25 November, 2020

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Remember 30 Years Since Black July: British Tamils To Rally Opposite The Number 10

British Tamils are particularly hurt by the UK government’s decision to participate in this meeting, which will help Sri Lanka further cleanse its image abroad, while the persecution of Tamils on the island continues unabated and justice for the victims of past atrocities is nowhere in sight, says the British Tamil Forum.

Issuing a statement the BTF says; “In spite of this escalating persecution, the Sri Lankan state continues to be held in esteem by its international peers; indeed, it has even been awarded the opportunity to host the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, despite facing severe censure by human rights organisations and in the UN for the atrocities it has committed in recent times.”

We publish below the statement in full;

British Tamils Forum will hold a mass rally opposite Downing Street from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday 23 July 2013 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Black July anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983.

Black July 83 - A Tamil boy stripped naked and later beaten to death by Sinhala youth in Boralla bustation | Photo - Chandraguptha Amarasingha

An estimated 3000 Tamils were killed in July 1983 at the hands of Sinhalese mobs and military personnel, in an island-wide pogrom that was initiated and aided by the Sri Lankan state. Although Black July was not the first anti-Tamil pogrom to occur since Sri Lankan Independence, it marked a turning point in the history of the island – as the unprecedented frenzy of violence forced Tamils across Sri Lanka to confront the reality that they would never be safe within a Sinhala-dominated state.

Sadly, the losses suffered by the Tamil people have only been compounded in the intervening years; the estimated 147,000 Tamils who are either dead or missing since the Mullivaikkal Massacre of 2009 show how far the Sri Lankan state has progressed in efficiently and openly attacking the Tamil people in full view of the international community. Accordingly, the necessity to reinstate the independent sovereignty of the Tamil nation – to safeguard the rights and physical security of the Tamil people – has also continued to strengthen since the terror of 1983; it is now more urgent than ever before.

In spite of this escalating persecution, the Sri Lankan state continues to be held in esteem by its international peers; indeed, it has even been awarded the opportunity to host the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, despite facing severe censure by human rights organisations and in the UN for the atrocities it has committed in recent times.

British Tamils are particularly hurt by the UK government’s decision to participate in this meeting, which will help Sri Lanka further cleanse its image abroad, while the persecution of Tamils on the island continues unabated and justice for the victims of past atrocities is nowhere in sight.

The UK government, along with much of the international community, claims to be pursuing a policy of economical and political “engagement” with Sri Lanka – believing the state can be gently prodded into treating the Tamils well. Yet it is telling that, despite thirty years of such engagement by the international community in Sri Lanka, there is still no sign of justice for the Tamils who were killed, hurt and displaced in 1983, let alone an independent, international investigation into the Mullivaikkal Massacre of 2009.

British Tamils Forum encourages all those who stand in support of the Tamils in Sri Lanka – who continue to face violence, theft of their lands, rape, disappearance and military subjugation – to attend this rally, to commemorate those who lost their lives and livelihoods 30 years ago and to call on the UK government to stop supporting the Sri Lankan state while its genocide of the Tamil people continues.

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    Those who were there will never forget. This was the response of the UNP.

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      I am a Sinhalese Buddhist by birth.

      On that day horrible day, I was returning home from school with my Mother and younger brother.

      Riots had already broken out in Colombo. And were in the fever pitch.

      I shall never forget the darkest reality of human nature, I witnessed along the way home, as a young teenager that day.

      It was the worst day in Sri Lanka’s recent past.

      It must never, never happen again.

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        @ Ben,what did you see? btw i was in grade one at that time

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      crazyolsmanzi,

      This is the repercussions of following the Racist Sinhala Buddhist Monk Mahanama by the Sinhala people and the politicians.

      Sinhala Buddhism, the curse of Lanka.

      Buddhism should be either expunged from Lanka and sent back to India

      or

      Ask the Monks to follow the true teaching of Buddha and keep the peace, and NOT Monk Hegemony and stop criminal acts in the name of Buddhism.

