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White Van Stories To Air Across UK, US And Australia

White Van Stories, a documentary on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka with never-seen-before footage, is set to be featured on Channel 4, UK

Leena Manimekalai

Leena Manimekalai, an independent Indian film-maker, is set to feature exclusive material from her documentary feature White Van Stories that highlights enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka.

The documentary will be aired on UK’s Channel 4 in November 2013.

The special 12-minute cut will also be aired in the United States and through CNN and ABC broadcasting networks and in Australia via the multilingual broadcaster – SBS.

The global broadcast coincides with the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo that has been highly criticized in the face of Sri Lanka’s ever-increasing human rights abuse cases.

The cut is based on a 2-hour documentary feature produced and directed by Leena Manimekalai that follows seven characters, covering a gamut of provinces and ethnicities, and the tragic unexplained disappearances  of their loved ones in post-war Sri Lanka. The characters will also give  audiences a stark glimpse at the characters’ resilience to find the disappeared as part of their continued fight for justice.

“White Van Stories tracks Sri Lanka’s long history of unexplained disappearances in the 1980s during the armed revolt of the  Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP), and later as the civil war intensified in the  1990s up to recent years,” said Leena Manimekalai. “The lives of the families of the disappeared across Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim ethnicities are portrayed,” she added.

The recent rally held in Jaffna and Colombo on 27th and 30th of August 2013 (International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances) during UNHRC High Commissioner, Ms. Navi Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka is the centerpiece of the docu-feature as the characters were amongst the hundreds of families of the disappeared who had protested.

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    Aiyoh! Channel 4 must be getting desperate to be giving air time to amateur “film makers”. I bet this will be an even bigger success than Callum’s last LTTE diaspora funded [Edited out] :D

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      getting worried are we? why worry if you have nothing to hide

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        The screening of the anti Sri Lankan film called `white vans’ is to coincide with the commencement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The two hour long film portrays that the Sri Lankan government and the military are abducting people using `white vans`. The film also mentions Prageeth Ekneligoda, introduced as a journalist in the film.

        With less than 15 Head of States confirming their attendance in CHOGM & with Indian PM Expected to announce a decision next week, GOAT is flying to Delhi as last ditch effort to invite the Indian PM.

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          Leena says she was inspired to work on the subject of enforced disappearances when she visited Sri Lanka for a literary festival (41st Ilakkiya Santhippu) in July, and stayed back to travel. The stories she heard of people searching for their loved ones, thousands of whom vanished in the last stage of war in 2009, moved her to make the film.

          Her film `white vans` is to be screened in several countries including in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu during the CHOGM. This is the anti- Sri Lanka film after Channel 4`s `No Fire Zone`. C4 exposed how the SL regime gave white van ride to Tamils while hiding under ‘Terrorism’ & ‘Liberation’ of ‘Tamil Hostages’.

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            Ravi this is the agenda of the corrupt CH4. There will be many more to come before CHOGM , In fact he man who talks Tamil has an uncanny resemblance to Prageeth Ekeneligoda. Is Prageeth Posing as A Tamil in SL . H was Spotted In France by someone too .This is Channel 4s agenda.

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              Leena,

              For heaven’s sake please don’t make another visit to Sri Lanka.

              It’s a land like no other it is full of white vans without number plates.

              I don’t have to tell you about those vehicles of torture and death – of course, you know them better! Really scarey to me.

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              Dont worry Saro. These people are like that. always trying to blame our KIng. Why only white vans. There is Blue vans purple vans yellow vans and vans in all colours.
              O yes, that reminds me the Al jazeera interview of our lokka our beloved leader. I want to watch it again now to polish my English.

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                Whoever you are, .. dont you think.. if you kelagahawoth udabalagen .that comes back on you. So why to criticise the man in this way ? For me, he is not the leader for us if we really want to develop the country, but whom to blame if not to idiotic, stupid, gawky folks.
                So long majority folks would stay hell bent nothing would change in the system. Some accuse RW of being weakened, but I really dont think even if WOULD BE REPLACED by Karu, it will take an another decade of longer our people to grasp the sad realities being indifferent to what MR thugs have created / have been creating to the island nation.

                DJ or any other would not see this, they are all opportunist by their genetics. Right at the moment, there is no any good journalists in the country to bring a balanced analyses about the grave situ.

                In coming days, MR will come to DJ and give him some TOFEES to silence him. Then, idiosyncratic man – DJ would keep quiet as had been until shortly. Besides, DJ s comments are not consistent if one would closely study them. He is lost somewhere in the middle of his style of writing.

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              another peson with a chip on her shoulder.

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        Want to make a name for one self ? Solution , make a film on SL’s Abuses !Fairy stories galore in the bash SL camp ! Unknown film maker Leena Manimaelkali ,finds out a sure way to make money , and create name for oneself in the same breath. Way to go for publicity . There will be plenty of footage provided by channel 4 for this . How many documentaries have sprung up before important events . ie CHOGM , UNHCR . This is no coincidence . Full marks for the propaganda campaign against SL .

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          sarojini

          “Full marks for the propaganda campaign against SL”

          You have a brilliant mind.

          Whats wrong with propaganda?

          In the meantime outside of your mental state, could you tell us what was the total fees paid to Bell Pottinger and other PR firms, to sanitize war crimes?

          What was the percentage of commission and incidental charged on those fees paid to these “Western PR” firms from Tax Payer’s money?

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
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        Le GoodFella be a good fella – don’t be nasty!

