Saturday, November 19, 2005

“EPDP stopped us from voting” Jaffna civilians.

In a shocking new revelation Jaffna civilians have said that the EPDP (armed gang of Tamil youth working at the pay of the Sri Lankan Army) prevented them from voting in the presidential election.

While many citizens restrained from voting because they had lost faith in Sri Lankan politics (dominated by Sinhalese Buddhists) some who did wish to exercise their franchise were prevented from doing so by EPDP hooligans.

In early November the EPDP leader expressed his support for the extremist alliance of SLFP, JVP and JHU. He also asked the Tamil people to vote for the alliance.

Many EPDP cadres were also involved in campaigning for the extremist alliance in the run up to Election Day. These included nuisance calls to residence in which audio tapes of Mahinda Rajapaksa were plaid.

However, fearing that any Tamil who votes would be vote for the UNP, the EPDP carders turned to violence and intimidation as a last resort to ensure victory for the extremist coalition.

The Jaffna peninsula is under the occupation of Sri Lankan army. EPDP works closely with the Sri Lankan Army and has many offices across the peninsula often within meters of army camps.

Civilians fear as forces take position

Civilians in Jaffna are reporting that heavy artillery’s and other military equipments are being transported from the Pallali air base and other Sri Lankan Army camps to the front line at Kilaali. The movement of forces in large numbers to the front line has raised concerns amongst the war weary public of Jaffna.

It is notable that the new president has promised to amend the cease fire agreement and has forged close relationships with the JVP (Marxist Sinhalese extremist) and JHU (Buddhist Monk party) both of whom had opposed the peace process from the very beginning.

Martyrs’ families move out of Jaffna

It has been reported that due to extreme pressure from Sri Lanka Military Intelligence (MI) and the prospects of a resumption of conflict by the new extremist president of Sri Lanka, several martyrs’ families have began to move out of the peninsula.

This forced evacuation by the MI, is further aggravating the people of Jaffna.

In recent months the MI was involved in collecting extensive data about martyrs’ families living in Jaffna.

Army sentry point at Point Pedro school gates attacked.

The Sri Lanka Army sentry points located at the entrance to Hartley College, and Methodist Girls High School of Point Pedro came under grenade attack this evening at about 7.00pm local time.

The town has been a flash point in recent months as parents fearing for the safety of their children have demonstrated several times to have sentry points removed from public places.

A recent UN report highlighted the extensive negative effect the armed conflict has had on children.

There have been several cases where Sri Lankan Army and Police have been implicated in rape and murder of school girls.

The most publicized case has been the rape, torture and murder of Krishanthi Kumaraswamy, an 18 year old Jaffna school girl, along with her mother, brother and their neighbor.

Sri Lanka cabinet reshuffle to accommodate JVP

The UPFA Cabinet will be reshuffled to include JVP members said the Ports and Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

The JVP is a Marxist Sinhalese extremist party that threw its weight behind the current president in his campaign to be elected.

It is expected that the president will reward his comrades in the JVP for their support by offering them five ministerial positions including Transport, Fisheries, Rural Industries, Cultural Affairs and Agriculture Ministries.

Bill Clinton to visit Tsunami affected areas

Former US president Bill Clinton is to visit Tsunami affected areas of South Asia later this month to “assess the current status of the recovery effort”.

It is still not known whether he will confine his visit to Colombo and areas selected by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) or if he would travel across the affected regions including the liberated areas administrated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

It is notable that earlier in the year the UN secretary General was restricted to selected areas by the GoSL.

Sri Lankan president promises to amend cease fire agreement

The incoming Sri Lankan president Mr. Rajapaksa said he would take several measures to “amend” the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

He made this point in an address shortly after the swearing-in ceremony.

Analysts fear that Mr Rajapaksa is using the term “amend” as a political code word for abandon.

