16 September, 2019

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LTTE Cadres Surrender – Army Brigadier Atapattu Is Lying Through His Teeth

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

The Sri Lankan army twice within a week has denied it received any surrendering LTTE cadres during the closing stages of the civil war that ended on May 18, 2019.

On 05 July, 2019 Responding to a Right To Information (RTI) Act request, the Information Officer of the Sri Lanka Military, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu claimed “LTTE members have not surrendered themselves to the Sri Lanka military during the last stages of the war and they have handed themselves over to the Sri Lankan government”. Ironically, Information Officer of the Sri Lanka Military, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu during the war was part of the Mechanised Infantry regiment himself.

“As the institution with authority to deal with matters regarding surrendered LTTE members is the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, you are kindly requested to obtain the required information from them,” said  Brigadier Sumith Atapattu.

The RTI request had been filed by Tamil Mirror Journalist, P Nirosh Kumar.

The stance of the military is in sharp contradiction to its earlier pronouncements that it did receive surrendering Tamil Tiger fighters and some of their family members.

Ramesh

JDS Lanka reported that there were several instances in which the military confirmed LTTE cadres had surrendered to the army. In 2012 when a Sri Lankan army Court of Inquiry (COI) acknowledged that the military captured LTTE cadres, in 2013 when Gotabaya Rajapaksa told journalists that 11,800 cadres had surrendered to the military, in 2016 when a senior military commander in the 58 Division said the army had kept a list of all those who surrendered. In 2018 two former Ministers from the Rajapaksa administration acknowledged that those who surrendered to the military had been killed while in protected military.

Ramesh

A senior Sri Lankan minister wittingly or otherwise has confirmed that some of the top Tamil Tiger leaders, including V. Balakumar and Yogaratnam Yogi, who had surrendered to the government troops during the final days of the war in May 2009, have been killed while in protected military custody.

Therefore, the present denial is a blatant lie and a futile attempt to hide a whole pumpkin in a plate of rice. The denial has dealt a devastating blow to the thousands of mothers and fathers searching for their loved ones who disappeared after surrendering to the army on May 17/18, 2009. 

The Sri Lankan armed forces which brag that it crushed the LTTE terrorists never to raise again has now got cold feet that it never, ever accepted LTTE surrenders.

What is worse the Information Officer Brigadier Atapattu says the LTTE cadres had not surrendered themselves to the Sri Lankan military during the last stages of the war and they have handed themselves over to the Sri Lankan government.  This is a blatant contradiction in that he is not denying the LTTE cadres surrendered to the army, only that they were handed over “to the Sri Lankan government after the surrender.”

Isaipriya

The Information Officer Brigadier Atapattu goes on to say “As the institution with authority to deal with matters regarding surrendered LTTE members is the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation, you are kindly requested to obtain the required information from them.”

This new twist by the army has dealt a devastating blow to thousands of Tamils searching for their loved ones who disappeared after surrendering to the security forces.  Their protests campaigns are in search of the missing persons have gone well over two years now. They claim they have seen with their own eyes the army taking away their relatives who surrendered to the 58th division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva at Vadduvaakal on May 18, 2009.

Isaipriya’

The army through their public address system asked the people and the LTTE cadres to surrender at different locations at Vadduvaakal.

Apparently, this is the first time since the conclusion of the war ten years ago; the Sri Lanka army has claimed that no LTTE cadres surrendered to the Sri Lanka military, despite the country’s most senior wartime defence official and other officials saying otherwise.

In an interview General Fonseka, who was the commander of the armed forces during the final days of the war, gave to Sunday Leader newspaper, he alleged that extrajudicial killings had occurred on the orders of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He stated: “Basil Rajapaksa, (a senior government figure) had conveyed information to the defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who in turn spoke with Brigadier Shavendra Silva, commander of the Army’s 58th division, giving orders not to accommodate any [Tiger] leaders attempting surrender and that they must all be killed.”

Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) appointed by the President has acknowledged that a vast number of those who surrendered to the military had disappeared.

“Families and civil society representatives in the districts made a number of recommendations that the OMP will take forward, including the use of mobile offices for more remote areas, prioritisation of the cases of persons who have reported to have surrendered to the military in May 2009 and then disappeared, and the need for immediate relief,” OMP announced in its interim report in August 2018.

OMP chair Saliya Peiris has said that he requested the list of surrenders from the authorities, but he never received any list.  In 2016, a senior military commander revealed in courts that the 58th Division, which is accused of committing war crimes, is in possession of a list of those who surrendered to the security forces. The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 58th Division of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Kavinda Chanakya Gunawardena told Mullaitivu Magistrate Court that his division holds a list of all the LTTE cadres who surrendered to the military.

