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Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

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Protest Against Sri Lankan Army's Tamil Genocide
Thursday, 29 January 2009, 9:52 am
Press Release: Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Protest against Sri Lankan army genocide of Tamil population

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is supporting a rally and march organised by the New Zealand Tamil Community for next Wednesday 4th February.

The protest is make the public aware of the murderous attacks on Tamils by the Sri Lankan military in the past two weeks. This follows the Sri Lankan army fighting their way into Tamil areas in North-East Sri Lanka where they are trying to suppress the Tamil struggle for self-determination.

In the meantime we are appealing to the new Foreign Minister Murray McCully to speak out against massacres of Tamils in Sri Lanka. We want him to make a direct appeal to the Sri Lankan government to reign in its troops who are engaged in a thinly disguised genocide of the civilian population in the North-East of Sri Lanka. The International Red Cross have talked about a human catastrophe unfolding. New Zealand must be active in doing all it can to avert this disaster.

The protest is organised by COTANZ (Consortium of Tamil Associations of New Zealand) and GPJA will be giving support. The protest is timed for Sri Lanka’s national day of independence next week. It will be a reminder that as the majority Sinhalese population celebrate Sri Lanka’s national day the Tamil people continue to suffer brutal oppression.

The protest is on -

Wednesday 4th February

3pm to 7pm (march at 5pm)

Aotea Square

Background

The Tamil people are engaged in a struggle for self determination in their area of North-East Sri Lanka. Their struggle has an armed wing (the Tamil Tigers) which has recently lost several battles as the Sri Lankan army, dominated by members of the majority Sinhalese population, has moved into Tamil areas.

The Tamil people are 18% of Sri Lanka’s population and have a different ethnicity, religion, language and geography from the majority Sinhalese population. Their modern struggle for self-determination dates to before the time of British colonial rule. (The British left in 1948)

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Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I found this a good article on the Tamil struggle for self-determination.
http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/76776/index.php

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Please be advised, the LTTE is not officially banned in New Zealand but its activities are closely monitored and where necessary, quietly circumscribed. New Zealand has not, and never will be a country that provides funding or recruitment opportunities for groups identified as 'terrorist' and thus proscribed by the international community.
Kiwis should NOT participate in public events and demonstrations organised by the dominant Tamil diaspora groups since many maintain close (though often furtive) links with the LTTE.
This is a conflict that is finally being brought to a close after 27 bloody years. New Zealanders must stay out of it and allow our fellow Commonwealth Government in Sri Lanka to do its job. Sri Lanka is a democratic state making sincere efforts to include the Tamil minority in the democratic process - witness efforts since 2005 in the Eastern Province (Batticoloa). A number of Cabinet Ministers in the current Government are Tamils in addition to a number of senior civil servants.
Any Kiwi who buys into LTTE rhetoric that includes words such as 'genocide', 'civilians deliberately targeted' or 'institutional discrimination' has been manipulated and made a pawn in a complex propaganda war in which we should play no part.
To Tamil and Sinhale New Zelanders - Please understand that you have made your home in a peaceful country. Many of you have taken out New Zealand citizenship (one of the most coveted passports in the world). Help us build our multi-ethnic country into one of the most dynamic small rich states in the world. Do not divert your creativity and capital to a futile destructive conflict that will end soon anyway. Many of you were Colombo Plan scholars who have been among this nation's most successful groups of migrants. The people who count in New Zealand know this. Don't wreck this great history.

Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland P

This is the very accurate and fair assesment of the situation in Sri Lanka. Great advice to Sri Lanken - New Zealanders ( Tamil or Sinhalese) live in this country. Peope need to know history of LTTE as one of most cruel terrorist organisation in the world. This one of the group who made whole world misarable and not only Sri Lanka

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Awesome. Good on you all.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

My partner and I took part in a march down Queen Street last Saturday in protest at the Sri Lankan government offensive. Apart from Keith Locke, we were the only non-Tamils present.

The three hundred or so members of the Tamil community who had turned out for the march at short notice were unused to staging public demonstrations, and didn't feel confident enough to walk down the street, or chant slogans. They moved in double file down the Queen Street footpath silently, holding aloft homemade placards with slogans like NEW ZEALAND SPEAK OUT and SELF-DETERMINATION FOR TAMILS written on them in felt pen.

These polite, modest people were repeatedly abused by passing motorists, who shouted witticisms like GO BACK HOME THEN YOU BLACK BASTARDS! and MUSLIM TERRORISTS! My partner and I had been invited to the march by Tamil friends, and after they introduced us we struck up a series of conversations. We heard about siblings who had been killed by Sri Lankan artillery bombardments, parents who had been obliterated by bombs dropped from above the clouds, and cousins who had vanished into 'refugee camps' surrounded by razor wire and patrolled by Sri Lankan soldiers. I listened to these stories, and listened to the abuse from passing motorists, and looked at the faces of shoppers ducking into Borders and Smith and Caugheys, and thought: how must we look to them? Does our happiness, our obliviousness not look like a calculated insult?

It was interesting to compare last Saturday's demonstration with the march down Queen Street organised a couple of weeks ago to protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza. That demonstration numbered at least a thousand souls, of whom no more than a third were Arabs. Why is it, one of my Tamil interlocutors asked, that everyone cares about Gaza, but nobody takes any notice of our plight in Sri Lanka? I found it hard to answer him.

There are certainly compelling similarities between the situations of the Palestinians and the Tamils: both have found themselves under massive attack by right-wing governments which have seized upon Bush's rhetoric of a 'War on Terror' to make an impossible attempt to settle a long-standing ethnic dispute by military means. The Gazans are residents of an open air prison that covers a few hundred square kilometres; after last week's battles, a quarter of a million Tamils have been forced into a jungle prison that covers just forty square kilometres. Both peoples are being bombed and denied vital humanitarian aid. The UN has come under sustained attacked in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka, as well as in Gaza.

The Tamils on last Saturday's demonstration were so amazed that my partner and I supported them that they asked one of us to speak. I said a few words, identifying myself as a member of New Zealand's trade union movement, talking about our movement's history of supporting progressive international causes like the anti-apartheid movement and the movement against war in Iraq, and suggesting that our movement ought to be a natural ally of the Tamil people in their struggle against war and oppression. I'm not sure how convincing I sounded. I hope that many more non-Tamil Kiwis will come to Wednesday's demonstration (I believe the march begins at 5pm) to show these courageous people that their plight is not being ignored.

Scott

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Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Hi Scott,
Wonder why the Tamils wants to stop the Sri Lankan GOVT trying to put an end to this war which has lasted for 27 years, Tamils keep coming in since then to NZ and other European countries. I do travel to Sri Lanka often for business, and I know the real truth and the nothing of the second hand information that you get from your so call Tamil friend.
If the war end by the govt, your mate want be able to bring his family to NZ anymore. And no more free ticket to travel the world as a refugee. When the world went against Sadham and the boys to Iraq to go hard out killing the innocent civilian on process, may be by mistake were you standing on the queen street saying this is a Genocide Scott? Of cause not now, now wipe your mouth there is some white stuff around it, or was it black stuff. This NZ is my country and those Tamil crowed is already starting to spread the germ of terrorism in this country with untrue, not found ideas and good on you Scott jump in the band wagon. No wonder you felt so lonely out there at the protest.
Nick

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Hi Scott,
Wonder why the Tamils wants to stop the Sri Lankan GOVT trying to put an end to this war which has lasted for 27 years, Tamils keep coming in since then to NZ and other European countries. I do travel to Sri Lanka often for business, and I know the real truth and the nothing of the second hand information that you get from your so call Tamil friend.
If the war end by the govt, your mate want be able to bring his family to NZ anymore. And no more free ticket to travel the world as a refugee. When the world went against Sadham and the boys to Iraq to go hard out killing the innocent civilian on process, may be by mistake were you standing on the queen street saying this is a Genocide Scott? Of cause not now, now wipe your mouth there is some white stuff around it, or was it black stuff. This NZ is my country and those Tamil crowed is already starting to spread the germ of terrorism in this country with untrue, not found ideas and good on you Scott jump in the band wagon. No wonder you felt so lonely out there at the protest.
Nick

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Ah, yes! The axe murderers of the LTTE are now preaching non-violence and democracy. When blasting over 100,000 people to bits, hacking entire villages of people to death, and killing all dissenters among their own people, failed to win a racist mono-ethnic aparthied Eelam state, we now have the same people preaching the virtues of democracy to us. Democracy there was, before all this violence was unleashed upon the people of Sri Lanka, and to democracy we will return the entire island of Sri Lanka, when this war is won in its entirety. One country, one people, one set of rights and responsibilities. No Eelams. Patriotic Indians watchout...these same arguments will be offered by these same separatists to destroy your own country from within!

