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Genuine Reconciliation: Military And CID Attack Tamils And Tamil Media

By R Sampanthan

R Sampanthan

Hon Speaker,
Parliament,
Sri Jayawardenapura, Kotte.

Standing Order 23(2) – proviso: Notice of question relating to matter of urgent public importance – to be made on 10th April 2013

On Saturday, 30th March 2013, a mob of around 50 persons who came in a procession along the A9 highway carrying the national flag attacked a meeting held at the Tamil National Alliance office of Hon S Shritharan MP in Kilinochchi by throwing rocks and concrete stones. In addition to Hon S Shritharan MP, Hon S Senathirajah MP, Hon E Saravanapavan MP and Hon M A Sumanthiran MP were present there at that time. The members of Parliament were engaged in meeting with about 100 residents of Kilinochchi relating to maters of concern to the Tamil People. This attack took place in the presence of the Kilinochchi Police, who did nothing to prevent it, and resulted in injuries to 13 persons and extensive damage to property. This attack was recorded on video and photographs and the persons involved are easily identifiable. However, not one person has been arrested in relation to this violence up to date, despite the presence of the police on the scene while the attack took place. In fact, one assailant apprehended by those present at the meeting was identified to be an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department [CID] of the Sri Lankan Police. He was handed over to the Deputy Inspector General of Police who arrived at the scene later, but was released shortly thereafter. Two others, who were similarly caught in the act and handed over to the Police, were also promptly released.

A mob of around 50 persons who came in a procession along the A9 highway carrying the national flag

This is not the first time such attacks have been carried out on TNA meetings. On 16th June 2011 army personnel in full uniform attacked a TNA local authority election meeting at Alaveddy in Jaffna, at which five Members of Parliament were present. Although the assailants were in uniform and identifiable, to date no one has been arrested in relation to that incident. More violence was unleashed against the people the day before the local authority elections at that time, particularly in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. Army personnel went house to house and confiscated National Identity Cards and the Polling Cards of the people and warned them not to vote for the TNA. I made a complaint to the Commissioner of Elections with full parlicularsand consequently some of those people were able to vote and the TNA emerged victorious. During the Eastern Provincial Council election several acts of intimidation, undue influence, misrepresentation, bribery and other malpractices were committed by persons inclusive of security intelligence personnel supporting the ruling party. These matters were brought to the notice of the President, the Commissioner of Elections, the Inspector General of Police and other authorities. However, no tangible action that could erase the impact of such misdeeds and ensure a free and fair election was taken raising grave doubts in regard to the independence and integrity of the electoral, police and public service authorities entrusted with the duty of conducting elections. Several other meetings and rallies were also similarly disrupted and more recently, on 15th February 2013, military intelligence personnel disrupted a hunger strike by the Tamil people at the Durgai Amman temple premises at Tellipallai, which was also attended by the Leader of the Opposition. There too, persons who were arrested by the Police were released by the Army that intervened.

Mr Speaker, you will observe that the common feature of all these attacks is that they have been carried out by or with the connivance of the security forces and the police and even though the assailants were identifiable, no arrests have been made. These are also carried out under the watchful eyes of the police. This is clearly indicative of the complicity of the authorities

The most recent attack was in the early hours of the morning on 3rd April 2013, on the Kilinochchi distribution office of the Uthayan newspaper by armed assailants. Of the four staff injured, one is in a serious condition. Property has also been damaged. The attack took place when a vehicle carrying copies of the newspaper for distribution arrived at the Kilinochchi office. The incident is the latest in a series of brutal attacks on Uthayan staff in the last few months. In December 2012, the Editor T. Premananth was hospitalized after military officers and plain-clothes policemen beat him repeatedly while he was covering a protest at the University of Jaffna. In January this year, an Uthayan employee who was distributing newspapers in Velvettithurai was attacked by four armed men who also torched his motorbike. The victim was admitted to hospital with a fractured arm. No arrests have been made in relation to any of these attacks. Uthayan is an independent newspaper that publishes news, perhaps not palatable to the government. This demonstrates the lack of media freedom and the threat to freedom of expression in the country now.

These attacks on the democratic rights of the Tamil People of the freedom of association, freedom of opinion and freedom of expression in the North and East are clearly carried out with the active support, sanction and collusion of the Sri Lankan government. They are a vain and counterproductive attempt to suppress and persecute Tamils for their political aspirations. We call on the Sri Lankan government to immediately cease the violence directed against the Tamil People. We reiterate that to prevent a non-recurrence of the past, Sri Lanka must expeditiously commence a meaningful and genuine process of reconciliation based on the ascertainment of the truth, ensuring justice and providing adequate reparations for the victims of violations committed by all parties.

*R Sampanthan – Parliamentary Group Leader, Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (TNA)  Sampanthan’s speech in parliament today.