However, the commander failed to provide the document in court.

An Army Court of Inquiry (COI) established by post-war military Commander Jagath Jayasuriya in 2012 also acknowledged that the military did indeed capture LTTE cadres.

“The Sri Lanka Army had acted in a very professional manner taking very elaborate measures to avoid civilian casualties and all persons, including captured/surrendered LTTE cadres,” said the COI report.

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by Sri Lanka’s wartime president registered in 2011 a total of 53 LTTE cadres who surrendered during the final days of the war and were alleged to have disappeared.

The OMP estimates that at least 21,000 have disappeared from the predominantly Tamil north and east.

A UN investigation into serious violations and abuses of human rights in Sri Lanka’s war (OISL) concluded in 2015 that there are reasonable grounds to believe that captured LTTE members were unlawfully killed.

“On the basis of the available information, there are reasonable grounds to believe that a number of military cadres, who had laid down arms and were thus hors de combat, were unlawfully killed after having surrendered unarmed to the security forces,” said the OISL report.

Based on the findings, Sri Lanka committed itself at the UN to establish a judicial inquiry involving foreign judges, but the government now says it is opposed to any foreign judges and other personnel participating in such judicial inquiry.  Almost five years later the transitional justice process is in splendid limbo thanks to President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

The UTHR-J report mentioned the names of top leaders who surrendered to the army.  Karikalan (former eastern province political wing leader and subsequently in charge of the economic division), Yogaratnam Yogi (former spokesman of the LTTE), Lawrence Thilakar (a former spokesman of the LTTE, a one time head of LTTE office in Paris and later in charge of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation), Thangkan (former Deputy political section leader), Ilamparithi (former head of the political section for Jaffna district), Elilan (former Trincomalee political wing leader), Paappa (former head of the LTTE sports division), Puvannan (former head of the administrative division of the LTTE), Gnanam (deputy international head) and Tamilini head of the Women’s political wing.

On June 12, 2009, The Asian Tribune, a mouthpiece of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, reported that “LTTE Senior V. Balakumar and seven other hardcore Tigers are in the police net, Asian Tribune learns. They are Yogaratnam Yogi, former LTTE spokesman, Baby Subramanian, LTTE stalwart of long years, Lawrence Thilakar, a former head of the LTTE’s International Secretariat, Ilamparithi, Jaffna political leader, Karikalan of the Eastern Province and three others whose names are not immediately available.”

On August 06, the Lanka Guardian published a photograph taken in the army controlled area detention centre showing V. Balakumar and his son seated on a bunk under a tree.  The background of the photograph shows army soldiers moving around the area. According to Lanka Guardian, V. Balakumar came to surrender to the Army with white flags together with other senior leaders of the LTTE.  The photograph was taken in the army-controlled area.

LTTE cadres surrendered to the army in two batches some few hours apart. The first batch was on the night of 17 May 2009 led by B.Nadesan, Head of the LTTE Political Department, along with Seevaratnam Pulithevan of the Peace Secretariat and his Deputy Col. Ramesh and Nadesan’s wife Vineetha surrendered carrying white flags. In addition, 60 other LTTE cadres and 40 civilian relatives of LTTE cadres also surrendered. 

Prior to the surrender on 14 May, 2009 Nadesan contacted the United Nations, the governments of Norway, United Kingdom, United States and also ICRC and was assured by Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa to surrender to the army with white flags.  Nadesan’s request for a third party witness to oversee the surrender was denied.

Nadesan and others surrendered to the 53rd 59th Division of the Sri Lanka army carrying White flags and were reportedly shot dead. Sarath Fonseka and the then Sri Lankan Army Chief said that they had been shot dead on the orders of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to Brigadier Shavendra Silva Commander of the 58 Division (Sri Lanka). 

Photographs and videos taken by soldiers appeared in the media showing bullet-ridden mutilated bodies of Nadesan, Pulithevan and Ramesh with burnt marks.  One video showed a frightened Ramesh being interrogated roughly by the army personnel.

On 18 May 2009 evening the second batch of LTTE cadres consisting of LTTE military and civilian administrative leaders surrendered to the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan army close to the Vadduvaakal Bridge. The vast majority of these people have subsequently disappeared and, according to eyewitnesses, were last seen in the custody of the Sri Lankan military.

