11 April, 2021

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Say ‘No’ To Sri Lanka, And Dilmah Tea

By Trevor Grant

Trevor Grant

Trevor Grant

It was a scene that has been played out many times since the brutal end to the civil war in the Tamil homeland.

Last year the Sri Lankan defence secretary and accused war criminal, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, stood alongside one of Sri Lanka’s richest men, Merrill Fernando, cutting a ribbon to open a new war memorial that purports to be about peace and reconciliation but, in reality, glorifies the murderers of at least 70,000 innocent civilians in 2009 and enhances the process of genocide and ethnic-cleansing in traditional Tamil lands.

Partly-financed by Fernando, it is yet another triumphalist edifice built by a ruthless regime that is under an official UN investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity and which, five years after the war, continues to torture, rape, and jail thousands of Tamils as well as steal their land and reduce them to abject poverty.

To add to the Tamils’ misery, while these memorials are placed in Tamil areas which have been renamed in Sinhala, any recognition of fallen Tamil fighters has been expunged from public view. Tamil war memorials and cemeteries have been bulldozed and Tamils are banned from commemorating their dead, under threat of retribution from the military occupiers of their land.

pic1What is important here is to acknowledge the collaboration of Fernando, who is in lockstep with the Rajapaksa regime and, as a result, benefits significantly from its genocidal program.

Fernando is the founder and owner of the Dilmah Tea company, which is one of the country’s most prominent and successful exports. It fills the supermarket shelves in Australia, the UK and many other countries, branding itself as a “family business built on family values”.

Yet, as you sit sipping a cup of Dilmah tea, you may wish to know that by buying this product you are helping support a regime that, according to many widely-respected human rights organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, engages in rape, torture and disappearances of innocent people every day of the week.

Indeed, armed with these facts, you may begin to question the so-called “family values” of the likes of the Dilmah Tea Company and even choose another brand.

It is with this goal in mind that the Tamil diaspora – through the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam — has launched “Say No to Sri Lanka”, which aims to raise awareness to the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka through a Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions campaign similar to the very successful worldwide BDS campaign against Israeli products.

The anti-Israel BDS movement began back in 2005, to a chorus of detractors. These included supporters of Palestinian statehood who didn’t think it could be effective against the might of US-backed Israel. Today, it goes from strength to strength, as it continues to pick up credible support from so many quarters, and, of course, increasing harassment from worried Israelis and their supporters who fear the economic impact.

Recently in Australia, we have seen the Israeli lobby take an Australian academic to court for daring to support the global BDS campaign against Israel. It’s a sure sign that BDS is making a big impact and it’s interesting to note that US authorities are moving to try to stop academic institutions from giving support to the BDS movement against Israel.

They wouldn’t be doing it unless it was working. Indeed, some Israeli academics have criticized the court action saying that all they are doing is promoting the BDS movement and shining a light on Israel’s apartheid policies.

The fact that the genocide in the north and the east of Sri Lanka continues to gather pace means that new methods, new strategies and new tactics must be developed and engaged, and this constant development and engagement must become part of the everyday struggle. Without intelligent new ways of peaceful, direct action, the nation of Tamil Eelam has a very grim future, indeed, for, as we have discovered on so many occasions, waiting for the duplicitous world powers to render genuine assistance is the surest way to guarantee the continuation of the genocidal ways of the Sri Lankan government.

One of the pro-Palestinian BDS movement’s strongest supporters has been South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said recently: “Whether used in South Africa, the US south or India, boycotts have resulted in a transformative change that not only brought freedom and justice to the victims but also peace and reconciliation for the oppressors. I remain ever hopeful that like the non-violent efforts that have preceded it, the BDS movement will ultimately become a catalyst for honest peace and reconciliation…”

“Say No to Sri Lanka” aims to do the same for the Tamil people in Tamil Eelam as they seek freedom from a brutal military occupation, freedom from the oppression that they have suffered for generations and the freedom to exercise the inalienable right of all peoples to self-determination.

*Trevor Grant is a former chief cricket writer at The Age and now works with the Refugee Action Collective

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    Thank you Trevor and CT.

