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From 1983 To Digana Communal Violence: The Crisis Of Impunity In Sri Lanka!

By Mohamed Harees

Lukman Harees

The anti-Tamil pogrom, also known as “Black July,” started on the night of July 23, 1983, which caused the mass exodus of Tamils from the island to many Western countries ,and sparked the start of a 26 year-old war that ended in May 2009. The war ended but with serious allegations of violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law being levelled. After the end of the war against Tigers, a sense of triumphalism prevailed in the country initiated by the majoritarian lobby interpreting the war victory as the win over the Tamils , which resultantly marginalized and alienated the Tamil community. Then the supremacist groups close to the higher echelons of power ventured to marginalize the next numerically smaller community –the Muslims, instilling fear and a sense of insecurity among them by way of well- orchestrated spate of violence, hate attacks, boycott campaign and pogrom style campaigns inflicting much damage on the community in the Post-war period.

The common thread for all these violent acts is a culture of impunity that has persisted in the island from the time Sri Lanka gained independence 71 years ago. Sri Lanka has been unable to hold accountable the perpetrators of these spate of violence, riots or the war that ended in 2009, despite its continued commitments to international organizations –a lack of substantive movement towards accountability pervaded specially in the past decade. The government continues to shield the perpetrators from any form of accountability. As Sri Lanka stands in its own shadow,  it should reflect on the harm that impunity has caused to its’ international image and the gradual erosion of confidence of its’ people in the process of rule of law .Failing to hold those accountable for their actions, and inactions that lead to harm and loss, and compensate the victims adequately, fails humanity as a whole. Thus, almost ten years after the end of the war, Sri Lanka is still grappling with its recent past and many challenges remain unresolved and many of the physical, emotional and psychological wounds of war and communal violence remain unhealed.

With regard to the victims of the 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom , in July 2004, President Kumaratunga issued a national apology for the July ’83 riots as an interim reconciliation measure and appointed a special commission to pay compensation to victims who lodged claims with the Commission. Then, thirty-five years after , it was only last year, that this government apparently engaged in a series of measures including the launch of Enterprise Sri Lanka in the North, laying out a vision for a future of hope, engaging with the people and very importantly for women’s issues, cancelling micro credit loans up to Rs.100,000 mostly for the single women headed households, among other measures. 

However, displaced Muslims in the North are yet to be treated fairly. Although the end of the civil war created high hopes among the northern Muslims that their displacement would come to an end and they would be able to return to their traditional villages, no concrete plan or program was initiated by successive post-war governments. These displaced Muslims have voiced their grave concerns and wanted the government to recognize their displaced status and facilitate their return and resettlement in their traditional villages. However, the authorities continued to neglect these issues.

Muslims in the Post War Period

However, despite the nation’s resolve not to allow any repeats, the mentality, the politics and rhetoric which enabled and created July’83 has sadly not entirely left our public discourse. Worryingly the same rhetoric later emanated from the self-proclaimed saviours of the Sinhala people particularly in the Post-war period , in relation to the Muslim community, which instigated mini pogroms from Dharga Town Aluthgama in 2014, to Ampara and Digana Kandy during this Yahapalana government which ironically promised the country- national reconciliation and to ensure such impunity will not be repeated. Perhaps the most enduring lesson of July 1983 was not learnt and at worst repeated. 

It may be boring to the readership to remind over and again how a well-orchestrated hate campaign against the Muslims ,was organized with tacit support from those in power. So let me just comment on min-1983 type pogrom which happened in Aluthgama in 2014, causing three deaths and extensive destruction of Muslim owned properties. The whole episode of orchestrated hate attacks on Muslims and their properties in Aluthgama reportedly began when a Buddhist priest alleged that some Muslim youths attacked him without any provocation. The fiery monk Ven Galagoda Atte Gnanasara harped on that incident, made a provocative ‘Aba Saranai’ speech and the rest was history. However, 4 ½ years later, in February this year, the judiciary held that there was no case and acquitted all the Muslim youth jailed, in view of the number of contradictions and the unreliability of the evidence against them. Kalutara Magistrate Chandima Edirimanne acquitted all three accused on 27/02/2019, in the case where three Muslims from Dharga Town were charged with causing hurt by attacking Ven. Ayagama Samitha Thero, Chief Prelate of the Kurunduwatte Sri Wijerama Viharaya, Dharga Town and his driver Vishwa at Aluthgama on 12th June 2014.  

This belated acquittal should be viewed in the light of consistent demands from the Muslim community to institute an impartial Presidential commission to inquire into these disturbances and hold those responsible to account. The previous regime simply ignored this demand while the Yahapalana regime which promised to do so have also been evasive of this demand to-date for reasons of political expediency. The nation then stood aghast when the then Defence Secretary and his puppet deputy DIG of the area worked hand in gloves to ensure that Ven Gnanasara stood above the law. Will the law enforcement authorities charge Ven Ayagama for making a false complaint which led to a major catastrophe?  Judging by the past, this will not happen. 