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      @Siva Sankaran David Blocker Sarma

      You and your boss Gotapaiya are such jokers…he is even foolish enough to openly say that human rights are a western concept and not for Sri Lankans. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. People like you Siva Sankaran David Blocker Sarma, Jim Softy, Fathima Fukushima, T.Sumanasekara, Ela Kolla and others like you are a farce. Continue to keep us entertained with your inanities, but remember that he who laughs last laughs the longest. :D

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        Those, Siva Sankaran David Blocker Sarma, Jim Softy, Fathima Fukushima, T.Sumanasekara, Ela Kolla, Bkiris and others are vultures thrive on decaying dead bodies,
        who are same persons /group, and lyrics by RHUWAAN FERDINADASA included}
        {funded [from the LTTE money] robbed and collected from K P and DUGIYA the Hyena. and supported by JARAPASSA clan.
        when the their handlers say some thing they start to lick the Jarapassas Asses.
        Those beggars are paid to do a job,

        so let the clowns earn their bread.

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        I am not Siva-whatsisname. If you think so, you’re dumber than you sound. I have no reason to hide my name like the rest of you cowards :D

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          well when you have no shame, why hide I guess?

          How is NGG Dayan doing? which NGO is he working for now?

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        Dear CT, why are you allowing commentators to use a variant of my name to comment on your site? Do you not have any standards?

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        Dear CT, I must protest at your allowing commentators (Siva Sankaran David Blocker Sarma) to use my name (or a variant of it) on your site. Can you please stop allowing this please. I am sure you will not be happy if I were to use the names of your journos in this manner.

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          Get over it David.

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          Oh please, stop being such a drama queen !

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          Yes, yes everyone wants to be “David Blacker” !
          Pray tell me why?

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            No idea why, but they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :D

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          Double pleasing blacker accepts that he is blocker and confirming it. — “Can you please stop allowing this please.”

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          @Siva Sankaran Sarma aka Siva Sankaran David Drama Queen Blocker Sarma,

          Why are you acting like such a drama queen and getting your knickers in a twist?

          Can you please tell the CT readers which cowards were responsible for the death and disappearance of journalists like Lasantha and Prageeth?

          Who are the cowards responsible for white vanning Tamils and political opponents of the government?

          Who were the cowards who were responsible for grease yakkas?

          Is raping and killing those who surrendered to the SL army a cowardly act or standard procedure for the SL army?

          If you are really David Blocker aka Siva Sankaran Sarma, why don’t you use a profile pic of your hairless cowardly head anymore like you used to do before? :D

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            Whoever they were, they were not me, Queenie. Why are you so scared of using your name, and why are you so scared of what I have to say that you wish to attribute other people to me? ;)

            Why are you worried about my picture? Do you miss me, Queenie? Post your email and I’ll send you a picture to keep in your purse :D

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            Dear CT, Dear CT, I must protest at your allowing commentators (Siva Sankaran David Blocker Sarma) to use my name (or a variant of it) on your site. Can you please stop allowing this please. I am sure you will not be happy if I were to use the names of your journos in this manner. Have your forgotten your own guidelines, or do you believe that these comments do indeed comply with the below?

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              David Blacker

              ” I must protest at your allowing commentators () to use my name (or a variant of it) on your site.”

              Will you be happy if this person changed the name to Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon David Blocker?

              Is this name a patented intellectual property of your’s?

              If so could we have the patent registration details.

              Then there are other milllions of David Blackers in this world. What have you decided to do with them?

              David Blacker

              Office: 206G Willard Hall
              Phone: 302-831-8588
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              Email: blacker@udel.edu

              David Blacker,

              who has died aged 74, was a scion of the eccentric Anglo-Irish Blackers and himself a colourful character who brought his own brand of excitement to rural life in Hampshire and Sussex.

              Telegraph Obituary.17 Aug 2002

              David Blacker

              Website: http://www.DavidBlacker.com/
              David BlackerDavid Blacker is a freelance composer, producer, and guitar instructor, based in New York City

              David Blacker

              Here is the tight ars.. Art-Based Creative Director

              http://www.jwt.com/en/people/sri+lanka/colombo+3/davidblacker/

              What is your problem?

              As usual much ado about nothing?

              If you need publicity go find elsewhere.

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                Native-you crack me up !!!!
                Thanks for pointing this out this guy, some people think the world has nothing better to do than think of them and the world revolve around them !!!!!

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                ” Frog in a well thinks world is around it ” – Proverb

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                  wel said, couldn’t agree with you more !

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                Native @,
                You are spot on. DB – the most known drag queen, would not even trust to respond to yours :)

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      Channel 4,

      “”The special 12-minute cut will also be aired in the United States and through CNN and ABC broadcasting networks and in Australia via the multilingual broadcaster – SBS.”

      Can you air this too, it is related……

      http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-291013.html

      DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA
      Tiny wars still don’t work
      By Tom Engelhardt

      In terms of pure projectable power, there’s never been anything like it. Its military has divided the world – the whole planet – into six “commands.” Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules the seas and has done so largely unchallenged for almost seven decades.

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    Dear Ms. Leena Manimekalai,

    Head of White Van Mafia,

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2013/oct/27/mahinda-rajapaksa-profile

    Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s Saviour Or War Criminal

    As host of next month’s Commonwealth heads of state meeting, the president’s human rights record is under close scrutiny. For some he’s a robust leader dealing with the bitter legacy of civil war. For others he’s a brutal despot.

    Where does Mr. Rajapaksa rank and Sri Lanka rank in the World Ratings?

    Compared to other war criminals and despots? USA, India, Syria, Russia, etc.?

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      Amarasiri
      Are you talking about the same mihinda rajapakse who looted the money donated to the tsunami victims in the south.If he is your hero then what do we think of you– i have no word to describe you.

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        mayhem,

        MR is not my hero, but appreciate very much his heroic efforts in finally putting an end to the 30-year LTTE Terrorism, despite the war crimes that happened during that the final phase and during the 30- year war.

        Stealing of Tsunami funds, would have been done by any or many politicians who were in power at that time. They are even doing it today in many fronts.

        Amarasiri’s issues with MR are:

        1. Not bringing together the country after the Separatist war and making the foundation for an Egalitarian Society such as not implementing LLRC.

