SL military deploys clustered-houses for Sinhala colonisation in Jaffna

[Tue, 19 Aug 2014, 23:34 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military, which has fenced off several thousands of acres of lands belonging to Eezham Tamils and have bulldozed the public and private buildings, has now started to put up clustered houses, says Deputy Chairman of Valikaamam North Piratheasa Chapai (PS) Sageevan Sanmugalingam, who is also the president Valikaamam North Uprooted People’s Welfare Society. The people who have visited their properties along the line of the fence, which has been put up from Vasaavi’laan West to Achchuveali, also confirmed the report. SL military deployed clustered houses are visible from the fence bordering the occupied Sinhala Military Zone (SMZ) in Valikaamam North. Full story >>

Educationalist, veteran civil activist Varatharajan passes away

[Mon, 18 Aug 2014, 20:32 GMT]
S VaratharajanSinnathurai Varatharajan, a popular teacher of economics, who stood with his people throughout his life, has passed away in Jaffna on Monday due to cancer-related complications at the age of 63. With his extensive knowledge on the economic potentials in the Tamil homeland, both in the North and East, Mr Varatharajan paid a particular attention to the demographic genocide being committed against the Eezham Tamils in the North and East. Apart from serving his people as an educationalist, Mr Varatharajan stepped in as a grassroots civil activist whenever his people faced a challenging time under outside occupations. Eezham Tamils are a distinct nation with their own sovereignty in the unified North and East of the island was his political stand and he advocated a confederal model as the minimum acceptable solution. Full story >>

Occupying SL military demolishes mosque in Trincomalee

[Sun, 17 Aug 2014, 23:38 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military has demolished a mosque situated at Karumalai-oottu in Trincomalee Town and Gravets division within the past 2 days, Muslim fishermen from Trincomalee said. The mosque, established in 1926 and registered as a Jumma Mosque in 1947, has been seized by the SL military, which demarcated the area as ‘High Security Zone’ in 2009. The land where the mosque is situated comes under the 1200 acres of lands from Prima flourmill to Karumalai-oottu, including Ve’l’lai-ma’nal and Clappenburg Bay, which are being given to China under a ‘defence related development’ project by Colombo. Full story >>

SL military seizes agricultural lands form Trincomalee Tamils in massive scale

[Fri, 15 Aug 2014, 21:43 GMT]
More than 25,000 acres of lands belonging to Eezham Tamils have been seized through Sinhala militarisation in the three DS divisions of 11 DS areas of Trincomalee district, informed civil sources told TamilNet on Friday. The occupation has been going on through the last 6 years. Now, the Colombo government has blocked water supplies to Eezham Tamils at Maavilaa’ru, diverting the water to the occupied lands where Sinhalese are deployed by the military to do agriculture in Moothoor division. Full story >>

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Alcohol becomes genocide weapon deployed by occupying Sinhala State

[Thu, 14 Aug 2014, 05:13 GMT]
Thriving alcohol business ‘licensed’ by genocidal Sri Lanka in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils, especially after the end of the LTTE-run civil administration, is conceived as a potential ‘counterinsurgency’ and structural genocide weapon, besides sucking money of a war-torn people, commented social activists in Batticaloa district. Responding to an incident that took place in the district this week, in which a poor, female-headed family, brewing country liquor was shot by raiding Sinhala police of a State that promotes its alcohol business, the social activists were coming out with the larger dimensions of the alcohol crisis in the district. Full story >>

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Police protection has lost its meaning: Mannaar Bishop

[Wed, 13 Aug 2014, 08:26 GMT]
“The reality in this country is that the criminal himself is the judge. This practice has almost become the rule of law. There is no democratic rule. The independency of the justice system is compromised. The judiciary is under the control of the Sri Lankan government. At this junction, what can we do? We can only explain [to the world] that the families of missing persons cannot expect any justice from the culprits themselves,” said Mannaar Bishop Rt Rev Rayappu Jospeh. The Bishop was responding to a question on the attitude displayed by the SL government, which has been citing the police as the protecting agency, especially in the wake of a request by the foreign missions to ensure the safety of the relatives of the missing persons, who attended a meeting, which was disrupted by a mob led by extremist Buddhist monks at a church in Maradana in Colombo on 04 August. Full story >>

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SL police opens fire on Tamil villagers in Batticaloa, two women wounded