Those who surrendered on 18 May 2009 were screened and mostly put in a barbed wire holding area just south of the Vadduvaakal Bridge, which was in the control of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Many surrendered with an elderly Catholic Priest, Father Francis Joseph, who recorded the names of surrenders in a list for the military. Many eyewitnesses saw the LTTE cadres and in some case, their family members, loaded in buses and taken away by the army. Among those who surrendered were Elilan, Poet Ratnathurai, Yogi, Balakumar and Thilakar.  They and the priest have not been seen since being taken into the custody of by the army.

A photograph appeared in the media showing Balakumar with his son seated on a bench inside an army camp. No other pictures appeared of those taken in buses by the army. A Catholic priest Francis Joseph who accompanied the LTTE cadres also went missing.

Another cowardly murder carried out by the army was that of Balachandran son of LTTE leader Prabhakaran who surrendered with his bodyguards. A photograph showed the 13-year-old kid seated on a bench inside an army bunker munching some short- eats oblivious of the imminent death lurking in the shadow around him. Later, a photo showed the bullet-ridden body of Balachchandran thrown to the ground. He was shot in the chest five times. 

A senior military officer we interviewed told Channel 4 news that the rebel leader’s 13-year-old son surrendered with his bodyguards. He claims the boy was interrogated about his father’s location, then shot.

In an explosive interview with The Sunday Leader General Fonseka, the then Army Commander said he had no information communicated to him in the final days of the war that three key LTTE leaders had opted to surrender to Sri Lanka’s armed forces as the battle drew to a bloody finish. He told Frederica Jansz that Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed a key ground commander in the north that all LTTE leaders must be killed and not allowed to surrender. Later, under pressure, Sarath Fonseka retracted his statement. (http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2009/12/13/%E2%80%9Cgota-ordered-them-to-be-shot%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-general-sarath-fonseka/)

Photos also showed  Isai Priya, the LTTE TV broadcaster, alive and in the custody of the Sri Lankan military. Footage obtained by Channel 4 News shows a number of dead bodies, including that of Isai Priya, which showed signs of possible sexual assault. These emerging eyewitness reports, photos, and videos are part of the mounting evidence of Sri Lankan soldiers summarily executing captured Tamils in the closing stages of the war. What crime did a 13-year boy commit other than born to the LTTE leader? (To read a detailed write-up and photographs about these killings please visit URL http://white-flags.org/)

Tamils are pointing  finger at Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who for all intents and purposes the de facto Defence Minister throughout the war from November 2005.  Incidentally, it was President Sirisena who was acting Defence Minister in the absence of Mahinda Rajapaksa who has gone abroad. Sirisena was bragging that the day he was sworn in over 1700 civilians were reported to have been killed and 3000 injured by Sri Lankan government shelling within the space of 48 hours. Thousands more were killed in the days that followed.

In 2011, Britain’s Channel 4 reported an interview with an army officer who served in Brigadier Shavendra Silva’s 58th Division that carried out the attack. The officer stated: “The defence secretary phoned Brigadier Shavendra Silva and ordered him not to take them prisoner, but to kill them. … I can confidently state that those who ordered the killings were Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Brigadier Shavendra Silva.”

The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) has compiled a list of names of those who disappeared last seen in the custody of the military. Please click the following link to see the full list of missing persons at URL (http://white-flags.org/)*

The list comprises the names of 142 LTTE cadres who surrendered to the military on 18 May 2009 by eyewitnesses. The list is by no means a complete one.  The ITJP   through a press release let known to family members and relatives of the surrenders that there are eyewitnesses to the surrender of their loved ones to the military on the 18 May 2009 now living abroad. These eyewitnesses live outside of Sri Lanka as they fear for their security and reprisals against family members. The ITJP further said it is cognisant of the fact that some of the people on the list may have been released from detention after many years, without the knowledge of our witnesses. Eyewitnesses inside Sri Lanka and family members have also registered complaints or filed court cases regarding the disappearance of additional people who surrendered on 18 May 2009.

There is a mountain of evidence, including eyewitnesses as well as visual evidence of the mass slaughter of those LTTE cadres who surrendered to the army. Now ten years after the war, the army has the temerity to claim that LTTE cadres surrendered to the government and not to the army. Obviously, the army spokesperson Brigadier Atapattu is lying through his teeth and he should be charged with perjury.

Even if what Brigadier Sumith Atapattu says is “true” then both the armed forces and the Sri Lankan government are guilty of committing war crimes. Needless to say, those concerned should be put on trial for war crimes before the International Court of Justice.

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    Whole article is a lie wrap around a simple answer.