With respect to the Ampara and Digana anti-Muslim spate of violence too, the same strategy of waging hate mini wars based on pretexts was used.. In February 2018, Ampara, in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, a mini-riot in Ampara was waged by Sinhala Buddhist racist goons with clear signs of meticulous pre-planning based on a fictitious canard of a ‘wandha beheth’, which resulted in much damage to Muslim businesses and a Muslim mosque in the area. Then, later in early March 2018, in Digana area, a road rage incident between Muslims and a Sinhalese youth was exploited and was projected as a racist attack in the social media and once again racist goons took to the streets armed with clubs, swords and knives  in organised groups and formations widely thought as pre-planned to extract revenge from the whole community.

The anti-Muslim violence spread like wild fire, in the context of apathy of the officialdom,to many areas in the Central Province. Scores of Muslim families took to the jungle and the woods to escape the marauding goons .Curfew imposed were not effective and there were allegations that the Special Task Forces (STF) even helped the perpetrators in the attacks done under cover of darkness while Muslims were confined to their houses. Widespread looting of the business and then setting on fire were reported while the forces were turning the blind eye. One Muslim youth was burnt to death in one of the business premises set on fire in Digana. After much damage was done, the government woke up and imposed State of Emergency enabling the armed forces to take over. Although some action was taken to bring the situation to control, the Muslim community continued to live in fear and insecurity not only in the affected areas, but also in other parts of Sri Lanka too. This shows and proves how those in the higher echelons of power whether in the previous government or this government have been using racism as a political tool through satellite groups under the pretext of championing the Sinhala Buddhist cause. Further, the revelations of Namal Kumara (the Police spy) gave further reasons for fear for the community as there were attempts to create communal tensions in the East and blame it on the Muslims. This lead was not adequately inquired into as well. This shows meticulous political planning involved in the background.

PM Wickremesinghe in the aftermath of this Digana tragedy assured victims that they would be compensated as soon as possible, and said that Rs. 100,000 would be made as an initial payment and the Cabinet would decide on further compensations after assessing the individual needs. He said those whose business establishments had been fully damaged, an initial payment of around Rs. 500,000 would be made. He also promised that the compensation scheme would be worked out on the basis of damage caused to the properties.However, as of now, the victims only received the initial sum and the politicians observe mum while the victims are undergoing suffering. At that time, Mujibur Rahuman said he felt deceived by his own government and felt ashamed too. It is however not novel that Muslim politicians shed crocodile tears in these types of crises.  

In a study published in the Ground-views (12/06/2018), individuals whose homes and businesses were damaged by Sinhala-Buddhist extremist mobs spoke with increasing frustration of the inadequate State response to the violence. A victim said ‘We received 100,000 rupees from the government in the immediate aftermath, that was all… This compensation barely covers a fraction of the cost for a single piece of equipment that he would have to purchase, let alone the reconstruction of his entire showroom. To add insult to injury, officials are asking him for bills, blueprints and other documents to help assess the value of what he lost. ‘I tell them “Sorry sir, I wish I could show you all that but I lost it all in the fire’”. It was revealed that the Attorney-General’s Department visited to valuate his building, but  nothing was put down in writing, and he was not given any concrete idea of when the next round of compensation would be paid. Then, another study published in the same journal 905/03/2019) quoting another victim says. ‘One year later, these concerns still remain….He speaks of how the full compensation owed to affected individuals has not come through, lost in what seems like a mess of bureaucracy’

In respect of the Ampara tragedy, it was reported that not only that those responsible were not brought to book, but also the victims and their businesses burnt and the mosque damaged on a false pretext, were not compensated for as well. The Muslim political leadership from the East should be ashamed for not strongly taking up this issue, to safeguard their political links with the top. 

Adding salt to injury, the nation was treated to an eyewash of arresting some ‘Digana’culprits under ICCPR Act and releasing them after the Constitutional coup in October 2018. As it is known, ‘the release on bail of key suspects , compounded with the flawed reparations process, heightens fears that ‘the State will not acknowledge the costs passed on to the victims and endured more generally’. Continued impunity will only deepen the mistrust and anger, leading to equally heavy loss in future’. The legal experts say that the existing legislation is adequate to punish the culprits who indulge in hate speech and attacks. But the problem lies in State and law enforcement apathy. 