[Tue, 12 Aug 2014, 20:25 GMT]
Two Tamil women were admitted to Batticaloa Teaching Hospital Tuesday night with gunshot injuries after SL policemen, who went in civil to ransack illicit brewers had opened fire on the villagers at Panai-a'ruppaan, located 15 km west of Kokkaddich-choalai. Two Sinhalese policemen and two Tamil men were also rushed to hospital with assault injuries. Only 25 families live in the remote village of Panai-a’ruppaan. Some of these female-headed families have been running illicit ‘kasippu’ breweries after they had lost their husbands and their livelihood. They were not involved in such activity under the LTTE-run civil administration, civil sources in Kokkaddich-choalai told TamilNet on Wednesday. The episode on Tuesday was only a tip of the iceberg, they said. Full story >>

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Colombo schemes Sinhala colony at Saiva Shrine of Kanniyaa Hot Wells

[Tue, 12 Aug 2014, 13:36 GMT]
After illegally occupying the Hot Wells, a Saiva sacred site in the traditional Tamil village of Kanniyaa in the Uppu-ve’li division of the Trincomalee district, and after constructing a Buddhist Shrine at the locality, the genocidal State of Sri Lanka is now ‘developing’ a new road to connect the traditional Hindu shrine with a remote Sinhala settlement, abandoning the already existing road that links the village wtih Jaffna – Anuradhapura Road. The Colombo government is also scheming a large Sinhala colonization project along the new road in thousands of acres of public lands in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils, informed Tamil civil sources in Trincomalee told TamilNet. Full story >>

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Mannaar Bishop rejects GoSL’s Presidential commission on missing persons

[Sun, 10 Aug 2014, 18:21 GMT]
SL Presidential Commission on Missing Persons visits Bishop of Mannaar Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph
Rejecting an offer to make presentations before the GoSL’s Presidential commission on missing persons, Mannaar Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph said “Over the years many commissions such as yours have been set up and there is absolutely no shred of evidence that they have tackled impunity. Most, if not all of these commissions have provided only to be eye washers for the then Governments in power.” In a letter sent on Sunday addressed to the Chairman and Commissioners of this setup, he further expressed his concern that “the recent expansion of your mandate and the appointment of international experts to oversee the work of the commission without any clear terms of reference has been deliberately done to undermine the work of the UN OHCHR's inquiry into Sri Lanka which commenced recently.” Full story >>

Majority Tamil Councillors from North, East request OHCHR to investigate genocide

[Mon, 18 Aug 2014, 07:36 GMT]
“Tamil people strongly believe that they have been, and continue to be subjected to Genocide by Sri Lanka […] Systematic Sinhalese settlements and demographic changes with the intent to destroy the Tamil Nation are taking place. We request the OHCHR investigative team to look into the pattern of all the atrocities against the Tamil people, and to determine if Genocide has taken place,” states a joint letter by the majority of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and Tamil opposition councillors form the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC). 28 elected Eezham Tamil councillors from the 38-member Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and 5 of 11 opposition Tamil National Alliance members from the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) have sent the letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay on Monday. Full story >>

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Tamil woman under SL military training dies in Jaffna, cause of death concealed

[Sat, 16 Aug 2014, 15:51 GMT]
Ajantha Prasath
A 26-year-old Tamil woman from Mullaiththeevu, who was conscripted by the occupying SL military was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital this week and died at the hospital on Thursday after a mysterious vaginal illness. The victim, Ajantha Prasath, a mother of a 6-year-old girl was from Chelvapuram in Oddu-chuddaan in Vanni. The lone poverty-stricken mother, living with her parents, was deceived with a ‘job offer’ by the SL military three months ago on 22nd May, was under military training at Palaali base. Ajantha died of ‘vaginal cancer’ according to the controversial director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Mrs Bavany Pasupathirajah, who attended a ‘press conference’ organised by the so-called Civil Military Coordination Office on Saturday. The dead body was burnt at Ponnakar burial grounds on Friday. The family was told on Saturday that their daughter passed away due to cancer. Full story >>

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‘Collective trauma inflicted on Tamil nation is part of structural genocide’

