Friday, May 26, 2006

This boils me blood

From www.tamilnet.com which I check everyday. I should probably check either the Daily News or Daily Mirror (the latter being less a govt mouth piece than the former), but I check tamil net to see how close to my friends claymores are going off.

This makes me mad. I have chosen to be mad about it. I took a look at it, it stood out and I am upset about it. I want to be able to say something intelligent about WHY I am mad about this, and have been pretty chilled about the rest, but the mind is not rational.

Batticaloa is the district that is straight north of Ampara where I was working and people I worked with were routinely there and in fact, my field workers who were going to University there, Tamil boys, were routinely harassed. All in a day's work.

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STF orders shops closed in Batticaloa as punishment

[TamilNet, May 25, 2006 22:55 GMT]
"Special Task Force (STF) troopers went around the markets in Arayampathy and Kalavanchikudy areas in Batticaloa district Thursday around 12.30 p.m, assaulting many traders and forcing them to close their shops for five additional days, as punishment for their current two day voluntary shop shut down as a mark of respect for Col. Ramanan, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Deputy Commander of Batticaloa district, who was killed on Sunday" said Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian P. Ariyanenthiran.
Mr. Ariyanenthiran said that he had registered a written complaint of this incident with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). The parliamentarian told the SLMM that traders had spontaneously expressed their grief on the loss of Col. Ramanan who was very close to them and the residents in the Batticaloa district, sources said.

Thaya Mohan, the LTTE Batticaloa district Political Head said that he too had registered a complaint with the SLMM and mentioned that their response was as lukewarm.

The STF soldiers who regularly harass and attack Tamils civilians in the Batticaloa district had been infuriated by the successful hartal and the respect shown by local residents to the late Col. Ramanan, sources said..

The SLMM went to Arayampathy and Kalavanchchikudy regional markets following the complaints and subsequently inquired the STF, who denied any wrong doing, said sources in Batticaloa.

The SLMM has asked the traders to resume their usual business activities from Friday, sources said.

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