      Want to know more about Buddhism?

      Buddhism The Great Enlightenment– Part 1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

      Buddhism The Great Enlightenment — Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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        Christians want to uproot buddhism from Sri Lanka. That is why all these are.

        1983 july and the Jaffna Library burning were orchestrated by Tamils. the for the Jaffna Library burning was selected by tamils a day when some Sinhala politicians were in Jaffna.

        Similarly, Tamils got dressed some tamils as poor sinhala villagers and videoed violence and filmed those videos in Europe. Some Tamils Who were Sri Lankan Ambassadors to European countries have done that. The husband of one such Tamil Diplomat is writing to CT once in a while.

        See another article in CT where Jaffna bishop is fighting for LAnds. [Edited out] Rayappu is another one.

        Jesus was a humanitarian. But the Church is a business enterprise.

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        Sanatana Dharma and Buddhism http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkTc0z0SM_I and more from http://www.dharmacentral.com/

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      THE NEXT BARBARIAN ATTACK BY BAUDHA SIN-KELYAAS HEAFING BAUDHA KAAVI TERRORIST WILL BE ON ” SRI LANKA MUSLIMS “……..

      ONLY WELL BEHAVED WITH GOOD MORAL BAUDHA SINKALA PEOPLE CAN PREVENT THESE TYPE OF BAUDHA TERRORISM IN OUR LANKA…

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      I believe people today are mulitiple times more aggressive than then. They kill even buddhists monks. Crime rates have gone up as no other times in the past. So,if any similar riots would arise, they would kill many more people. Today the people and society seem to have no respect and dignity to anyone.

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    An iconic photograph to remind us of a horrible past that should never repeat. A reminder for our so-called leaders to learn a lesson that they never learned or have chosen to forget. There have worse photographs since, but none demonstrate the horrible plight of the victim and the venomous joy of the assailants better!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      I agree with Vet. Narendran on this subject.
      the photo was taken less than a quarter mile from my home in Ward Place.
      I left that same night for London, and the riots was not a surprise as I was forewarned in Ward Place itself by powerful UNP’ers.

      More on that later and in a different forum.

      I printed 5,000 Tee Shirts in NY by end of July for the demonstrations in front of the UN, and distributed in FREE. (worldwide).
      It said -GENOCIDE IN SRI LANKA.
      and I have a few tee shirts still at home after 30 years.

      My 2 children wore all sizes in their 25 years despite the mother being pissed off. Even my Sinhalese Father in Law wore that tee shirt in Katarragama and I have a photo of that. lol.

      Donald Gnanakone

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        Ward Place??
        No Vihara Lane or “Watta” or Mudukkuwa there. THis man is a fucking “Naya”

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      I saw the worse when LTTE killed the TELO cadres in Jaffna. Kittu gang burnt Tamils of TELO at Thirunelvely Junction!

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    Sorry, you can’t expect justice from Great (???) Britain

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      Justice is the fair and even-handed application of the law, not the advancement of one prejudice at the expense of another.

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    It is difficult, if not impossible, for any outside observer to understand the cultural and historical underpinnings of the Tamil situation. But in a broader context, there is scarcely a nation on the planet that has not experienced similar tribal conflicts, and for similar reasons.

    Perhaps the underlying consideration is the question of whether or not it was reasonable or desirable for a small minority population to demand (and fight for) an independent homeland in such a small geographical space. And more to the point, in a situation where the differences are extreme, whose best interests should a democraticslly elected government serve? The minority or the majority?

    The bottom line is that the 25-year conflict was extremely damaging to Sri Lanks’s economy and social cohesion, and the vast majority of Sri Lankans, including the Tamils, wanted it to stop. It is a tragedy that prejudice and the worst aspects of human nature should have excluded reason, compassion and common purpose, but they did.