    You have gone to the fruit stall asking for beef.

    Fruit salesman asking you to go to meat stall.

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      The LTTE did enough damage to the country and to its own people the Tamils. While I don’t condone extra-judicial killings this was a WAR which needed to be WON for the sake of the people of Sri Lanka and its future generations.

      The LTTE butchered 600 unarmed Policemen in the East after they had surrendered on the order of then President Premadasa. I don’t think President Premadasa ever expected the LTTE to kill them in cold blood. Otherwise the President would have sent reinforcements and ordered his troops to fight till their death, but he naively believed the LTTE which was again not his fault.

      The defeated remnants of LTTE or anyone else writing about LTTE and what the Sri Lankan troops on the ground did to them was just a case of TIT FOR TAT. The LTTE leaders knew they were facing death because they had killed ample innocent men, women and children. They just got what they deserved.

      So please let us bury the LTTE and all the devastation they brought to our beloved country and move on with our lives. We just need to say “GOOD RIDDANCE OF BAD RUBBISH”.

      As an afterthought, just imagine if they were all captured and brought before our courts, it would have been one helluva Tamasha with many imminent President Counsels lining their pockets with the ill gotten wealth of the LTTE and defending them, which we would be still doing even after 10 years after the end of the WAR.

      The LTTE is now history let us leave them and everyone who supported them when it was there be history too.

      AMEN !

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        LTTE butchered 600 as against 60,000 civilians in Nanthi Kadal. The alleged killer Karuna, is in good shape both under Mahinda and Ranil
        Why? Not even an inquiry. was held by both governments. In other words the governments supports the culprit like supporting the army against the killings of Tamil Civilians.

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      If the article is fulle of lies, why Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid government that is accused of the 21st century genocide, mass atrocities, one of the worst abusive and responsible for the highest number of forced disappearances in this planet DENIES for an international independent investigation of all crimes?

      Is Sri Lanka a paradise for Sinhala Buddhist Hate and War criminals?

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    Leave alone the Army, SL has never admitted to any wrong doings since independence. The same Army did not admit to raping children while serving in peace keeping missions, Trinco murders, kidnapping for ransom —-etc. Now it is clear Army was behind journalist kidnapping, assault and murders. So discussing about what politicians or Army said is waste of time. It is not just Army the police, air force and navy too has been involved in such atrocious acts. From low level officers to high command, ministry, politicians, former PM/president are all involved in this web of lies. And now all of them have to lie in unison to save their neck. The racist public too dosent want the truth to be revealed. Our president him self is lying of not being aware of intelligence prior to Easter. So expecting any truth out of Lanka is just a dream.

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      ASK WESTERN MEN AND WOMEN HOW MANY MILLIONS CHILDREN AND WOMEN THEY DAILY RAPE AND MURDER AROUND THE WORLD

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      Portuguese, Dutch and British. What grudge you had with Sinhalayo to bring this g*rb*ge from Malabar, dump them in this country and disappear.

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        The Sinhalayo are themselves achcharu made up of various so called “g*rb*ge” from Malabar and other places from across the seas over many years, including from Portugal, Holland & a little from England.

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    Funny to see war crime deniers are given the title ‘ranaviruwa’. So funny!

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    And, Gotabaya wants to become President !!!!
    Does he expect Tamils, and those of other communities who believe in Justice, to vote for him?
    Do we want a ‘wartime butcher’ as president?
    All right thinking citizens need to think, before they vote.

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      I heard, it is Mahinda Rajapakse who likes to contest the Presidential election. Half way, he may hand over it to Namal.

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        TAKE MY WORD THE CONTEST WILL BE BETWEEN RANIL(MR.BEEN)AND MRS.SHERANATI RAJAFUCKSA(nee premawathi manamperi kataragama beauty queen)IF SHE WIN SHE WILL BE THE PRESIDENT IN DAY TIME AND MAHINDA WILL BE THE PRESIDENT AT NIGHT.

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      “Do we want a ‘wartime butcher’ as president?”
      No, not in a million years. That’s why ‘Nagananda K’ has to be given the opportunity by all races for peace, love and justice.

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      justice, Isn’t it funny that you have to ask ‘right thinking citizens’ to think before they vote!

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      Very true
      That butcher not only killed innocent Tamil and surrendered LTTE people but Sinhalese too; Lasantha and Prageeth Ekneligoda etc are examples.
      Only fools and Sinhala racists may vote for him . That is also doubtful.