The Cease Fire agreement was signed in 2002 by the then prime minister of the GoSL and the looser of the last presidential elections MR. Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Many fear that if Mr. Rajapaksa is to implement his pre-election promises to unilaterally amend the bilateral agreement he may in fact be putting an end to the agreement on the whole and returning the country to civil war.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Preparations underway for heroes’ day.

Preparations are underway around the world to celebrate the great heroes’ day. November 27 has been marked as the day to remember all the men and women who gave their lives in attempting to free the Tamil people from Sinhalese oppression.

It is also the day on which Hons.V.Pirapaharan, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, makes his annual heroes’ day speech on which he outline’s the Tamil people’s vision for the forthcoming 12 months.

Heroes’ day celebrations will take place from 25th to 27th November. Celebrations and remembrance ceremonies are planned throughout Tamil Eelam districts both liberated and areas under occupation.

Celebrations will also take place in all major cities of the world with Tamil populations.

Many events will be broadcast live on TTN and NTT television services.

Further NTT will broadcast the leader’s speech live at 12.00 GMT on Sunday 27th November. NTT is the National Tamil Television that broadcasts everyday from Vanni.

JVP attacks mosque at Akkaraipattu, six dead.

In celebrating their election victory, some JVP thugs threw a grenade into a mosque in Akkaraipattu killeing four Muslim devotees instantly and injuring twenty-one others at prayers, including a little child.

The attack is believed to be in retaliation for the Tamil speaking Muslims of this area voting overwhelmingly for the opposition candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Rs. 4.2 million (US $43 750) spent on one vote

It has been revealed that the Sri Lankan government spent Rs. 4.2 million (US $43 750) in setting up polling booths at Muhamaali in Jaffna, for people in the liberated territories of Wanni to vote at.

The particular polling station witnessed 1 vote being cast in the elections.

More than ten average family homes could have been built for 4.2 million rupees. Several thousand homeless people in Jaffna did not vote, as both the UNP and the extremist governments had done practically nothing to rebuild the houses damaged by the Tsunami and the war.

Attack outside EPDP office in Manthikai Junction

Disturbances have flared up after unidentified gunmen lobed a grenade out side EPDP (armed gang of Tamil youth working with Sri Lankan Military Intelligence) office at Manthikai Junction in Jaffna.

It is suspected that ‘temporarily hired’ members of the EPDP who had not received their payments for their service in the recent elections may have carried out this attack.

Never the less, the SL army and the police reacted via adopting the popular methods of arresting all youth on site (30 in total in this incident), forcibly shutting down all businesses and bringing public transport to a stand still.

Less than 1% votes in Jaffna

The election results for the Jaffna district are as follows;

Total Registered Votes: 701,398

Total Number Voted: 4,818

Total % Voted: 0.69% (The lowest ever turnout in any electoral district in history).

There are several reasons for this.
  1. Turnout for presidential elections in Jaffna are generally low anyway. 1994 – 3% and 1999 – 16%.
  2. The Tamil National Alliance (elected representatives of the Tamil people) decided to boycott the election.
  3. Tamil people are no longer bothered by Sri Lankan politics, and have come to realize the sad truth that voting in elections will not end their suffering.

Many ask if such a boycott would have taken place in USA or UK. The answer I would say is no. If you took the 700,000 people from Jaffna and placed them in either of those two countries that promote multiculturalism and religious tolerance almost 90% would have voted.

Hardliner wins Sri Lanka presidential elections.

The hard line Mahinda Rajapakse has been declared the 5th president of Sri Lanka. Mr. Rajapakse who hails from the leftist Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had to forge alliances with the Marxist Sinhala extremist party (JVP) and the all monks Buddhist extremist party (JHU) in order to secure his simple majority of just over 2%.

It is feared that the extremist coalition’s stances of not sharing foreign aid with Tamil Tsunami victims and promises to break away from the federalist solution being promoted to end the 25 yearlong ethnic conflict may lead the country into another war.