In a ICJ report titled The Crisis of Impunity in Sri Lanka (2012), it says, ‘..in Sri Lanka,  impunity has over the years become institutionalized and systematized: mechanisms to hold state actors to account for their actions have been eroded; checks on the arbitrary use of power have been diluted, if not dissolved; institutions to protect the independence of the judiciary have been eviscerated; the Attorney-General has become politicized; and political forces have continually sought to influence and interfere with the judiciary. Blatant disregard for the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary has crippled the justice system, leaving victims with little or no prospect of remedies or reparations for serious human rights violations’. Thus, instances of impunity shown above are but  part of the story. Unless the crisis of endemic impunity is combated and sorted out, the rot will continue to make Sri Lanka a pariah state subjected to international shame. 

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    Dear editor I got to ask ? There is Sinhala TAB in CT that I swear I never have visited it,,I don’t want to…but did you actually write this in sinhala…I am serious You’ll you be a Marked Target by Our Diehard military and Lunatic Buddha PUTHRAYO….. not mention this INSIGHTS RACIAL HATRED & VIOLENCE —-violates Terrorism BS Act approved by Gamaralaya’s Government

    DERANA-HIRU-SIRASA have a Mutually beneficial MOU between each other Stressing “there should not any articles written that will put Blame PRIMARILY on the Sinhala BUDDHIST(of course) under no circumstances…..I bet you were not aware of it..? so what don’t write this I DARE you to ??? Sinhala & Publish it……

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      Dear Islamaphobia,
      “Blame PRIMARILY on the Sinhala BUDDHIST(of course) under no circumstances”

      The blame is not on the Sinhala or Buddhism. The blame is on the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists and those politicians who use the Sinhala and Buddhism as a weapon to justify the crimes they committ on innocent Minority communities. Unfortunately, majority of the Sinhalese who are also happened to be Buddhists fall into the trap of fake patriotics and support their crimes and to violate the law of the country and principles of Buddhism.

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        Mr.Ajith, Your comments [freaks giving Y thumbs UP] hardly possess the headway for me to say Yeah Y probably right oops I made COLOSSAL Mistake in comment…..Mr.Ajith are you Employed by Derana-Hiru-Sirasa…??? why is there never been a an article in your own words Extremist sinhala Buddhist Extremism….
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        Mr Ajith …don’t be Y get to say the final words….Aiyse… if know show me SHOW ME A SINGLE ARTICLE DIRECTLY COVERS THE TOPIC SINHALA BUDDHIST EXTREMISM DONE BY DERANA-SIRASA-HIRU……. none well done for you & Y’re Bastered little Audience of Middle-class sinhala-Buddhists….
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        all so Why Sri Lankan Military Intelligence division Actively(YEP) Monitor’s Colombo telegraph…Thanks to Intel Provide by Derana exclusively

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      Lukman Harees,

      From 1983 To Digana Communal Violence: The Crisis Of Impunity In Sri Lanka!

      Correction:

      From 1958, 1977, 1983 To Digana Communal Violence: The Crisis Of Impunity In Sri Lanka!, primarily instigated by the Para-Sinhala Para”Buddhists”, in the Land of Native Vreddah Aethho, based on the lirs and imaginations of Para-Monk Mahaname of Mahawamsa fame/notoriety.

      To understand, just see what the Sinhala Buddhist students are taught. A;ll others are Paras except Para-Sinhala, in tne illegally occupied land of native Veddah Aethho.

      Original Article | Published: 07 November 2013

      https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

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    Lakman Harees,
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    From 1983 to Digana was indeed a long journey. But don’t forget the saying ‘you can’t clap with one hand’.
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    Muslims must do a bit of navel gazing and learn to get out their tribal, clannish, fundamentalist and selfish behaviour that creates problems.
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    The blame game will not work. OK?

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      Jothipala’s BIL

      Muslims must do a bit of navel gazing and learn to get out their tribal, clannish, fundamentalist and selfish behaviour that creates problems.

      Is this the reason for the Violence From 1983 To now

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        Why? Did you forget the violence Muslim Home guards caused to the Tamils? Was that also caused by the so-called Sinhalese Buddhist extremists?

        Why don’t your Muslim community take the initiative towards fairness and handover all the stolen land from the Tamils? Or even start off with an apology to the Tamils for what you did?

        After all, you fellas are the most peaceful, harmonious, totally fair, non-slimy, non-thieving people to ever walk the earth, aren’t you?

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          Well said Sir. Muslims will never accept their crimes on non Muslims, leave alone tendering apology. They only shout when something happens to them and turn a blind eye when they commit crimes on non Muslims. This is due to that Koranic teaching which justifies violence on non believers.

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            Al-Lahfaquar – why not let the matured discuss matured topics, and start packing tea powder? We will call you when we need your service to stick posters on city walls once the elections are announced. A modern ‘pappa baldi’ and a brush will be ready, a push cycle if you need one too.