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am all for "Political Solutions" with terrorists: In India and in Sri Lanka. That is why I VEHEMENTLY criticize the Indian security forces attack on the MUMBAI TERRORISTS. These are FREEDOM FIGHTERS with legitimate grievances...aren't they? The Indian Govt should have NEGOTIATED a PEACEFUL AGREEMENT with them...isn't that so? Hey, if they were demanding an INDEPENDENT JAMMU & KASHMIR...GIVE IT TO THEM, after all every community, no matter how small, has the right of SELF-DETERMINATION...don't they? By confronting the Mumbai terrorists, INDIA's security forces PROVOKED THEM and DELIBERATELY INFLICTED civilian casualties. What, the terrorists gunned down innocent people? Well, we have to break SOME EGGS in an independence struggle, DON'T WE? BOYS, will be BOYS. Forgive them, don't be harsh. Now, about the civilian casualties caused by the SECURITY forces...Quite REPREHENSIBLE, Don't you think?

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

EELAM is Dead! The NEW MISSION of the Tamil Diaspora is to Create "GREATER DRADIVIAN NATION HOMELAND MOVEMENTS": Liberation Tigers of Tamil Nadu (LTTTN); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Canada (LTTC); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Norway (LTTN); Liberation Tigers of Tamil United Kingdom (LTTUK); Liberation Tigers of Tamil South Africa (LTTSA); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Germany (LTTG); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Singapore (LTTS); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Malaysia (LTTM); Liberation Tigers of Tamil USA (LTTUSA); Liberation Tigers of Tamil Australia (LTTA), IRRESPECTIVE of how small a region the community occupies in that country as a whole. Goal is to complete the project of enslaving and exterminating their own people, as they did in Sri Lanka.

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Hey Sinha,

Before writing your comments few things that you need to keep in mind..

From your wordings that i can understand that you are not matured and how can you say that these forums will create a greater Dravidian movement. Is there any link between these forums who are fighting for their brothers and sisters in their home land and the Dravidian concept.

From this clearly understood that you are part of some right wing organization who are against Dravidian poeple.

Dravidians indicate not only the tamil people but also Kerala , karnataka and Andhra pradesh people.

If you want to protest against some one ..specify their exact movement or name but dont try to insult or hurt other people support to the sufferings of their co brothers in their country..

If your wife is raped by some unwanted forces and if your son or the daughter lives in a refugee camp then you will feel the pain.you know some thing about their struggle with those facts and understandings don't spread UNWANTED THINGS to all the people in the world..

As a TAMIL we know how STRONG we are and we are United.

All the TAMILS will unite together to safeguard our self from all the unwanted forces who used to criticize and oppress TAMILS for some reason..

By giving one fact you cant say that Srilankan government is good.

In non-violent way Tamils protest in 1960s and 1970s to get their rights but what happened to the Gandhian movement . Majority people with their government support killed the innocent tamils in mass numbers . when come to education and equality they are suppressed even though they are meritorious people ..

Like Jews who suffered in hands of Hitler and they lost many of their lives .Now Tamils are suffering from both the sides government part and as well as the people whom they think they will help them to get their rights ..

Until and unless western world interfere in these matter . As the freedom was given by British from then the problem is going on ..

Like global intervention which helped Jews to get their rights here Tamil forums they are fighting to get their rights in their home country .. but that doesnot mean those forums will create a Dravidian movement or some other etc as you have mentioned..

Scott please dont believe in his wordings or other people wordings .. If possible collect the facts from your friends who work for BBC and other aid organisations who can explain you about the current facts about the sufferings of the Tamil people in the Island ..

Sinha if you don't know things then please keep quiet but don't spread unwanted message to the western world

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Sinha: you are as obtuse as the Israeli apologists for the attack on Gaza. The demonstration I mentioned did not demand solidarity with the Tamil Tigers, but a ceasefire in the fighting which has left a quarter of a million people displaced. Do you really believe that there is a military solution to the grievances of the Tamil people? Do you imagine that these people will suddenly embrace the Sri Lankan state and forget their grievances, if you kill enough of them?

By casting all of the Tamils who fight as irrational, barbaric terrorists you avoid having to think about whether there might be a genuine set of complaints which accounts for the support that armed struggle receives from the general Tamil population. Even if the SLA over-runs all the Tiger-held territories, there will be no lasting stability in Sri Lanka, because Tamil people who see them not as liberators, but as aliens. Without some form of political settlement - the sort of settlement that can only arrived at through negotiation - the violence will continue indefinitely. Don't you wish that the Sri Lankan government didn't drive the Tamils into the hands of the Tigers by forcing their elected representatives from parliament in 1983, and organising ten days of pogroms against the Tamils in the South?

Scott

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

hey Scotty, do you mind me calling you scotty. Do you know about the situation in the eastern province of sri lanka. The area liberated last year, and which now has a tamil chief minister. Are the tamil people that live in that province raging against the goverment and protesting like you and your friends are doing here? no! why not? because finally they have peace. The ltte has tried to creat instability by setting off the odd bomb, but the tamil people in the eastern province, along with muslim and sinhalese have finally got the peace they craved for and deserved. Let the people of the north have that same chance. Ignorant westerners like you that parrot on about the "progroms against the tamils in the south" are only denying these innocent people the peace they deserve. You should perhaps take a good look at some of the people you are marching with. I would say that some of them have more than a vested interested in the ltte. You know how the saying goes, sleep with dogs.......Im sure you are a smart guy, you know the rest.

In the interest of neutrality, here is somewhat balanced article by reuters.
http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINCOL4559020090201?rpc=401&...

I would love to hear your opinion on Lakshman Kadiragamar.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

scott, perhaps you should read up more on the situation in sri lanka and what tamil people IN srilanka think about the ltte. Then you might understand who is trying to liberate them and who is trying to kill them. The tamil diaspora live in western countries, brainwash a few ignorant westerners like yourself and then have you march with them as the "token white guy". If you ever go to colombo and check the place out (i just got back) you will notice that tamil people make up a large population of the capital. If the singhelse people were hell bent on genocide, why would they allow tamils to live in the capital? wouldnt they be hunted down and hacked to death with machetes a la ruwanda, or tied up and shot kosovo style. had you looked at the sitation subjectively you would know about the genoicide of sinhalese and muslim people in what is now tamil dominated areas of the north, you would know about the massacres of children and monks, you would know about the mass murder of pilgrims as they prayed, you would know about the extortion of money from tamil diaspora. Why dont you either take some time to read and get a more rounded picture of the situation or just stick to your trade union wok.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Sinha,

I'm not taking a position for or against the Tigers. What I am arguing is that the people of Tamil Eelam have a set of long-standing grievances against the Sri Lankan state, and have often expressed their desire to be either autonomous from or completely independent of that state.

Do you agree with this observation? If you don't, how do you explain the popularity of the Federal Party amongst Tamils in the '50s and '60s, the rise of the Tamil United Liberation Front in the 1970s, the pro-independence Vaddukodai resolution ofhe mid-70s, and the popularity of the Tamil National Alliance Party today. Even if we
disregard the Tigers and other violent groups completely, it is still very clear that Tamil people have repeatedly supported organisations that call for either autonomy or complete independence.