[Thu, 14 Aug 2014, 08:47 GMT]
Nirmanusan Balasundaram addresses the APA in Washington DC
In a presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) on 8 August, independent journalist and human rights activist Nirmanusan Balasundaram, talking about “visible and latent factors” of decades of oppression of the Eezham Tamil nation by the Sri Lankan state, explained how collective trauma inflicted on the Tamil nation is a part of structural genocide. Further talking about how militarization, demographic changes in the Tamil homeland, and abuse of Tamil women by occupying Sri Lankan forces were part of that process, he argued that “it is vital for major stakeholders of conflict to identify and address causes of psychological and collective trauma of the Tamil people.” Full story >>

Vadamaraadchi East villagers capture SL Navy trooper for rape attempt

[Wed, 13 Aug 2014, 21:21 GMT]
SL Navy sailor captured by the villagers in Vettilaik-kea'ni
The villagers of Vinaayakapuram at Vettilaik-kea’ni of Vadamaraadchi East in Jaffna captured a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) sailor, who had entered into the house of a former LTTE member and attempted to sexually abuse his wife in the early hours of Wednesday. The neighbours, who were alerted by the shouting of the woman around 1:00 a.m. rushed to the spot and captured the Sinhala-speaking man after chasing him for a while. The villages severely assaulted the culprit before handing him over to the SL Police with the demand of immediate remand. The villagers also provided the photograph of the captured SLN soldier to the media as the SL Navy was harassing them to get the man released without going to the courts. Full story >>

SL Police, intelligence officers threaten relatives of missing persons in Mannaar

[Wed, 13 Aug 2014, 07:23 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police Constables and Intelligence operatives of the occupying SL military in Mannaar have threatened and harassed the relatives and families of missing persons, who wanted to appear in front of the SL Presidential Commission on Missing Persons (SLPC) which held its hearings between 08 and 11 August in Mannaar. The chairman of Mannaar Citizens Committee, Rev Fr Immanuel Sebamalai, told TamilNet that SL military intelligence officers had even gone to the extent of telling the people that there will be no use in appearing in front of the SLPC. Full story >>

Indian housing scheme in Trincomalee ignores uprooted Champoor Tamils

[Tue, 12 Aug 2014, 14:08 GMT]
The occupying Sri Lankan military in Trincomalee has blocked the representatives of uprooted Eezham Tamils from Champoor from presenting their appeal in person to the Indian High Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, who visited Moothoor East last Friday to lay the foundation stone for the housing scheme for the war affected people from the three villages of Koonith-theevu, Navaratnapuram and Choodaik-kudaa. The uprooted Tamils, still living in four so-called welfare camps at Paddith-thidal, Ma’nat-cheanai, Ki’liveddi and Kaddai-pa’richchaan, who were blocked from the handing over their appeal have sent a letter to the Indian High Commissioner detailing their suffering for the past 9 years. Full story >>

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Kurds display self-reliance and unity in the midst of world apathy

[Mon, 11 Aug 2014, 08:53 GMT]
During the course of the siege and following the takeover of the City of Sinjar in Southern Kurdistan by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), coordinated policies of eradicating the Yazidi and the Kurdish population were unleashed, forcing a mass exodus of people from the city of 300000 towards the inhospitable mountains adjoining the city. However, Kurdish forces from other parts of Kurdistan have displayed a historic and phenomenal cooperation in coordinating the Kurdish national resistance. On 4th August, the PKK issued a statement on its website “All Kurds in the north, east, south and west must rise up against the attack on Kurds in Sinjar.” On Friday, Kurdish diaspora from all these regions demonstrated in Oslo, condemning ISIS brutalities and the silence of the International Community. Full story >>

SL TID detains another Tamil student of Sabaragamuwa university

[Sun, 10 Aug 2014, 10:23 GMT]
Protest at Sabaragamuwa University
The Tamil student, who was arrested last Tuesday by the SL Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), has been released as protests by Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim students of the Sabaragamuwa University gained momentum on Friday. However, another Tamil student of the same university has been arrested and subjected to interrogation at the notorious 4th Floor in Colombo. The students of the Sabaragamuwa University have termed the harassment of Tamil students as State Terrorism in their protest. Sutharsan from Mukamalaai, Ki’linochchi, was arrested while he was recovering from an injury. Full story >>

 