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    Kidnapping to torture or to kill anybody who expressed any opinion against his position was the hallmark of GoRa’s way. He simply extended his practices applied to surrendered LITTE carders to Halawatha, Katunayake & Rathupaswala. The reason for this, as I pointed out several times earlier, his inability to manage anger. This is a mental decease that must be kept under control with prescription drug given under a close supervision of an expert psychologist. Just listen to the conversation GoRa had with Fredrica Janz over the incident of sending a special plane to Zurich to fetch puppy for his wife, if you don’t believe me. I just don’t understand why SLPP should even consider such a mentally sick man for nomination for higher political office when, in reality, he should be kept away from anything that involves managing different opinions & personalities.

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    Served them right.Why did they surrender anyway ? Fake ass tigers. Solheim told us LTTE was undefeatable.

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      “Served them right”
      A thought arisen in an individual when one is full of ‘Moha moola, Dittigatha, Sasankarika , Dveshasahagatha, Akusala’ chethana buried within.
      Majority of the people surrendered were innocent, hungry, exhausted and terrified families eager to escape the ‘killing fields’.
      Andare, the name suits you well, as he was the ‘Rajawasala Kawataya’, right?.

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      International Community, India all jointly deceived the LTTE to surrender but later did not interfere militarily as Sri Lanka forces have committed mass war crimes and genocide;

      Even today International Community fails to demand for an all out investigation of all crimes committed and to bring those perpetrators to accountability:

      Is International Community giving a strong message to all freedom struggles and others, not to trust or rely on them for Fairness, Rule of Law, Accountability and Justice?

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    Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword. (Mathew 26:52)

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    What can you expect from 99.9% Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalist Military and political leadership?

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      Ajith,
      99.9% Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalist Military liberated Demalu who suffered for nearly three decades under the barbaric rule of megalomaniac Prabhakaran. Be Grateful!

      After 4/21, some TNA politicians pleaded the Sri Lankan Government to send the Army to protect them from Muslim terrorists.

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        Eagle Eye,
        Didn’t you hear what Mahinda Rajapakse and Sarath Fonseka said about Pirabhaharan? Why Mahinda is afraid of International judges particapted investigation if they liberated Demalu by murderous military?

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    IT is Certain that the Catholic priest went to the Almighty, his creator. Did Army say, they did not receive even Pabakaran ?

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    Veluppillai Thangavelu {“LTTE Cadres Surrender – Army Brigadier Atapattu Is Lying Through His Teeth”}
    Brigadier Sumith Atapattu is the Information Officer of Sri Lanka Military. During the ‘war’, Sumith was part of the Mechanised Infantry regiment
    As to through which end Brigadier Atapattu is lying, or not, is a detail but the man has astonished Lankans with commonsense with {“LTTE members have not surrendered themselves to the Sri Lanka military during the last stages of the war and they have handed themselves over to the Sri Lankan government”}.
    This stinks. Says about the Lankan Army Officers’ Mess!
    .
    The man implies “The MR government ordered the point blank shooting to death the 12 years old captured by the Army on 17 May 2009. The photos were not morphed”.
    Continues “The torture and gang rape of Issaipriya was approved by……???”.
    Sumith: Did the approver/s watch the video transmission?
    PS: Is Sumith a BBS-Buddhism sect convert?

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    Why is the author of this article associated with an organization; World Tamil Movement (WTM) that is labeled as a front organization for the LTTE and outlawed in Canada after an investigation by the RCMP? Come on Telegraph, don’t you have any other authors other than a LTTE sympathizer? Looks for yourself.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tamil_Movement
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canada-lists-world-tamil-movement-as-terrorist-organization-1.707040

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    Taraki, “those who live by the sword shall die by the sword”. Try telling this to the Easter victims and their families.

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      Those Christians would say they didn’t live by the sword, and they would be right. It is their Muslim attackers who lived by the sword, and are now dead.

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      Chiv, the killers of the Easter victims lived by the sword and now they are dead, aren’t they?

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        Taraki, there is a lion holding a sword in the Sri Lankan flag. What does that mean for Sinhala Buddhist Lanka?

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          Thamizh, I think it’s like the tiger and crossed guns on the Tamil LTTE flag.

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            Taraki – let me enlighten you on the roaring Tiger, jumping through a circle of bullets and crossed riffles……………….they were created by successive racist hoodlums in Orange garbs and elected leaders of this country. Additionally, the LTTE does not represent all Tamils, I am a Jaffna Tamil and completely against this violent group. But the constipated looking lion holding a sword, represents the entire Sinhala population where the minorities have no say. The racists among the Sinhalese and Tamils have ruined this once beautiful country. Keep talking about a defunct terrorist group and one of these days this country will cease to exist.

