30 November, 2020

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Continuing Detention Of Tamil Women And A Girl Child Under PTA

By Women’s Action Network

In 2009 the government announced that the LTTE has been wiped out from the country with the end of the armed conflict. However, in the past few weeks there have been a number of arrests, including of women under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) supposedly to investigate and counter a renaissance of the LTTE.

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Jeyakumari

Most of these arrests were in connection to the search for a man called Gopi who according to media reports quoting  military and police spokespersons was killed along with his two associates on 11 April 2014 and that they  been buried at  state expenses on 12 April in Anuradhapura. Those arrested in connection to these men are still being kept at Boosa camp, in Colombo’s the 2nd and 4th floor of the Terrorism Investigation branch, and in the Vavuniya Terrorism Investigation Division (TID). In these TID and military joint operations men, women, the elderly and children have been arrested.

Women’s Action Network has been informed of 10 women (including a teen age girl) still in custody. They are:

  1. Sharmila Kajeepan, a 26 year old (who was pregnant when she was arrested) on March 11th from Palaiuttru Trincomalee, and who later miscarried on March 14th.
  2. Selvanayaki Rasamalar, a 62 old mother who was injured in a shell attack during war and in need of constant medical treatment from Panikaiyadi Iyakachchi.
  3. Buvaneswari Kulasingam, a 52 old who worked as Selvanayaki Rasamalar’s help.
  4. Jayakumari Balendran from Killinochchi, Dharmapuram was arrested on March 13th with her daughter Vibooshika (who is now under Killinichchi probation officer’s care in a children home). Jayakumari has been searching for her missing son Balendran Mahindan. She has already lost two of her sons in the war.
  5. Nitharsana from Thottiaddi (Vishvamadu), age 28.
  6. Kanapathipillai Yogarani, a 61 old mother has been taken into custody because her sons who live abroad sent her large amounts of money.
  7. Raveenthran Vadani, age 22, and mother of 2, lost her husband, sisters and relatives in the war was also been arrested in suspicion. Vadani is physically and mentally affected and in need of psychiatric treatment.
  8. Ms. Loganathan who was arrested with her husband, has been transferred to Boosa while her husband has been kept in the 4th floor under TID custody.
  9. Sasitharan Thavamalar (age 42) and her underage daughter were arrested on 09th April from her home in Aashikulum in Vavuniya by TID and still in detention under Vavuniya TID. Her husband works in Saudi Arabia.
  10. Sasitharan Yathurshini (age 16) was arrested with her mother Thavamalar and still detained by Vavuniya TID. She is a student of Komarasankulum Mahavidiyalam and will be sitting for her ordinary level exam this December. Even though military spokes person says Yathurshini is 18 the government officers in the area say she is 16.

Even after nearly five years after the end of the armed conflict children can’t live with their mothers, mothers are searching for their children, wives are looking for their missing husbands and women are interrogated and held on behalf of their family members. Women are going through so much of pain and continuous suffering.

The arrests of these women and children comes in this context where they are  detained under the PTA due to the suspicion regarding the alleged illegal actions of their male family members, which has been openly stated by the government officials.  Hence, the women have been arbitrarily detained in violation of Article 13 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, which provides protection against arbitrary arrest and detention, although they themselves have not committed any offences. The war in Sri Lanka and the decisions regarding it were made by men. The war was concluded by men. However, women have borne the brunt of the effects of the war and continue to do so even five years after the end of the armed conflict.

According to the Presidential Directives on Arrest and Detention certain procedures have to be followed by the police and the army during the arrest and detention of women and children. Even though the directive was issued by the President the specific procedures were not followed during the arrest and detention of these women and child. In addition to violating their right to due process like issuing of an arrest receipt to the family which clearly states the place of detention and allowing family members and lawyers to visit those who are being detained, the actions of the police also pay little regard to directive issued by the head of state, the President. It is imperative that the basic human rights of detainees are respected and due process is followed during arrests of women as stated in the Presidential Directives.  Moreover, in the case of women, their gender specific needs should be met during detention, including medical care.

