17 July, 2019

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GTF Emphasizes Importance Of Minority Communities Working In Partnership In The Face Of Growing Anti-Muslim Violence

The Global Tamil Forum in a special statement emphasizes the importance of minority communities and their political leaders working together with progressives from the majority community, to reinstate their safety and rights that are presently under threat.

The GTF notes, “Our strong conviction is that the numerically minority communities and their political leaders should work together and in partnership with progressive forces from the majority community to regain their safety, rights and price of place in the country,” and adds, “Political and religious leaders representing the majority community need to act beyond pandering to extremist elements, with a vision to create equality among all communities.”

They note with disappointment, the growing wave of violence and hate against the Muslim community since the end of the war and say that the hate campaigns hit a ‘notable crescendo’ when Rathana thera staged the hunger strike.

GTF states the incidents are a dejavu moment for the Tamil community of their experiences from the 50s up to the 80s.

GTF also notes with disappointment that the law enforcement officials and politicians have failed to show leadership in arresting this dangerous trend and calls upon the progressive groups of the majority community to ensure minority communities are not at the receiving end of hate and intolerance.

We publish below the statement in full:

Global Tamil Forum condemns violence and intimidation against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka 

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) express its strong condemnation of the anti-Muslim hatred and hysteria being whipped up by sections of Sinhala Buddhist community, and call on the Sri Lankan authorities to take immediate steps to arrest this dangerous development.

Following the end of the decades-long civil war in 2009, the Muslim community became the prime target of the extremist elements among the Sinhala Buddhist community, and this was aided and abetted by powerful forces within the majority community. The emerging trend was unmissable – well-planned violence in the Kalutara district in June 2014, highly-coordinated riots in the Ampara and Kandy districts during February-March 2018, and the death and destruction in several towns across the North-West region in May 2019. 

Muslim civilians lost lives; their homes, businesses and mosques were ransacked and burnt; and tens of thousands were displaced. Many of these attacks were carried out under the patronage of Buddhist monks and in the presence of security forces. The hatred against Muslims was systematically ramped up over recent years and the community has been harassed and intimidated in a multitude of ways – deceit and false propaganda, calls to boycott Muslim professionals and their businesses, and imposing dress codes in violation of basic human rights. Actions of the extremist Sinhala Buddhist elements thus resulted in the creation of a fertile ground for extremist Islamic elements to exploit. This is undoubtedly one factor that contributed to the Easter Sunday violence.

A notable crescendo was the recent hunger strike by the Monk-Parliamentarian, Athuraliye Rathana, calling for the resignation of Muslim Ministers and Governors by implicating them to Easter Sunday violence. GTF supports a thorough investigation into Easter Sunday attacks to identify all those directly or indirectly contributed to that carnage and bring them to face the full force of the law. Unfortunately, pre-empting such a process with vague allegations and a hunger strike helped build mass momentum around these demands and created a tinderbox with potential for serious violence against the Muslim community.

Sri Lankan law enforcement officials and politicians have failed to show leadership in arresting this dangerous trend. Hundreds of Muslims continue to be detained in suspicion of involvement in the Easter Sunday violence, whereas key persons behind the recent anti-Muslim violence were released without regards for due process. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, an extremist monk known for inciting violence against Muslims, was pardoned within a year of serving his six-year jail sentence by President Sirisena, who did not have the moral fortitude to express public sympathy or support for the beleaguered Muslim community and its leaders. 

Amidst these tense inter-communal relations, a stand-out is the collective decision made by all nine Muslim Ministers and two Muslim Provincial Governors to resign from their positions. As articulated by Minister Rauff Hakeem, their actions were aimed at easing the fear of the Muslim population that was ‘terrified’ and ‘feared bloodbath’; he also called on the government to expedite investigations into all accusations related to the recent violent incidents. 

For the Tamil people it is a sense of déjà vu from the fifties to the eighties – when discrimination and high-handed actions against Tamil civilians; mob violence with collusion of security forces and elements of the government; total impunity for perpetrators; and harassment and intimidation of their Parliamentarians, all the while Sinhala national leaders appeased Sinhala extremism. Such appalling failure alienated the Tamil community, which ultimately led to civil war, the impact of which will take many more years to overcome. It will be tragic if the Muslim community is subjected to the same fate and made to feel as second-class citizens in their own country.