        2. Instead of reconciliation between the communities, and compete in the global economy, effectively, MR is following a Sinhala Buddhist Racist agenda that worked for his father and SWRD Bandaranaike, and many other Sinhala Buddhist racists.

        3. No clear separation of Church, Temple , Mosque and State and pandering to the Sinhala Buddhist Monk Criminals and Terrorists like BBS, Booru Balu Sena and other racists.

        4. Removal of many checks and balances, independent judiciary, independent police etc. that has made the country a pseudo democracy or pseudo-dictatorship.

        So, it is critical for any citizen, point out the out the rights and wrongs.

        5. For most Tamils, MR and Sri Lanka State are war criminal.
        For most Sinhala, Prabakaran and LTTE are Terrorist and murderers.

        There is ample data to support, both allegations, but that was all collateral damage, during their efforts towards getting to their end goals.

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          Mayhem, Part 2

          Here are some views expressed by Ven. Dambara Amila Thero who understands Buddhism.

          A Path to Assimilation and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka –
          Buddist Dharma

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

          Published on Jan 3, 2013

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7xhNvDcayo

          Published on May 17, 2012
          Opinions such as this are rarely heard today. Those who gain from division in Sri Lanka often shut such voices out.

          Ven. Dambara Amila Thero was a critic of the LTTE during its existence, but now with the LTTE gone, he calls on Sri Lankans to love and respect each others differences and asks us to build a Sri Lankan identity and shows us how we should no longer fall for divisional tactics, used by those who gain from keeping us divided.

          He even goes as far as identifying the clause in the Sri Lankan constitution about protecting Buddhism as unnecessary and being put there to do nothing but divide us to keep power.

          He also reminds us of the ancient heritage we share with Tamil people reminding us of one of our great kings, the Tamil King Elara.

          Ven. Dambara Amila Thero supports religious and ethnic co-existence and comes out strongly against religious and ethnic extremism.

          Please note: This video was produced by Young Asia Television and subtitled by groundviews.org. This is re-produced here with the intention of spreading religious and racial harmony in Sri Lanka and calling for moderate views to be spread because moderate views exist and deep down, most people understand these views. Yet we are bombarded by extreme views day in day out, keeping us distracted and pushing us further from achieving peace and harmony. Spread these views. They are important.

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    Excellent! Could not have chosen a better time to show it. The world will know the truth about the Rajapaksa brothers’ iron fisted rule.

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    Way to go Leena! Brave and Wonderful work. Thank you for having the courage.

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    laughable comedy . good entertainment for donkey tamil diaspora

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      Even more laughable the manner you lick the asses of Rajapackes, having seen all his wonders after 8 years. Real wonders you could realize if you go to villagers who have lost their own lands, by speaking to common masses how they feel with the sky high prices of daily needs, while the paraah are spending people^s funds for purchase lamboginis for them. If you have a brain the size of a mustard seed, ask yourself, how paraaah have made millions since 2005. Challenge Mervin and get more how the bugger collected collosal sums from poor people in Kelaniya area. Address the real issues Abhaya, else you would contribute to rise of those abusers.

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    Leena Thangachchi,

    You are welcome to do your damnedest.

    But the fact remains – Hon MR stopped the 40 year Eelam war. To win wars enemies need to be eliminated. That is the universal truth about war.

    Traitors are never tolerated in war. In most wars traitors are shot or got rid of by one means or another. This is true even with the countries with great liberal traditions. Most people concede it is a necessary evil.

    The Eelam war is history. The white van legacy is history. Your documentary will only succeed in putting salt into the wounds of those who still suffer. Nothing else.

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      BBS Rep

      “Hon MR stopped the 40 year Eelam war.”

      MR didn’t, using MR India did. It was VP who won the war for MR.

      “To win wars enemies need to be eliminated.”

      No need to kill innocent civilians and commit war crime.

      “Your documentary will only succeed in putting salt into the wounds of those who still suffer.”

      Suffer from fear of being getting caught.

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        Native Veddah,

        You are welcome to your opinion.

        In all wars innocent civilians do die. That is the nature of doing battle. Sad but true.

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          BBS Rep

          “You are welcome to your opinion.”

          Even if you don’t welcome my opinion I am still going to state it as long as CT allows me.

          “In all wars innocent civilians do die.”

          Not necessarily. Buddhist never kill, only Sinhala/Buddhists kill, kill, kill.

          If you are a true Buddhist you would practice “Ahimsa” 24/7/52, since you are not and a self confessed Sinhala/Buddhists you enjoy killing or indeed enjoy justifying it.

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            True buddhists practised Ahimasa. that is Brahmins and Muslims exterminated buddhists in GREATER INDIA.

            Sinhala buddhists are not true buddhists.

            Sinhala buddhists need to live in order to protect the buddhism.

            It is not the Tamils, christians and Muslims who decide the of Sinhala buddhists.

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            Native Vedda,

            “Not necessarily. Buddhist never kill, only Sinhala/Buddhists kill, kill, kill.”

            1. Yes, True Buddhists, never kill. Only those Buddhists who follow Mara, and discard Buddhas teaching kill. Example, Sinhala-Buddhists.

            2. Sinhala do not kill. Sinhala Christians do not kill the way Sinhala Buddhists kill.

            3. BBS, has nothing to do with Buddhism, it has everything to do with Sinhala Buddhist Racism and Sinhala Buddhist Monk Hegemony. That is why there are hardly any Tamil Buddhists and Tamil Buddhist Monks.

            http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2011/9/70564_space.html

            The Kandyan Buddhist clergy – the Siam Nikaya – DENIED ENTRY into the Buddhist monkhood to the non-Govigama. They EXCLUDED THE KARAVE.

            4. BBS as self- named and self-appointed as Budu (Buddha) Bala (Force) Sena(Army), and it has nothing to do with the teachings of Buddhism, anywhere in the Tipitaka. So, it has hijacked Buddhism and fooled the Sinhala Buddhists.