By denying that there is any genuine problem in the way that Sinhala governments have treated the Tamils, and pretending that only a few irrational terrorists support independence, people like you actually create a space for groups like the Tigers. I discussed the 1983 riots, which lasted for ten days, cost the lives of thousands of Tamils, and were not condemned by the Sinhalese government of the time until they were almost over. The riots were followed by an act of parliament - an act which was debated for a mere day before it was rammed through by the Sinhala majority - that asked all MPs to swear an oath to a unitary Sri Lanka. Because they could not swear this oath, the Tamil MPs - who constituted the official opposition in parliament - were forced to give up their seats. Thus the peaceful representatives of the Tamil desire for independence were pushed out into the cold, and this along with the deadly riots encouraged many Tamil people to believe that armed struggle was the only way to express their grievances.

Imagine if anti-Scottish riots broke out in London, thousands of Scots living there were killed, and the British parliament reacted by demanding that Scottish National Party MPs in Westminister swear on oath that they would not try to break up the British state. Would an armed struggle quickly arise in Scotland in these circumstances? I think so.

Your response to my mention of the 1983 anti-Tamil progrom and the expulsion of Tamils from parliament is to deny that these things ever happened. Until you and other Sinhalese face up to reality Tamil grievances will continue, and conflict will continue in one form or another.

Scott

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so scott, when the nz govt persucated the people from the islands during the dawn raids, they were probably justified to have grievances. Did they continue to be agitated by it for the next 30 years? you could say their lot hasnt improved. Yes the Sinhalese have made massive mistakes and the SL government are not angels - but that doesn't take away the fact that the LTTE are murderous terrorists and there is more than enough evidence to prove that. There is also ample evidence to show that the tamil diaspora supported this terrorist organisation by funding them. since this site doesnt seem to be that big on facts and very big on emotive statements, i will go ahead and say that your friend that texted you to come and join the march probably funds this terrorist organisation and i wouldnt put it past that you probably give the odd 10bucks to them too. I hope you wipe from your hands the blood of the innocent people your misguided activism helped kill when the day comes, years from now, after you have led a comfortable, safe and long life, you go to meet your maker.

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so scott, on a very basic platform, tell me this. Tamil eelam is all about a nation of tamils i.e. no one else will be able to live there. if this nation is created, what will become of the tamils in what remains of sri lanka. do they move to eelam? will you fault srilankans for chasing them out? what about the land that tamils own in sri lanka? what about doctors, the lawyers, the politicians, the engineers, the soliders of tamil origin in srilanka? do they have a right to remain in sri lanka when sri lankans dont have the right to go to eelam?

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The tamil people in Eelam have the right to choose self-governance. Nobody else has that right. To think otherwise is to imply that, for example, Germans should decide French elections.

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so thats a no then. No one else can come and live in eelam. and yet you think you ahve the right to carve up srilanka with the barrel of a gun. Get real!

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

siva, i hope your house in eelam is going to have a lot of rooms and big back yard because when the tamils of what remains of the island of sri lanka get politely asked to pack up and leave, they are going to need a place to sleep. Ask the wife to make a few extra batches of vadai

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

maybe that nice girl nirupa george will make us some thosai too.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckla

Siva!there are still some sinhala and muslim people living in the areas you claim as eelam. im assuming you will ask them to leave and those that dont will be murdered and raped like you guys did before to get rid of non tamils from jaffna. So then, tell me this, you and your mates are marching tomorrow to protest against the genoide of tamil people right...and yet....right from the start..your whole ideology, your whole concept of eelam is genocide of non tamils

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Couple of PSs:

I only made it to the demonstration on Saturday because a Tamil friend texted me shortly before it began and I happened to be in town. I didn't mean to imply in my original comment that activists who didn't make it to the demo were somehow tardy - the event was organised at the last minute, and I don't think a lot of non-Tamils knew about it. I myself am a pretty inactive activist at the moment...

It looks like I was wrong to say that the quarter million refugees are trapped in forty square kilometres of land - they seem (according to the report in this morning's Herald) to be languishing in three square kilometres of jungle. That's still an appalling situation, of course.

Scott

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Arrgh! Correction to the correction! That should have been 'three hundred square kilometres of jungle'. I need a coffee...

S

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

Thank you. That was really informative.

I support you.

An NZer Maori.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Hi,

First of all I would like to thank the two non Tamil protesters and Hon Keith Locke who turned up to support the Tamils. We Tamils have had the support of Hon Keith Locke for some time now and it's good to see two more souls who care about the Tamil people's tragic humanitarian situation back in the island of Sri Lanka.

I just want people who read to get the following messages:

-Sri Lanka has never been "one county" before British colonized the island and fused all different kingdoms into one for administrative ease.
- Before the war for freedom started in this island, the Tamils have been discriminated in many ways and the Tamils and their representative politicians did try to solve this issue through peaceful ways time after time. The answer given not only by the Sri Lankan government, but also the majority people were "riots" Every 10 years we will face a major riots, where innocent people have been killed.
- It is a fact that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and also around the world support the separation of this country. And it's also a fact that LTTE is the military front of the people's struggle for freedom.
- It's also a fact that LTTE does not target innocent people. They only target military, political or economic targets. A classic example of LTTE making sure that they do not kill civilians is the attack of the Sri Lankan International Airport. The Tigers attacked planes that didn't have passengers. No innocent lives were lost in this attack.
- It's also a fact that Sri Lankan government is bombing and shelling Tamil people’s schools, children homes, hospitals, places of worship, the designated "safe zones".
- It is also a fact that Sri Lankan government has a media ban in the North and East. Even media people in the South have been harassed and killed by the Sri Lankan Government. And this is also well documented time and time again. Even recently this has been proven as many of you will be aware.
- You may ask at this stage, why the Tamil people’s genocide does not get coverage and how the Sri Lankan government is getting away with this genocide! It's simple: the post 9/11 situation has brought out this "War on Terror" banner. This banner is used as means of destroying people who fight for their people's rights and freedom. Also the geo politics is such that Sri Lankan government is able to play certain cards in a way to gain the support from some of the countries. Sri Lankan government is engaged in a dangerous game that they will soon be exposed of.
- Reason LTTE is formed is because of the denial of basic rights, the reason it became well supported by the Tamils all over the world is because they are the only hope for Tamils now. If Sri Lankan government had given the rights and freedom the Tamil people deserved, there would have been no war!

In summary: Tamil people do not want war or violence! All they want is peace and freedom. It’s too much to ask?

I hope this gives an idea about the real situation and helps people get a prospective on the situation.

I hope that people (Tamils and non Tamils) will come this Wednesday 4th Feb '09 and support the protest which will take place from 3pm till 7pm at Aotea Square.

Thanks for reading.

Dhaya

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Pity I didn't know about the Tamil march last Saturday. I would have happily been the fourth white person to join the march :-)

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am not sure how many of you watched the 6pm news on Channel 1 last Thursday. If you missed the report on the Sri Lankan issue, here it is:
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-mourn-sri-lankas-conflict-2456517
I personally felt this was a very biased report. I was personally present when the interview with the Auckland man was done and was shocked about the way it was used. The choice of words and the editing done and especially the interview copied from the BBC i believe implied that the Sri Lankan government was going to be the saviours of the Tamils. That was absolutely shocking. Nowhere was it said that civilians have been killed by the government instead a bold statement is made that many lost their lives at the hands of the LTTE. I was very dissappointed and therefore wrote to Simon Bradwell the reporter who covered this story. His response to my email is as follows:

from Simon Bradwell
to #####
date Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM
subject RE: Coverage of the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka on the 6pm news of Thursday 29th January 2009
mailed-by tvnz.co.nz

Reply

Hi

Thank you for your email.

Any news report must as its guiding principle aim to give balanced, fair coverage of an issue or event without pushing an agenda or message. The reporter and his managers must decide what facts are reliable, salient and supported by evidence. Accusations and allegations that can not be supported in fact should be sifted out.

Likewise, a news report is not a mouthpiece for an individual or group to convey a message. They may be given the chance to state their case, but it, along with everything else said in an interview, may be omitted by the reporter on the basis of their judgement and for the reasons outlined above.

The news organisation makes the judgement on what is the story; what the news values of the story are; and how they can effectively be presented. Participants in a news story do not have any say in that process.

Frequently this results in a party feeling their message was not conveyed in the report. I stress that it not a reporter’s role to make their story a free advertisement or platform for any person or party. And people spoken to for any story do not have the right to demand or expect their message be contained.