            Stupid racist Tamil low-life pretending as a Sinhalese and post hate comments.

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              You Islamic racist, you will get the works soon. How can anyone preach hatred more than Koran which asks believers to kill non believers. By extension it is those who believe in Koran who are the most criminals of propagating hatred.

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                Koran is still better than GGP and Chelvanayagam + casteism that even kept Jaffna blood bank empty – People didn’t donate blood in fear the hospitals will use it on low caste Tamils.

                What is the color of ‘Paapa baldi’ you prefer us to arrange for you?

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                Al-Lahfaqua

                Koran who are the most criminals of propagating hatred.

                President Bush placed a Quran in the white house library for what purpose.

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          these bloody tribal , expansionist ,jihadist just have just one cause…just one..that is to spread their cancerous belief….with illusion, division and propaganda. they come in various forms, professors, so called intellectuals..but they all looking through the same scoop. be aware of these pundits. they are only intension is to make SL another Syria, or one of those shit holes.

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          The abduction and killing of 11 students who did it

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          Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

          What a Load of Rubbish which is often repeated by the Lying Tamil Racists.

          Whatever violence that was caused to the Tamils was NOT caused by Muslim Home guards but by Sinhala Home guards who formed the majority of the Home guards and who operated under the Military in areas bordering Tamil villages.

          Stolen land from Tamils??????????? It is just the other way round, old man. Muslims lost thousands of acres of agricultural land in the East which they were prevented from cultivating by your friends – the Tamil Terror groups. And what about the lands from which the Muslims were Mercilessly and Brutally Expelled in the North in 1990? The Muslims are still to be given back their lands almost 30 years after expulsion and 10 years after the end of the war.

          Who needs to apologise to whom? According to your ill-informed and Preposterous logic, the victims must apologise to perpetrators!

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            Muhandiram,

            Tamils do not need to lie about it. I am a Veteran of the armed forces of Sri Lanka and as such I don’t beleive something just because someone says that to me. I have seen with my own eyes when I was a serviceman in the East.

            We had to keep the Muslim Home Guards in check. Once our commander even brought some Muslim elders to a meeting and threaten to take combative action if the MHGs did not stop harassing the Tamils and creating a hostile situation.

            The MHGs worked on a simple blueprint. They would come in LTTE fatigues and start shooting at an adjacent Muslim village, injuring a few but killing no one. Once the news spread that the Muslim village was attacked, a few nights later, the MHGs would come and attack a Tamil village in supposed retalliation. Then once the villagers run to the jungles to save their lives, Muslim families would settle in those homes and refuse to leave once the Tamil villages come back.

            And you are denying all this. Shame on you. [edited out]

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              Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

              Black july same thing happened

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                rbh,

                Cry me a River. What happened on Black July day was that 13 soldiers stationed in the North were killed by Tamils.

                You don’t do that to a majority and think you can get away with it. If you thought otherwise, you are sadly mistaken. The numbers and odds are simply against you. Only a Tamil fool can come with a monkey gimmick like that and expect the majority to not to retaliate. Anyway, post Black July, the war that proceeded was beneficial to only one group of people, the Muslims.

                The Tamils and Sinhalese paid with their lives while the Muslims enjoyed the benefits of war. Well, the wheel of misfortune has now turned towards you and it’s not looking good my friend.

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                  Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, Ha..ha.. first you come out of what you started foolishly. Population is 70% + international support against 11%, but the war damages are equal.

                  It is time to live in peace uncle.

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                  Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

                  What happened on Black July day was that 13 soldiers stationed in the North were killed by Tamils.

                  Catch the correct persson and punish , The wheel of misfortune was al ways there somen one is turning in all direction, why cannot you bring stable to the country by your leadership

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              Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

              Just as you “don’t believe something just because someone says that” to you, Nor do others have to believe what you say even if you try to make it convincing by using your Army credentials.

              I have a better source. An article that appeared in the TamilNet in 1997. Some excerpts for you and the Tamil Racists who keep Blaming Muslims.
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              The home guards operate primarily on the borders of the Tamil territories. Unfettered by the rules of war and backed by the Sri Lankan army, these gunmen are the vanguard of Sinhala colonisation. While most home guards are Sinhalese, there are some Muslim units (formed as part of a government strategy to split the Tamil and Muslim communities).

              The home guards are drawn primarily from the Sinhalese villages established in Tamil territory ‘taken’ by the Sri Lankan army. Typically, local Tamils are terrorised into leaving, and Sinhalese settled in their place.