            That is why Amarasiri refers to BBS as Booru Balu Sena, Donkey(Ass) Dog Force, as it better describes it activities and mission.

            Would you call a prostitute a virgin, just because the prostitute calls herself a Virgin? NO!

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            Dear Native Veddah,

            I have told many times before. I do not kill and I do not cause to kill.

            There are some killers who claim to be Sinhala Buddhists. But that is the nature of things. Even veddahs kill. I am not the policeman of humanity. No one can be.

            I reiterate, in all wars innocent men women and children do de.

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        BBS Rep. What little you know on Mahinda’s leadership qualities. He is good for you guys to raise the dust, cloud the peoples judgement, and rule by proxy.

        Watch this to understand who he really is, based on facts, although it sound political bias. The real story.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6CcjOSlTo

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        Hon Rajapakse or Con Rajapkse

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        Say what you fancy Mr Vedda, but Velu, the real civilian killer who had assassinated a President, a Prime Minister, a Tamil opposition leader, three Tamil mayors, Tamil intellectuals, Tamil MPs and thousand of civilians of all races for three decades is in hell hole now. That’s all that matters for us. All peace loving people in Sri Lanka sleep well since the end of that villain and his gang. We shall not let even his little ghost to rise up again.

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          Patriot

          While that psychopath VP was on his murder missions Sri Lankan armed forces and Premadasa was supplying arms, ammunition, political cover, funds, ……

          While VP was still continued his business as usual MR conducted business with VP, buying and selling votes.

          “All peace loving people in Sri Lanka sleep well since the end of that villain and his gang.”

          No they don’t, since Dutta Gamini no Sinhala/Buddhists slept well as they suffer from paranoia, fear of the unknown.

          Sinhala/Buddhists have never allowed others to sleep well.

          My people went to sleep for while and woke up to see the entire island had been stolen from us. In return they say they have given us Sinhaa/Buddhism.

          We don’t need your Sinhala/Buddhism, take it back and go away.

          Let us sleep for a while.

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            Native@,
            lately I myself happened to watch a Youtube video of Dambare AMila thero pointing out how the spirit of MR at the beginning had been. This supported me to realized further that India and America were FULLY behind all those annihilations of civil populations at the end of the war. Not MR gangsters won the war, it was war winning of INDIA and USA. Else, there is no reason US to stay silence in terms of WAR crime investigations, while keeping some of the key accused for the war on their soils. I mean Shavendra Silva for example.

            Gamini has revealed this several times, but it was not easy to get them all because the covering propaganda of the current brutal regime did allow that. Even today, people (60% of the lanken popu) believe that they are grateful to MR regime ONLY for one reason, that MAGICAL POWERS of MR finally caused the military defeat of Ltters.

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        STUPID NATIVE VEDDO:

        MR didn’t, using MR India did. It was VP who won the war for MR.

        So, what India’s IPKF could not do, what CBK could not do Only could do ?

        Now talk all kind of rubbish.

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          JimSofty

          “So, what India’s IPKF could not do”

          Did IPKF at the time want to finish off LTTE? IPKF’s stated policy at the time was, “bend the tiger without breaking it”.

          In the early part of 2005 India persuaded CBK to take on the LTTE and provided the necessary support.

          VP’s stupidity won the war for MR.

          “Now talk all kind of rubbish.”

          Please ignore me.

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          Jim Softy,

          Alternate view from Ven. Thero quoted by Mawran, as to MR contribution, and the contribution of others.

          “Watch this to understand who he really is, based on facts, although it sound political bias. The real story.”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6CcjOSlTo

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            Your hints helped me a lot realizing the truth about the millary defeat of LTTEs.

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      Porkistan pervert! Shows how effective it is then, doesn’t it?

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      @BBS Rep

      You say, “The Eelam war is history. The white van legacy is history. Your documentary will only succeed in putting salt into the wounds of those who still suffer. Nothing else.”

      William Faulkner said, “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.”

      Your people may have been able to bury what happened in the two JVP insurrections but we doubt that you’ll could do the same about thousands of Tamil civilians killed and buried in the North.

      You people bought down Navi Pillai hoping to pull the wool over her eyes, but it backfired and the MR government got egg on its face. CHOGOM too might turn out to be another farce. The commonwealth leaders who are attending are not going to keep silent about your governments human rights abuses.

      Don’t forget that Kuram Shaik was not killed in Tangalle and his Russian girlfriend raped in the heat of war…its your people who will finally suffer for the mistakes of your leaders if you continue to support whatever dirty deeds they do.

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        Dear Siva Sankaran David Blocker Sarma,

        BBS is not the government my friend. We have our agenda and the governement have theirs. Sometimes BBS do collude with the government when it serves our interest. But we will not collude in any crime. That is all.

        BBS had nothing to do with the murder of Kuram Shaik or the rape of his girlfriend. We at BBS are just as shamed as you are my friend. The police have to do what they need to do. Please leave BBS out of that equation.

        BBS had nothing to do with Navi Pillai visiting Sri Lanka. We have nothing against what she said. She is welcome to her opinion.

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          BBS Rep

          “We have our agenda and the governement have theirs. “

          What is your agenda? More self destruction perhaps?

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            Our agenda dear Native Veddah is to save Buddhism and in the process create a unified Sri Lankan identity. Not a Tamil Nadu identity nor a Saudi identity. That is all. No more no less.

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              @BBS Rep

              Buddhism needs to be saved from Sinhala Buddhist BBS nutcases…after that you wont need to worry about a Sri Lankan identity. :D

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              BBS Rep

              “Our agenda dear Native Veddah is to save Buddhism”

              There is no need for you to save Buddhism if you stop destroying it.

              “in the process create a unified Sri Lankan identity.”

              In the process you are definitely going to destroy Buddhism as we know it and you are rest assured you are going to divide the people than unite them.