The hard-line Buddhist forces have historically played an abominable role in preventing ethnic harmony, equality, and political power sharing among various communities. The latest events took this a step further which resulted in the resignation of Ministers and gave the agitators a pseudo-veto in deciding who could be in the government. This set a dangerous new precedent. 

Our strong conviction is that the numerically minority communities and their political leaders need to work together and in partnership with progressive forces from the majority community to regain their safety, rights and pride of place in the country. The political and religious leaders representing the majority community need to act beyond pandering to extremist elements, with a vision to create equality among all communities. The international community too should play its part in ensuring that Sri Lanka does not slide into another dark age of ethnic and religious intolerance and violence. This is essential for peace in Sri Lanka.

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    This is like a Fox cries over the safety of Chicken. Well before Easter bombings Tamils protests against Muslim teachers dress in Eastern province. Similar incident was in Puwakpitiya Tamil school. also. These Fox shed crocodile tears now spreading lies as tens of thousands of Muslims were displaced. Tamils have you forgot who chased away a entire population from the North.

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      Latha

      I read a news item a few years back that stated Muslims were chased away because LTTE found weapons in some muslims’ houses in Jaffna that were brought from Colombo to Jaffna in Muslim owned lorries. This was done with the connivance of armed forces. I can’t vouch the accuracy but the general opinion among Tamils is that LTTE would not have taken this drastic decision unless there is a valid reason.

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        Mayan

        Tamils are very good in fabricating stories.

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          Mayan

          What about rajiv gandhi’s demice

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          Yes we all know that you are Sinhalese Buddhist Fascist and racist. Please read all this women’s previous posts full of lies misinformation and hatred towards the Tamils and Muslims. You only come here to post your hate filled garbage and post nothing intelligent

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          Lathie So are the safron cloaked rogues.

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      Latha: There have been many anti-Muslim activities by the LTTE and other Tamil parties at various times. There have also been continuous anti-Tamil activities by Muslims in the Eastern Province, sometimes with the covert backing of the government.

      But what sets apart the campaigns of the Sinhala Buddhists against the Tamils and Muslims is that they have the full backing of the entire government machinery including the highest in the land, the politicians, bureaucrats, security forces, legal system (bloody joke), much of the media and the powerful Buddhist clergy. This has a devastating effect on the poor minorities.

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        Estate Labourer

        That is the way with every country. Think how another country would behave if a minority group claim 1/3 of land & 3/4 of sea on false historic grounds & another set of minority blasts innocent people hoping to go to heaven to live with 72 maids. For them non believing of their religion is a reason to kill others.

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          Latha,
          “. Think how another country would behave if a minority group claim 1/3 of land & 3/4 of sea on false historic grounds &”
          ….
          Look at the map of India. Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with less than 10% of the population, have 30% of the coast. Is anyone complaining?
          Please do your research before coming out with such earth shaking arguments.

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            old codger

            Do Kerala and Tamil Nadu people fighting for a separate state?. If they do we can see what will happen.

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              There have been separatist tendencies in South India for many years mainly over the Hindi/Tamil language issue. Their politicians have used them for their own advancement just as ours have done. The Indian Penal Code deals with Sedition with sentences up to im­prisonment for life.

              https://www.quora.com/Will-Tamil-Nadu-separate-from-India

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              latha

              “Do Kerala and Tamil Nadu people fighting for a separate state?”

              Not really, because those states were linguistically rearranged and the enforcing of Hindi as the official language throughout of India stopped when the centre realised it’s stupidity. Nehru came to an understanding with states. The constitution of India is somewhat federal unlike this Sinhala/Buddhist rut, with leaders who cannot see beyond their Mahawamsa mindset.

              Therefore there is no need for them to fight for a separate unless of course Hindians unwisely decided to enforce Hindi as being official language or Hindutva fascism as the way of life or in fact religious way of life.

              We know the Sultanate of New Delhi loves to enforce everything that they believe in(?) on people without their consent. For example two incident in which the Centre was successfully forced to withdraw its orders, due to public pressure through protests, one to shut down Sterlite operation in Tuticorin and protest against the ban on bull-taming (jallikattu).

              This never happens in this country because the people and the leaders are buried in deep, deep, deep Sinhala/Buddhist cesspit.

              One cannot compare Sri Lanka with India.

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            Old codger
            You are asking latha to do research. He doesn’t know what research is. He only suck the dicks of certain politicians.