              As many of the settlers are criminals rejected by their communities in the Sinhala south, they have a ready propensity for brutality and as a result are loathed and feared by the local Tamil population.
              Unquote

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                Muhandiram,

                If you want to believe TamilNet, that is your choice. In a world where religious preachers and pastors can sell an invisible product at a premium price, the gullibility of mankind has no bounds.

                But my suspicion is that you are quoting TamilNet to exonerate your own Muslim genocide against the Tamils. Sinhalese Home guards may have done the same thing the Muslims did. I am not say no to that. But what I am saying is that as an Army we always tried to prevent such things from happening. That’s why even amongst the Tamils, there were Army officers who were revered by the Tamil civilians. Name me one single Muslim leader who is revered by the Tamils?

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                  Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

                  Between a person who calls himself Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera and the TamilNet, any objective person will choose the TamilNet when it comes to the Muslim Home guards because the TamilNet has no Love for Muslim Home guards or Muslims.

                  You have made some absolutely fatuous statements which even Racist Tamils would think twice before making.

                  You alleged a “Muslim genocide against the Tamils”. Really? When and where did this happen?

                  You also said that “as an Army we always tried to prevent such things from happening”. Then why on earth did the Army Create the Home Guards at all and placed the Sinhala Home Guards near Tamil villages? Did you really read what the Tamil Net article had to say about what the Sinhala Home Guards did to the Tamil villages?

                  As for “Army officers who were revered by the Tamil civilians”, can you name such Army Officers, other than yourself, and give details of the “Tamil civilians” who “revered” the Army officers?

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                    Muhandiram,

                    The Home guard concept was initiated so that border villagers can provide their own security to a certain extent until Army reinforcements arrive. Much like the concept of arming Texas farmers during the Mexican American war.

                    It was not done with the intention of grabbing Tamil land and creating friction between the local Tamils and the govt. like you Muslim fellas tried to do in the East.

                    The Sinhalese Home guards were far from perfect, but at least they worked according to our instructions. Outside those protocols they may have abused the HG concept but at least we could talk to them and contain the situation. As for the Muslim cowards, they could only be contained by the threat of force. And they disguised themselves as Sinhalese on many occasions.

                    As for your question asking who are the Army soldiers who were well respected by the Tamils, let me know just, and just a few.
                    Here’s one Lt. Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa. How about that huh? Want to deny he was a respected soldier?

                    Here’s another Capt. Saliya Aladeniya, want to deny him as well?

                    Now back to my question, name one single Muslim from the North or East respected by the Tamils? None.

                    As for your question, asking the names of Tamil civilians who respected Sri Lankan soldiers, I will just remind you not to show your immaturity here. You and I both know that’s ridiculous.

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                      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

                      The ONLY way you can whitewash the Sinhala Home guards is by Blaming the Muslim Home guards and you are doing that. Good try.

                      I have my Full respect for Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa. All Sri Lankans who wanted an early end to the Tamil Terror wanted him to be there till the end. But, you know how he died, don’t you? You are saying that the Tamils loved him so much that they warned him about the land mines laid for him but he simply ignored the warnings, and drove straight to the Land mines, right?

                      Sorry, I haven’t heard of Capt. Saliya Aladeniya.

                      I have to agree with you that there was no Muslim that the Tamils liked. You know why? That is because the Tamils expected the Muslims to join them in their war to divide the country and create Ealam and the Muslims disappointed them by rejecting their Separatist War and Fully supporting Mother Lanka and the United and Indivisible State of Sri Lanka.

                      Tell me Retd. Lt. In which year did you retire and how old were you then?

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          Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera, unknowingly, I have become a fan of yours. If I see your name in the new Comments area in the Home page, I make it a point to read it. Your forthright and no nonsense style is unbeatable. Thanks and keep it up.

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          Look this gay bastard who was a favourite with Sinhalese pokers now back with sympathy for Tamils. May be he is favourite among Tamils .now.

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            Ralli bin Balli, why are you getting angry when someone speaks the truth. This is typical of Muslims worldwide who deny atrocities committed by them on others. Not only your tap is flat but your top too, in keeping a flat earth policy of Koran..

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              Al-Lahfaquar – So quick to get upset? ;-) ?

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              Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

              Black july same thing happened

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              Al-Lahfaquar, what a tree climbing donkey you are, “Kohide Yanne Malle Pol”. My tap flow well, my top’s thrust is strong. You can verify this from your women who come to me. Indeed you are a donkey, just prove me where in the Quran it is said earth is flat. I don’t know anything about Koran. May be it is Donkey’s bible.