              Sinhala/Buddhists as people never desired nor created an inclusive idea which could help to build a state of rainbow coalition. Your people are an enemy of unity in diversity.

              What is this unified identity?

              Seriously, could you define it?

              Is it a Sinhala/Buddhist project to create more destruction?

              “Not a Tamil Nadu identity nor a Saudi identity.”

              Tamilnadu has its own identity within a multi-nation India. Why would they want to live with parochial, nasty, little, nationalistic, stupid Sinhala/Buddhists?

              You do not want Saudi identity. Good thought. However shamelessly you continue to send your women folks to earn petrodollars while your men rape their own daughters at home.

              If I were you my priority would be to protect Sinhala/Buddhist children from their own fathers.

              We do not need unified identity. However we need children to live in a safe and secure environment, grow as children and enjoy their childhood without the fear of their fathers.

              Further your men should be sent to Saudi permanently so that the children are safe at home with their mothers. Mothers too will be safe from Saudi brutality.

              When are you going to start work on my above proposal?

              Casino is supposed to be a very good business for a few. Opium was forced onto Chinese by the British and Americans and we know what had happened to the ordinary people. Casino gambling is now forced on to stupid people by none other than the Sinhala/Buddhist leadership.

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            All in all there cannot be more than 2500 Vedda in Sri Lanka. And most of them are fast becoming ceremonial Vedda. This Vedda is talking BS. I bet he is scared to touch a beehive now let alone shoot an arrow. I think that’s how they all will end up as sooner than later. They’ll play cricket with their amude to earn their living. Oh’ Vedda.

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              Banditto,

              You look like you’re going to the dogs?

              N.V. is no Catfish pullover;

              I’m-Puss-Able!

              “Hanuman ki Jai”

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              Banda

              “All in all there cannot be more than 2500 Vedda in Sri Lanka.”

              Seven hundred thugs multiplied into 17 million stupid Sinhala/Buddhists.

              Two thousand five hundred Veddahs could procreate 250 Millions in the next 2500 years,

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        William Faulkner said, “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.”

        Remember Sinhala people survived for centuries with the same lot of Tamils.

        DO you think the world is changed ?

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          You are wrong Jim, the Sinhala people SUFFERED for centuries with the same lot of Tamils and they are still suffering.

          DO you think the world is changed ?

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      BBS Salesman;

      HORNY Jarapassa Did not stop the War,

      People Of Sri Lanka scarified their Children’s lives sending them as soldiers to the civil war and
      spending their money and wealth to giving to the government to spend on arms purchasing’s,
      without knowing that, those moneys will looting away to offshore banks.
      and Jarapassa clan with their families enjoying with child rapists and Kudu dealers.

      Where were you, when we were in the middle of the war,
      we experienced the war, Killer pirpaharan supported to kill them, and we lost our loved ones.
      and you cooked milk rice and Keaun, celebrated the victory.

      NOW YOU ARE HOWLING and TELLING, JARAPASSA WIN THE WAR.

      YES THEY COLLETED THE Commissions from war mongers and looted, Bribe money from pirpahran and company, now who are supporting with HOTHAMBAYA.

      We people won the war, Not your Jarapassa, Not Hothambaya.

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        JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA,

        Support for your post. Here are some views expressed by Ven. Dambara Amila Thero who describes what happened and who understands Buddhism well.

        “Watch this to understand who MR really is, based on facts, although it sound political bias. The real story.”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6CcjOSlTo

        A Path to Assimilation and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka –
        Buddist Dharma

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

        Published on Jan 3, 2013

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7xhNvDcayo

        Published on May 17, 2012
        Opinions such as this are rarely heard today. Those who gain from division in Sri Lanka often shut such voices out.

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    This vanishing trick in white vans is not limited to Tamils, but many Sinhala people who supported General Fonseka in the 2010 Presidential election is afraid to visit their motherland, because Gotabaya Rajapaksa has placed them on his Air Port pickup list. Even this writer has not visited SL since 2010, as his name is also in the wanted list after helping to eradicate the LTTE terror GANG. I am sure white van syndrome is a true fact.

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    BBS rep,

    As you wish away the critical incidents into the memories of history,
    You and your ilk will also be dumped into the dust bins of history!

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      You are welcome to your opinion Upul. Ultimately all things ends in the dustbins of history. That is how it is.

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    It seems CH4 is running out of war videos so talk about another thing.

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    How much you were paid for this kind of cheep VIDEO clip… Shame on you..

    You can do more , because you can freely move all over srilanka without any check point & without any bomb blast by LTTE.. Keep doing your donkey work… LTTE diaspora will keep you paying….

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    I always salute to the freedom of choice!

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    Congratulations Leena Manimekalai,

    I am so delighted to hear that your film “White Van Stories” has reached the international arena through Channel 4. The clip gives an unbiased view of the white van menace in Sri Lanka: victims are Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims; though the vast majority of victims are Tamils. The white van era continues unabated, at least for the Tamil victims concerned.

    I know of your dedication to truthful film making through your tweets.
    I watched the video clip on another one of your true stories – Sengkadal (red sea) taken sometime back. It too should reach the international viewers in my opinion to tell the world what’s happening in the Palk Straits to Tamil fishermen.

    Keep up your good work, collaborate with Channel 4, so that truth can prevail over evil in this world.

    I wish you all the success in your chosen career.

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    What a joke, this is like Mr, Bean making films in his MR Bean on Holiday move

    If channel 4 talking about this move then rest of the world knows credibility of the Channel 4

    little kids make better movies than this and put them in youtube

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      Really, are you not kidding?

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      kris
      “If channel 4 talking about this move then rest of the world knows credibility of the Channel 4”

      Ha,ha,ha sour grapes poor chap…!

      The credibility of the Channel 4 is such that even CNN and ABC broadcasting networks are going to air a 12 minute clip of Manimekalai’s `white vans’.