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              Contd. »
              India is composed of 29 states, each with their unique history and indigenous cultures, languages and historically authentic independent state formations. The situation in Sri Lanka can only be compared to each of the individual state and not whole India. Tamils asking for a separate state here is equivalent to an ethnic minority within one of these individual states seeking separation. Example – The Telugus who make up about 8% of the population in Tamilnadu asking for a separate state or the 4% Tamils in Karnataka asking for a separate Tamil state in Karnataka. Do you think the Tamils would allow Telugus to carve out a separate state comprising of 40% of the land area and 75% of the coastline of Tamilnadu? That’s what the Tamils who are a 11% minority are asking in Srilanka.
               
              Please do not exaggerate and distort facts. The coastline is not 30%.
              Total length of coastline of India – 7517 km
              Tamilnadu – 907 km which is equivalent to 12%
              Kerala – 570 km which is equivalent to 7.6%
              Total = 12 + 7.6 = 19.6%
               
              Population:
              Tamilnadu – 6%
              Kerala – 5%
              Total Population – 11%
               
              So its 11% of the population which has 20% of the coastline and not “less than 10% of the population, have 30% of the coast.” As explained the situation in Srilanka cannot be compared to individual states seeking separation from India. Tamils ofcourse have been wanting to separate from India, and that is what actually spread here too. If any state in India seriously resort to what the Tamils in Srilanka resorted to, India would use 5 minutes to flatten the whole state and not use 30+ years like the Sinhalese – trying to accommodate Tamil demands.

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            You have real problem relating to reality and truth now, don’t you? What a twist you made in your statement, that too based on data which you have distorted.
             
            First of all Tamilnadu and Kerala are inhabited by the native populations of the two states, namely the Tamils and Keralites. If they want to secede from India and make separate states that won’t be on false historical grounds, as these people have a historic right to those states. They are indigenous populations, whose nations were formed in these geographical territories and their state formations were in these states. These are naturally formed civilizational nation states, where there are natural borders bordering to neigbourhing states – i.e the western Ghats make the boundary between Kerala and Tamilnadu, and the Tirupati hills make the northern border towards the northern states of Kannada and Andhra. So nobody can have any valid dispute or complain about the state boundaries, as these are ancient and natural boundaries.
             
            You cannot compare the Keralites in Kerala and Tamils in Tamilnadu to Srilanka and SL-Tamils since Tamils here are a diapora of Tamilnadu. Srilanka has only one natural border and that is the ocean, and it has produced only one civilizational nation, i.e the Sinhalese. As it is evident the situation in Srilanka is completely different from India. The area Tamils are claiming to setup their separate Tamil state, does not even have a natural border, which goes to prove that Tamils could never have had a naturally formed indigenous presence or state here. Tamils always compare the situation in India with Sri Lanka, but the situations are different and not comparable in the way Tamils compare.

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              Ridiculous nonsense by a rotting brain.

              Don’t rewrite history.

              Tamils indigenous to Sri Lanka were not asking for a separate land just because we are indigenous to the island; it was for equal rights and opportunities, and protection from Buddhist/Sinhala terrorism.

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          Latha,

          Read some history and at least become a bit educated. Tamils demand for separate state began only after Tamils peaceful and democratic actions were thwarted by the Sinhalese through violence. What about the innocent Tamils killed by Sinhalese before 1983?

          And what about the constant violence and Muslims killed by the Sinhalese in the past 6 years? The Sinhalese after defeating LTTE are once again on the prowl for more blood of the innocents. They have a blood lust.

          In response to your previous post it is the Sinhalese who fabricate stories to justify violence against minorities.

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            hansolo

            Tamils peaceful and democratic actions?

            Applying tar to Sinhala naming boards.

            Not to give a prominant place to the native people’s religion, their language. 50/50 demand for less than 25% of population of whom most are brought as slaves by Colonial rulers. No matter if they protest peacefully or other wise their demands will not be met.

            what they believed was India will make them a separate homeland here.

            “What about the Muslims killed in the past 6 years”

            As a person living in SL, I know 4 Muslim persons & two Sinhalese persons were killed in riots in Digana & Aluthgama but Muslims killed 250 Sinhalese in 21/April

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              latha

              “Applying tar to Sinhala naming boards.”.

              What’s wrong with it?
              You should be lucky they didn’t apply hot tar on the shaven head of the racist saffron clad thugs as one of the anglicised Sinhala Leader suggested.

              “Not to give a prominant place to the native people’s religion, their language. “

              You should have kept your religion and language to yourself not imposing both on people who do not want both to be enforced on them. You know very well only the crooks benefited from giving prominence to language, race, religion, ….. and we see violence continues.