Specifically, our story showed the impact on Tamils here of the latest military action in Sri Lanka. That fact was well illustrated by the Auckland family.

While you may feel hard-done-by that your message was not conveyed, we had no obligation to include it. In fact, it would have been ethically wrong for us to have done so.

I refute completely your suggestion that our report implied the Tamils were killing their own people. The introduction to the story made it clear it was military action between the government and Tamil Tigers. At no point was an inference made that the Tamils were launching the attacks. I’d be amazed if anyone could think otherwise. Similarly I never implied the interviewee was at risk from the Tigers, and do not think it is a reasonable inference to draw.

I also never said that Tamils had killed most of the seventy thousand people who have died in the war. What I said, in fact, was: SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE 25-YEAR CIVIL WAR...MANY OF THEM KILLED BY TAMIL TIGERS... AN ORGANISATION CONDEMNED AROUND THE WORLD AS TERRORIST. The distinction between “most” and “many” is an important distinction and one that can not denied.

Could I respectfully suggest you watch the item in its entirety again. I think you will find it allays many of your concerns.

I stand by the story 100 percent, I was happy with it, and so were others here who saw it.

Thank you again for your note. I hope this clarifies the position.

Simon Bradwell

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I have also had an e mail exchange with Bradshaw. He seems uninterested in having anything as equal as a conversation with his critics:
http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2009/02/always-good-to-get-and-comple...

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

I am not sure how many of you watched the 6pm news on Channel 1 last Thursday. If you missed the report on the Sri Lankan issue, here it is:
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/kiwis-mourn-sri-lankas-conflict-2456517
I personally felt this was a very biased report. I was personally present when the interview with the Auckland man was done and was shocked about the way it was used. The choice of words and the editing done and especially the interview copied from the BBC i believe implied that the Sri Lankan government was going to be the saviours of the Tamils. That was absolutely shocking. Nowhere was it said that civilians have been killed by the government instead a bold statement is made that many lost their lives at the hands of the LTTE. I was very dissappointed and therefore wrote to Simon Bradwell the reporter who covered this story. His response to my email is as follows:

from Simon Bradwell
to #####
date Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM
subject RE: Coverage of the war in the North and East of Sri Lanka on the 6pm news of Thursday 29th January 2009
mailed-by tvnz.co.nz

Reply

Hi

Thank you for your email.

Any news report must as its guiding principle aim to give balanced, fair coverage of an issue or event without pushing an agenda or message. The reporter and his managers must decide what facts are reliable, salient and supported by evidence. Accusations and allegations that can not be supported in fact should be sifted out.

Likewise, a news report is not a mouthpiece for an individual or group to convey a message. They may be given the chance to state their case, but it, along with everything else said in an interview, may be omitted by the reporter on the basis of their judgement and for the reasons outlined above.

The news organisation makes the judgement on what is the story; what the news values of the story are; and how they can effectively be presented. Participants in a news story do not have any say in that process.

Frequently this results in a party feeling their message was not conveyed in the report. I stress that it not a reporter’s role to make their story a free advertisement or platform for any person or party. And people spoken to for any story do not have the right to demand or expect their message be contained.

Specifically, our story showed the impact on Tamils here of the latest military action in Sri Lanka. That fact was well illustrated by the Auckland family.

While you may feel hard-done-by that your message was not conveyed, we had no obligation to include it. In fact, it would have been ethically wrong for us to have done so.

I refute completely your suggestion that our report implied the Tamils were killing their own people. The introduction to the story made it clear it was military action between the government and Tamil Tigers. At no point was an inference made that the Tamils were launching the attacks. I’d be amazed if anyone could think otherwise. Similarly I never implied the interviewee was at risk from the Tigers, and do not think it is a reasonable inference to draw.

I also never said that Tamils had killed most of the seventy thousand people who have died in the war. What I said, in fact, was: SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE 25-YEAR CIVIL WAR...MANY OF THEM KILLED BY TAMIL TIGERS... AN ORGANISATION CONDEMNED AROUND THE WORLD AS TERRORIST. The distinction between “most” and “many” is an important distinction and one that can not denied.

Could I respectfully suggest you watch the item in its entirety again. I think you will find it allays many of your concerns.

I stand by the story 100 percent, I was happy with it, and so were others here who saw it.

Thank you again for your note. I hope this clarifies the position.

Simon Bradwell

Re: Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Prote

What an arsehole, but hardly surprising given the 'quality' of this country's racist media. Embarassing.

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

Solidarity with the Tamil People - Socialist Aotearoa editor Joe Carolan talked to Nirupa George, the Media Liaison officer for the Tamil Youth Organisation New Zealand

http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2009/02/solidarity-with-tamil-peop...

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

International Media:

- Berlin unimpressed by Sri Lankan 'threats' to ambassador:

http://www.expatica.com/de/news/local_news/Berlin-unimpressed-by-Sri-Lan...

- Analysis: Sri Lanka's media faces growing pressure:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/01/srilanka.media/index.html?er...

- Aid groups: Sri Lanka situation 'nightmarish':

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/02/sri.lanka.fighting/index...

- Rare images emerge of Sri Lankans trapped in war

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CIVIL_WAR?SITE=M...

- Sri Lankan army killing civilians, claims EU MP:

http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14849568

- Tamil refugees shelled as army closes in:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5627586.ece

News from the war zone:

- More than 5,000 shells fired on civilians, casualties uncountable:

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28267

- SLA fires MBRL rockets on IDP camp, several feared dead:

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28266

- Nurse killed in Udaiyaarkaddu hospital, ICRC staff wounded in PTK:

http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28270

To be aware:

- S.Lanka targets $500 mln from diaspora:

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20090202/tbs-srilanka-economy-borrowing-73...

- Why New Delhi fiddles when Lanka burns:

http://www.rediff.com/news/2009/feb/02guest-why-new-delhi-fiddles-when-l...

Re: Stop Sri Lanka's War on the Tamil People: Auckland Protest

1983
July 23: 13 soldiers are killed in an LTTE ambush in Jaffna, sparking anti-Tamil riots that cause the death of approximately 600 Tamils across Sri Lanka, in what would be later labelled as Black July.[9][10]

[edit] 1984
1984 marked the intensification of the war between the Tamil separatists and the Sri Lankan government, as well as the first reports of civilian massacres by the LTTE.

November 30: LTTE cadres massacre 62 Sinhalese civilians at Kent Farm and Dollar Farm in Mullaitivu District.[5][11]
Further information: Kent and Dollar Farm massacres
December 01: LTTE cadres kill eleven Sinhalese civilians in the fishing village of Kokilai.[5]
Further information: Kokilai massacre

[edit] 1985
1985 marked a major escalation of hostilities. For the first time the LTTE attacked a major Sinhalese majority town killing 146 unarmed civilians. The impact of this attack was felt across the island and received world wide attention.

May 14: LTTE gunmen shoot dead 146 Sinhalese civilians and injure 85 others as they were praying at a sacred Buddhist shrine in Anuradhapura.[9]
Further information: Anuradhapura massacre
May 14: LTTE cadres shoot dead 18 Sinhalese civilians in the Wilpattu forest reserve while they are fleeing from the massacre of 146 civilians earlier in the day (see Anuradhapura massacre).[5]
May 30: LTTE cadres shoot and kill five Sinhalese civilians in the villages of Mahandapura And Dehiwatta. People of these villages had previously received numerous threats from the LTTE associates. This massacre was part of a series of massacres aimed at displacing Sinhalese from the North East of Sri Lanka.[12]
June 11: 13 Sinhalese civilians are shot dead by LTTE gunmen in Dehiwatta, Mutur.[5]
August 02: Thrikonamadu Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres shot dead three Sinhalese Buddhist monks and three civilians, while they were worshipping at the Ruhunu Somavathiya Temple.[5]
August 14: Awarantalawa Vavuniya: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese civilians and set fire to 40 houses.[5]
August 18: Namalwatta Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead six Sinhalese villagers.[5]
November 07: Namalwatta Morawewa, Tobacco: LTTE cadres shot dead ten Sinhalese villagers.[5]
December 20: Mannar: Six Madhu pilgrims, abducted by the LTTE on 12.12.85, were executed.[5]