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        Channel 4 credibility is 100% for Ltte terrorist

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          ONLY, I repeat, ONLY a Sinhalaya will say something like this.

          If UK, USA, Canada, India, Australia and many other countries can air Channel 4 (due to its credibility) why worry about a Sinhalaya’s opinion.

          For the Sinhalayas, anything and everything that is against the SL regime (when it is the whole truth and nothing but the truth)is Ltte terrorist.

          Why don’t your regime go and tell the famous broadcasting networks around the world not to air the 12 minute clip of Manimekalai’s `white vans’?

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            SL respect freedom of expression therefore any dumb man or woman can write or do anything but SL is not going to stop them

            SL knows LTTE diaspora only happy and accept those garbage not educated general public

            Ravi its your decision either you accept that you are dumb or reject those garbage

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    “The Eelam war is history. The white van legacy is history”.

    No, they are still going on, your writing itself is self evedent. Eelam is precisely 47 years old when it ended. Winners write “history” to justify their actions, but, truth must come out, only way it can happen is to investigate the atrocities or actions of both parties, “winners” and “enemies”.

    Anything told or written by one party alone is a story. Journalists, ie., independent journalists won’t rest until the truth is out. If any party tries to prevent an independent probe with its own representative in it then it is obvious why it does so.

    White van abductions are still going on. The friends of the winners tell lies in UN, attorneys offices and in courts just to get favours to enjoy perks or power. To protect lies the winners erect fences with hundred odd ministers, government officials, diplomats, de facto Supreme Court judge and foreign tyrannical governments, but, one day the Karma sees to it that the truth comes out.

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      My dear Saro,

      What is the point in going over these unfortunate occurrences again and again? Will muckraking bring the dead back to life? The answer is no. Will investigation into atrocities committed by both parties, winners and losers alike, bring reconciliation? The answer is no. In fact it will alienate the people even further.

      And for those who are grieving – the families that lost sons and daughters, will prising out the truth alleviate their pain? The answer is no. In fact it will open afresh the wound that are trying to heal.

      Supposing investigation into atrocities is completed and those wrong doers are punished. Will that help remove the grief of those who lost loved ones? The answer unfortunately is no.

      Pursuit of vengeance almost always is self-defeating Saro.

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        Does prosecuting a murderer bring back the murdered? No. Yet, we prosecute the murderer to serve justice and to stop him/her murdering even more. The Sri Lankan state murdered 10s of thousands in the south. Nobody did anything. So they continue killing people with no hesitation. To stop this culture of impunity there has to prosecutions

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          We prosecute murderers as its either premeditated or done out of anger and there may be people to give evidence! In a war situation it is different. The army was fighting a full scale war! If you have an investigation how can you point out who killed the civilians? From where are you going to get the evidence? The LTTE even armed the civilians to fight for them. The 10s of thousand southerners who died during the JVP time can there be an investigation done as to who did the killing? NO! not practically possible!!

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    Great Job Leena Manimekalai and Great service by Channel 4. Please continue to keep up your good work and expose the SL regime to the entire world. Airing in CNN and ABC is a great achievement. The Tamils will always be grateful to Channel 4 and to Mr. Callum mcrae for this great service.

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    Actually this film should be a fiction as there is no White Van related disappearance ever happened in Sri Lanka. Western Countries, Tamil Diaspora and other powerful Nations are creating problems for our Saddrmadveepa Chakrawarthi’s Govt.

    Somebody should send the Video of our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi’s recent Interview with Al-Jazeera for Leena to know the noble truth about White Van disappearance. There our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi revealed top secret to the entire world that In Sri Lanka Young Girls and Boys are using White Van to go to Guest houses and Rest Houses to make Love. Now Parents are more careful about their kids after realizing their tricks.

    There is Prageeth Eknaligoda’s Dissapearance in the film. Our Cheap Justice, Mr. Moron Peiris said at Geneva Human rights session that he got the information from the Intelligence that Prageeth is in a western Country. Even Hon. Arundika Fernando, MP also said that he has seen Prageeth in France. In my Opinion we should believe them as our Peoples representatives and Cheap Justice never lie to Gen. public.

    Actually there is no White Van or other kind related disappearance in our Dharmadvvpaya. People disappear themselves. Journalists got killed themselves. Samurdi Officers got tied to tries by themselves. Media Institutions were set on fire by themselves to claim Insurance. Ranaviru Majors get assaulted by themselves. All these to embarrass the Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi’s Govt. and Tamil Diaspora and the Powerful Western Countries are behind this kind of things.

    My advice to this Film Director, Leena to take Commonwealth Sec. Genaral Kamalesh Sharma as example and make Films about Giant Development work going on in Sri Lanka such as Uthuru wasanthaya, Expressways, Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksha International Airport, Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksha Internation Port, Mahinda Rajapaksha Stadium, Nelum Pokunu, Ranminithanna Tele Village, Independent Judiciary, Media Freedom etc. etc. or at least read Dinamina, Daily News, Divaina, Mawbima, The Nation, Lakbima and watch ITN, Rupawahini to know the truth about Sri Lanka.

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      L P;
      It is very Sad, You forgot some places,
      I think It because you are still Un matured.

      like million years old Matale hospital Grave site,
      Welikada and Vauniya prison temples and Dayakas groups.
      Tangalle Hotel’s Daana salas and Water fountains with Jarapassa’s upasaka groups.
      Kelaniya and Kolonnaawa [ Vernin and KUDU DIMIYA’s Milk powder Distribution networks.
      Rathupaswala virgin water falls.
      Australia destination points

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      Lapatiya
      Your sarcasm exceed all expectation of a srilankan, are you really a srilankan? anyway well done. You have missed one important news outlet which a mouth peace of the paksas namely DAILY MIRROR LK. and very recently The Sunday Leader.