    What happened was predictable and, in a sense, inevitable. The conflict had to be stopped, one way or another, and it was. The challenge is for all Sri Lankens to find their common purpose and act together for the good of the nation.

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      Lester in another avatar.

      Hi Lester!

      By the way didn’t the Muslims start this Lester so that they could bring Sharia Law here? :)

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        Muslims have started it in Africa and Egypt as well as in Syria.

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          Yes, but we are discussing Sri Lanka.

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    J.R.Jeyawardane – former president 1978-1989 who created the prevailing lop-sided constitution, said in London Daily Telegraph on 11 July 1983:

    “I am not worried of the opinion of the Jaffna people now. Now we cannot think of them. Not about their lives or of their opinion about us. The more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhalese people will be here. Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.”

    Disgraceful leaders have been ruling Sri Lanka since independence in 1948, and getting worse still: The present regime stands accused of the worst of all crimes; crimes against humanity and genocide. While state sponsored Sinhala Buddhist terrorists continue to attack Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious places with impunity. Police and the armed forces continue not to enforce laws when it comes to protecting the minorities.

    Isn’t it a shame to call Sri Lanka a civilized country?

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      Can you tell why the constitution was drafted by A.J.Wilson who was the son-in-law of S.J.V.Chelvanyakam?

      Can you explain how/why LTTE joined UNP to scuttle the 13th Amendment and killed thousands of Tamils who supported Indo-Lanka accord?

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        M.SIVANANTHAN

        “Can you tell why the constitution was drafted by A.J.Wilson who was the son-in-law of S.J.V.Chelvanyakam?”

        Which part of the constitution contains A.J.Wilson’s ideas?

        “Can you explain how/why LTTE joined UNP to scuttle the 13th Amendment and killed thousands of Tamils who supported Indo-Lanka accord?”

        Can you explain why LTTE joined MR to support his candidacy at the presidential elections which led to the killing of thousands of Tamils? How much did LTTE receive from the clan?

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    whatever the outside world is saying about our motherland is not true. We do not treat Tamil people badly. Be it Tamil, Muslim or Sinhala etc. if they were born in Sri Lanka this is their motherland. Let the past go. Why does people want to carry on grudges and hatred. Let us stop all this and be one people.

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      Oh yes,

      What’s happening to Christian churches, Mosques, and Hindu Temples?
      Are they blacked out by your subservient press?
      Why are Tamil women raped by the security forces?

      There are countless atrocities going on against the minorities.

      Don’t pretend, be honest to yourself, at least.

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      Why does people want to carry on grudges and hatred. Let us stop all this and be one people?

      Mr. Dissanayake – as a minority belonging to the Muslim community I appreciate your sincere appeal. We do appreciate that there are good, well meaning Buddhists like you, but the various anti-religious Buddhist organisations are not working for such a trend. They are only fanning the flame of division and hatred. I believe lots of Tamils will painfully forget the past if the government has had made positive moves to address the Tamil and other minority issues. Lots and lots of Buddhists like you must come forward and do something to save the country from further anarchy. The first step is to start writing about the need for unity and social cohesion for the good of all to all Buddhist social websites.

      Kamal

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      How shall we divide limited national resources? Lets look at health, education and employment.

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    British Tamil Forum is run by ex LTTE terrorists who cold bloodedly killed even pregnant mothers with unborn children or pro LTTE Tamils who took their free education from SL and migrated in 100’s of thousands from SL to Europe misleading the west with false Tamil death figures as it truly happened in 83 and defaming the name of SL as a barbaric country to secure their political asylum there. But the truth is that British’s who killed 100’s of thousands of Sinhala civilians in 1848 were barbarians even 100 years after the civilized societies were established in SL.