              It’s been almost 61 years since the first organised riots against minorities took place in this island. It will never stop as long as people like you refused to see the issues and problems associated with racism, and in denial mood.

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                Vadda

                You people might applied tar peacefully but all ended with aggression.

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              Latha,

              “Applying tar to Sinhala naming boards”

              It seems that according to your racist mind applying tar on Sinhala naming boards is a violence and undemocratic. But Sinhalese mobs going on rampage and killing minorities is peaceful and democratic.

              “Not to give a prominant place to the native people’s religion, their language”

              Whether Sinhalese are native or not depends on whether Sinhalese are descendants of Vijaya or Kuweni. Kuweni was a native and Vijaya usurped Kuweni and took over her lands.

              Minorities have never demanded that Sinhala should not be given prominence. What they demanded was give equal rights to Tamil as well.

              “50/50 demand” – If this was implemented Sri Lanka would have been a well developed country by now. More developed than even Singapore.

              “No matter if they protest peacefull”- This has been the racist mentality isn’t it. Minorities even if they protest peacefully the majority will unleash violence just because they are the majority.

              I am living in SL too. As per my knowledge 6 Muslims have been killed in the past 6 Years of Anti Muslim mob violence. This trend is similar to the trend followed against Tamils which culminated to 1983.

              “250 Sinhalese in 21/April” – Accuser of others of fabrication is fabricating another lie.The majority innocents killed by the terrorist were Tamil Christians.Get your facts straight.

              I told you to get an education before. But I get it. When you head is filled with racism and hatred there is no place in your head for other things to get in.

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          Laththie

          Only in this shit hole

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    it is quite regrettable these GTF buffers have forgoten they came out of shit hole of INDIA thamilnaadu and swam across palk straight and landed on the beaches of hela deepa and of sinhala people lived as illegal migrants all tamil slaves came here as pirates robbers bandits like elaara bugger thereafter dutch brought the buggers as slaves to work in tobacco farms in the north thereafter brithish brought them as coolies for tea plantations and dhobies, nightsoil colletors and to do all sakkili work it is because of the tamil buggers the British buggers hated sinhalese as proud and disrespecting white buggers now tamils are wellrecognised in the UK cancreate their eelaa in england and white buggers paying back debts to tamils by licking their anuses in houseof coommons allsorts of lords it is best for gtf buggers to make best use of the opportunity to make white buuggers their slaves and they can forget about the sinhales who will come to them with a begging bowl mongal ponnayaa and Eunuch Ranil willbe first beggers

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      BullPenis AKA-gonpakaya

      You have correctly named your self based on what you have posted. It seems you know yourself better than us. At least you are true to your self. The only response I can come up with is a quote from Winston Churchill:

      “Never does a man portray his character more vividly than when proclaiming the character of another.”

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    GTF

    Sir, where were you when tamils particularly Hindus in the eastern province were subjected to all sorts of ill treatments at the hands of Muslim politicians and their henchmen ? Were you sleeping like Kumbakarnan ? Now that you have woken up I will give you a task. Will you speak to hardline Muslim forces who oppose the upgrade of kalmunai Tamil division for the last several years even though the govt has approved the upgrade about twenty five years ago, and bring relief to Tamils? This will be the first task and others will follow depending on your success, provided you don’t go back to sleep again. Remember, your dream of bringing peace involves neutralising muslims’ antagonism against Tamils too. One more request. Instead of meeting ministers and govt officials in Colombo and seeking publicity by publishing the photographs taken with them, please meet the Tamil villagers in the eastern province who suffers at the hands of Sinhala Muslim and TNA politicians for the last several years and listen to their plight and bring relief to them even in a small way. Waiting for your response.

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      @Peacelover,

      It looks like you have no idea where Kalmunai is and what the story behind this illegal Tamil division is. I am from Kalmunai and let me give you the real history behind this. First of all there is a proper divisional secretariat in Kalmunai established by the government and it serves all communities living in Kalmunai but during LTTE terror in 1990s LTTE terrorists illegally and forcefully opened an office in the Kalmunai kachcheri building (this is literally 200 meters away from the main divisional secretariat) and named it as sub office aka Tamil division. This office was functioning for the past 20 odd years under the main office and no one wanted to interfere with it since it may create community tensions. Now over the past few months there is a demand from certain section of the Tamil community (not all) to upgrade this to a full scale office and there are lots of anti-social elements behind this making it as an issue that the Muslims are against this. The reason why it cannot be upgraded is that there is already a divisional secretariat within 200 meters and in nowhere in Sri lanka a divisional secretariat is opened to serve for only for a particular community on their name. Can anyone show me a Sinhalese Divisional Secretariat or Muslim Divisional Secretariat opened anywhere in Sri lanka?, so during this high time when Muslims are feeling the pressure, these racial elements are trying to raise this issue and take advantage of the situation. For this purpose they also got the priest from Kalmunia Buddhist Vihara and trying to get the media attention. If you want to know the truth, speak to the people who are on the ground not from the people who are living in Europe and writing fabricated stories.