Women’s Action Network appeals to the government to follow due process with regard to these arrests and let the public know if there are any charges against these women and men. If not, they should be released immediately. It is also important the authorities immediately handover Sasitharan Yathurshini, who is 16 years old to the probation officer Vavuniya.

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  • 19
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    The GOPY story re. RESURRECTION OF LTTE is a MYTH to intimidate the Northern Provincial Council and terrorize Tamil people into subservience.

    This Gopi MYTH has been carefully crafted by Gota the Goon and his terror machine’s intelligence operatives of the DEEP STATE of the Rajapaksa quasi-military dictatorship. The purpose is to have a permanent STATE OF EMERGENCY and military rule. The Gopi Myth story has been FABRICATED and is being used to LEGITIMIZE bringing out the army in the Northern Province to terrorize the Northern Provincial COUNCIL as well as the people of the North – after the Geneva Debacle for the regime. The GOPI and LTTE Resurrection myth is part of the STATE TERRORISM propaganda machine of the Rajapaksa quasi-military dictatorship.

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      Spot on Dodo! We are talking PROPAGANDA and MYTH MAKING of the Rajapaksa military dictatorship, to legitimize the DEEP STATE, white van culture and STATE TERRORISM of Gotabaya Rajapakse to delude the SInhala masses.

      Gopi and his 2 friends were murdered and SILENCED – it seems by a SL military terror squad to prove the “resurrection of the LTTE” – by silencing them..

      We need an inquiry and autopsy into how these youth died… The UNHRC inquiry needs to also look into the killing of Gopi.
      The International Community should demand an inquiry and full report based on autopsy.
      The “Terrorism discourse” and terrorism excuse for Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s State Terrorism is no longer acceptable. Terrorism is a self-fulfilling prophesy as long as the psychpaht Gota the Goon runs his deep state in Lanka..

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        The Women’s Action Network seems to get riled up only when the government takes action against terrorism. It didn’t speak out against Tamil men seeking to resurrect the LTTE, once again jeopardizing the lives of innocent civilian Tamil population including women and children. The same pattern was seen when the LTTE was ruling the north and east. The Women’s Action Network remained largely silent about LTTE’s atrocities against women. If there was ever a classic example of a brutally patriarchal warmongering organization it was without any doubt the LTTE. Yes, all wars are made by men. But in the case of the LTTE it was worse – it was made by one megalomaniacal man. The WAN was mostly an INACTION network against Prabakaran’s misogynistic project where tigresses were required to swear personal allegiance before their male hero-god Prabakaran’s picture each morning – mind you, not to the cause – before starting their day’s terrorist activities. It looks like the women of WAN get worked up only when the intrusion is by Sinhalese men. WAN should desist from prostituting their “feminism” for racism.

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          The govt will not stop feeding crap as long as there are people willing to take it with no questions asked. This war was over in 2009 and govt said in no uncertain terms that LTTE was destroyed and no chance of revival in SL.
          In 2014 provincial the voter sent a message that they are not willing to just look at the war and suffer with little hope for their children while politicians live in luxury.
          So all of a sudden a non existent LTTE came to being, two hundred odd people were black listed and the govt has found out about 16 entities that even the govts with better intelligence and resources don’t know.
          I can only say people don’t get governments they want but govts they deserve.

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            Name of the game is ‘FAKE ENCOUNTER’ to justify murder of youth by the military and State terrorism and harassment of Tamil minority.

            Why were Gopi and 2 friends shot dead by battalions of Sri Lanka military, after the vote in Geneva on war crimes in Sri Lanka? This is Gota the Goon and Mahinda Rajapaksa’s revenge on Tamils… There must be an inquiry into this FAKE ENCOUNTER and the Grenade story in Killinochchi as well which let to arrest of Tamil women activist and her daughter…

            Why were Gopi and 2 friends not captured alive? Was this a FAKE ENCOUNTER – as happens all the time in India’s Kashmir?

            The concept of balance and PROPORTIONALITY is totally absent in the manner in which State Terror has been unleashed after a FAKE ENCOUNTER engineered by Gota’s militia in the northern province.

