Showing posts from June, 2014

New York Times editorial reflects sentiments of international community about communal violence in Sri Lanka

New York Times has published an Editorial on Sri Lanka's latest and bloodiest communal violence in the recent past that took place in Beruwala and Matugama electorates against Muslims. Read the New York Times editorial here. The editorial identifies the ultranationalist Bodu Bala Sena as a force linked to the governing Rajapaksa family and the security forces. The editorial perhaps said this with tongue in the cheek. "Among other things, the violence threatens Sri Lanka’s recovering tourism industry and business development directly tied to members of his family." "Mr. Rajapaksa’s statements on Monday directing the police to act against any individual or group fomenting ethnic or religious hatred are welcome. But the president did not repudiate the Bodu Bala Sena by name. He should move immediately to allow the independent investigation called for by the United Nations; accept the technical assistance offered by the council to address human rights conc

Hail Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, but prevention is better than cure

Today's The Island newspaper reported in its lead news that the government had decided to rebuild the property in Beruwala electorate damaged in communal violence mid June. According to reports, the government has allocated Rs. 200 million public money for this and Army is to provide labor free of charge. Yesterday's reports said that the Army had already stationed in Aluthgama to start work today.  Here are some interesting excerpts from The Island story: "Racial violence would only strengthen the hands of those conspirators who had been pushing for war crimes probe targeting the country, he added. Anyone with an iota of love for the country, wouldn’t attack another community, the Defence Secretary said.................. ......................... "Give me just one reason why we should cause chaos as the country is heading for national elections. Having won every election, except the first Northern Provincial Council polls last September, ther

Interesting turns of events in Sri Lanka in post-Dharaga Town time

In  press conference held yesterday but not covered widely by the local media, Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the secretary of Sri Lanka's Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) said that they had stopped and urged the Muslim extremists also to stop. He demanded the Sinhala Buddhists not to be misled by rumors since the clashes only benefited the elements that are against the nation. The vociferous Buddhist monk rejected BBS having any connections with communal violence in Beruwala electorate and other places and said that the controversial rally in Aluthgama town was not organized by them but the Shasanarakshaka Balamandala of the area. He pointed out that he used psychological tactics in his fiery speech and at the tail end of it urged the people to disperse and not to demonstrate across Dharga Town. But in his speech, Gnanasara Thero says the Moors would see their end if they set their hands on any Sinhalese and the shops in the are would be vandalized. Gna

No limit to anti-Muslim attacks in Sri Lanka. Nolimit fashion store in Panadura set ablaze

now Then   I visited the Nolimit fashion store in Panadura two months ago. It was a beautiful and cosy place. I thought the sophisticated shop could be another high priced premise but it was not so much like that. I bought a nice and unique leather belt from them for Rs. 1200. A friend of mine that lives in Panadura told me that the other clothing businessman were jealous of Nolimit since it attracted the city fashion goers with its ultra modern facilities like ample parking space and electric elevators. I have never stopped in Panadura to by clothes before Nolimit was opened and definitely it attracted visitors from outside. However, this Nolimit fashion store was set ablaze early hours this morning. The reason is nothing but it belonged to Muslims. Buddhist terrorists are suspected for the carnage. The government will not act against them as it has not acted so far. Unlike the comparatively smaller businesses in Dharga Town, this network of clothing stores must be insur

Sri Lanka Buddhist extremists incite communal violence between Sinhalese and Muslims in Beruwala

Communal violence took place in Sri Lanka between Muslims and Sinhala Buddhists in the evening of June 15th in Sri Lanka's Beruwala multi ethnic electorate. Reports say that two shops and a van was set fire in Muslim dominated Dharga Town. Police curfew has been imposed in the Beruwala and Aluthgama police areas.  A tense situation prevailed in the area since three days as a Muslim man allegedly attacked a Buddhist monk. The Sinhalese Buddhists of Aluthgama town protested the police blocking Galle Road two days ago for failing to arrest the persons who assaulted the monk. Police later arrested the suspects and remanded them. On June 15,  Buddhist extremist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) held a rally at Aluthgama town. Ground reports said that they had planned to demonstrate across Dharga Town upto the temple of the monk who was attacked. Muslims are accused of pelting stones at the motorcade. When we visited the area in the evening today, police and Special Task Force were guar

A former cadre of Tamil Tigers wanted for making a living with explosives buried during war time

Sri Lanka police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that police is on the look out for a former cadre of the defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) under suspicion of possessing explosives. Police released photos of the wanted man who has been identified as Gunasekara Mudiyanselage Nilanka Jude Antony a.k.a. Cyril Nilangam Jude Antony who used the pseudonym ‘Villango’ in the LTTE. This person who is believed an explosive expert of the LTTE is believed to have knowledge on the places the LTTE had buried its explosives. Police media spokesman said that a police team had arrested a person on June 04 in Madu area ho was possessing around 15 kilograms of explosives. He has revealed about Villango the wanted suspect. They have reportedly unearthed the explosives buried by LTTE and sold them to the fishermen to use illegally in fishing. The youth in northern Sri Lanka find it difficult to find employment, as Jathika Hela Urumaya MP Athuraliye Rathana Thero said in a ne