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        @Mayhem,

        Yes, I am a Sri Lankan but not belongs to Deshapremi kattiya. Also I am not belongs to Gaanu 5 Nanasara Bebadu Sena, Rawana Balukaya, Sinhala Rawaya, Deshamamaka, Jaathi Maamamaka parties. Also not belongs to any Political party.

        I am just a peace loving citizen who hates what this current regime doing to our once peaceful beautiful country.

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      Lapatiya you ‘ve got it all , I really enjoy your writing , man ! its very clever of you to use sarcasm & humor to express things such a way .

      PS. don’t forget our very own Swaranavahini, Sirasa , they are all same but with different flavors though.

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    What Human rights for terrorists. Did Obama ask Osama Bin Laden to surrender but US killed the unarmed terrorist. That is Ok for US not for Sri Lanka dealing with LTTE.

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      How can SL deal with LTTE alone? These pussified Sinhala Army had to beg from the whole world to defeat LTTE. SL Army is not strong enough to match the almighty powerful LTTE. Even 10 Sorilankan Shitlese army no match for 1 Tamil Tiger. You know what Srilanka Army is good for? They are good for herding pigs. Lol

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    While my own brother studying engineering at the Peradenya University, came to be disappeared in the 89/90 uprising on this side of the country’s ethnic divide,I was myself abducted by forces personnel, whist on duty at the Badulla Branch of the National Saving Bank by a white van cliques. This was done by the tax-payer-maintained armed forces/

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      You are lucky to be alive today, thank god.

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        Few years back, a railway worker in my village had also claimed to be abducted in a white van. He said, they took his pay packet and dumped him at a deserted road. Only later we learned that he had lost all his pay at the famous gambling spot of Dematagoda railway yard on the pay day and had made the excuse to con his family and gain sympathy.

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          I also heard it from one of my good friends that her cousin s son was happened to face white van case similar what you have explained above. He was blind folded abducted by a white van, but had released near to Kurunegala or so. Then again, going to back to the period – two years ago or so, I heard that there exist some robbers that abduct innocent poor people to steal their kidneys and other organs ( most of the time, kidneys). Neth FM had broadcasted about the issue a couple months back.

          Even if some abductions are not directly by MR or GR ^s white vans, their indifference white van culture to become taking for granted is not excusable by anyone. THey are the rulers that are today making everything unacceptable things acceptable for their advantage abusing the parliamentary 2/3 mandata. Constantly telling palatable lies to the stupid masses (commonly, majority of poor country are naive and stupid to believe whatever the rulers just sprout), as yesterday MR was publicly speaking that he has fulfilled all key pledges. But not even mentioning a single word about Re Enforcement of law and order and abolishing excutive presidency. BBBB

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          Now, Banda please don’t deny that you are not a Presidential Advisor like Herman Gunaratna. I am sure you are, because our Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi also said the similar thing at the interview with Al-Jazeera TV. There he said our Girls and Boys are using White Vans to go to Guest Houses to make Love and there is no actual White Van abductions.

          That railway worker’s and others don’t have to go to Dematagoda gambling spot any more. Now they can go to Saddarmadveepa Chakrawarthi’s Deshapremi Casino in Colombo.

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      It is a same story I have to tell,
      When Ranil was Prime minister of UNP regeme, in 1980s

      As my brother who is a Farmer, abducted by the Armed or police forces and taken to Gampaha Chithra lane Torture house behind police barracks.
      [after many years we came to know that place].
      And they have tortured him for 8 days .
      He did not /does not have any affiliation to Marxists or JVPs.
      but taken in to custody for personal revenge.
      we were searching him all over the island prison camps but no avails.
      after contacting very influential politician, we tried to get his where about and
      after the help and intervention of late Ven Dulapitiye Wimalarthana thero,
      He was dumped in to a culvert near Ekala industrial park with many injuries in the body and
      they have forced him to keep quiet tell any informations to any body.
      He could not talk many days and was sick for 3 years because of torture injuries.
      On an another instance.
      And I had to intervene to get release, one of our Tamil neighbour’s son who was A L educated Fisherman, very well known to me, my brothers and close friends, who worked in the SL forces.
      When this fisher boy coming from seashore, one of his schoolmate stopped to talked to him as a casual friend who plays foot,
      who happened to be LTTE a supporter,
      After arresting that LTTE supporter, Forces soldiers arrested that fisher boy also and taken to eastern command and 5 days tortured him hanging from his legs and hands.
      After the intervention and introduction from my friends, with personal guarantee,Eastern command unit Intelligence chief released him but his friend is believed be killed by ????.
      And fisherboy went to Uk for further education and became a Solar tech engineer.
      It is Very Sad those Dalu Bandas, JIN soththyas, KA sumanas {all RuwHan Ferdnadas}, Malindas, Rajpals who knows nothing about or pretend that nothing happened, telling us garbage talks with Jarapassa and Hothmbaya’s clans like PRAWNS WITH SHIT ON THE BRAIN .

      All those who Jrapassa bum lickers are opportunists, shame to manhood.

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      Dear Bandula@,
      I can feel the way you feel it. I was one another that had the chance to save the life in the mentioned period. We left the hostel (hilda obeysekara) leaving behind our all belongings when they closed the unis back and forth. Later I left for Europe for my education and settled there. I think very same era has got back to the country under MR administration today. People criticise CBK, but she was the leader who managed aftermath of 89 Insurgency and allowed JVP to enter the parliament. Today, those who are inside, would never feel that there exists all kind of restrictions to allow only their favorable DAILY NEWS type of information. This should be the very reason the same people to have voted for Dayasiri Jayasekara owning him a great election victory. Like it is for North koreans, people in the south and other areas are now made not to go against MR views. This becomes clearer when one would hold mixed opnion polls ascertaining the people^s voices. nnn

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    The Rajapakshe regime is in a flat spin and at its wits end after reports that only heads of 13 of the 42 countries so far having confirmed their arrival for the Rajapakshe’s most dreamed much hyped forthcoming Commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanka, based on informed foreign Ministry sources within.