[edit] 1986
February 19: Sittaru Kantalai, Trincomalee: When refugees from Serunuwara, Dehiwatta were being escorted by army personnel along Ella/Kantalai road, LTTE exploded a mine: 35 civilians and four army personnel were killed.[5]
May 03: LTTE bomb explodes aboard Air Lanka flight carrying mainly French, British and Japanese tourists killing 21 (including 13 foreigners - of whom 2 British, 2 German, 3 French, 2 Japanese, 1 Maldivian and 1 Pakistani) and injuring 41 on Bandaranaike International Airport.[5][13]
Further information: Air Lanka Flight UL512
May 25: Mahadivulwewa: LTTE cadres shot dead 20 Sinhalese and set fire to 20 houses.[5]
June 04: Andankulam Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 20 Sinhalese villagers including Ven. Bakamune Subaddalanakara Thero.[5]
June 11: Trincomalee Two bombs exploded by LTTE almost simultaneously in two buses in front of the Bank of Ceylon and in close proximity to the SP office along Inner Harbour Road. They were on their way to Kantalai and Colombo respectively: 22 people were killed in the explosions; 75 others were injured.[5]
June 25: Sittaru, Kantalai: Bomb exploded in a vehicle by LTTE killed 16 Sinhalese.[5]
July 08: Monkey Bridge, Vavuniya: LTTE cadres shot dead 15 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
July 13: Pavakkulam, Vavuniya: Four LTTE cadres who had come in a jeep to tract No. 16, Pavakkulam, killed eleven civilians (two Sinhalese and nine Tamils).[5]
July 17: Sugar Corp., Kantalai LTTE cadres entered block No. 4, Sugar Corp., Kantalai and ten civilians were shot to death. (Seven Sinhalese, two Muslims and one Tamil).[5]
July 19: Vadigawewa, Medirigiriya, Polonnaruwa LTTE cadres shot dead twelve Sinhalese villagers.[5]
July 22: Mammaduwa, Vavuniya: LTTE cadres exploded a land-mine on a civilian bus, killing 32 Sinhalese civilians and injuring 20 others.
July 24: Issenbessagala: a bomb exploded inside a bus proceeding from Vavuniya to Anuradhapura; killing 13 passengers and injuring 40 others.[5]
July 24: Mahanagapura, Ampara: About 50 LTTE cadres entered Damana, a Sinhalese village, and killed nine persons; another 13 were injured.[5]

[edit] 1987
February 07: Arantalawa, Ampara: LTTE cadres killed 28 villagers by slashing their necks.[5]
March 07: Awarantalawa, Vavuniya: LTTE exploded a land-mine where troops were proceeding, killing seven soldiers, four NAF soldiers and six civilians.[5]
March 22: Serunuwara Horowpathana: LTTE cadres shot dead 26 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
April 16: Habarana, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 127 Sinhalese civilians , including 31 police and security force personnel who were travelling in buses to Trincomalee.[5][8]
April 21: Central Bus Stand, Pettah: LTTE operatives exploded a bomb, killing 113 civilians, two policemen and a soldier; 298 others were injured.[4]
Further information: Central Bus Station Bombing
April 21: Jayanthipura Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 15 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
May 29: Kadawathmadu, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese villagers.[5]
June 02: A bus carrying Buddhist monks in Arantalawa was stopped by the LTTE who then killed 32 Buddhist monks (including Chief Priest Ven. Hegoda Indrasara) who were passengers of this bus. Only one monk survived this massacre. This was the first massacre of Buddhist monks in modern Sri Lankan history.[14]
Further information: Aranthalawa Massacre
June 11: Veppankulam Trincomalee Private van No. 38 Sri 496 proceeding from Horowpathana to Trincomalee was blasted by a pressure mine by LTTE, killing one soldier and 13 civilians.[5]
June 12: Godapotta, Medirigiriya Polonnaruwa: About 175 villagers had gathered to discuss a new temple. LTTE fighters surrounded the temple and attacked them, killing eight villagers and a soldier. Six persons were injured.[5]
5 July 1987: In the first ever suicide attack by the LTTE Black Tigers "Captain Miller", drives a small truck laden with explosives into a Sri Lanka Army camp in Nelliady, Jaffna peninsula, killing himself and over 50 Sri Lankan soldiers.
October 06: Batticaloa: LTTE cadres shot dead 18 Sinhalese civilians.[5]
October 06: Sagarapura, Kuchchuveli Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 27 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
October 06: Thalawai Eravur: LTTE cadres shot dead 25 Sinhalese settlers.[5]
October 06: Valaichchenai Batticaloa: The night-mail train from Batticaloa was stopped by LTTE cadres and 40 Sinhalese passengers were killed.[5]
October 07: Pottuvil Monargala Road: LTTE cadres shot dead 25 Sinhalese passengers, who were traveling by bus. They also killed five motor-cyclists who came along the same route.[5]
October 10: Gantalawa Kantalai: LTTE cadres shot dead ten Sinhalese villagers.[5]
October 15: Ella, Kantalai Road, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 14 Sinhalese passengers traveling on two lorries.
October 16: Pulimodai Trincomalee: LTTE cadres stopped a private bus, took out Sinhalese persons and killed eleven of them including three policemen.[5]
October 19: Kalkudah Batticaloa: Private bus 23 - 1182 transporting Tamil passengers got caught on an LTTE land-mine, killing 40 persons and an IPKF soldier[5]
November 09: Maradana Colombo: LTTE operatives exploded a bomb in a vehicle: 23 civilians killed, 106 were injured, 15 were shot dead.
November 11: Kalkuda, Batticaloa: Seven Sinhalese persons selling fish were shot dead by the LTTE.[5]
November 12: Cheddikulam, Vavuniya: A van transporting passengers was blasted by an LTTE land-mine explosion, killing twelve Tamil persons and 13 PLOTE members.[5]
December 15: Devalagodella, Polonnaruwa: The LTTE attacked Devalagodella and Somavathiya village, killing nine villagers.[5]
December 22: Morawewa, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres abducted five Sinhalese and a Tamil, who were fishing in Morawewa Tank and subsequently killed them.[5]
December 31: Mahadivulwewa Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead ten villagers and burnt 15 houses.[5]

[edit] 1988
March 02: Morawewa, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 14 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 11: Suhadagama Horowpathana Anuradhapura: A group of LTTE cadres attacked a private bus, 22 Sri 2218, at Suhadagamaw with small arms and grenades, killing 19 passengers and injuring nine others.[5]
March 14: Galmitiyawa, Kantalai: LTTE cadres shot dead 13 Sinhalese villagers at Galmitiyawa.[5]
March 15: Kivulkade, Morawewa, Trincomalee: Two groups of LTTE operatives entered the village and killed seven Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 17: Deegavapiya, Damana, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death 13 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 22: Pudukulam, Vavuniya: Between ten and 15 LTTE cadres attacked the Sinhalese village and killed six villagers. Another three were injured.[5]
March 22: Medavachchi-kulam Vavuniya: LTTE cadres shot dead nine Sinhalese villagers.[5]
March 29: Wewalketiya: A LTTE bomb exploded inside CTB bus 29 Sri 9037 Anuradhapura which was proceeding from Horowpathana to Medavachchiya, killing nine passengers and injuring 14 others.[5]
March 31: Saindamaradu, Kalmunai: LTTE cadres attacked the village, killing ten Muslims and seven Tamils.[5]
April 08: Horowpathana, Meegaswewa, Anuradhapura: LTTE gunmen killed 14 Sinhalese.[5]
May 01: Sittaru Kantalai, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres exploded a land-mine on a CTB bus killing twelve Sinhalese, nine Muslims and five others, who were not identified.[5]
July 28: Ethawetunawewa, Weli Oya: LTTE operatives hacked to death 16 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
August 16: Trincomalee (opposite Clock Tower): LTTE cadres exploded a bomb, killing sixe Sinhalese, two Muslims, one Tamil and a soldier; 19 persons sustained injuries.[5]
August 25: Marawila, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres killed eleven civilians by cutting their necks.[5]
September 10: 16th Colony, Central Camp Ampara: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese and four Tamils.[5]
October 09: Mahakongaskada Medavachchiya: LTTE cadres shot dead 44 Sinhalese villagers and set fire to eleven houses.[5]
November 14: Paniketiyawa, Gomarakadawela Trincomalee: LTTE cadres shot dead 28 Sinhalese, including two security force personnel.[5]