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          RLRSP,
          You may be right regarding some issues, but committing one another crime covering the other cant bring us forward right ?
          :
          We perfectly know, also going by recently made revelations of incumbent President, that Ghigana and allother riots/clashes inflicted on Muslims were premediated by Rajapakshe supporters:
          This was not added by SIMPLE SIMON, but by FIRST CITIZEN elected by 6.2 mio of lanken voter elegible, so please study this first before coming with the kin dof comments. THat can help the masses in this country whose majority of the people are misled by varioius forces TODAY.
          People are permanently misled by Rajakshe men for no reasons mostly.
          See, their most recent rally held in Kandy, about which you would not watch much on SOCIAL media. People are made to do what their loyalists want them to do. Poor people are made to be permament obsequaeous to them why ?
          French would not have been able to elect a new leader, if the people would remain the way , ours have been caught by today.
          We need a shrewd leader who would NOT be second to anyone in terms of implementation of rigorous law and order.
          That is what we need right at the moment in this good punished country. I live in Europe, I don tthink I can live back in my home country, looking at the way they dont care abou tthe law and order at all.

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          So now its the Muslims who must apologize.

          The Sinhala Buddists are nothing but a pernicious race of odious vermin – their history proves this over and over again.

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        Muslim are looking for a Pabakaran and there are countries, I suppose very much, willing to help

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          Salam Alekum to all,
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          Why do you need the help of other countries? Pray to Allah and he will provide the right person for the holy war. we do not know when. But someday it is going to happen.

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            edwin rodrigo -comfortable Bahrain life has changed you to lick Muslims, shame on you

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        rbh

        Not from 1983 but from 1958

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      Jothipala Bil,

      Many were clapping since independence. The Tamils and Muslims voted along with Racist Sinhala to disenfranchise the upcountry Tamils, while only the mon-racist Sinhala left opposed it. Unfortunately even the Sinhala left sold themselves to the racists .

      There is s lot of blame to go around , The “low” caste Tamils still suffer at the hands of the “high” caste Tamils.

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    J.Bill
    As long as Sri Lanka has negative people we will be in this circle of bad criticism ….
    you pick him for criticism
    he will pick you….
    each community does it till we see more blood in SL.
    Shame on you hatred monger

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    Since SWRD, the biggest hypocrite in SL politics, exploited national sentiment for his gain, all subsequent political leaders of SL has used this strategy successfully & it would be political suicide for any politician of a mainstream party to openly fight for the rights of ethnic minority. Even the politicians representing the minorities & professionals, such as those in the GMOA, have been reluctant to rock the boat or have been quick to take advantage to benefit personally from ethnic & religious disharmony. Therefore, the day we all accept & acknowledge everybody born in SL as a Sri Lankan with equal status to live in peace & harmony, irrespective of ethnic origin or religious preference, I expect pigs to fly. In fact, the injustice, particularly, faced by the poor, will continue as the gap between the ‘haves’ & ‘have nots’ grow wider with race & religion being the convenient scapegoat, just as it was for the jews in the 1930s & 40s Germany.
    The ‘national’ phenomenon is now apparent all over the world, even in ‘the land of the free’, USA, which was built on immigration. Unlike other previous Presidents of the USA, Trump had the audacity to openly use the race card & his core support base, the white supremacists & the evangelical church, faithfully support him despite his outrageous conduct & possible threat to the world with his ‘America First’ slogan. This is a man who dodged his mandatory military service, yet called his opponent, John McCain, a war veteran & hero, a ‘loser’ because he was captured by the Vietcong & openly admits that he does not pay taxes because he is ‘too smart’. No doubt an inspiration to the Rajapakses & Sirisenas of SL. Europe has been more cautious in embracing ‘nationalism’ but in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Rumania, Greece, right wing political parties are gaining ground & in Italy, controls the ruling coalition. In UK too, the Brexit was won on nationalist feelings.

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    Soon after UNP was returned to power 1977 there was a Communal riots, killing thousands and destroying many buildings. JR. appointed Sansony Commission to inquire, where I too made written representation. But what is the out come. Justice did not come out, because of the Intervention of JR. He handled Sansony in the manner he should be handled.

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    Except for the 1958 attacks and counter attacks, rest of the racist communal attacks against innocent Tamils happened during UNP regimes. 1983 is the reason LTTE came to be viewed(justifiably so) as protectors and a ragtag band became a large military force that waged war for 27 years. Those bastards who were responsible for those crimes got-away because the UNP under JR was either complicit or too weak and afraid. I think they were racists. Digana attacks seem to have bit more complexity but still wrong. So were the attacks in Beruwela but from what I hear, those had some underpinnings of Jihadi provocations and the Digana attack was because muslim youth murdered a Sinhalese. Those sort of violent incidents happen in other nations but organized pogroms like 1983 in July and November 1984 in India are vile and Government thugs were complicit in those. I am also concerned about Wahabi extremists in Kegalle District trying to foment violence.. Zero tolerance for Wahabism and Salafist terrorists.