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              Tamil from the north, the lion represents the Sinhalese of all religions. What do the two stripes on the side represent? Do you know of any other nation that represents its minorities on its flag?

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                Taraki – I live in beautiful Canada and “The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief, or opinion”. The Lankan flag is a representation of the Sinhala hegemony and the power over the people of SL particularly the minorities. The Maple tree is found everywhere in Canada and maple syrup (natural sugar substitute) is a big business in our country. It is not only the racists elements among the Sinhalese, but also the racist elements among the Tamils have ruined this country. Why do you need representation of a particular group of people in SL on the national flag? Is it important to silently tell the people we Sinhalese are the majority and you all are minority? Is it important? Where has this division taken us from independence to now and beyond? Sit back and think!!! This is how constantly you tell the people by waving this racist flag, we are the majority and you are the minority. Also the killers of Easter are dear coolies working for Gotabaya, not ISIS. It is so convenient to throw this ISIS nonsense in front of people and divert attention. When Muslims were being attacked in Lanka by Gnanasara rowdy and his good squad, the Muslims decided to attack the Christians/Catholics in mainly Tamil areas? Really, why were there no attacks in Galle in Catholic churches, where predominantly the congregants are Sinhalese? Go and ponder these questions and come back and give me a decent argument.

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          thamizh,
          The lion with the sword says to Kallathonis ‘Do not try to play fks with Sinhalayo’.

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            Mad creature the lion symbol in the Kandyan flag in not Sinhalese but appropriated from the Tamil speaking Naicker rulers who originated from Madurai and Thanjavur in present day Tamil Nadu. It was their symbol

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        Taraki

        “Chiv, the killers of the Easter victims lived by the sword and now they are dead, aren’t they?”

        SWRD Banda did not live by the sword why was he killed by bullet?

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    Didn’t VP tell his ‘beloved people of Tamil Eelam’ that if he should ever give up his quest for Eelam they should kill him? Well that applies to his followers too. SLA was just carrying out VP’s wishes.

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      Taraki

      “SLA was just carrying out VP’s wishes.”

      As usual war criminals SLA got it wrong.
      You rewarded them for making fatal errors.
      That is Sri Lanka.

      You are still focussed on VP’s bum while the Jihadis are plotting and planning their next move. They have hundreds of thousands of their people working in the armed forces, intelligence, ……………… etc.

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    The top LTTE leaders refused to let civilians surrender to the Army. Civilians who tried to go to the Army side were shot in the legs. LTTE prolonged the battle by using civilians as a cover. Even when they knew they had lost the war, the LTTE did not surrender until the Army put guns to their heads.

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      Lester

      “The top LTTE leaders refused to let civilians surrender to the Army.”

      True

      “Civilians who tried to go to the Army side were shot in the legs. “

      A blatant lie.

      “LTTE prolonged the battle by using civilians as a cover.”

      The army wanted them on their side in order to use them as human shield.

      ” Even when they knew they had lost the war, the LTTE did not surrender until the Army put guns to their heads.”

      In fact the army shelled the s**t out of the civilians.
      The public racist Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa wanted the Airforce to carpet bomb Vanni. That is exactly what the flying war criminal ranavirus obliged.

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        Native Joker,

        All the crimes of LTTE are well-documented. SLA only killed the high-ranking barbarian LTTE criminals, not civilians. Otherwise your leader Rudrakumaran in New York will keep collecting money from the diaspora. With the help of that other LTTE fox, Rathika Sitsabaiesan.

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    International community knows about Tamils far better than Thangavelu. UNHCR is all joke and Politics. Sri lankan parliamentarians are begging every one, so the international community wants to push around Sri lanka to get that money back. So, UNHCR does that.

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      JD you are a complete nutter, who nobody understands. What the heck are you writing? My dog can write with more sense than you, mutt write something sensible or piss off.

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    Under international laws, any combatant that surrenders is taken into custody, and given due process. The Sri Lankan military has violated these laws, including the unnecessary killing of Prabakaran’s little son, making us look like war criminals.
    They way they lie through their rotten teeth to us, and the international agencies, is disgusting. Now the country is considering electing those same war criminals back.
    What a shame.

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      Your taking about the Geneva conventions. It only applies to soverin nation’s. Not terrorists.