    All what the BTF display in their placards are dead false as according to credible information collected in field, less than 400 Tamils were killed and much more number of Singhalese were killed in Tamil dominated areas and those places were totally cleansed ethnically in and after 83 riots which happened totally due to calculated act of conspiracy of then president JR who was non Sinhala Buddhist and who wanted to attribute a historical false blame to common Sinhalese who never were mistreating their minorities. But despite the so-called 83 massacre Tamil population in non-Tamil majority areas were increased by more than 2 folds whereas Sinhala population became near zero in the Tamil areas since 83.
    Further, 83 riots were triggered by TNA-LTTE killing of 12 Army soldiers but in 26 years that followed more than 10,000 defence personal and over 50,000 civilians were killed by the Tamil terrorists but not a single Tamil was harmed and no such incidents took place. This proves that the 83 incident was well planned by then UNP government who then worked close with non-Buddhist external forces who helped JR to take revenge from Sinhala Buddhists who continuously defeated him. So beware Buddhist if you wish to bring JR’s like in to power they would do much more damages than the 83 riots did to our mother country.

    So called 2009 massacre is a total fabrication of Darusman, Petrie and some of other media units and personals like Callum Mc. who were hired by the ex LTTE money. The truth is that more than 300,000 Tamils were saved from LTTE terrorism by the defence forces in a battle more than 10,000 of them sacrificed their prissiest lives, much more number of them gave their sight and limbs to become totally disabled and less than 5000 of Tamils including LTTE cadres were also killed totally due to LTTE brutality according to ground realities.

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      Ajith Kumara – Are you a direct descendent of Goebbels..??

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        No. I confront direct descendent of Goebbels.

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          Ajith Kumara

          “No. I confront direct descendent of Goebbels.”

          So why aren’t you confronting yourself?

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      Ajith a quick glance at your pathetic reply and i found that you say

      i)J R J was not a Buddhist,which is totally wrong he was not born one but became a Buddhist so he was a Buddhist whether you like it or not

      ii)you say TNA-LTTE killed 13 soldiers – get your facts straight there was not TNA at that time buddy!

      iii) you say 83 riots were a conspiracy by non-Buddhists,so is Cyril Mathew,Gamaini Dissanayake and the rest non Buddhists?

      iv) what about the Buddhist monks who took part including A JHU monk ( i think its Mettananda or Elle Gunanwansa thero) were not Buddhists

      Please argue with facts or else you look a fool machan

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        Yours is fact-less so it is not reply-worthy.

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        Peace Lover

        Your questions are based on false information and not reply-worthy. However the current TNA is full of Tamil leaders who were behind the creation and operations of the LTTE and they have to share the blame of all the LTTE atrocities.

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      Did any Sinhala criminal face any court action for the involvement of 1983 riots?

      I agree that 2009 case is not an anti-Tamil but against the LTTE which herded Tamil people to Mullivaykkal!

      The LTTE Pandits are not telling the casuality figures of the LTTE in 2009! Did the killed LTTE men/women become ‘civilians” after their deaths?

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        My dear

        Your question implies that 83 riots were only Sinhala and Sinhala only act. But it is not true. Most of the destruction of the Tamil properties and Lives were took place in Colombo and other city limits where Sinhala/ Sinhala Buddhists are absolute minority. But all of the country accept that 83 incident is a barbaric act (of a group of conspirators) and should never be allowed to happen again. My point is that it is Sinhalese who protected millions of Tamils during the last 50 years although Chelva’s (grandfather of the LTTE) egoism refused the historic duty as saying that Tamils do not want to live under kindness of the Sinhalese, can anyone of this world live a single day without the help of the others?

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    A day to be radically accepted as a shameful day in humanity, if we ever care not to repeat such unfortunate things to fellow humans. What is unfortunate in 1983 July riots is that the JRJ Government took one week to mobilize law enforcement agencies to curb violence against Tamil civilians in Colombo. JRJ apparently tried to quench some racist thirst of some people. The present MR government through crap like BBS, JHU, etc., is repeating the same kind of barbarism by dangerously playing with impartiality of law enforcement.

