at the risk to the lives of their own families and to their own properties braved the wrath of the very same thugs that went on a killing spree and continuously fed, hid, protected them for days if not weeks (when even buying an extra loaf of bread to feed them, posed a very high risk of exposure and had to be purchased from different bakeries distant from their homes) and finally delivered them to safety can do nothing but malign the Sinhala Race itself without nary a word of thanks to those who saved them from a certain death.

      Other than Dr Rajasingham Narendran how many of you have said Thank You?

      How do you know how many of those who took that risk to save Tamils are writing here against the incessant deluge of Racist Tamil propaganda?

      Can we label the Tamils a Race of Ingrates because except for ONE Tamil the rest of you who write to CT are silent about it?

      Kind Regards
      OTC

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