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    With all due respects to Thanga on his right to express his views, the impression I get in reading the article is that he seems to suffering from hallucinations. We have a lot of mechanisms now to deal with all this. Why not Thanga, rewrite your article in the form of an affidavit and submit to our HRCSL chairperson, Madam Deepika, for starters. Some one must investigate your claims, irrespective of personalities involved and Deepika has been doing this in her own way. Thanga, that, in fact, is the best way to prove that you are not a habitual story teller coming out of thrills.

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    If justice is to be served

    all combat-tents who committed war crimes should be punished
    This included military personnel who committed crimes as well as LTTE carders who committed atrocities, such as the killing of over 200 police officers who were in LTTE custody.

    All LTTE cadres who were rehabilitated and released should be investigated and tried for crime as well as high treason.

    And maximum penalty served. that is DEATH penalty

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      If they all were shot at Nanthikadaal the problem would have been solved. They may scream Genocide, genocide. but, they were LTTE.

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    We are not talking here about what LTTE did or didnt. We are talking about SL army executing in mass, the people who surrendered. Get this into your thick skull.We are not discussing about your SL street laws where police shoots alleged accused in custody or military kidnaps and murder for ransom. Try telling your crap outside of Lanka. ISIS also executes or beheads people they capture. You mean to say SL army and ISIS are the same. Grow up.

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      This is about JUSTICE you dummy

      We know what sort of human rights are there in the west not to mention the rest of the bloody world.

      BLOODY HYPOCRITES

      what moral authority did USA have to drop atom bombs on civilians in Hiroshima and Nagsaki?

      ‘”Chive”” why don,t you go and kiss the bum of the bloody rest of the world.

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      Chiv,
      “We are talking about SL army executing in mass, the people who surrendered.”
      There are no evidences to prove your allegation. But there is solid proof that barbaric Demala terrorists executed 600 policemen who surrendered. Hands tied and ‘Boom’ on the head.

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        Eagle Blind Eye Kallathonie descendant

        “There are no evidences to prove your allegation. “

        How do you know there is absolutely no evidence to prove war crimes were committed by war criminals?

        “Hands tied and ‘Boom’ on the head.”

        Was it boom on the head?
        Were you one of the Muslim policeman who escaped from firing line? .

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          Native Vedda, how these racists among the Tamils and Sinhalese figure things out is as follows;

          •Racists among the Sinhalese: There have been no crimes against Tamils committed by the armed forces but there is plenty of evidence against the LTTE committing crimes against innocent Sinhalese.

          •Racists among the Tamils: There have been no crimes against Sinhalese committed by the LTTE but there is plenty of evidence against the armed forces committing war crimes against innocent Tamils.

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        Eagle blind Eye, yes I agree that 600 policemen who surrendered were executed. The masterminds behind this crime against humanity were Pillayan and Karuna Amman. Then why did the Parayapaksa regime give Karuna a deputy minister role and made Pillayan chief minister of the Eastern province? Can you please enlighten us?

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    I too agree that important LTTE leaders had no moral right to surrender. They forced thousands of youth to swallow cyanide and then these guys were walking with white flags. What happened to their capsules? It is a shame and a betrayal. More than that these guys were unable to realise what the response would be in the hands of the ruthless Sinhala army. Especially at that time with so much death and destruction and tension and anger, did these guys expect mutton biriyani from the army? This is their intelligence and the leadership’s assessment of the ground reality. They totally lacked the ground reality and geo-political reality. Furthermore they ended up at Nadhi kadal, a cul-de-sac, believing the rope that US will rescue them by sea. Come on and after having antagonised India 100%, killing Rajiv and killing several political leaders simply because they did not agree with their stand, they expected the world to come and rescue them at the door step of India? What a political maturity. These guys also never realised how ruthless Sinhala army is. They slaughtered thousands of sinhala youths in 71 and 89 merely on suspicion and merely on anonymous information. They just dont care. This is the wisdom of the LTTE leadership. Any advice to LTTE leadership was considered as betrayal and thus death. Expecting salvation in the hands of the sinhala army alone discredits the LTTE strategy. They wanted Elam or nothing and later when they were losing it had to be winning or swallowing cyanide. Now blaming the Sinhala army of raping dead corpses, undressing bodies, etc are nothing unexpected not expecting that outcome is the main error of judgement. In 71 an army volunteer officer made katharagama beauty queen manamperi naked, forced her to walk along the road and then shot her in public and even though she was not dead, but let her to die.

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    Menik, you are expecting too much from Lankawa? Still you have not understood what SL is all about and the way our moral values, system, religious values operate. Dr Shafie’s case is enough to explain the status of the country and its people.