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      Anpu, if you are part of the LTTE diaspora then you are right to thank this man Mr Grant, for this great distortion of the truth, trying to shift away the blame from the terrorist who committed heinous crimes over a period of three decades, helped by their diaspora as well as NGOs, journalists and politicians shamelessly dancing to their tune, maybe for personal benefits. The world would never eradicate terrorism with journalists like this, repeating the lies propagated by terrorists. With no shame, this man is talking about a non-existing Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka, which should also please people like you. But my friend truth and justice will prevail at the end, even if it takes decades. Just look at Northern Island which was separated and annexed by the British, now gradually getting back to their mother country.

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    Trevor – This is a long shot. I was at the Lords cricket grounds on Saturday to watch England v Sri Lanka 4th ODI. After the game I went for a drink at the Lords Taverners Pub with my friends. Out Side the grounds there was group of Tamils , British Tamil Forum organised, waving Tiger flags and holding VP’d photo shouting Genocide Sri Lanka, boycott Sri Lanka.Inside the pub while sipping my beer some English cricket fans came up to me and wanted to know whats going on, they didn’t seem very impresses in fact they said “stupid Tamils have nothing else to do”? .I have to give them a brief histoy of events, they have not seen or heard of C4 documentary Killging Fields. However they promised to to some digging in.

    However I am afraid that The diaspora need to stop waving Tiger flgas and holding VP’s photo.They should dump the Tiger flag and fous on the real issues.Hnad out leaflets expaling the gorund sitation in Sri Lanka.

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      I also should add, that the game was a sell out only a handfull of Sri Lankan fans the rest were all English. Say no to Sri Lanka is going to take a long time.

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        apologies for many typos in my posting

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      Rajash,

      Tiger flag waving is inimical to the Tamil course; your job of explaining the protest to your English friends would have better if they were holding aloft the tiger flags. The Tamils must act smartly with their heads rather than letting their emotions takeover!

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        Sorry it should read:

        Tiger flag waving is inimical to the Tamil course; your job of explaining the protest to your English friends would have better if they were not holding aloft the tiger flags.

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          Burning_issue – that makes a lot of diference -the critical word “not”

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      Rajash

      Communal Politics Under The Donoughmore Constitution 1931 – 1947 Jane Russell

      As I promised here is the link to the book,

      http://www.noolaham.net/project/37/3675/3675.pdf

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        NV – thank you very much indeed. I am experiencing issues trying to down load the pdf. However a frined of mine in Sri Lanka is getting me a hard copy form the book shop there. I think to od Colpetty Station Road there is MDGunasena book shop.

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          NV I managed to down load the PDF on to my apple IMAC. had issues with the windows. Thanks again. I will read it at my leisure

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        Whats the matter with you stupid people, two thumps down for providing the link to access a book?

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      So true they defeat their own cause. We are Sri Lankans wanting peace, from tigers and the government. At least let us play a cricket match in peace

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      I think Tamils in Tamilnadu India had more sense when they were protesting holding photos of captured and then murdered Issipriya and the surrendered and then murdered VP’s 12 year old son Balachandran Prabhakaran, when they were protesting against Pres.Rajapakse’s Modi inaguration visit.

      Holding Tiger flag does not send any message across at all. Infact it is an outdated flag which died in May 2009 along with VP.

      Obviously tamils should come up with a new flag with a new renaissance, hope and with a new message.

      Yes I think better and more effective strategy should be used in order to send the message across and to get Sri Lanka’s and world’s attention.

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    Trevor Grant,

    Many thanks to your article promoting: Say ‘No’ To Sri Lanka, And Dilmah Tea

    It’s high time people with conscience and stature world-wide to publicize efforts to stop the genocide of Tamils of Eelam.

    Writers like Dayan and others who talk about academic stuff never mention a word on the on going genocide of Tamils. Why should they care?

    Along with the impending international investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity of Sri Lanka, boycott of Sri Lanka must go hand in hand.

    We must stop the genocide of Tamil Eelam which has stood the test of time for 3 millenniums before the advent of the Sinhala race.

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    Trevor – Merrill Fernando is a bachcha (kid). He is a Biz guy wants to make money. This Merrill Fernando types will support another regime tomorrow if they have to, as if they had never heard Jarapassas.

