‘Proud to shed blood to protect Tamils’

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 October 2003, 18:36 GMT]
“We are really proud as Singhalese today because we shed blood to protect our Tamil brethren from the racist thugs”, said Mr. Rohitha Bashana, the main organiser of the Sinhala/Tamil arts festival that was attacked by Sinhala nationalist mobs at the New Town Hall in Colombo Wednesday. Five Singhalese, including two journalists, were injured in the attack. Police officers said that Sinhala nationalists were planning massive, hostile demonstrations against the Sinhala/Tamil arts festival Thursday.

Mr. Rohitha Bashana, the chief spokesman for the Sinhala group, ‘Hiru’, that organised the arts festival to bring Tamil, Sinhala and Muslim artistes, writers and poets together, said that the attackers were spurred on to violence for more than two weeks by the Sinhala extremist newspaper, Divaina, published by President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s uncle, Dr. Seevali Ratwatte.

Police said the attackers came armed with knives, clubs, chains and stones.

At a press conference held this noon in the aftermath of the attack at the venue of the festival , Mr. Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka, the widely respected Sinhala film director, said that the attack was a great disgrace to all Sinhala people. “This gathering is not against peace or for promoting war. Hence the attack is a big disgrace for the Sinhala people”, he said.

Newsmen from the Divaina were also among the attackers, according to the organisers of the arts festival for peace.

Mob attacks Tamil-Sinhala Arts Festival
Prof. Sucharitha Gamlath addressing the cultural festival.
In his inaugural address, Prof. Sucharitha Gamlath, the widely regarded Sinhala savant, said that he would struggle against violence perpetrated on Tamils until his last breath.

He said that, as a Singhalese he has been engaged in such a struggle from the time he was head of the Arts faculty in the University of Jaffna in the late seventies.

He explained how Sinhala works on grammar are based on the Tamil grammar called Virasoliyam – written by the Buddhist monk in Tamil Nadu in medieval times.

Prof. Gamlath said that no Sinhala writer has created any work to promote Tamil Sinhala harmony for more than thirty years.

He blamed the Sinhala nationalist writer, Dr. Gunadasa Amerasekera, among others, for producing literature expressly meant to urge and promote war by the Sinhala majority against the Tamils.

 

Latest 15 Reports
18.04.19 21:24   Photo
Sinhala colonisation escalated in Vavuniyaa North with a multitude of players backing infrastructure
17.04.19 23:18   Photo
Journalist harassed after exposing SLN surveillance on peaceful protest in Vanni
16.04.19 22:20   Photo
Uprooted Tamils in Karanthaay enter their lands in dispute with SL authority
15.04.19 23:44   Photo
Linguistic discrimination, insensitive iconography used to establish Sinhala Buddhist hegemony
14.04.19 22:43   Photo
Colombo schemes new settler colony for intruding Sinhala fishers in Mullaiththeevu
13.04.19 08:01   Photo
Tamil youth in Batticaloa irked by SL State-backed southern company bent on ilmenite mining
12.04.19 21:01   Photo
SLA deployed Tamils as human shields in 1990, activists allege mass graves in Jaffna islet
11.04.19 23:47   Photo
Assange arrest: Declaration of war against digital civil society by bandwagoning powers
10.04.19 21:25  
Tamils discriminated in demarcation of education zones in Ampaa'rai district
09.04.19 17:20   Photo
Analyst: Transitional justice will never work, SL State institutionally genocidal
08.04.19 22:13  
Tamil Nadu politician's family continues ‘Sri Lanka’ investment, disregards criticism
07.04.19 23:39  
Employment discrimination in educational sector in East
06.04.19 22:59   Photo
Monks groom SL police on misusing UN rights intended for controlling hate speech
05.04.19 22:31   Photo
SL State appropriates lands of Tamils in Batticaloa under ‘Mahaweli’ scheme
04.04.19 23:46   Photo
Colombo's next step of genocide: urbanising and linking Mannaar-Trinco belt with South
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=10285