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    GTF

    I now understand that a fast unto death is being carried out today in Amparai by Buddhist Hindu Christian religious leaders and public from several organisations demanding the upgrade of kalmunai North Tamil division prathesa Sabah. Hope GTF will participate in the fasting and prove their sincerity to the tamils’ demand.

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    Rishad Bathiuddin asked Wigneswaran Lands from Muladuwa. Wigneswaran did not give lands. It is the Same GTF, whose LTTE showered bullet to Praying ,muslims in Kathabnkudy.. IT is the same GTF whose LTTE asked muslims to vacate north within 24 hours. why don’t GTF sponsor all the muslims to England. Then becomes the Majority there.

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    The above comments I see are the reasons why this country is cursed, never progresses, and cannot unite for the good of the country, and the people.
    The constant backstabbing, insulting, and finding fault with others.
    Everyone thinking they are superior to all others, which they are not.
    No one is blameless. Everyone, including the majority in this country, have to adjust, and try to cooperate, and get along. It is because we are SO DIVIDED, that outside forces with their evil agendas, can divide and conquer. Aren’t we the land of fools?

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      Tara
      My view is the same. The country has been cursed for centuries with blood letting , so the history says.
      The majority thinks they can kill every other nationalities and live happily ever after,. It will never happen.
      We have seen war after war. Those instigated are not happy either , cause the curse will and have followed them where ever they are.
      The division now among the majority is unimaginable. This is 70 years of making of hate and greed.
      There’s no other way for our APEH Aanduwe. Only one way , that is the outside forces can come and conquer.

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        Tara and Analyst. This trend was started by that woman who was sc rewed in a Temple and she carried that fact as her name. She was a woman who lacked any sense of gratitude.

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        Ana – list

        It is not the majority but people like you (LTTE, religious extremists) think they can kill Sinhalese & live happily. It will never happen. They can’t live happily because curse will follow them.

        Division among majority? ha ha ha

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          latha

          “It is not the majority but people like you (LTTE, religious extremists) think they can kill Sinhalese & live happily.”

          You do not need LTTE, religious extremists to kill Sinhalese however the Sinhala/Buddhist are doing it splendidly. You have Assgiria, Gnanasara, ……

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            Right. And animals like Uguduwas are doing their part (not by any means silently) but smellily (that’s a new word I invented and dedicated to Ugudu Kala Veddah).

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          Latha Honey,

          It is the Sinhalese who are cursed. Kuweni cursed the decedents of Vijaya that they will never live in peace in her land for usurping her kingdom and killing her people. If you read the history you will realize that Sinhalese have killed each other until the final take over by the British.

          What you dont get is that even if there are no minorities this country wont have peace and the country’s future would be same or worse as it is today. Minorities are just the scapegoats for a people who believe that a savage lion’s blood is running through their veins. So the only thing you can expect from them is savagery.

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            The only source for Kuweni legend is the Sinhalese people’s chronicles and Kuweni did no such thing.

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    I think what GTF says, Muslims let us get together and blow up. So, now Military has to recruit more and send more troops to Tamil areas and NAvy Recruit more and keep Srilanka always surrounded because both groups have foreign support and may start blowing up again. GTF is very good at screwing up Tamils. So, the Intelligence removed UNP govt is no longer good for Sri lanka.

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    Now Kiriella, Ranil and Penthouse Ravi may start screaming again, Pamankada, Alimankada.

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    Laththie

    Only in this shit hole

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    Suren & Emanuel of GTF, where are you mates ? Are you deaf and blind ? Why don’t you come out and say your views on upgrading Kalmunai North tamil division PS and the protests taking place in Eastern Province. Be bold and say where you both stand. Are you with Muslim politicians who oppose the upgrading or with Kalmunai Tamils engaged in protests ? Reply.

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