Posted as Blog ID 7.46 of ACSLU
Eviction of Tamils from Colombo
Subject: Strange Combination in Parliament Against Government's Repatriation of Suspect Tamils to North
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 20:15:15 +0100
Strange Combination in Parliament Against Government’s Repatriation of Suspect Tamils to North
Strange and indecent things happened in The August House of The Sri Lankan Parliament on 7th June 2007- the TNA, UNP and JVP stood together, to criticize the government decision to provide transport and repatriate suspect Tamils without adequate justification of their lingering in Colombo back to North and East. Let us assume that everyone is against the steps taken by the Security Forces and the Government. But all citizens of this country are in the throes of probable LTTE terrorist attacks against the very civilian citizens who are against the repatriation- it could very well be any one of us who might become an innocent victim of their bloody brutality. In such a scenario, would any one of like to accept our destiny at the hands of terrorism? Was the action of the Government against an ethnic group or was it against suspected terrorism? If it is terrorism, then what is the beholden duty of a democratically elected Government- to protect and nurture terrorism or to eliminate terrorism?
When the LTTE commenced their “ethnic cleansing campaign” against the Sinhalese and Muslims from the North and East in the late 1970s-early 1980s period, was there anyone who opposed their ethnic oriented animosity and atrocities- including the TNA,Mr. T.Mahesweran, Mr.Ranil Wickramasinghe and UNP or the JVP? Was that not a blatant action against “ethnicity”? Was there anyone at that time or even now,those who now take up arms) who spoke of human rights violations or child rights against abductions? Were not those Sinhala-Muslim victims truly and honestly innocent victims of terrorism?
What happened in The August House of Parliament on 7th June 2007 is not the first time, when parliamentarians behaved in an indecent manner against the dignity of Parliament? Through 2006-2007(todate) the TNA has created many an unruly behavioral pattern when an action is taken against terrorism or terrorist onslaughts. There is no doubt that the TNA is the mouthpiece of LTTE terrorism within the parliamentary system of this country-but, there is a certain amount of decency that we expect from UNP parliamentarians who are led by a highly disciplined and decent leader-Mr.Wickramasinghe! One of these days, instead removing his shirt only, we might find Mr. Mahesweran baring his everything when he needs to drive home “a point of unreasonableness” if this kind of behaviour is permitted to continue-better to watch out and have a fig leaf ready to avoid embarrassment to children who might view this indecency on TV.
The history of the JVP movement in this country before entering democratic politics was nothing short of what the LTTE is doing through 30 years- there was an abundance of human rights violations and insults-ofcourse that was not targeted against Tamils but against the southern Sinhalese! Therefore, they know exactly what and how atrocities are committed- they also know as a result, what they themselves suffered.
At the time they shot at point blank, government officials in the presence of their families- was there an aorta of humaneness in those actions? The acts of civil disobedience and distruction they conducted during those dark years are today, raising their heads through Trade Unions and their activities as well as disruptions to university education!
During the peak of UNP governance during the 1977-1994 era and subsequently during 2001-2004 era of Mr. Wickramasinghe, how many thousands of southern youth were eliminated in the name of eliminating JVP activities( through which they actually eliminated more of their other adversaries) and ofcourse the very famous Batalande horrors, did anyone have the right to speak out of media freedom or civilian rights?
Terrorism has no ‘ethnicity” but plain brutality, therefore it is the bounden duty of all peace loving citizens together with our parliamentary representatives whom we have elected, to protect this entire nation when facing a terrorist crisis. It was extremely interesting to listen and see on print the comments made by Mr. Rajitha Senaratne who has seen the best and worst sides of the UNP through different eras when he spoke about his former leader Mr. Wickramasinghe and his attitude while he was in power! Those who travel with “convoys of body guards” cannot understand the miseries of innocent civilians at the hands of terrorist bomb blasts or atrocities. These protections are given to them at State expense and it is a shame that such protection is given to those who promote terrorism and indecency. Why don’t such parliamentarians lead normal unprotected lives without all the fanfare of privileges and roam the streets like any of us, and experience the anxiety and insecurity? Wickramabahu Karunaratne and the likes could also join this gang instead of talking nonsense.