    The best answer we can give to this type of leaders is to collectively condemn racism, highlight the noble values of human rights, and to be united as simple humans, so that they cannot abuse the differences of our individual ethnic or religious backgrounds to stay in power.

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      Its been thirty years. Has anything changed?

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        Yes, things have changed for the worse.

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          You are right. Nowadays it may take more than ten years to mobilize law enforcement agencies to curb violence against minorities.

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    A noted foreign writer said it best when he observed “every single Tamil family that survived that week carries a tale of horror, brutality and man’s inhumanity to man” I must add many of us also
    carry memories of courage, humanism and the finest qualities of religious teaching when our Sinhala brethren came to our rescue
    against threatening hordes bent on looting, rape and blood. The Tamil Nation also must remember that liberal politician CBK had the courage and Statesman-like quality to offer a public apology – though decades later.

    Senguttuvan

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      But the UNP never aplogised and TNA is now a strange bed fellow of the same UNP which master minded the 1983 riots. Will you explain why Tamil parties including LTTE have the LOVE affair with UNP?

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    Black July 1983 happened after many periodic massacres of tamils since 1951.
    These have all been documented.
    All of them were carried out by successive sinhala majority governments.

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    Yes. Its an horrible past and has never happened again.
    However, LTTE tried very hard to make it happen again to collect more money but failed.
    Now the Diaspora is trying very hard to make it happen for LTTE reasong in order recover monies spent on Cllum Macraes, Burus annas, Darusman team and the likes.

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      Thondamanaru

      “Now the Diaspora is trying very hard to make it happen for LTTE”

      How does one make it happen?

      One needs to hire large number of Sinhala/Buddhist thugs.
      One needs to motivate thugs
      One needs to have access to voters register.
      One need to coordinate attacks.
      One needs to order the armed forces to protect the raging thugs.
      One needs to motivate thugs to rape and murder.
      One needs to organise saffron clad thugs to lead the rampage.

      Could Tamil diaspora organise all of this on its own by remote control.
      Amazing Diaspora.

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        If we can march around London blocking roads, carrying flags of a proscribed organisation and shouting “prabakaran our leader:

        If we can stop the Sri Lankan president from appearing at the Oxford union, and confine him to his hotel room because the British police cannot guarantee his safety:

        If we can launch BTF in the British House of Commons with all party support:

        If we can interrupt a cricket match carrying an LTTE flag, then appear at a British court and walk free, even when we have an INTERPOL RED NOTICE for our arrest:

        http://www.interpol.int/Wanted-Persons/(wanted_id)/2013-35654

        IF we have the majority of British print and broadcast media behind us and we have loads of money to spend:

        Then it’s easy.

        Remember, we have remote controlled this project for 40 years, so we could do it again. We need to overcome a few local difficulties such as the army, but with a little help from our friends such as the TNA, Mangala , Mr Irvin etc, we should be OK.

        In paradise anything is possible, even a chauffeur driven Vedda chief.

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          Peter Ratna

          It looks like BTF is a state within a state.

          Does BTF has access to nuclear war heads too?

          “If we can launch BTF in the British House of Commons with all party support:”

          Actually my elders tell me BTF was not launched from House of Commons but in a committee room which according to them was a in separate building, possibly Portcullis House.

          “IF we have the majority of British print and broadcast media behind us and we have loads of money to spend:”

          My elders observe that the Britishers have a habit of keeping their friends close and their enemies closer.

          “we should be OK”

          for another pogrom.

          “In paradise anything is possible, even a chauffeur driven Vedda chief.”

          Perhaps you will see him in a private jet in the not so distant future. Aren’t you happy for him?

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            Thank you for your reply.

            If Israel can have nukes, why not the BTF?

            The BTF launch – We meant the GTF launch from Gladstone Room of the House of Commons.