    Say NO to the fake King(kong) Nande master and Basil.
    I cannot understand the double standards of the West.
    Why the American citizens get away with what the been accused of.
    All that West got to do is impose a travel embargo. Its as simple as that. The despot would then fall in no time.

    Your West is cuddling & nurturing this appalling regime while showing a cane now and then to show the world that they are keeping an eye. For how long? Its been five bloody years since the war is over.
    No good at all.

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      “This Merrill Fernando types will support another regime tomorrow if they have to, as if they had never heard Jarapassas.”

      Gurusinghe; why do people who work for the betterment of Sri Lanka, always have to support one Political Party or another?

      Are you saying that you won’t do anything for Sri Lanka, because you do not support the current government?

      Misdirected Partisan Politics has led to the downfall of our Country. Our people should learn to love Sri Lanka, not just a Political party.

      Politicians are using people like you to make sure that they stay in Power for ever!

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        “This Merrill Fernando types will support another regime tomorrow if they have to, as if they had never heard Jarapassas.”

        Without further elaboration I made that sentence short to show the like of Fernandos are nothing but vultures. They would lick anyone’s wherever in order to get their benefits. If you don’t understand what I meant I cannot do much about it. If you think they love the country then you will have to grow up soon, unless you are in some way or the other related to the above Fernando.

        ‘Politicians are using people like you to make sure that they stay in Power for ever!
        – I honestly don’t understand what you were trying to say quoting myself? Which politician you were talking about?

        The biggest and the only problem we are facing today is the current regime. I would love to see their back as fast as possible. Although I am not a pro Indian, I don’t mind at all to support the newly elected Modi/Jayalalitha provided its going to quicken the exit of this mad family.

        ‘Misdirected Partisan Politics has led to the downfall of our Country’
        – NO, Imbecile mindless people like you voted for the wrong people all the time.

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          Gurusinghe;
          “- I honestly don’t understand what you were trying to say quoting myself? Which politician you were talking about?”

          I am talking about ‘A Politician’ It is about all Politicians who believe that they are more Important than our beloved Country.

          I am not a relative of MF, but he has put Sri Lanka on the Map of the World, and brought in more Foreign exchange than any Politician on either side of the equation.
          Unfortunately he had to be photographed with this Megalomaniac Lunatic!

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            Sorry. it should have been ‘I am NOT talking about A Politician’.
            The ‘Not’ was left out in error.

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      Trevor Grant has been wrongly advised regarding this article. Furthermore, Tamils cannot be just targeting one company like Dilmah in their boycott. That will only help mainly Dilmah’s competition from Sri Lanka.

      I have known Merril Fernando intimately for over 40 years. He is a very decent gentleman, and not a racist or chauvinist. The Rajapakses handtwist all businessman for donations and contributions to the govt., party, and the military.

      The boycott should be for all goods and services from Sri Lanka, including the groceries and Sri Lankan airlines/tourism. The Tamils are the biggest promoters of Sri Lankan exports worldwide via the grocery shops and travel agencies. The grocery stores themselves are selling Dilmah Tea, and other brands around the world.

      Whatever, Tamils do, we have to do it right with dignity and honor.
      We have enough enemies, and we need not go all out to “buy” more, unless it is done properly than selective targeting.

      By the way, Merril Fernando’s former father in law was the Minister of Plantations from 1977 until 1989. So his family has been with the UNP for decades. For business reasons he is forced to give donations to government stake holders and especially the military, now.

      I could not stand silent, when under the name of Tamils we attack one single Sinhalese family who haven’t harmed us deliberately.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice

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        “The grocery stores themselves are selling Dilmah Tea”

        Hi Donlad I will go one step further, I bet most of the Tamils who were standing out side Lords cricket grounds shouting Genocide Sri Lanka, own Grocery shops or work in grocery shops and import from Sri Lanka most of the things they sell form vegetables to Marketing Department bottled products., with the famous MD logo

        Double Standards !