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              IT is astonishing that the local media – even the so called liberal press like Daily Mirror, Times, etc just publish Gota the Goon’s and MOD spin without any questioning of the Gopi Story and the circumstances of the killings..

              The Sri Lanka media or forth estate is a disgrace! Particularly the racist Sinhala press..

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          Yes OutRider, you got the point. For true feminism the issue is pecker intruding the pussy. Protesting only when the pecker is Sinhalese and the pussy is Tamil is nothing but pure racism. It is a great betrayal of Tamil pussies which are under relentless attack by Tamil peckers on an ongoing basis.

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            Kutwa Meth.,

            Chameleon on Cudu/Arms business for passa.

            Pecker Checker & Pucker Factor

            Fucknation

            。◕‿◕。

      • 11
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        Dude,
        “Gopi and his 2 friends were murdered and SILENCED”
        Smart move by the Gov. The Gov. should have done the same with Parayabakaran. What do you think, how many innocent people’s lives could have been saved by that?

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          Yes yes,
          everything related to civlian or any other killiings (any harm exercised on human beings), Mahinda Rajapakshe administration is very smart
          a) we saw it in Rathupaswala
          b) we saw it – on the 9th April – how Ghansara behaved infront of religious men of non-buddhists, as if monkeys took the weapons.
          c) What happened in the subsequet polic inquiry – nothing.. bonabo droped down even strong filthy towards parliamentarians and again those muslim citizens
          d) Very SMART….. what kind of sinhalayas are you EUSENSE… I really dont think that you could ever sense of anything…

    • 12
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      Clearly, the punishment of Tamils for going to Geneva and complaining has started and the Sri Lanka govt’s CHAOS Specialists and State terrorism operatives are now going into high gear. The Gopi story is part of the DIVIDE and RULE strategy of the Rajapaksa regime. BBS is also part of this strategy of DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE Sinhala Modayas.

      Read the lips of Lalith Weeratunge – the CHAOS SPECIALIST and President’s Secretary. Lalith Weeratunge is one of the key players in the Rajapakse Deep State or state within a state run by Gota with select members from the military intelligence, Judiciary (mohan the liar), Administration (Lalith the Chaos man) and business community..

      Here we go again – STATE TERRORISM has come a full circle in Lanka.

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      DODO,
      A MYTH like Genocide?

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        You know to guess well the GOSL numbers..

        If the government says zero cazulty, UN’s estimate 40,000. If the government says 3, sure it must be a Genocide as per UN.

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          Why do you think every one is hiding the names of these 40,000? Come up with each one’s name and birth certificate. Until then it is a MYTH?

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            Why people havent come forward with a list of names of the 40000 killed?

            Because the one making the list will end up in a white van and disappear.

            Or become another Gopi.

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              bbs,
              In that case, how do reports come out on white vans, raping, killings, disappearances etc. etc. and Navi Pillay and scrooges visiting SL and reporting nothing has been done since the war, Amnesty continuing to develop reports on human right violations and Channel 4 filming atrocities, killings, rape and other criminal activities??
              So, these scrooges can do all these but not make a data base of names and other info of these 40,000 civilians killed, raped and missing? What do you think people are stupid???

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          mallai.. google the difference between the “policy” and the outcome

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        Genocide is not a myth because even after the govt hiding the crimes, preventing independent personnel entering the area for four years still there is documented evidence in the form of pictures and sworn statements from eye witnesses.

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          Burt,
          So the gov. is hiding everything and preventing people entering the area?
          In that case, how do reports come out on white vans, raping, killings, disappearances etc. etc. and Navi Pillay and scrooges visiting SL and reporting nothing has been done since the war, Amnesty continuing to develop reports on human right violations and Channel 4 filming atrocities, killings, rape and other criminal activities??
          So, these scrooges can do all these but not make a data base of names and other info of these 40,000 civilians killed, raped and missing? What do you think people are stupid to believe these myths??

