Lankan Tamils- One of the most priviledged minority in the world
Douglas Wickramaratne , The president of the UK,s Sinhala Assosiation and a Tamil spokeman Arjun Ediriweerasingham debated the contraversial London demonstration carring the official LTTE flag and blocking streets of the parliament in London's Sunrise TV breakfast show.
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When one of the interviewers said that they saw Tamil civilians not walking to the other side from the LTTE enclave but virtually running away from the LTTE enclave the London Tamil spokesman evaded in his reply.
Douglas Wickramaratne said the LTTE had treated the civilians very cruelly in the past by implementing "ethnic cleansing" by chasing out the Sinhalese and then 100,000 Muslims from Jaffna allowing them to take just œ 5 worth of Sri Lankan money and those civilians are still languishing in various camps. At that time, strangely, the people who are clamouring about Tamil civilians, who are also victims of the LTTE, were shamefully and strangely silent, Wickramaratne said.
Edirweerasingham said Sri Lanka's real problem is the Tamil rights have been crushed by the Sri Lanka government and they are imposing Sinhalese as the sole state language since 1956. He also accused the government of killing thousands of Tamils.
Wickramaratne said Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which has made Tamil a state language while there about 100 million Tamils all over the world. Tamil enjoys parity with the Sinhalese as the national state languages and in India where there are 70 million Tamils it is only a provincial language, he said. Wickramaratne called them one of the most priviledged minority in the world.
Edirweerasingham reiterated the Tamils want a ceasefire in the war to stop this genocide. The war should be stopped forthwith. He said.
Wickramaratne said Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation and its citizens , whether Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims have got the right to life. The perpetrators of the killing grounds, where the terrorists walked into villages and slashed the abdomens of pregnant women, and shot infants and killed in holy places are the LTTE. They have strengthened themselves during past ceasefires. Another ceasefire means another round of killings of impunity, Wickramaratne argued.
Contitutionally Sri Lanka has brought in substantial changes to protect the rights of the minorities since 1987. However the LTTE has been the only obstacle to the successful implementation of such changes on the ground. If the tamils in Sri Lanks are inconvenienced in one way or the other today, those elements will not trouble the tamils in Sri Lanka any more after the last terrorist is killed.
However, how the west should deal with the Terrorists in their own back yard will remin their problem.
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