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    what a nasty article – obviously well paid by the diaspora – This kind of campaign will only bring out the truth behind diaspora objectives

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    70,000 Tamil civilian deaths in 2009? Where is your “reliable” source? This is just hearsay. Several other authors have pointed out that the numbers you put up here are inaccurate (if not false) in the past right here on CT with more scientific analysis (e.g. read the article by Mango published on February 14th, 2014 in CT). Genocide? Do you think if it were a part of genocide the numbers would be that low with 2/3 of Tamils living in the south? Why do you think that the international community hasn’t reacted strongly to the accusations you make despite Sri Lanka’s geopolitical strategic importance? Because none of your accusations stand the test of rigorous scrutiny except for Navi Pillai who has made it her career development project. Yours is another article with sexy catch phrases. As for Rajapakse’s; Yes, their growing power is a real issue and should be dealt with internally. They were elected through a democratic process that which was violated by the LTTE in 2005 and is possibly the reason why Rajapakse is at the helm today. Say “no-to-something” with nationalistic/separatist agenda has hardly worked. Take a look at history. As for the diaspora; please keep waving tiger flags and VP’s placards.

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      Yes……………

      IC shows more concern to the 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria than the thousands of Tamil Youth & Children kidnapped and conscripted by the LTTE over 30+ years ……………

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      Dr. Geo

      “70,000 Tamil civilian deaths in 2009? Where is your “reliable” source? “

      It may be just hearsay.

      It was up to the state to count death of its own citizen whereas it was too busy wipe cleaning the crime scene. Those Tamil MPs who represent Vanni area were refused permission to enter crime scene for nearly 2 years.

      Those who attempted to document the dead were waded off by military intelligence and those civilians who made contact with them were severely reprimanded police and members of the armed forces.

      Under these circumstances how do you propose that an independent count could take place?

      I suggest you explore the possibilities of a dead count from victims perspective than from a Sinhala/Buddhist racist point of view. The views you have expressed can only come from a person who is not interested in truth or justice.

      When your racist state institutions continue to bar kith and kin remembering the death of victims you will never stop “waving tiger flags and VP’s placards”.

      Be a man, look at the issues as a fellow human being not as a bigoted Sinhala/Buddhist blinded by racism, majoritarianism, and war victory.

      When do you want to start counting the dead, I will support you and will be right behind you.

      Let me ask you a simple question. How many innocent Tamil civilian do you think did die between 1983 and 2009 due to the war? How many innocent civilians do you think did die in 1971 and between 1987 and 1991 due to war?

      If you haven’t done the body count its okay.

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    Trevor,

    Keep writing this rubbish and get what ever you can from the Tamils.
    Good ploy

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      Reminding Trevor that he happily lives on a patch of land in Australia that was forcibly taken over from aboriginals by his English ancestors. If Merril is a bad man as Trevor says, what werte his English ancestors? They killed aboriginals for fun. Raped aboriginal women for recreation. Stole aboriginal land and continue to humiliate them by denying suitable housing, safe drinking water, education, healthcare. Trevor’s ancestors chained aboriginals, beat them and denied that they were human. So, Trevor if you are a humanist, why not take on the cause of aboriginals who are much worse of than Tamils of Sri Lanka. Are you a man of priciples or just another gold digger digging into Tiger coffers?

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        Lal,
        How do you know that whites killed aboriginals and raped their women 200 years back? Did aboriginals came forward told this to whole world Or wasn’t it other white people lived in Australia came forward strongly to stop it.
        So who stopped those barbaric acts of some whites 200 years back? It could be Trevor like white people’s forefathers who came forward and minimize these acts of their white brothers and bring the whole country forward.
        What you do Lal? You keep hiding your mistakes because you should be one of them who made those crime against humanity in Lanka in the era of year 2000….

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    …Then Why is GR still wearing the ‘British Noose’ the emblem of domination by the West?

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    You calling a place Tamil Elam is a misnomer for a start. In there you appear just to parrot an opinion, without checking the facts.

    More Sri Lankans who speak Tamil live in areas that are out of Prabarkaran’s Eelam, and therein lies the fallacy of your logic.

    You should agitate for Justice and the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka, that is race religion and caste blind, then it may have traction from an oppressive Govt. that suppresses ALL opposition, NOT JUST TAMILS!

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    Trevor Grant was “chief cricket writer” at “The Age” and now works with the “Refugee Action Collective”

    From “Cricket” to “Refugee Action” – what would have been the lure for this man to make the switch ? either he is not good at writing about Cricket or he is offered money by RAC (whatever that means)which he not able to make by writing about cricket.