            As for our other points, can we assume that you and your elders agree with us that:

            We can march around London blocking roads, carrying flags of a proscribed organisation and shout “prabakaran our leader:

            We can stop the Sri Lankan president from appearing at the Oxford union, and confine him to his hotel room…

            Our brother Logeshwaran Manimaran can interrupt a cricket match carrying an LTTE flag, then appear at a British court and walk free, even when he has an INTERPOL RED NOTICE for his arrest:
            http://www.interpol.int/Wanted-Persons/(wanted_id)/2013-35654

            Apologies if you are still consulting your elders….

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              Peter Ratna

              “If Israel can have nukes, why not the BTF?”

              On three conditions:

              When the stupid Sinhala/Buddhists state gives a separate state to the stupid Tamils on a plate.

              In order to maintain strategic parity with regional nuclear power Sri Lanka.

              When Sri Lankies had gone completely mad.

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    1983 anti Tamils riots should have never happened.

    This was

    1 a massive failure of security
    2 failure of intelligence
    3 failure of policing
    4 a failure in law and order.

    Sinhala Budhist community (us) must never resort to violence. But we must use intelligence and wisdom to further our causes. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY……….

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      Sinhala_voice

      “1 a massive failure of security, 2 failure of intelligence, 3 failure of policing, 4 a failure in law and order.”

      There is a difference between systems failure and state managed pogrom.

      “Sinhala Budhist community (us) must never resort to violence.”

      You will never stop using violence, its in your blood.

      “But we must use intelligence and wisdom to further our causes.”

      Wisdom and Sinhala/Buddhist are mutually exclusive.

      What are your causes? May be more self destruction.

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      Sinhala Voice,

      Gamini D, Premadasa, Lalith A – poisoned by Elle Gunawansa and Cyril Mathew – won the 1st innings. The idea was to prove to JRJ there are
      chinks in his armour.

      We are now in the 2nd innings.

      RJdeS

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    I wonder who took this chilling photograph of this shockingly cruel, humiliating scene. Does anyone know? Has anyone tried to identify the tormentors? Does the photographer know who they were? Did the victim survive?

    Has ANYONE gone into this at all?

    One might say that was not possible, everything was happening so suddenly and so fast. But someone DID stop to take this historic photograph. He must have taken others too that day, in the same area. Who was he or she? What happened to the rest of his/her work in that terrible period?

    Like the image of the South Vietnamese colonel shooting a captured militant a photograph like this makes one wonder how journalists can keep their cool at such times and “simply” capture the moment on camera, rather than attempt to intervene. But, of course, their images live on to tell the tale, whereas they might not have.

    Does anyone recall where this was first published and who the photographer was?

    @Manel, the photographer is Chandraguptha Amarasinghe, he used to work “Atta” and “Ravaya” – CT

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      Thank you, CT. Is he still around? I did know some of the ATHTHA people…must enquire

      Yes, he is – CT

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      Dear Manel,

      Your outrage, 3 decades after the pogrom, is touching. I too wondered
      why with this photograph around for so long none in any of the Govts since then took action against the animals who brought us so much shame. But then with thousands of “incidents” of murder and thievery involving multiple thousands of perpetrators, none was convicted in Courts – as far as I know. And – we are supposed to be a secular democracy functioning under a living law and order system and a sacred Constitution???

      It is good of CT to provide whatever details they have.

      Senguttuvan

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      On being outraged. Surely worse things are occurring now. The pogrom was one of many terrible days for Tamils in the Island. I have growing feeling that something way worse and sinister is now afoot under this administration.

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    Senguttuvan

    Where is K.A Sumanasekera?

    David Blacker is too missing.

    I don’t see both of them commenting on Matale pit or Black July.

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      I comment when I have something to say or a question to ask.

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      I think K A Sumansekera has gone for his briefing now!

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    David Blacker

    is back.

    He is going to hit the fan.

    Run for cover.

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