'Colombo's largesse stained with Tamil blood' -Selvam

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 14 November 2001, 21:35 GMT]
"Every rupee that the Sri Lankan government gives you through its quisling to buy your vote is stained with the blood of our people who were killed in places of refuge and worship, the tears of our women who were gang raped here in Mannar and in every part of the north and east. The Chandrika regime is liberally spending money through its Tamil lackey to bribe our people, to pacify them and thereby show the world that our struggle for justice is a terrorist problem. The people of Mannar have always been patriotic.

You should show them that you will not be bribed or bought over for money," said Selvam Adaikalanathan, the leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation, addressing a campaign meeting of the Tamil National Alliance in Keeri, a village in the island of Mannar Wednesday.

Selvam Adaikalanathan, the leader of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation, addressing a campaign meeting of the Tamil National Alliance in Keeri, a village in the island of Mannar, Wednesday. (Photo: TamilNet)
The meeting was held at the village hall. Keeri is mostly populated by people who were displaced from Jaffna due to the war in 1995-96. The village is under the supervision of the Sunny Village Sri Lanka Navy camp.

In 1999, six houses and a mini cinema hall in the village were burnt by Sri Lanka army troops which were based in the Sunny Village camp at the time. Six houses were burnt and three people were wounded when the SLA ran amok in the village in 1999 in retaliation to the death of a soldier in the area. A girl was shot in both legs and is still disabled.

All essential supplies to the village are restricted. Villagers have to obtain special permission from the Navy at the Sunny Village camp to transport cement, fuel, building material etc., to Keeri from Mannar.

Meanwhile Mr. Mavai Senathirajah, a senior leader of the TULF and a Tamil Alliance candidate for Jaffna said, addressing a TNA campaign meeting in Vavuniya town later in the day: "We will speak up for the rights of the Tamil people if we go to Parliament. If that does not work we will collect our people and launch a people's struggle for our national liberation".

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