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Transcript of TAMIL GENOCIDE
TAMIL GENOCIDE in SRI LANKA
Sinhala only act OF 1956
Repression on Language, Employment and Education for Tamils
Racial Riots and Massacre of Tamil
LTTE-lIBERATION TIGER OF TAMIL EELAM
"Our organization, as well as our people do not want war. We want peace and we want to resolve our problems through peaceful means. We are deeply committed to the peace process. It is because of our sincere commitment to peace that we are firmly and rigidly observing ceasefire. It is our organization that took the initiative of declaring the cessation of hostilities unilaterally and observing peace for the last two years tolerating the provocative actions of the state's armed forces."
- Hon. Velupillai Pirapagharan, the national leader of Tamil Eelam, in his Heroes' Day Message, 2003.
wHAT THE gOV'T aSSUMED
Struggles of LTTE
The organization, in its evolutionary growth, has faced severe obstacles, dilemmas and challenges.
It has had to fight the most bloody and savage battles against formidable forces and treacherous enemies.
It has had to engage in both war, and in peace processes. In the military field, it has achieved remarkable victories and gained global recognition as one of the most efficient fighting machines in the world.
The organization has made immense sacrifices in life and blood in the cause of national freedom. It has also engaged in the realm of peace, seeking a fair and reasonable political solution, without relinquishing the inalienable rights of the Tamil people.
What is Genocide?
the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
synonyms: mass murder, mass homicide, massacre; more
passed by the Parliament of Ceylon in 1956
Sinhala is the language of Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese ethnic group, who then accounted for around 70% of the country's population
Tamil is the mother tongue of Ceylon's three largest minority ethnic groups, accounted for around 29% of the country's population
The act replaced English as the official language of Ceylon with Sinhala
The act was controversial
supporters of the act saw it as an attempt by a community that had just gained independence to distance themselves from their colonial masters
while its opponents viewed it as an attempt by the linguistic majority to oppress and assert dominance on minorities
The Act symbolizes the post independent
majority Sinhalese to assert its Sri Lanka's
identity as a nation state, and for Tamils,
it became a symbol of minority oppression
and a justification for them to demand a
separate nation state, which resulted in
decades of civil war.
This oppression was not simply an expression of racial prejudice, but a well calculated genocidal plan aimed at the gradual and systematic destruction of the essential foundations of national -community. The oppression, attacking simultaneously on the different structural levels of the national foundation, the levels of the conditions of existence of a nation, its language, education, culture, economy and territory. As part of this genocidal program formed the state inspired communal riots, which led to the mass destruction of life and property of the Tamils.
1948- 1 Million workers Disenfranchised
Planned Annexation of Tamil Lands
the dutch period
THE British PERIOD
British Ruled ALL OF S.L
sRI LANKA'S independence
Between WW I and WW II, political stirrings started to push Sri Lanka towards eventual independence from Britain
But in a considerably more peaceful and low-key manner than in India
At the end of WW II it was evident that independence would come very soon, in the wake of independence for Sri Lanka's neighbour
Pre- Historic Sri Lanka
1815 to 4th February 1948 - AD The period during which the British ruled the whole of Sri Lanka after capturing the KANDYAN Provinces in 1815
tHE Portuguese period
History of Sri Lanka
2009-2011 Major Protests outside of
The first protests occurred in several cities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu in 2009 where organizations, politicians, celebrities and student associations raised their requests for the Government of India to intersect and stop the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Toronto staged the "Hands Off Sri Lanka" protest rally in front of the U.S. Consulate
Ottawa held a similar rally outside the U.S. Embassy.
The largest of the protests occurred in the United Kingdom. On April 6th 2010 an ongoing protest began, which continued into the middle of May. The next major protest took place on 11 April 2010, which attracted more than 200,000 Tamils.
Tamils Stopped Fighting After Prabakaran's Death
Recent TORTURE OF TAMIL
2003 - 2009
What is the Sl government doing other then killing ?