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    The alleged military attack was in 2011.

    The most recent was the alleged attack on Uthayan, It is a political paper and obviously some Tamil people don’t agree with its contents.

    They must have expressed their anger, Besides it is Tamil vs Tamil political activists.

    What has the Govt got to do with these inter racial power struggles?.

    When Sambandan’s TNA activists were running the show on behalf of his beloved godson,there weren’t just fistcuffs and stones.

    It was pure 32 calibre strait in to the grey matter.

    Did Mr Sambandan make any statements of urgency under standing orders 23(2)?.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “They must have expressed their anger, Besides it is Tamil vs Tamil political activists.”

      You must be running a network of agents who brief you regularly on the going on in this island.

      And you believe in your informants.

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        No it is between tamils Vs Tamilease. The purchased commodity by Sri Lanka.

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      aisey sumane! how how? still recycling the old arguments from the 80s i see…

      you know, every time i come on here and see your comments, it makes me glow inside, knowing that you, at least, will never change :D

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        If you glow inside see a doctor. If it is outside just use a fire extinguisher or call the fire brigade if you have one. As a last resort call BBS they may help you. 80 or 90 truth is truth.

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    With all the fall out from Geneva and protests in India, Govt carries on regardless with its undemocratic activities. This is obviously not a spontaneous attack by 50 lunatics escaped from Angoda but a orchestrated attack by members of the security forces.

    That it is carried out in broad daylight indicates the absolute impunity of the mob who are confident that they are being backed by a VIP in the defence establishment. Nothing can happen without his orders.

    Justice denied by the law enforcement Police of Sri Lanka. Sad to see a once distinguished service reduced to the role of deaf, blind and dumb goons of the regime.

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      Police is enforcing the law of the land. But the law is changing it has gone so low. What can they do. Please help them.

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    Brutal State Terrorism is being directed against tamils,merely because they take part in politics/electoral process, in order to elect their representatives in the provincial government.
    All government MPs were silent showing that they acquisce with what was said.
    Now the brutality has spread south,and muslims are suffering the same repression as tamils are experiancing in the north and east.
    This is what tamils have been subject to,since independence.

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    At times when I read the comments posted by various readers, I begin to wonder if they are with their blinders on. Are we Sri Lankans so blind and stupid enough to swallow the propaganda campaigns of the government? We claim to be an educated country among most of the developing countries, but we do not use our brain and act responsibly. When I talk to some of my friends, the so called educated ones, who do not read the news or not interested in anything other than what is in Rupavahini, I am ashamed to call them my friends. They are in a well. There is nothing wrong being an ardent Sinhalese and a Buddhist but its wrong to be a stupid Sinhalese and a stupid Buddhist, Buddha did not want us to be so.

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      “education” is like “truth”- both are perspectives. Sri Lankans are proud to call their book-learning as ‘education’ and pride themselves on it. The thing that these fools cant understand is that there’s this little thing called ‘objectivity’ that also forms part of anyone’s education… I mean, look at Sumane’s comment up there… Bugger’s using the same arguments that the govts. of the 60s and 70s used when there were similar attacks against Tamils.

      Some people never learn. Giving them the internet is like giving the razor to the monkey.

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    Kp my friend,

    We have learned a lot over the past 30 years .

    And it cost our inhabitants , our rural poor Sinhala Buddhists, twenty five thousand plus brave young lives.

    And the precious lives of thousands more not so brave ,mums, dads, grand parents and kids on whom the LTTE took revenge.

    The same people overseas, who funded the LTTE and celebrated their bravery with with wine and dine to collect more money are now crying foul, because their proxies the Sambandan lot can’t stir up the poor and set them against the law enforcement agencies.

    Pity your “educated objectivity” can’t phathom this.

    Hope at least you know the meaning buggery ?.

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      You have not learnt anything in the last 30 years. Some people take time. So be patient. All those killers are with the government in the parliament. Go after them arrest them and try them . KP Karuna Doglas. can you do that. Try it and see what happens to you. You will vanish from the face of the earth. That is why I say you have not learnt anything. Another 30 years may be . Good luck. Try some goat brain soup . It may help you.

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    TNA has to join national political agenda,until there is NO soluation for democratic political refom in an Island.Tamils problems also to be sortout by as sovereginty Nation by as Sri lankan. The Geveva, Dehile Washinton or Lonodon is not place to seek soluation for Sri Lankan natioanl problems by TNA Tamil leadership and its political class; has to change path the seek democraic capitalism developement.There is NO Tamil or Sinhalese capitalism, one and only reamin Capitaism in world.
    As Capitalist party of Tamils don’t try mislead poor and innocent Tamils in sri lanka by TNA.

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      So you are asking them to be criminals and to join the government and loot. They will never do that. This is the only party today in parliament that has some credibility in the country even out side.

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