    Isn’t that reason enough for this useless article ? to justify his pay he has to write some garbage.

    One thing I noticed is that during the current Sri Lankan tour of England there were no Tiger flag or Elam demands. Which is good. Whether Tamil diaspora would like to accept it or not there is a system of governance in the north elected by the people living there who are majority Tamils.

    Like I said before even after 1,000 years there will scum like this seeking justice for collateral damage during a final stages to eliminating a ruthless terrorist outfit.

    Whether the TNA is getting what they want is different matter but on the other hand no one else is getting what they want under this regime except MR cronies.

    From Trevor Grant this must be last ditch effort to save his new job. After these crap no one is else is gong to give him a job.

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      Shut up you blady BBS’ bait. Run for cover, a hamaduru is on his way.

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      He who pays the piper calls the tune, (however cacophonous it is).

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        I am still waiting for the proof that Tamils are preventing the resettlement of Muslims back in the North. Can you give me some ;-)

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          Trolling again. Read and understand what was written or get help, Mr/Ms ‘English’ ‘Burgher’ Fitzpatrick.

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            Where is the proof “ram”

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    If there is a boycott of tea from sri lanka it will severely impact the lives of upcountry tamils, plucking tea leaves for generations.

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      It is only to boycott Dilma that sponsors Gota’s ethnic clensing of Nothern Tamils that the Tamils seek justice from.

      Soon Rajapakses like VP will be history in Sri Lanka. Even madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge is working hard to make Rajapakses history fade in Sri Lanka’s politics.

      Coming weeks will unravel many surprises.

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    trevor grant…who is this clown?

    former chief cricket writer at The Age now works with the Refugee Action Collective…what a changeover for diaspora money…

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      Record breaking “Ding” votes or you !

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    Good article Trevor G

    Rajesh – your point on waving the tiger flag is correct. By waving the LTTE flags they are showing the dodgy side of the Tamil history. It is not going to help them at all. GOSL and LTTE are the same outfits – only one difference is LTTE did not rape any Sinhalease women. Apart from this – both have weapons in their flags and murder in their hearts. Need to change or perish.

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    I never drink Dilmah tea. Not for political reasons but because I have never liked the taste of this brand. On two occasions I bought Dilmah tea and on the second occasion my earlier impression was reinforced. The colour of this tea is also slightly different. It is OK for anyone to drink Ceylon Tea, but there are much better tasting brands, really.

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      Some tamils drink own urine in the morning to get better erection. You should follow them.

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        The great Mahathma Gandhi did that every morning ,not to get erection I dont think, but because the first urine of the day is apparently full of minerals.

        So mechanic yes go ahead.

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        mechanic

        “Some tamils drink own urine in the morning to get better erection. You should follow them.”

        Morarji Desai the former Prime Minister of Hindia, a close friend and ally of JR publicly stated he did drink urine on a regular basis. Probably he would have advised JR to use it as medicine to increase his racism towards minorities and other races.Morarji Desai was a Hindian.

        I think you should take up drinking your own to clear your head and heart. It might work.

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        Mechanic, Sinhala women are looking for Tamil men, if they can’t find a find a Tamil man near by the they go to the grocery store. Dung face Mechanic you Sinhalese shite.

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    on another front:-Sri Lanka struggle to get Doriegn Direct Investment FDI
    Cabraal on a mission
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27638515?OCID=twitterasia

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    Whitey talking about brutality . That is an oxymoron .

    cheers

    Abhaya

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      good example of oxymoron is Abhaya signing off his racist comments with with “cheers”

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        Rajash is just a plain moron

        Cheers

        Abhaya

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    Today is 2nd June 2014. Twenty seven years ago to date to be precise, 33 novice monks some as young as 10 years old were travelling to Kandy in a bus with their mentor.

    That morning, 20 odd Tamil tigers embolden by statements of their elected MPs lurk in hiding near the village named Aranthalawa, in the Ampara district to welcome the novice monks. Tamil tigers stopped the bus near the village of Nuwerathanne and hacked all of them with swords and sharp knives without mercy. Then they sprayed them with machine guns. In a few minutes all of them lay dead but one.