    • 2
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      One law to Ghanasara, one another law to NOTHERNERS. But both come under one single administration – Mahinda Rajapakshe adminsitration/Balu chinathanaya

      Ghanasara escapes from all prevailing laws in the country. He is given the authority to even assualt fellow monks broad day light publicly, and nothing like proper inquiry connected with atleast warnings were the case even if his far abusive filth highly damage the CHEEVARAYA and muslim religious representatives.

  • 12
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    If the re – militarization of the north and the current harassment of women and civilians and NPC continues, Sri Lanka will becomes South Asia’s Ukraine!
    There needs to be a FULL INQUIRY into and investigation of how Gopi and 2 others were killed and not captured. The Gopi Story currently is sounds like SPIN and regime propaganda to wage war against the Tamils of the north. There is no real evidence of the resurrection of the LTTE and the timing of the events during the Geneva resolution is highly suspicious.

    A Crimea like situation will result in Sri Lanka very soon – after Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister of India – with the blessings of Jarapassa’s pal Vladimir Putin no less!

    Jarapassa will have a torpedo up his ass from Modi and northern Sri Lanka will become part of greater India.

  • 6
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    No experience of the real world? According to that lecture she has been to Central Africa, Afganistan, Somalia etc…Far more experience than most people making comments. The problem with Sri Lanka is that we have stopped listening to people like her and have become followers of the lunatic fringe.

  • 6
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    The issue of the harrassment and exploitation of Women and Children is an issue worldwide. Since the Govt is acting with impunity it is best to take this issue up with movements worldwide. Women of the world will teach these monsters how to behave.

  • 10
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    Rajapakse clan and their henchmen are bloody fools to keep on believing that the world will buy their lies and deception for ever:

    Enough is enough it is time to overturn this brutal blood thirsty regime by military force from outside.

    Api army will then be decimated like Saddam Husein’s army.

  • 10
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    You can run but you cannot hide. What’s in a name. A terrorist is a terrorist.

    Women;s Action Network is just another group. I notice that the LTTE supporters are slowly but surely avoiding going public. After all bank account and properties in Sri Lanka are at stake of those who openly support separatism and so called a separate state. The next obvious target is TNA – full of hypocrites who are on one side for a separate state and on another side showing a façade of legitimacy under the skirts of ex supreme court judge Wiggie.

    What a joke.

    JP / USA

  • 10
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    Sri Lanka is a Military Dictatorship and its not a Democracy. Its sad to see the opposition, especially UNP has eternal infighting between Ranit and Premadasa groups. Sade state of affairs.

    Only way to overcome this is for TNA to disband Tamil from its name and call its self Sri Lankan National Alliance and start working as a National Political Party and contest in all electorates with Sinhalese members of the Party contesting in areas where Sinhalese are majority.

  • 4
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    Tamil people should immediately cease using women and children for war like purposes isn’t it really?

  • 5
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    Hopefully these Terrorists are water boarded in the Very American way .

  • 4
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    did gopi have a Harem ?

    • 7
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      Abhaya

      “did gopi have a Harem ?”

      By definition men are not required in any harem hence no need for you to apply. If you insist, please try seasides in the southern region. Considering your age and your looks you may be unemployed through out the year.

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        I think veddha was [Edited out]

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          Abhaya

          “I think veddha was [Edited out]”

          Yeah you are right Vedda was not a Vedamathya. Were you looking for one to treat your bottom pain?

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          [Edited out]

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            Abhaya

            “[Edited out]”

            Stupid man, why must you wash your dirty linen in public?

            Its between you and your partner and please never ever invite us to deal with your private matters.

            Find alternative ways of making her happy and contented.

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              It is the habit of scumbug.
              You can make efforts to strighten the dog tail, but rather be away from the representatives of obsequious men like ABHAYA….

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        what evidence do we the general public have, how GOPi and other two were (armed or unarmed) at the time, shootings occured ? Until this incident, they the govt forces uttered a single word about ” so called threat by some LTTERs” but the boast of them to have fully been anhilated.
        Besides,all these information are from govt side. I have no doubt, these are planted issues to show the world, that the LTTE ´s threat is still in the country there.

