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United protests in Jaffna send messages to diaspora, Tamil Nadu

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 June 2012, 05:06 GMT]
Protests against land grab by the occupying Sinhala military, initiated by the Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) and conducted in unison along with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and civil groups in Jaffna, send messages to Tamils in the diaspora and in Tamil Nadu, especially when such protests are met with oppression of the genocidal Sinhala State in Colombo and its ‘security’ and judicial arms, commented political observers in Jaffna. The scenario has to be understood in the light of Tamil civilians in Trincomalee protesting their villages grabbed for Sinhala military’s High Security Zone being converted into ‘Heavy Industry Zone’ funded by India, and the public opinion forcing even the EPDP members in the civic bodies of Jaffna to voice against land grab, the observers pointed out.

Last week, an Indian Company, Gateway Industries signed a 4 billion dollar direct foreign investment deal with genocidal Colombo to create a special industrial zone for heavy industries in Trincomalee in the land grabbed earlier for the High Security Zone by the Sinhala military.

Residents of Champoor, in the Trincomalee District have filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court on Friday 15 June 2012, challenging the demarcation of a Special Zone for Heavy Industries (SZHI) through Gazette Extraordinary No. 1758/26 issued on 17 May 2012, Colombo media reports said.

According to the petitioners, on numerous earlier occasions also they were displaced from their land due to the hostilities but were able to return to their property, rebuild their lives and re-cultivate their lands. But now they are prevented from entering their villages by the military and officials of Colombo and at the same time permanent arrangements are made to legalize the appropriation of their lands.

Under a master plan, a series of constructions, including a deep water jetty, a bulk commodities terminal, a power plant, and a host of facilities for heavy industries and complementary industries are going to be built in the appropriated zone, said Chinese news agency Xinhua.

Colombo’s direct investment target for 2012 was 2 billion dollar. But India alone has doubly fulfilled Colombo’s expectation by its $4 billion investment.

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The Sinhala Army has occupied a large tract of land including several villages in the Jaffna Peninsula too, for the High Security Zone around the KKS harbour and the Palaali airport. With the given attitude and master plans of India in collaboration with genocidal Colombo, the lands are not going to come back to the people.

When the ‘heroic’ Sinhala military is doing such a great service to India, China and the so-called international community, and benefits through it materially and in fulfilling the genocidal agenda, which of them will want the military to be removed, war crimes investigation against it genuinely undertaken or at least check the on-going structural genocide, unless a struggle is directly addressed against them, political observers in Jaffna commented.

Where can the military go, asks the commander of the occupying Sinhala military, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe in defending the appropriation of more than 1000 private properties amidst densely populated localities in Jaffna for the permanent use of the occupying military.

A vast majority of politicians in the Sinhala nation and its military firmly believe that demographic genocide of Tamils in the North is the only way of achieving ‘permanent’ solution to have a ‘united’ island under the permanent majority rule of the Sinhalese. They also think that they have already achieved it in the East, and what remains is only the North. To achieve this wish they are prepared to give anything to anybody for the time being.

The actions of India and the US have so far never contradicted this basic genocidal wish of the Sinhala nation. On the contrary, they have always been facilitating ground for the fulfillment of this wish, theoretically and practically.

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The current trend in the escalation of structural genocide has actually been set by the US enacting an escape route resolution at the UNHRC, and India making it further easier for Colombo. One doesn’t need any serious research to tell this. Just a glance of the catalogue of events in the last few months is enough.

But India is now occupying the slot at the UNHRC in passing judgement at the catalogue. Tamil Nadu has to take a special note of it in scrutinizing New Delhi’s activities in the island and in addressing the struggle.

Tamils may have to be prepared to expose both the US and India when Sri Lanka’s catalogue is taken up next time at the UNHRC.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s judiciary now curbs democratic protests of the Tamil public on military’s land grab. The veiled threat is that violent intruders will foil such protests. Police action has prevented demonstrators on Tuesday.

The SL president doesn’t like protests, says collaborating minister Douglas Devananda in a threatening tone, addressing demonstrating teachers from Vanni.

After the ‘Grease Devils’, the civil society now faces ‘Oil Devils’ as seen from recent incidents in Jaffna. The devils of genocide will take new avatars from time to time.

Despite a gravely oppressive situation, the ground realities have impelled all the shades of non-collaborating Tamil polity to come together in protesting the occupying military and its land grab.

With all their limitations and gagged conditions, Eezham Tamils in the island have tried to tell what they wanted to tell. They have said that in the island but protests against those who protect this regime should be stepped up in the West and in India.

The diaspora and Tamil Nadu should get the cue. Addressing the matter in appropriate ways to the establishments in Washington and New Delhi is in their hands respectively.

The diaspora especially should learn from the so-called Oslo Declaration that was conceived by the West and joined by India to take Eezham Tamils to Mu’l’livaaykkaal. It is time for the struggle to be democratically addressed directly at the ultimate culprits, Tamil political observers in the island said.


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