[edit] 1989
February 02: Bogamuyaya, Maha Oya, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death eleven Sinhalese villagers.[5]
February 11: Dutuwewa, Horowpathana: LTTE cadres shot dead 34 Sinhalese villagers.[5]
February 22: Tract No. 13, Sinhapura, Weli Oya: LTTE cadres attacked Tract No. 13 and six Sinhalese were killed and another seven were injured.[5]
February 27: Borawewa, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres shot dead 37 Sinhalese illagers.[5]
August 17: Nochchikulam, Vavuniya: An IDE explosion, killing eight civilians and injuring four others.[5]

[edit] 1990
See also: Massacre of police officers in Eastern Sri Lanka in June 1990
June 10, 1990: The LTTE signals the breakdown of ceasefire talks by overrunning police stations located throughout the North East of Sri Lanka. The LTTE massacred most of the 400 to 600 police officers captured after they had surrendered to the LTTE during this attack.[15]
June 10: Over 400 unarmed police officers are shot dead by the LTTE in Police Stations across eastern Sri Lanka.[16]
Further information: Massacre of police officers in Eastern Sri Lanka in June 1990
June 15: 11 soldiers are killed in Kalmunai by the LTTE and their bodies are desecrated.[17]
July 23, Veeracholai, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres killed eight persons, thought to be Muslims and hanged them on trees.[5]
July 24, Damminna, Aralaganvila Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres hacked to death eight Sinhalese villagers.[5]
July 25, Wan Ela, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres hacked to death nine Sinhalese villagers who were cutting firewood.[5]
July 26, Thammannaelawaka Medavachchiya: LTTE cadres hacked and shot to death 19 Sinhalese and set fire to 30 houses.[5]
July 30, Akkaraipattu Batticaloa: LTTE cadres shot dead 14 Muslims in the town.[5]
July 31, Podankadu, Peraru, Kantalai: Ten Tamil civilians were killed by unidentified gunmen.[5]
August 04: Over 30 Tamil Tiger cadres attacked four Muslim mosques in Kattankudy in Batticaloa district, killing over 147 Muslims who were praying in the mosques.[18]
Further information: Kattankudi mosque massacre
August 05, Mulliyankadu, Ampara: LTTE cadres killed 17 Muslim farmers working in a paddy-field.[5]
August 06, Ampara: LTTE cadres killed 33 Muslim farmers working in a paddy-field.[5]
August 07, Bandaraduwa, Uhana, Ampara: About 40 LTTE cadres went to a Sinhalese village and killed 30 Sinhalese and injured four.[5]
August 08, Navagamuwa, Anuradhapura: LTTE cadres attacked a Sinhalese village and killed seven civilians; four persons were injured.[5]
August 11: Division 3 & 6 Eravur LTTE cadres attacked Div. 3 & 6, Eravur, killing 116 Muslims and injuring 20 others.[5]
August 13, 15th Mile Post, Pulmoddai, Weli Oya: Twenty-five civilians who were travelling in a lorry from Negombo at Kokuvil were ambushed by LTTE cadres, who killed 14 of them.[5]
August 13, Awarantalawa Vavuniya A Muslim village adjoining a Sinhalese village was attacked by LTTE cadres; nine Muslims and one Sinhalese were killed. Three others were injured.[5]
September 13, Poonani, Batticaloa LTTE cadres hacked to death seven Muslim civilians and injured one.[5]
September 19, Vellamundal, Puttalam: LTTE cadres killed 23 Sinhalese and set fire to eleven houses at the fishing village.[5]
September 21, Pudukudiyirippu Ampara: LTTE cadres attacked the village killing 15 Muslims and injuring eleven.[5]
September 30, Peraweltalawa, Maha Oya, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death nine Sinhalese villagers.[5]
October: The LTTE expelled, within 48 hours, 80,000 Muslims living under their control in the northern districts of the island: Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, and Mannar. Each civilian was only allowed to carry 150 Sri Lankan rupees when they were expelled from LTTE areas.[18]
Further information: Expulsion of Muslims from Jaffna
October 02, Vahalkada, Ampara: LTTE cadres shot dead seven Sinhalese.[5]
October 11, Arugambay, Ampara: LTTE cadres shot dead nine Muslims.[5]
October 23, Thanthirimalai, Anuradhapura: LTTE cadres killed eight Sinhalese and two home guards.[5]
November 01, Halambawewa, Sinhapura, Weli Oya: LTTE cadres attacked the village and killed ten Sinhalese.[5]

[edit] 1991
January 23: Bogamuyaya Maha Oya, Ampara: LTTE cadres hacked to death 25 Sinhalese villagers and injured nine others, four subsequently succumbed to their injuries.[5]
March 2: At least 19 people, including Sri Lanka's Deputy Defence Minister, Ranjan Wijeratne killed in an LTTE car bomb explosion in Colombo. A further 73 people injured.[14]
March 24: Bogamuyaya, Akkaraipattu: Bomb explosion carried out by LTTE at Fish Market Akkaraipattu, killing nine Muslims and injuring 32 others.[5]
March 31: Irudayapuram Batticaloa: LTTE cadres shot dead eight civilians at the market in the night.[5]
April 03: Keviliya, Foul Point, Trincomalee: LTTE cadres in two boats surrounded several boats and opened fire at the fishermen. Ten dead bodies and eleven injured were found. Sixteen were missing. The missing persons were either taken away or drowned after being shot.[5]
April 14: Ethimalai, Monaragala: LTTE cadres hacked to death 17 Sinhalese villagers and injured another.[5]
April 20: Niyadella, Okkampitiya, Moneragala: LTTE cadres attacked the village and hacked and shot to death 21 men, women and children.[5]
May 19: Erakkamam, Ampara LTTE cadres attacked five Muslims and two Sinhalese persons, whilst they were returning from the paddy-field, killing six persons and injuring one.[5]
May 21, 1991: LTTE suicide bomber Thenmuli Rajaratnam assassinated former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi while the latter was campaigning for a parliamentary candidate in Tamil Nadu, also killing an additional 13 civilians.[4] Following the assassination, seven suspected LTTE activists committed suicide after being surrounded by police.[19] In June 2006, the LTTE issued a formal apology for this action. However, the Indian government quickly responded saying forgiving Tamil Tigers for the 1991 killing of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi would amount to endorsing their ideology of terror.[20]
May 21: Sriperumbudur, India: An LTTE suicide bomber kills former Indian Prime Minister and Indian Opposition Leader Rajiv Gandhi and 14 others.[21]
May 20: Malwatta, Sammanthurai, Ampara: LTTE cadres fired on a group of Muslims who were returning from the paddy-field in a tractor; nine Muslims were killed and two injured.[5]
June:Colombo: 12 killed and 85 civilians injured after a suicide bombing outside the Joint Operations Command (JOC) building on Flower Road, Colombo 7.[22]
June 12: Kokkadicholai, Batticaloa: LTTE Bomb explosion in Manmunai ferry kills ten civilians.[5]
June 24: Weligahakandiya Batticaloa: LTTE cadres abducted and killed eight Sinhalese and injured one Tamil.[5]
June 27: Lahugala, Ampara: LTTE cadres exploded two claymore mines and opened fire at the passengers of a private bus; 16 civilians were killed and eight wounded.[5]
July 1991:The army's Elephant Pass base, which controls access to the Jaffna peninsula, is surrounded by 5,000 LTTE cadres. More than two thousand died on both sides in the month-long siege, before 10,000 government troops arrived to relieve the base.[23]
July 06: Pudur, Jaffna: LTTE cadres cut and killed nine Muslims and moved towards the Mahaweli river bank and cut to death another eight persons, injuring four others. One of the injured succumbed to his injuries. Total killed: 16 Muslims and two Sinhalese.[5]
July 06: Karapola, Manampitiya, Polonnaruwa: Nine Sinhala fishermen were abducted by LTTE cadres and killed.[5]
August 08: Sammanthurai, Batticaloa: Six Muslims farmers killed by LTTE cadres.[5]
September 19: Palliyagodella, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres attacked a Muslim village, killing 13 Muslims and injuring six others.[5]
October 24: Iqbal Nagar: LTTE cadres who were in ambush, fired at a civilian van killing three Tamils and three Muslims.[5]