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      Thassim,
      If you trace all the conflicts, first stone was thrown by Demalu or Muslims. Despite several requests to appoint to commission to investigate Aluthgama incident, there was no response. Mahinda Rajapakse wanted to appoint a commission but did not do so because Champuka threatened to mobilize monks against the Government. This Government does not do that because some of the guys behind that incident are in the Government.

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      Thassim,

      ” innocent Tamils” – Have you seen such people anywhere in SL? I have seen only 2 types of Tamils in Sri Lanka, 1. Tamil rebels 2. Rebel supporters. Don’t ever dream there is No. 3…all Tamils are greedy of achieving Eelam because their politicians impinged this in their minds as soon as SL got independence.

      Wahabism is bad, but separatism is worse. Tackling issues is easy when you can identify your enemy, but if you can’t ?

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    This descendant of a slave brought to this country by colonial BPs or an illegal immigrant to this country do not know that Dravidians started massacring Sinhalayo from 3rd Century BC. Those Dravidian BPs invaded this country 17 times before 1505 and destroyed the Anuradhapura and Pollonnaruwa kingdoms of Sinhalayo.
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    If Sinhala Buddhist King Senerath did not give sanctuary to Muslims persecuted by Parangi ‘Awajathaka BPs’ and allowed them to settle down in interior parts of the country there would not have been any Muslims left in this country. I wonder whether King Senerath made a blunder by protecting ungrateful Muslims from Parangi butchers like Asawedu. Although Sinhalayo accepted these guys, these ungrateful t*pless morons started the first attack on Sinhalayo in Gampola. Using that opportunity, British BPs massacred hundreds of Sinhalayo.

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    “However, displaced Muslims in the North are yet to be treated fairly.”
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    Even displaced Sinhalayo have not been treated fairly. They were not allowed to return to North after the war ended. Sinhalayo have realized that they cannot expect fair treatment from Thuppahi Don Juan Wikunana-Singham who is licking the a*s of Wellala politicians for his political survival. Vigneshwaran told ‘Sinhalese are not welcome in the North’. Spineless Thuppahi leader of the Unpatriotic National Party just kept quiet.
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    In retaliation for the position taken by Wellala politicians, Sinhalayo and Muslims should get together and chase Demalu from Eastern Province to Northern Province.

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    Koti Diaspora, White cockroaches who paid regular visits, TNA, Yasmin Hooka, fake historians Dr.Gnana Sankaralingam and Siva Sankaran Sharma, Native Vedda may be highly disappointed with the verdict on Mannarama mass grave. According to carbon dating the skeletons found in Mannarama mass grave belong to the period 1450-1650. So who could have done this? Definitely not the Sri Lankan Army. This is the time Portuguese controlled Mannarama area. These Portuguese BPs massacred Muslim traders in the coastal area to eliminate competition for trade. So very likely this is the work of Portuguese colonial parasites. There was a Portuguese butcher called Asawedu who has behaved like a wild animal. Could be his work.

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      Cockroaches cannot be got rid of. They lye dormant and come back.

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        Correct! They suddenly came out from their well guarded hiding places and became active openly violating diplomatic protocol during the 52 days Mahinda Rajapakse became the PM.

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      Eekel Guy, there is something fishy in this Mannar mass grave affair. Firstly when there are Forensic Medicine and Archaeology departments in Jaffma university, why none of them were involved and Sinhala doctor and archaeologist brought from south. I do not know about the doctor, but the archaeologist is a well known racist. This itself shows that from the beginning the government to cover up this. Did those who died ate Maliban biscuits and dumped a tin in the grave. I do not question the integrity of the institution which did the carbon dating, but I am concerned about the integrity of the doctor and archaeologist who picked the bones for examination. They should have sent the bones at the surface level and those suspicious of being murdered like ones whose hands were tied. Thus a second opinion is required and the bones should be chosen by Tamil officers and sent to another place for testing. If the government forcibly closes the matter, then it is gross injustice. I am certain that the bodies are that of those arrested and killed by army including Fr. Mary Bastian of Vankalai church, after the bomb blast near Murunkan post office in December 1984.

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        Perhaps the Skeletons ‘lived’ in the Graves quite comfortably for over 500 years,, with food provided in plastic vessels and cloths supplied in polythene wrappings. May be they gave births to children too.

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      Eagle Blind Eye With Bird’s Brain

      Who owns the lab which carried out the test?
      Does Basil owns it as an legitimate business in the USA. Most Mafia owned businesses have been transformed into legitimate businesses since 1980s through clever money laundering.

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    It looks Muslims understand always one side and that is their benefit.

