30 October, 2020

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TNA Condemnes Today’s Uthayan Newspaper Attack

By Colombo Telegraph

The Tamil National Alliance expresses its grave concern over an attack today, 3rd March 2013, by armed assailants of the Kilinochchi distribution office of the Uthayan newspaper.

Two staff were hospitalized after sustaining injuries, and property – including vehicles – has been damaged. The attack took place when a vehicle carrying copies of the newspaper for distribution arrived at the Kilinochchi office. The incident is the latest in a series of brutal attacks on Uthayan staff in the last few months. In December 2012, the Editor T. Premananth was hospitalized after military officers and plain-clothes policemen beat him repeatedly while he was covering a protest at the University of Jaffna. In January this year, an Uthayan employee who was distributing newspapers in Velvettithurai was attacked by four armed men who also torched his motorbike. The victim was admitted to hospital with a fractured arm. No arrests have been made in relation to any of these attacks.

Only last Saturday, a mob of over 50 persons attacked a public meeting held at the TNA office in Kilinochchi by throwing rocks from a short distance. The attacks resulted in injuries to 13 persons and extensive damage to property. These attacks were caught on video and the persons involved are easily identifiable. However, not one person has been arrested in relation to this violence, despite the presence of police on the scene while the attack took place. In fact, one assailant apprehended by those present at the meeting was identified to be an officer of the Crimes Investigation Department [CID] of the Sri Lankan Police. He was handed over to the Kilinochchi police but was released shortly thereafter.

“These attacks on the democratic expression of Tamils in the North and East are clearly carried out with the active support, sanction and collusion of the Sri Lankan government. They are a vain and counterproductive attempt to suppress and persecute Tamils for their political aspirations. We call on all right-thinking citizens of this country and members of the international community to prevail on the Sri Lankan government to immediately cease the violence directed against the Tamil People. In this regard, we continue to condemn the numerous episodes of mob violence against the Muslim community and Christian places of worship, and demand that action be taken against the purveyors of violent hate. We reiterate that to prevent a non-recurrence of the past, Sri Lanka must embark on a meaningful process of reconciliation based on ensuring truth, justice and reparations for victims of violent crimes committed by all parties.” says the TNA.

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    What hope is there for the future of Sri Lanka as a united nation when free expression is suppressed in this way?
    Could the last democrat to leave, please turn out the lights?

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    This is a brutal regime which tells outright lies to the world community and even the UN.
    Sri Lanka wants FIVE more years to implement human rights,as its delegate stated at the last UNHCR meeting when a resolution encouraging sri lanka to implement the LLRC Report was passed.
    The north is under army occupation and none dares to protest the violations of human rights.
    Tamil quisling Devananda contributes with his armed paramilitaries.
    The province has not yet been gazetted by the president and the Commissioner of Elections says that as such,provincial elections promised in September,cannot be held.
    What sri lanka will say at the pending Uiversal Periodic Review should be interesting.

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    Silencing the voices that criticize, and bring to attention, what is really going on in this country?

    The Rajapaksa’s rule by thuggery, intimidation, and violence. A sad state of affairs.

    This is not the first time, and it will not be the last, unfortunately.

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    This would and should be condemned by everyone and I am glad to note the TNA as our elected representatives is leading the way.
    In a highly militarized region like Killinochi it would be hard for anyone other than someone aligned to the govt to have done this.
    Of course the likes of Rajasingham Narendran will whitewash the government !

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    Hmm when regimes get jittery or not sure of themselves or have thngs to hide they resort to thuggery and the media unfortunately is at the receiving end of it.

    I’m eagerly awaiting the views of the pro Govt clan of CT on this attack in Killinochchi

    Do remember folk that Killinochchi is a place where even if you sneeze the Armed forces will know so an attack this scale cannot be done without their support or participation

    Wonder what Dayan Jayatileke or Rajiva W have got to say to this

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    No amount of condemnations will be able to change the totalitarian path this government is following.It seems that the government is ignoring even the resolution adopted in Geneva.It knows very well that a large number of voters are disillusioned with the government and move away from it if there is a strong Opposition.Hence the government current project is to weaken the Opposition .In future pro government thugs will join the BBS and at election times they will attack the gatherings of rival political parties.So how can the government be defeated at future elections? My proposal is for a united front of all anti government political parties with the sole aim of forming a Provisional Government of Twelve Months.The agenda of the Provisional Government should be 1) to introduce a new constitution to strengthen democracy and good governance,2) to abolish the executive Presidency,3)to devolve power to the periphery,4)to take steps to foster ethnic and religious harmony, 5)to provide relief to the consumers.
    At the end of the one year period general elections should be held to elect a government.

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    HOTHAMBAYA JARAPASS’Sgoons always do this type of menial jobs for axx licking jobs.

    they dont have a back bone to come forward and face reality.
    always hiding behind voter’s mothers clothes, without shame.

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    All we hear these days is about mobs and attacks on peaceful meetings or organsiations. Where is the law in this land. This must be Gota’s Law as a follow up to Gotas War and Gotas Past (Matale).

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    The silence of Rajasingham Narendran, David Blacker, Dayan and Rajiva is deafening !

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