[edit] 1992
January 26: Between Arantalawa and Borapola LTTE mine explosion killed nine civilians in a bus.[5]
April 10: Ampara Town: A LTTE bomb exploded in a bus causing the death of 25 civilians and injuring 33 civilians. One policeman was also killed and two army personnel were wounded.[5]
April 10: Maharagama: A LTTE car bomb exploded, causing the death of eight civilians; one policeman and 23 civilians were injured.[5]
April 29, 1992: LTTE cadres kill 69 Muslim civilians including 5 infants. Reprisal attacks by Muslim civilians and homeguards results in the death of 49 Tamil men.[24]
April 29: Alinchipothana, Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres attacked the Alinchipothana village, killing 56 Muslims and injuring 15.[25]
June 02: 209th Mile Post Ampara: A group of LTTE cadres stopped a bus opened fire, killing 14 civilians, one policeman, and injuring two civilians and one policeman.[5]
July 06: Parayankaulam, Vavuniya: LTTE cadres publicly shot dead ten Tamil lorry drivers and a woman, alleging that they had passed information to the security forces.[5]
July 15: Kirankulam, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres attacked a civilian bus proceeding from Kathankudy towards Kalmunai, killing 19 Muslims and injuring seven Muslims.[5]
July 21: Parangiyamadu, Batticaloa: LTTE cadres stopped a train, ordered the passengers to get down and opened fire at the Muslim passengers: seven Muslims were killed and four Muslims were injured.[5]
August 30: Trincomalee Town: A LTTE bomb planted in a private bus at the bus-stand exploded, killing nine civilians and injuring 34 (including four soldiers, two reserve policemen).[5]
September 01: Saindamaradu, Kalmunai: A LTTE bomb fixed to a push-cycle carrying an ice-cream container, exploded at the market, killing 22 Muslims and injuring 67 others.[5]
September 10: Kiliveddi Point, Trincomalee: LTTE operatives blasted a ferry across Allai Tank and killed 22 soldiers and seven civilians, and injured one soldier and two civilians.[5]
October 01: Konwewa Weli Oya: LTTE cadres fired and threw grenades at villagers, killing 15 civilians and injuring nine others.[5]
October 15: Palliyagodella Polonnaruwa: LTTE cadres attacked a Muslim village and shot and hacked to death 182 civilians (171 of them were Muslims), twelve policemen and eight soldiers; 83 others were injured.[6][5]
Further information: Palliyagodella massacre
November 16: An anti-rebel website claimed that the Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Clancy Fernando and four others are killed by LTTE suicide bomber.[26]

[edit] 1993
May 1: Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa killed in LTTE suicide bomb attack at a May Day Rally.[4]
July 25: Janakapura: The LTTE raids a Sinhalese village and kills nine civilians by means of stabbing, shooting and blowing up with grenades.[27]
November 10, 1993: Eight officers and 233 soldiers were declared killed in action in LTTE's attack on the Pooneryn defences. The LTTE also executed 200 soldiers captured during this attack on the Pooneryn army camp.[15]

[edit] 1994
January 19, Rambewa, Anuradhapura: A LTTE bomb exploded in a private bus carrying civilians from Sripura to Anuradhapura, causing the death of ten Sinhalese civilians and injuring 51.[5]
March 16: Off Kudiramalai Puttalam LTTE cadres attacked about ten fishing boats, causing the death of 17 fishermen and injuring three; five fishermen were reported missing.[5]
October 24: Sri Lankan presidential candidate and opposition leader Gamini Dissanayake is killed by an LTTE suicide bomber who explodes herself at a campaign rally in Colombo. At least 50 others were killed in the blast and a further 75 were seriously hurt.[9][28][29]

[edit] 1995
May 25, 1995: During the Kallarawa massacre 42 civilians including six children are killed by the LTTE in an attack on the Kallarawa fishing village.[30]
May 25: LTTE cadres attack a fishing village in Kallarawa, and hack and shot to death 42 civilians (22 males, twelve females and eight children).[31][32][33]
Further information: Kallarawa massacre
August 07, Colombo: An LTTE suicide bomber explodes a suicide rickshaw killing 22 civilians.[26]
October 20, Kolonnawa, Colombo: LTTE attacked the oil storage complexes at Kolonnawa and Orugodawatta. At least three suicide bombers fought their way into the tanks and blew themselves up destroying the tanks. LTTE lost four cadres in the action while killing 22 security personals and destroying diesel, kerosene, aviation fuel and crude oil worth over US $10 million.[34]
October 21, Mangalagama: LTTE cadres kill 16 civilians.[31]
October 25, Panama: LTTE cadres kill twelve Sinhala farmers.[32][33]
November 11, Colombo: A LTTE suicide bomber causes an explosion near the Slave Island railway station resulting in the death of 15 children and two soldiers.[26]
November 24, Colombo: An attack by two LTTE female suicide bombers on the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters results in the death of 16 people.[26]
December 11, Colombo: Two LTTE suicide bombers blow themselves up at the Army Headquarters, resulting in the deaths of 15 civilians and three soldiers.[26]
December 23, The LTTE attacked an army detachment in Batticaloa district, killing 32 troops. Military sources reported that more than 60 rebels were killed.[35]

[edit] 1996
January 31, 1996: An attack by the LTTE on the Colombo Central Bank killed 90 and injured a further 1,400 civilians, damaging other buildings in the process. It was the most deadly LTTE attack on a civilian target in the history of the group's operations.[4]
January 31: Bombing of Sri Lanka's Central Bank resulting in 91 civilian deaths.[4]
March 19: 29 Tamil civilians killed by LTTE, as they were accused of being traitors and giving information to Security Forces.[31]
June 11: Lunuoya LTTE kills 14 civilians. According to Amnesty International, this attack was reportedly led by an LTTE member whose family had been killed in communal violence, after the LTTE attacked a police post. The main target of this appears to have been the family of those thought to have been responsible for the killing of this LTTE member's family.[31]
July 04, Jaffna: An attack by an LTTE suicide bomber on a Sri Lankan minister results in the death of 25 people.[26][36]
July 18, 1996: The LTTE overruns the Sri Lanka Army camp at Mullaitivu. The number of killed in action and missing in action Sri Lankan soldiers from this attack was over 1200.[37] The LTTE appear to have burnt alive hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers who had surrendered during the attack on the Mullaitivu army camp.[38]
July 24, 1996: The LTTE bombs a passenger train killing 70 civilians.[4]
July 24: Dehiwala train bombing where the LTTE exploded 4 bombs on Colombo-Alutgama train at Dehiwala killing between 60[39] and 70 civilians.[4] The technique of simultaneously exploding multiple bombs in several carriages was used during this attack.[39]

[edit] 1997
January 9, 1997: The LTTE conduct a two pronged assault north of Paranthan and south-west of Elephant Pass. This attack was the biggest LTTE attack in the Elephant Pass area since the abortive attempt to destroy the Elephant Pass army base in July 1991 and the biggest Tiger strike since the battle of Mullaitivu the year before. According to the military 142 soldiers were killed and 294 wounded. The SLA sources also said that more than 500 rebels were killed, but according to LTTE source 140 were killed. A later count would confirm 223 soldiers and 350 guerrillas dead.[40][41]
March 6, 1997: Tamil Tiger rebels overran the army base at Vavunativu and left more than 200 dead.[41]
August 2, 1997-August 3, 1997: In weekend fighting 200 Tamil Tigers and 67 government troops were killed. The rebel bodies were severely disfigured.[41]
September 22, 1997-September 30, 1997: An 8-day battle for an LTTE stronghold left 900 dead on both sides.[41]
October 7, 1997: The LTTE overrun a military arms depo on the Mankulam-Ottisuddan road killing 30 soldiers and wounding 47, 72 Tigers are also killed in the fighting.[42]
October 15: An LTTE bomb exploded at the Colombo World Trade Centre, killing 13 and injuring hundreds.[6][43]