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    Velu,
    don’t get too upset with the SL, as your friend Suma is very much into saving Sri Lanka at the UN and his UNP. So you shouldn’t go against him, no? Can you consider reconciliation? Why can’t you all live under one Sri Lanka, your friend already approved Buddhism as his foremost religion for him and for jaffna tamils, why you upset now? Sampantha also very much into love with Ranil and please you consider supporting them and Ranil.

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    It is not just the LTTE who surrendered . There are innocent civilians too who surrendered and were executed en masse by SL army. If LTTE is responsible of alleged atrocities they will face the same consequence as the Army who murdered innocent civilians. Here we have civilians who escaped by miracle and surrendered to SL army, only to see getting shot point blank. This is not the only time SL army was found guilty. They murdered NGO,s killed youth in Trinco, kidnapped and murdered journalist, involved in white van killings among others. But for Lankans immoral is the “NEW NORMAL” now. Whether we have 2500 years or 25,000 years of civilisation history , does it matter ????

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      These article is of no use to any one but for self advertising.. The Sinhalese will not listen to anything as they have got the full power of control of Sri-Lanka. They got the necessary money from world governments saying they are fighting terrorism and built up a massive army bigger than the British world powerful army. The Sinhalese are suppressing the minorities with the help of the armed forces.
      The only way for the Tamils is to demand the UN to carryout an international Inquiry into the genocide carried out against the Tamils by the Sinhalese in the war that ended in may 2009. Then all truth will come out. Evidences are there but the only thing is that UN must act fast as these evidences will vanish as times go by and memories fade away..
      Young academic Tamil orators must be recruited to carry these fights on.with vigour and wit.

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        Dr C P Thiagarajah

        “Young academic Tamil orators must be recruited to carry these fights on.with vigour and wit.”

        How could the windbags contribute to carry fights on and achieve what?

        “The Sinhalese will not listen to anything as they have got the full power of control of Sri-Lanka. “

        I doubt Sinhalese have any power to control Sri Lanka however a tiny noisy minority Sinhala/Buddhist fascists have total control over the entire country and its state institutions.

        “They got the necessary money from world governments saying they are fighting terrorism and built up a massive army bigger than the British world powerful army.”

        Seriously,
        could we have comparative military balance of power between UK and Sri Lanka.

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    Presently this Brigadier Sumith Atapattu is the ‘Information Officer of Sri Lanka Military’.
    What is the difference between ‘Information Officer’ and the ubiquitous ‘Lankan Army Spokesman’?
    Who appointed him? The Commander Lt Col Mahesh Senanayake? Minister of Defence? Executive President?
    Do not worry. He appointed himself. Why?
    Because during the ‘war’, Sumith was part of the Mechanised Infantry regiment
    .
    Is this Brigadier Sumith Attapatu of the same kind as the infamous former Defence Attache, Brigadier Priyankara Fernando?
    Both Brigs let down our reputation.
    The Army Commander Lt Col Mahesh pronounced Priyankara ‘not guilty’ without an inquiry.

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    No point in telling these things again!
    Better to move forward with those memories, till these singalese become civilized population.!

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    Keep away from our valient armed forces who vaquished the LTTE
    and brought peace to the Country.

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    Today, s Lankan jokes . One UPFA MP Roshan Ranasingha has alleged MS brother Dudley, threatened to kill him. MS claims he is being threatened by drug mafia. . Rajapaksas are demanding an epidemiological and statistical study on procedures which never took place(Dr. Shafi,s case) ???? I think it will be worth to do the same study on Dengue victims which may be help in controlling the spread. What if they did the same study on Rajapaksas ????? I guess the computers may get dengue because of overbearing facts.

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    Did retarded Regie change his name to citizen.

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    This survey is another gundu by that balu dostharaya Jayasumana’s advice to MR. That baluman failed in his first round and now the second round. What study or statistics these morons talking of. There too they will try to rig and if that fails start accusing people without proof. Modayas, you guys are not honest or civilised and on the long run will lose.

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    Thangavelu Aiya

    Recently mothers of disappeared family members upon arrest by the Armed forces were holding a protest in front of the building where Federal Party was having its convention in Jaffna. Suddenly a few youths including a local leader of youth wing, a member of velanai prathesasabai, and his relative approached the mothers and threatened and accused them as drunkards in the presence of police. The desperate mothers were screaming for help. Their situation was very precarious but none of the FP leaders who were attending the meeting came out to express a few words of sympathy and console them or to defuse the tension prevailed there. These are the leaders of Tamils we are faced with today. What a bunch of morons you support, aiya.

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