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          Leela
          Get the UNHRC to investigate that too.

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      Prince Abaya & Prince Vibushana,
      After Narendran Modi becomes Indian PM, Wiggie could call a referendum and North-East could join India as the 31st state.. Then your headeques are over.. Only thing you need to do is asking your old colonial masters to redraw the map of Lanka they gave 100 years back….

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        ok we are waiting for that

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          Abhaya

          “ok we are waiting for that”

          Are you ready to line up your women folks so that your armed forces can hide behind them.

          Podian VP is no longer alive to fight for the King and country.

          Here is an excerpt:

          “India’s BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi says with Tamils living all over the world, including in Malayasia, Sri Lanka and Fiji, it should be a priority of the Indian government to take care of their well being and he promised to do so if a BJP-led Government assumes power after the elections.

          He said a strong and determined government was the need of the hour as small countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh were poking the country and they have to be met eye-on-eye and dealt with strongly, the Press Trust of India quoted him as saying at an election rally in Chennai today.”

          colombogazette.com/2014/04/13/

          Remember JR and the Sinhala/Buddhists like you did everything possible to irritate Hindia enabling IPKF to invade this island.
          The war went on for 25 years.

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            Veddha

            not to worry the next IPKF invasion will just be like the old one . more Tamils like you and your women will get raped .

            Hindia knows this already . just line up your women on the streets of jaffna ,

            cheers

            Abhaya

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              Kabaya, the TNKF forces will make you wear Abaya and your punnakku administration will sell your backs for a favour, good luck, rear up your masses for the charity works of pleasure.

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                was that english or greek ?

  • 6
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    These are the consequences of raising arms against a country. Every body becomes a suspect! Whether women or children if they needed to be scrutinized they should be. The country’s security is more important than the rights of a bunch of people trying to destabilize the country. Terrorism should be nipped at the bud. 30 years of terrorism was too much to handle for all Sri Lankans.

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      Your brain sounds to be little bigger than I guessed at earlier.

      So your men not tohave collected weapons in free circulation among the folks – in post war sessions, i mean yet to collect them.. what was the reason them to just ignore them ? Criminals gangs are bred in today environments, because the weapons that the army deserters or other crminals own make them stronger – it is all because of the anarchial situation prevailing in the country today.

      My wish is R2P to turn this country a state resotoring respect and dignitiy of life. Sending all the bunch in oligarchy home wihtin nights.

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    If they became that efficient with demining in the met areas in the nothern soils, what made them to be away from screening the weapons since the war is no longer there. Investigate the army deserters that today are the key causes crimes to be grown rapidly across the country by this day. Your beloved regime- power limited to Rajapakse siblings/offsprings seems to be not focusing on the grave issues like you call them “the country’s security is more important than the rights of a bunch of people trying to destabilize the country. Terrorism should be nipped at the bud”. Somehow they the authorities are seen to be away from rule of law, justice and fairness even if one would forget all other essential needs of the Mahajanaya (general public)

  • 5
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    Tamil women that cry in front of Camera’s for their lost children are genuinely grieving.

    They all should be arrested and should question to find out whose influence was that made them cry in front of Camera.

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      JS,
      Agreed, they should bring children’s birth certificates not fake photos.

  • 5
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    Why the govt is not arresting Ananthi who [Edited out]

    Why the govt is favouring her ?

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    Women’s Action Network:

    YOU DON’T KNOW, People in the South remember how scared they were to go out even to work. Because they did not know whether they would come home alive and in one piece because of Homicide bombers.

    Now, they have peace and they know will to see tomorrow. They don’t care about arresting two or one future homicide bombers.

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      YOU DON’T KNOW, People in the South remember how scared they were to go out even to work.”

      The line race’s original behaviors is like that. They needed 20 countries to featherbedding with migs and Kifirs, that time(2009). Now they are coming out of the hiding houses and arresting women and children.

      Really a shameless line race.

  • 3
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    Gota and the government had unleashed their army against an IMAGINARY LTTE. This is like the story of crying wolf. Someday if a real insurrection takes place after years of subjugation, then no nobody will help us when we cry wolf.