    The number of members of the Commonwealth countries is 43. Of them 32 are smaller countries. India the largest member had reportedly informed that its head will not be attending the conference. Canada too had already stated directly that it will not be participating in the conference to be held in Sri Lanka, as Rajapakshe regime is considered as among those countries leading in human rights violations.

    Though the State leaders of countries including England have agreed to participate in the conference, owing to the outrageous violations of the commonwealth covenants by the Medamulana barbaric regime, they have informed that they are making this an opportunity to be here mainly to bitterly slate Rajapakshe regime over the human rights violations. In these dire circumstances, the Medamulana regime is making a desperate bid going around begging the smaller countries to attend the event, it is learnt.

    Moreover, since the anticipated funds have not been received, the Rajapakshe regime is plunged in a crisis , consequently it had raked all the funds in the public treasury towards the commonwealth conference expenditure, with the result that it is hard put to it now to meet the expenses of the government Institutions. The heads of the latter say, the Institutions are unable to receive even a sum as small as Rs. 50,000 under the circumstances.

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    Now the regime has to face the consequences and criticism of yet another unsolved crime in the country.
    The White Van curse, is not imagination, people, journalists, and critics of the government have mysteriously vanished, this is documented. People are not imagining their loved ones are missing…we also have first hand stories of attempted abduction in white vans, so since the rajapaksa’s are as usual show indifference, total irresponsibility for such crimes, no arrests nor justice for the families, they now have to face world condemnation for either being inept, or being involved in such horrible crimes. It is strange that those who “vanish” are those who are against the government. There is no point attacking the producers or those who show this – if the rajapaksa’s were more cooperative with the international community, and answered the many investigations regarding the disappearance of Sri Lankan citizens, then this movie would not have been an issue. The ruthless regime must now face the music, deservedly so.

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      What music, man? Royal Commonwealth Society report, Commonwealth Compared 2013, which measured 168 countries on human rights criteria such as press freedom, democracy and inequality, ranked Sri Lanka 68th in the world and 14th in the Commonwealth – comfortably in the top half of each.

      Now mind you, India’s stand in that chart is much lower than Si Lanka. It is at 103rd in the world and 25th place in the Commonwealth. Isn’t it rather funny India want to boycott Sri Lanka on rights? We do not hear UK and Canada calling to boycott a summit in India or other countries that are listed below Sri Lanka?

      One more thing, if they prepare a list on ‘terrorism eradication’ with criteria such as development, elections and peace after the war ended, Sri Lanka will reach the very top of it.

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    [Edited out] Leena Manimekalai,

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    Leena Manimekalai, you [Edited out]

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    White Van locally has lost its lusture, but the apex of Human Right
    offences must be known to the world today.
    The most friendly country to the Regime is C H I N A, where allegations
    of forced live organ harvesting is taking place. Transplants have gone
    up by 300%!

    An on-line Petition to the UN on this topic can be signed before
    30-11-13 here:-

    http://www.dafoh.org/petition-to-the-united-nations/

    Other links of interest are:

    http://www.organharvestinvestigation.net
    http://www.staatsorgane.org/
    http://www.igfm.ch/organraub.html
    http://www.david-kilgour.com/

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    Toyota will be very happy!!

    :)

    Most white vans are Toyota.

    Well done white van brigade. Finish off all South Indian language speakers.

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    The law should be applied fairly to all citizens. In a true democracy, only the police has the power to arrest someone suspected of a crime, and that too, with an order issued by a magistrate in some instances.

    The suspect should have recourse to legal counsel and be represented by a lawyer when being questioned. He cannot be interrogated in private with no independent witnesses. He should not be detained any longer than is necessary to be produced before a civil court of law.

    Indefinite detention without charges being laid, created legal infamy in the USA under George W Bush’s Patriot Act which sought to use illegal means of discouraging “terrorism” which was simply a ruse to suppress dissent of US activities in Iraq, Afghanistan etc and those sympathetic to the murder victims (of millions of innocents in those countries, by the US/UK).

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    LOL. come on guys. I saw her movies. they are like child’s play. BTW she is working for govt for long time. How come a person like her can visit SL and take videos? Her best buddy is famous for his anti-tamil books.

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    Is it Colombo Telegraph, published this article after verification? Do you have any reliable proof for tis docu will going to air such all international televisions?

    Ok, We can wait and see that after one month, this docu will air or not in C4,CNN,ABC,SBS! If not, its a complete publicity stunt.

    For Leena and Tamilnadu, this kind of publicity is not new. But for Colombo Telegraph?

    If its not happen, will Colombo Telegraph ask apologies?

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      Suresh ,

      What are you on about ? looks like you got hurt , wonder why ?

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    We have new happenings now. The Hindu temple in Dambulla raised to the ground. What have you got to say to this?

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    Leena,

    I guess your next documentary is going to be ‘The Grease Men’. Since you failed to sell your previous documentaries for good price, using Sri Lanka issues to sell your unprofessional works to lucrative Sri Lankan diaspora is not a bad marketing idea. If you are really concerned about humanity, why don’t you document the daily robbing of fish resources in sea of Sri Lankan Tamil area by the Indian Tamil fishermen, lives of Muslims in Kashmir and drone attacks in rural Pakistan? Oh, are you saying that you won’t get access to Rameshwaram, Kashmir and Pakistan with your camera? I agree…, those places are not safe, transparent and welcoming like Sri Lanka!

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    Breaking news.

    Viggie has been taken in a white van (an ambulance) to Janitor hospital for a heart attack. Hope he dies.

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      Foofoo

      “Hope he dies”

      Oooo’ Being haunted going to the dogs?

      ~゜・_・゜~ 

      ~゜・_・゜~ ~゜・_・゜~

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