Flashback:
2000:
2000 Aug 20 15:38      Civilians move, fearing barrage
2000 Aug 20 15:12      LTTE ambush kills three
2000 Aug 20 13:20      Cessation of hostilities if elected -Ranil
2000 Aug 20 12:57      Farmer shot, refugee girl missing
2000 Aug 20 12:53      PA to contest in northeast
2000 Aug 20 06:13      School damaged in air raid
1999:
1999 Aug 20 23:05      SLA fire hits child
1999 Aug 20 17:05      Govt replaces Tamil Trinco Youth Affairs Deputy
1999 Aug 20 16:09      South Asia land mine seminar concludes
1999 Aug 20 10:30      Editor questioned over corruption report
1999 Aug 20 10:01      One killed, three wounded in Colombo
1998:
1998 Aug 20 22:58      Food is 'weapon of war' - UNP
1998 Aug 20 22:54      Tigers shell Batticaloa SLA
1998 Aug 20 22:51      SLA withdraws from Kokkadicholai
1997:
1997 Aug 20 23:59      Tigers stop SLA thrust, capture APC
It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.
-Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

 

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The parched or uncultivated wasteland in the locality of a mango tree

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Learning lessons
[11.03.14]
US draft ‘positive’ on many counts in making Tamils ‘learn lesson’: The US draft tabled at the UNHRC has to be recognized for its positive aspects in disguise that make Tamils learn historic lessons, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.
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PPT releases final verdict at Geneva
[22.01.14]
PPT judgement upholds Eelam Tamil identity and nomenclature: The full report of the judgement of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Bremen Session), released on Wednesday, came out with a discussion on the choice of nomenclature to identify the victims of genocide and has decided on the use of the term “Eelam Tamils as a national group.”
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Tamil Nadu
[13.01.14]
Opinion: Tamil Nadu needs to initiate Vietnam-like international struggle: The PPT indicting Sri Lanka for the genocide and continued genocide committed with the complicity of the USA, UK and India, against Eelam Tamils as a national group, and the TN Assembly under the leadership of Ms. Jayalalithaa passing unanimous resolutions on international investigations and referendum among Eezham Tamils, are no small steps. But, how to translate them into political action, before it is too late, is the question.
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Boycott Sri Lanka
[07.01.14]
People’s struggle of Eezham Tamils begins from stopping ‘Sri Lanka’ usage: A people’s struggle in fact begins from their households, first by consciously deleting the words Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan from usage, writes a Tamil activist for alternative politics in the island.
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Sinhala nameboard of Mullatithteevu stupa
[04.01.14]
Opinion: Theravada Sinhala Buddhism needs further understanding in Tamil Nadu: People of Tamil Nadu especially, and India in general, have to carefully and subtly understand the difference between Mahayana Buddhism advised for Dalits in India by Ambedkar and the Theravada Sinhala-Buddhism of the island of Lanka.
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Fr Elil Rajan
[02.01.14]
Transcend SA model, SL State and West’s mechanisms in seeking justice: Fr Rajan: The South African model that betrayed its people is now taken up by Colombo just to save war criminals. It is futile for Tamils to expect justice from any future government of SL State. Tamils also have to reconsider approaching their struggle once again through West’s mechanisms of justice, said Fr Elil Rajan, delivering the 2013 Memorial Address remembering Maamanithar Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham.
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PPT Session II on Sri Lanka at Bremen, Germany
[10.12.13]
Sri Lanka guilty of genocide: PPT verdict: After an assessment of evidences presented by eyewitnesses and experts, judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Eezham Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE.
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British Defence interest in Ceylon in 1947
[10.12.13]
Reminding Britain of its geostrategic injustice against Eezham Tamils: The British cabinet in 1947 decided to short-circuit the discourse of an evolutionary constitutional approach with an accelerated process of handing over of power to Sinhalese, an exercise it carried out on the basis of its own geostrategic considerations, top secret documents from 1947 reveal. Today, the British Prime Minister David Cameron seeking ‘engagement’ with Tamils needs to be reminded of the root injustice the imperial Britain had committed against Eezham Tamils by making them prone to more than 60 years of genocide in the hands of the unitary Sri Lankan State.
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Nelson Mandela
[09.12.13]
Mandela and the other Prisoners of War: As South Africa prepares for the funeral of iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday, leaders of the world have paid their tributes to the man who was incarcerated as a political prisoner under the apartheid regime for 27 years. Powerful countries in the West, including the USA and UK, which had once denounced Mandela as a ‘terrorist’, are now in the forefront paying homage. However, these establishments still continue to support countries that practice illegal detention and brutal treatment of prisoners-of-war (PoW).