[edit] 1998
January 25, 1998: Four likely members of the Black Tiger squad drove an explosives-laden truck into the Sri Dalada Maligawa (or "Temple of the Tooth"), a major Buddhist shrine, killing seven and injuring 25. The attack took place just days before foreign dignitaries were expected to attend celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of Sri Lankan independence at the temple.[4]
January 25: Four members of the Black Tiger squad drive an explosives-laden truck into a major Buddhist shrine, killing seven and injuring 25.[4] The Maligawa is one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in the world, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[26]
March 05: LTTE is blamed for two bomb explosions aboard buses in Colombo killing thirty-two civilians and injuring 252 others.[4]
May 14, 1998: A member of the Black Tiger squad jumped in front of a vehicle carrying Sri Lankan Brigadier Larry Wijeratne and detonated explosives, killing the general and two guards. Wijeratne was the commander of Sri Lankan forces in the Point Pedro area of the Jaffna peninsula in the Tamil-inhabited north of the country. Press reports described the assassination as a "serious blow" to the government's efforts in the area.
August 29: The LTTE shoot down a AN-24 Lionair Flight 602 with 55 passengers (including 48 Tamils) and crew while it was flying over LTTE held territory. Everyone onboard is killed.[44][45]
September 1998: In a massive LTTE offensive 1,500 soldiers are killed (Battle of Kilinochchi), 3,000 wounded and 500 are missing.[46]

[edit] 1999
June 2: Eleven Sinhalese civilians were murdered at Inginiyagala.[47]
July 29: An LTTE suicide bomber killed Sri Lankan Tamil MP Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam along with two others. Six civilians were injured. At the time of his death Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam was working on a constitutional package aimed at ending the decades long ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.[48]
September 18: LTTE cadres massacre at least 50 Sinhalese civilians in three villages in Ampara District.[9][49][50][51]
Further information: Gonagala massacre
November 1, 1999: An LTTE attack on an army camp at Oddusuddan results in an SLA defeat with 800 soldiers killed or missing and another 1,200 deserted (See Oddusuddan offensive).[46]
December 11, 1999 - January 2, 2000: 212 soldiers are killed in heavy fighting. Also another 37 are missing and 2,118 are wounded.[46]
December 18: A LTTE suicide bomber kills 23 civilians in attempt to kill Sri Lankan president Kumaratunga at a pre-election rally.[4][52]
December 18: In Colombo LTTE suicide bomber Skandaraja Ashoka kills eleven people and retired Sri Lanka Army Major General Lucky Algama.[26]

[edit] 2000
January 5: An LTTE suicide bomber blows herself up outside the office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka killing 13 civilians and three police officers.[52][26]
January 7: An LTTE suicide bomber kills Sri Lankan Industrial Minister C.V. Gunaratne and 24 civilians.[53][26]
January 27: LTTE bomb a post office killing eleven and injuring 70.[54][55]
March 11: 14 civilians and six police die when four LTTE suicide bombers attempt to assassinate the defence minister. 46 others are injured[54][26]
April 22, 2000: The LTTE overrun the most important military base in the Northern province, the Elephant Pass base (See Second Battle of Elephant Pass ).[56]
May 18: An LTTE bomber killed 23 and injured 70 at a Buddhist temple in Batticaloa during celebrations of the Vesak holiday.[57]
May 17: The LTTE detonate a bomb hidden inside an ice-cream box on a bicycle during celebrations to mark the holiest day of the Buddhist calendar, Vesak, killing over 20 people and injuring 75.[58]
June 26: LTTE suicide boats sink a chartered private ship M.V. Uhana. Five civilian crew and three navy personnel die.[26]
September 15: An anti-rebel website claimed that in Colombo a suicide bomber explodes in front of the main government hospital in Colombo resulting in seven civilian deaths. 28 civilians are injured.[26]
October 03: An anti-rebel website claimed that the an LTTE bomb kills parliamentary candidate Mohammed Baithullah and more than twenty others in Muttur. At least 49 others were injured.[59]
October 05: An anti-rebel website claimed that in Medawacchchiya, Anuradhapura an attack by an LTTE suicide bomber on the Health and Indigenous Medicine Deputy Minister Tissa Karaliyadda results in the death of seven civilians and injuries to 40 civilians.[59]

[edit] 2001
July 24: An LTTE 14-man suicide squad attacked a Sri Lanka Air Force base and the adjoining Bandaranaike International Airport. They destroyed many aircraft, crippling the country's economy and reducing tourism.[60]

[edit] 2005
August 12, 2005: Lakshman Kadirgamar, the foreign minister of Sri Lanka and an ethnic Tamil was shot by an unidentified sniper (no formal evidence to link LTTE to the murder)[61] in Colombo as he was getting out of the swimming pool at his private residence. The EU holds the LTTE responsible for this murder and bans its members from traveling to the EU.[62]

[edit] 2006
January 7, 2006: A suspected LTTE fishing boat loaded with explosives detonates and destroys a Sri Lankan navy boat as it leaves the port of Trincomalee, killing 13 sailors.[63]
March 01: Five civilians die in suspected LTTE mine explosion.[64]
April 23: The LTTE kill six Sinhalese civilians including two 15 year old children in the village of Gomarankadawala in the Trincomalee district.[65]
Further information: Gomarankadawala massacre
April 25, 2006: A suicide bomber, believed to belong to the LTTE, attempts to kill Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, seriously injuring him while killing eight others and injuring thirty more. The explosives were disguised as the late stages of pregnancy, and the bomber was originally believed to be pregnant, although subsequent medical tests have been inconclusive.[66]
May 11, 2006: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Sea Tigers attacks and sink one Sri Lanka Navy vessel while seriously damaging another. The attack is ruled as a grave violation of the Cease Fire Agreement by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. In response, LTTE threathened the truce monitors not to be aboard naval vessels.[67] 18 sailors perish on the Sri Lankan patrolboat, and an unknown number of Sea Tiger cadres also die in the attack.[68] The fact that the lives of two Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission monitors on board these ships were endangered by this attack, triggered the European Union decision to ban the LTTE.[69]
May 27: The award-winning author Nihal de Silva and seven Sri Lankan tourists were killed by a supposed LTTE land mine in Wilpattu National Park. The explosion took place near Tamil held territory in the northern part of the country. Before a 2002 cease fire agreement, rebels used the park as a hiding place. It is unclear whether the mine was planted before or after the cease fire agreement.[70]
May 29, 2006: Thirteen farm workers were cut and shot in a village around Welikanda in Plonnaruwa. The government suspected the LTTE were responsible, while the LTTE responded that they had no involvement and that they were falsely implicated. Furthermore, the LTTE condemned this attack. [71][72]
May 30: An anti-rebel website claimed that the LTTE cadres kill twelve Sinhalese villagers working at an irrigation canal construction site in Omadiyamadu, close to the uncleared areas of Welikanda in Polonnaruwa district.[73]
June 15, 2006: The LTTE blow up a civilian bus killing 68, including ten children and three pregnant women. Approximately 60 more are injured.
June 15: The LTTE bombs a bus carrying 140 civilians in Kebithigollewa, in northeastern Sri Lanka. The blast results in the death of 68 civilians including 15 school children, and injurers 78 others. It was caused by two claymore mines placed side by side on the bus by LTTE cadres, which spraying the packed bus with millions of ball bearings upon manual detonation.[74]
Further information: Kebithigollewa massacre
June 26, 2006: The third highest ranking Sri Lankan military officer, Major General Parami Kulatunga was wounded in an attack by LTTE and died after being taken to the hospital. Two other military escorts and a passerby were also killed.[75]
September 18: LTTE cadres massacre ten innocent Muslims at Pothuwil in the Eastern province. The sole survivor of the attack confirms it was carried out by LTTE cadres.[76]
Further information: Pottuvil massacre
October 16, 2006: In the deadliest ever suicide attack by the LTTE