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    The seed for the type of impunity portrayed by Lukman Harees was planted the day thoughts of depower the minority Ceylonese (now Lankans) was accepted as viable. This impunity was used to squash dissent the day “Sinhala Only” was presented in Parliament.
    Impunity became a necessity to protect the pogrom-goons.
    The 1983 ‘black July’ saw the ‘Culture’ of corruption/nepotism/impunity grow.
    .
    The 2014 Aluthgama pogrom was to drive home to each and all that riots can be started and stopped. The reasons given for start were farcical.
    Similar reasons were used to justify the Digana pogrom.
    We, layLankans, are not that stupid but the saboteurs are getting more and more cunning.

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    The result of impunity to all wrong doers!!
    Bring them all to the court of justice! Bring them accountable !! For what they did !! Give us the guarantee of non Occurrence in the future !!

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    Lukman Harees

    For your information the Anti Tamil violence started way back in 1958. Sinhala Lanka I am sure is proud of this World Record ( Race Riots) the only one they hold. . What an achievement thanks to 22 million born RACISTS.

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      Kali,
      For your information, anti-Sinhala violence by Demalu from Hindusthan started in 3rd century BC. When western colonial bastards ruled this country, Demalu joined their armies and massacred Sinhalayo. After independance, Demalu started violence against Sinhalayo because Demalu lost the privileged position they enjoyed during British rule by licking the a*s of British and got the retaliation.

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        No you idiot. Half animal and half human. Stop talking rubbish . I am not prepared to take history lesson from you.

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      Kali, So all these 22m are racists. Ha ha ha what a clown you are. You should get a job in a circus.

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    There was a popular saying among Sinhalese that if you want respect & rousing welcome , you have to earn it. It will not come to you without doing nothing. To earn it you have respect others by your heart & soul I suppose. Do you think you all are doing that ? I think so. You people very faithfully accept & respect your so called holy book Koran. It very clearly mentioned human who do not or does not accept existence of your so called almighty god Allah and he or she or It is the creature of all mankind , universe & all resources are vile animals. What does that mean ? If you Muslims kill such creature in halal manner you should even be able its meat. Is it correct or wrong. Under such circumstances as believers of such brutal literature how do you expect others to respect you or rousing welcome of you ???????????. Can you explain the circumstances under which your youths can destroy their neighbors religious sights including their respected Idol like their much respected teacher’s statues. I feel yours is a military doctrine. not a peaceful religion. Otherwise such actions can not be expected from your youths. As such first learn to respect others if you want respect & peaceful recognition back. No point in writing essays like these if you can not do that. I have not seen any writing from you condemning actions actions of your ISIS & Bokoharam activities against other religions but seen lot of essays on events taking place in Myanmar. Actually you Muslims got Myanmar Buddhists provoke. Things happening in the other places is same I suppose. As such violence against your people is very reasonable . Nobody should condemn those . Otherwise those brutal activities from your youths will be the orders of the day like in war time in north.

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      Ranjith(SPRRW), what nonsense you are writing here. “if you want respect & rousing welcome , you have to earn it”. This is not something that has links to Sinhalese only but it is universal. What about your youths destroyed and killed heartless ways during the racial riots in the past? Were these taught by Buddha? Every race has doing things brutal ways but those we only see in news but here we have seen with our own eyes your brutalities. Your people also eat meats so how do you kill them or do you eat them without killing? Halal manner is humane manner which automatically forbid eating dead or sick animals… Idiot for God in Arabic is Allah and for us he is not an Idol or Idols of dead and gone men like Buddha or Jesus or pagan’s idols like those of Hindus. He does not belongs to this material world but a strong power without a beginning or end. Aren’t we more sensible than you dead people and idol worshippers. ISIS was a brainchild of westerners and Jews to bring conflicts among Muslim countries. How can you brainless idiots could understand that.

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        Magnitude of respect and solidarity you earned as religious community showed in events took place in new Zealand on day before yesterday. That may be just a beginning. More such rousing welcome follow soon I suppose. You in your comment defamed the other religions but how-come Child abuser such as your prophet can reveal religion to follow. founder must be very discipline one in order to advise others. otherwise his or her or its teaching is treated as garbage though you people follow it & love it as very sacred thing. To us freedom is the key nothing-else.nothing can be dipped into our mind in the shack of anything. It is upto us to accept ift teaching is in line with our heart. Nothing is dipped into our mind by force. Everything done with our consent. Your preacher too is gone by now but you believe your source of revelation still in existence. Tell me how-come it is possible to take place shooting like that one in new Zealand without your so called almighty gods knowledge if he or she or it is in existence. I think you believing Garbage theory & asking the others to do same just like in our childhood when we got into mud hole in our school road & shouting others to do same for fun. Can you remember our schooling time & naughty things we did on our way back home.

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