  • 5
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    Tamil cowards using women and children again.

    89,000 Tamil war widows and counting. Now 3 more Tamil war widows added!!

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      The 3 were malnourised extra-virgin bachelors, their intended spouses are still in their pre teens.

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      “89,000 Tamil war widows and counting.”
      throughout the centenaries sucked by the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) and his sexshop goni billas like the muslims of Lanka.

      San Fran Twist of the Eunuch F_F.

      Fathima Fukushima = Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM)= Bodu Bala Sena BBS

      Together/jointly you are the “Biscuit-Boofer_Síndrome` eg the muslim ministers and passa clan.

      Solomf yoyo.!

  • 3
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    Rajapakse Genocidal Regime has again unleashed a Massacre in north by murdering an innocent Coolie looking Gopi and another Two as Terrorists, to evade UN team coming to investigate War crimes in Sri Lanka.

    People know the truth behind this murder, where Rajapakse regime planning another 1983 like False Flag Massacre to evade UNHRC war inquiries.

    [Edited out]

    Also BBS balu sena is gearing up to unleash terror attacks against Muslim community.

    Therefore UN and International community should act ASAP to stop another genocidal massacre in Sri Lanka. This is purely a daytime Murder.

    Also UN should summon Sri Lanka’s UN Representatives,Ambassador, defense secretary and the Army commamder to find out about this Murder on Gopi and two others. The General public is getting frustrated with UN’s inaction. They have oposing news as to this is another GOSL setup.

    UN should take immediate steps to safeguard the lives of Minority community in Sri Lanka and should punish the perpetrators.

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      Did you check how Ghanasara´s police inquiry ended up, following the greater insult made to muslim fellow citizens and his fellow buddhist monk -WIjitha thero who under duress was intimidated to add statments on the 9th in that Hotel nippon, amidst the country´s police gaping at him ?

      Not just a 5min description as to why the Bonaboo – Ghanasara´s mediation bothered the muslim reiligious leaders and few buddhist thero ´s planned discussion.

      So victims – Muslims that made the arragements in that hotel on that day
      Unable to hold discussions, instead, rains of hatred damaged them. All came from BBS backed by GOVT.

      Perpetrators – BBS Ghanasara – and his colleague monks and supporters

      This I described here to clearly show, how the crimes of the day – are being investigated by SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of SRILANKA under the megalomaniac incumbent president ( who see nothing beyond his pocket).

      We wish the victimized – buduma budu saranai::: BALALATA GIYA RATA

  • 2
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    Lets put it bluntly to all you para tamils and para Sihala you folk are uncivilized.
    This comes from the fact that you are not natives.
    In India the native Hindus have gone through invasions for 1000’s of years and today of the 1.27 billion 84% are Hindus and 14% are Muslims.

    Fortunately what is happening in lanka does not happen India- peaceful even after 12 terrorist strikes by neighbour and the murder of PM by Sihala/Tamil Lankans.

    Lanka does not need help but it must be dammed to hell because none are natives-

    But they are just murderers and thieves.The muslims have played a dirty game in all this for their survival and deserve nothing- peculiar who vote en block anywhere like shiara law (uncivilized)not fit for democracy but communism saudi style.

    Lanka has become a danger in the neighbourhood and tourist must be cautioned.

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    Please don’t detain these tamil terrorists…[Edited out]

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    [Edited out]

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      Thana Kolla, welcome back!

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        Mike, u can eat [Edited out]

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    Many among us majority sinhalese, but against Rajapakshe rule believe what TNA expresses in terms of 3 LTTErs to have been killed in recent clashes.

    Country´s police spoksman turned Rajapakshe spokspperson makes public statments claiming to have evidence that the killed were LTTE leaders.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/sri_lanka/2014/04/140413_gopi_killing_tna.shtml

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    Barbarians ‘punish’ family members of their foes.
    Sri Lanka has descended to this level.
    This military regime being unable to face the truth of what it perpetrates on minorities – “non Sinhala Buddhists” – is persecuting women and children.

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