Tamil Genocide Today
Total Population: 22.33 million
Government: Democratic Republic
Languages: Sinhalese, Tamil
Religion: Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Muslim
SO WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TAMIL AND SINHALESE?
interesting FACTS ABOUT SRILANKA
Tamil has been a language since the 2nd century
On July 21, 1960 Sirimavo Bandaranaike took office as Prime Minister, and became the world's first female Prime Minister
Sri Lanka is one of those places where history seems to fade into the mist of legend.
Sri lanka was ruled by several different local kings and queens from 436 BC until 1506 AD
1506 to 1658 AD -The period during which the Portuguese ruled the maritime Provinces of Sri Lanka, except the Kandyan Provinces
1658 to 1796 AD - The period during which the Dutch ruled the maritime Provinces of Sri Lanka, except the Kandyan Provinces
1796 to 1815 AD -The period during which the British ruled the maritime Provinces of Sri Lanka except the Kandyan Provinces
Adam's Peak said to be the very place where Adam set foot on earth, having been sent out of heaven? Isn't that his footprint on top of the mountain to prove it?
Or is it the Buddha's footprint on Sri Pada?
And isn't Adam's Bridge (the chain of islands linking Sri Lanka to India) the very series of stepping stones Rama, aided by his faithful ally, the monkey god Hanuman, stepped across in his mission to rescue Sita from the clutches of the Rawana,King of Lanka, in the epic Ramayana?
The legends of the 4th largest mountain in SL
In February 1948 Sri Lanka, or Ceylon as it was still known, became an independent member of the
Did all Sri Lankan Citizens gain there independence and freedom?
tHE SINHALESE GOT INTO THE GOVERNMENT FIRST, FILLING ALL THE GOVERNMENT SPOTS WITH PEOPLE OF SINHALESE HERITAGE ONLY. WHERE DID THIS LEAVE THE
The Sri Lankan Government and navy has tortured, abused, and killed several Tamil civilians. In May 2009 at least 7,934 persons died, of which 550 were children younger than 10.
Sri Lankan government forces are raping and inflicting torture on the minority Tamil population including in the government’s official rehabilitation centers.
Victims say they were kidnapped, raped, burned with cigarettes, suffocated, beaten with pipes and burned with metal rods and forced to sign confessions in a language they couldn’t understand.
2010 - 2011
He explained that he had been tortured by branding with hot metal rods, late last year while being interrogated by the Sri Lankan security forces.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the heart and soul of the Tamil struggle for self-determination.
It is the national freedom movement of the people of Tamil Eelam, both a political organization as well as a military power
The LTTE has an evolutionary history extending over more than 32 years.
Born in the early seventies under the leadership of Mr Velupillai Pirapagharan, it has grown, developed and expanded into a national liberation organisation with the support of the Tamils EVERYWHERE.
After years of fighting, and a number of attempts at peace, the conflict ended in May 2009 when the Sri Lankan military declared victory after reclaiming Tamil controlled areas. During the hostilities, which lasted over a quarter of a century, it is estimated that more than 70,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were uprooted from their homes and were displaced across the country.
After years of fighting...
The enemy has been deceitful, dishonest and refused fundamental justice to our people
Accomplishment at the negotiating table has not matched the military feats on the battlefields.
The attitude of the Sinhala political establishment had made the negotiating process difficult and painful.
The Sri Lanka government and the Colombo media blamed the LTTE as the villain of peace and the prime causal factor for failures at a negotiated settlement.
The government acknowledges the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Tamil Civilians but ignores it.
They even seize all publications of the tamil genocide claiming is "Terrorist weapons", when they're really trying to play the game under the table.
Were now in the 20th Century, but LTTE is no longer strong enough to support the Tamil Civilians in the Civil War
Tamil Genocide still continues today ....
Anti- tamil racists
Thousands of lives have been lost and the anger will forever be scourging within the million of Tamils outside of SL ready to claim back their motherland!