    One of those novice monks though permanently confined to a wheelchair survived to tell the gruesome story. I shall write about his story in his own words later on.

    Has this Trevor Grant not heard about that and thousands of other cold blooded murders by Tamil tigers or he is the type who doesn’t want to hear about it.

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      Banda yes there is a wide propaganda and celbration by the racist regime…

      Banda in 1959 Tamil children were thrown live in to a barrel of boiling hot tar…..

      in 1983 I personally know a tamil father of two girls had a knife on his neck in front of his two girls…

      between 1959 and 1983 and May 2009 brutal violence and counter violence was comitted on innocent civilains on both sidd of the racial divide…only Sinhal victims of this cycle of violence are remembered and celebrated……when the Tamils want to remeber andcelebrate the life of thier kith and kin they are not allowed

      it’s high time we move on and sek real reconciliation instead of rekindling the fire of hatred

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        Rajash

        Banda is a foreigner hence he does not need to know 1948, 1958,1971, 1977,1983,1987 – 1991, 2007 – 2009. As long as he remains a cheer leader to the rulers holding lion flag (pom pom) in one hand and Mahawamsa in the other is said to be more than enough to prove his loyal claim to this land.

        By the way, more hurt to minorities merrier it is to Banda.

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    Trevor Grant should be refused visa if he ever applied for one to sneak into the country.

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    made in Sri Lanka panty turns off sex

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlgDsG2gmnI

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    Surprise surprise… throwing in a big brand name to get some traction and attention for the story, totally irrelevant and unnecessary.

    I work in the grocery business and only drink Dilmah because of the work they do for a wide range of different communities. Disillusioned with merely trusting the ‘Fair’ or ‘Ethical’ label brands put on their packaging I made a point of actually researching and seeing what they do and what I found was that Dilmah goes far beyond the token efforts that other brands make just to be seen as ‘fair’ or ‘charitable’.

    My sense is that what Merrill Fernando does through their charitable foundation comes from the heart and unlike other brands he doesn’t boast about that aspect of his business. I asked them why they don’t advertise that fact because people want to know but apparently they have a policy not to because it could be taken the wrong way. However the information is there if you choose to look.

    Yes I have to say he probably should have stayed clear of projects like this which could generate this kind of link no matter how tenuous… but the reality is the bigger and more successful you get the more people try to cut you down and use you or tie you to a cause. In having a public profile the more opportunities there are for people to do so. It’s a shame this writer has not looked far enough into the really positive side of the Dilmah business, but his mind seems set so he would probably only find ways to twist them to his own view anyway.

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    Fancy an Englishman accusing Sri Lanka of war crimes and taking over land belonging to Tamils!
    No race has done more harm to innocent inhabitants of lands worldwide than Trevor Grant’s own. Take where he lives, Australia and look at the situation aboriginals face – a sense of desperate hopelessness. Consider the native population in Canada – where they are treated like third class citizens (raped, dispossed, murdered by Grant’s ‘white cousins’). Odd that those not of Tamil origin taking on the ’cause of Tamils’, but who have benefited from the sins of their ancestors do not focus on the plight of the indiginous people where they live. Perhaps there is a genetic dispossession to prostitute – to tap into illicit Tiger coffers!
    (there an English-born cricket reporter/commentator who took on the ‘Tamil cause’. The feloow jumped to his death follwing accusations of sexual molestation of African boys and facing arrest for such crimes. Seems some English born cricket reporters take on the ‘Tamil cause’ as a means of washing away their own unspeakable sins!)

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    It is clear that Mr Grant has been misled by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam and possibly various other organisations in Australia who secretly supported the LTTE terrorists under the disguise of rehabilitation. Their world fell apart when the LTTE was defeated comprehensively and they had to rediscover another motive to function as rehabilitation organisations. Well, their saviours came in the form of “War Crimes” and “Crimes against Humanity”. Funnily enough, this new found theme is only confined to the last phase of the war which had been fought over 27 years. The LTTE is still a proscribed terrorist organisation over 30 countries including US, UK and India and yet the writer choses to address them as “Tamil Fighters”. The so called Tamil Fighters used suicide bombers, child soldiers with cyanide capsules around their necks and assassinated world leaders such as former Indian Prime Minister, Mr Rajiv Gandhi. They even killed Tamil civilians including Mr Neelan Thiruchelvam, Mr Lakshan Kadirgamar. I do not deny that the fact that innocent civilians were killed during the last stages of the war. But, innocent civilians have been killed since the eruption of violence over a period of three decades. They were killed during JVP uprising and there was no call for war crimes then. Why? It is ironical that the very organisations those who were involved in procuring arms to terrorists are now calling for “War Crime” investigations.