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SA-SL TRC
[08.12.13]
CHOGM mooted TRC, ill-fit for Sri Lanka, say ANU fellow, legal scholar: Establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) modeled on the South Africa (SA) experience, viewed by Sri Lanka backers as an urgent need to mitigate possible strong actions by the International Community against Sri Lanka over its rights violations, appears as an imminent outcome from the recently concluded Commonwealth Meeting.
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Moothoor massacre
[03.12.13]
SL Justice System incapable of investigating Moothoor massacre: ACF Deliberate subversion of the investigative process over the past 7 years and continuous harassment of witnesses and journalists who have raised the case have demonstrated that no effective legal action can be taken in today’s Sri Lanka, said France-based NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF), whose 17 humanitarian workers were shot and killed at point blank range by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers in Moothoor, Trincomalee, in August 2006.
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David Cameron
[30.11.13]
Cameron reneges on Sri Lanka war-crimes investigations: In Colombo, Cameron said, "Let me be very clear, if that investigation is not completed by March then I will use our position on the UN human rights council to work with the UN Human Rights commission and call for a full, credible and independent international inquiry." However, in the Arab News, likely issued to blunt expectations of March completion of investigations, Cameron said, "if those investigations were not begun properly by next March, we would call for an international inquiry through the United Nations."
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Heroes Day in North, 2013
[27.11.13]
Heroes Day remembrance by public gains significance in North: Almost all sections of Eezham Tamils in North on Wednesday remembered the Tamil Heroes Day in North amidst heavy deployment of the armed soldiers of the occupying Sri Lankan military. This year, the public observing remembrance in Jaffna, Vanni, Mannaar and Mullaiththeevu gains importance above all the events in the country of Eezham Tamils. University lectures, students across all the schools and grassroots political activists observed the Day paying tribute inside their houses amidst the gagged condition and attacks launched by the SL military operatives.
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David Cameron meets Diaspora Tamils
[08.11.13]
UK-PM buttressing SL-CHOGM seeks ‘legitimacy’ from London Tamils: British Establishment’s Prime Minister David Cameron hurriedly convened a meeting of handpicked Tamil articulators in London on Thursday evening to showcase that the diaspora has compromised with his participation at the Sri Lanka-CHOGM. The British effort seeking ‘Wigneswarans’ in London to ‘legitimise’ the CHOGM participation was also aiming at relieving the New Delhi Establishment from the mounting pressure in Tamil Nadu, Tamil political observers in London said.
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British Queen visits Ceylon in 1954
[07.11.13]
200 years of British colonial outlook continues to haunt Eezham Tamils: Like the colonial English lured the Colombo-fascinated Tamil elite of the 19th and early 20th centuries, today the strategy of the genocidal partners is to lure the Tamil elite of Colombo-centric and diaspora-centric interests to ‘patch up’ with the Sinhala elite and to diffuse the whole issue, without any fundamental returns to the nation of Eezham Tamils.
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Terracotta found at Jaffna Fort site
[02.11.13]
More evidences surface on antiquity of Jaffna fort site: More and more evidences surfacing at Jaffna fort indisputably prove that the colonial fort was built on an earlier archaeological site going back to the early centuries of the Common Era. The latest findings are a terracotta tablet of folk religious affinities and brick structural remains found 4.5 feet below the rampart walls at the western side of the fort.
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New Delhi experiments Eezham model ‘counterinsurgency’ on its own people
[29.10.13]
New Delhi experiments Eezham model ‘counterinsurgency’ on its own people: Indian State now consolidates a policy that extraordinary political movements of mass basis, coming from peoples long exposed to social oppression, material deprivation, un-freedom and stark poverty in India, have to be eliminated with the deployment of an increasing number of armed forces. The more the forces are special and armed-to-the-teeth with impunity, the more they are effective, is the policy outlook.
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SL military issues death threat to NPC members, TNA parliamentarian in Jaffna
[28.10.13]
SL military issues death threat to NPC members, TNA parliamentarian in Jaffna: The occupying Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers deployed in transforming the former High Security Zone in Valikaamam North into a Sinhala Military Zone (SMZ) on Monday rounded up and threatened a delegation of TNA parliamentarian, elected members of the Northern Provincial Council and the members of two civic bodies, at gunpoint on Monday, when the delegation went to the site following the complaints by the uprooted people that the occupying SLA was demolishing their houses using bulldozers.
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