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    I wish people like Trevor would write responsibly. Neither Dilmah owner or Gotabaya will feel the pinch if people stop drinking Dilmah tea. Nor will the regime fall. It is the poor Tamils who he says he is championing who will lose their daily wages and who will go hungry. Please please unless you are willing to go to Sri Lanka and willing to live the lives Sri Lankans Tamils, Muslims, Sinhalese live, trying their best to recover and build trust and friendships that has been lost for 2 generations, leave them alone! No country or regime is perfect. There are atrocities being carried out everywhere. Physician heal thyself and all that.

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    Mr Grant, I will gladly stay away from Dilmah tea, but not for reasons of your genocide crap. I’ll do so because I believe in equal rights for all citizens, and because the Rajapaksa dictatorship is denying that to the minorities.

    You and your pampered Tamil diaspora should take the responsibility for some of that “genocide”, because it is you who sent the children of poor Tamils at home to face the guns of the Sinhala barbarians, while your sons and daughters were sent to Harvard and MIT.

    Now, at the end of the war, you and your exaggerated claims are standing in the way of a settlement, as does the Sinhala supremacism of the thug Rajapaksa. It is time that you and your diaspora realize that you bear as much responsibility for the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka as the despicable thug Rajapaksa.

    By indulging in your fantasy Eelam you are providing fodder for the thug Rajapaksa to continue to oppress Tamils, which makes you a co-enemy of our Tamil people of Sri Lanka.

    We don’t need you and your pampered diaspora, and their TGTE. Our Wignewaran, Sumanthiran and other Tamil leaders in Sri Lanka are perfectly capable of handling Rajapaksa provided you stop backing him up with your genocide bullshit and your diaspora roadshows.

    Try and understand that every time you talk about genocide, you are going to bed with the thug Rajapaksa.

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    Trevor

    COuld I ask you the question as to how you came by this 70,000 figure of people killed in your article. That is more than we who live in Sri Lanka and we who suffered thourgh the whole situation know of. This must with the number of Forces personeel who were killed and the innocent civilian who were killed by LTTE bombs I suppose. THe Tamil fighters cannot be allowed to be remembered that will be a non event in Sri Lanka. Do people in Europe even permit Hitler to be remembered? Why teh double standrad? They are nothing but terrorists who killed innoclent civilians. How dare you speak of Tamil fighters. YOU are a moron of the first class. YOu have no idea what the people of the country went thourgh. Who do you think will suffer most by people boycotting Dilmah tea it will be the innocent Tamil estate workers.Obviously you have been paid well by the Diaspora and otehr people who have hidden agendas to boycott Sri Lankan tea. COuld you pleae elaborate what this plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka you are talking of if it is poverty it is not something only applicable to Tamils but otehr ethnicities as well. Why dont you speak of other minorities in Sri Lanka you cannot give special treatment only to one minority when there are so many other minorities in sri Lanka. There has to be equal treatment.

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    Who is this Trevor come from no where and supporting the terrorist group

    People will not listen to terrorist or their supporters are any more

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    Trevor now works with the Refugee Action Collective

    Everyone can see why this guy wrote this article, he is earning day today from refugees coming to his country, no refugees no income, therefore he is encouraging tamils terrorist to continue fighting

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    This writer is a goat fed by the Tamil Diaspora. For him, Gordon Weisse’s 7000 civilian deaths, while he was at the Colombo UN office became 40,000 in his book after leaving Sri Lanka, and then became 70,000 and increased to 140,000. Why doesn’t this guy make it more attractive by pushing it up to 280,000 civilian deaths? More the merrier buddy. You will get paid 1$ per death by the LTTE diaspora if you increase it to 280,000. Have fun buddy.

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    Earn while you can from the Tamil diaspora Trevor. Because nobody believes this rubbish.

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