Saturday, 23 August 2014
Home Tamil Affairs International Affairs Editorial Opinion Feature Culture & Community Interviews
Latest Entries:
Army builds hotel on shores of Nanthikadal Lagoon
Tamil Guardian 26 December 2012 Print ArticleE-mail ArticleFeedback On Article
   

The Sri Lankan Army has completed the construction of another hotel, this time on the shores of the Nanthikadal Lagoon.

The Lagoon’s Edge is a luxury hotel, built entirely of teak and was built in a "place where thousands of war heroes, terrorists and others died", according to Sinhalese newspaper Mawbima.

Writing in the Huffington Post, author of “Still Counting the Dead”, Frances Harrison describes how the hotel “caters for Sinhala war tourists who want to see the last bastion of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels.”

View from balcony of the military-built hotel - shores of killing fields can be seen across the lagoon

Just across the lagoon, visible from the hotel, is the area where hundreds of thousands of Tamils were attacked by the Sri Lankan military in 2009.

“Right in the heart of what was rebel territory, the hotel overlooks the stretch of water that became the frontline during the final bloody months of the conflict, in which it's now estimated by the United Nations 40,000 or possibly 70,000 civilians died in a few months. Tamil survivors describe wading through the neck-high water, passing floating corpses and dodging bullets. Several children and injured or elderly people drowned in the water in the struggle to escape,” wrote the former BBC correspondent.

President Rajapakse during the opening ceremony and planting a holy Buddhist bodhi tree, with defence secretary Gotabhaya.

Pictures on the hotel’s Facebook page, show Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse and the defence secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse at the opening ceremony, along with Kandyan dancers, “totally alien to this exclusively Tamil part of the island”, said Harrison.

A picture also shows what appears to be a memorial frame with a soldier in a triumphal pose, with a machine gun in one hand and the Sri Lankan flag in the other.

Sign at entrance to hotel, entirely in Singhalese

 
Share on Facebook Print ArticlePrint Article E-mail ArticleE-mail Article Feedback On ArticleFeedback On Article
 
 
HIGHLIGHTS
  Tamil Affairs
Tamil Guardian 23 August 2014
Judge orders soldier accused of rape to be detained
A judge has ordered that the Sri Lankan soldier accused of raping a 14 year old girl in Mannar should be held in remand until September 5, after police said officials at the army base where he resides were obstructing their inquiries. [more]

Tamil Guardian 23 August 2014
Modi meets TNA, calls for political solution addressing Tamil aspirations
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Saturday called for a political solution in Sri Lanka "that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, [more]

Tamil Guardian 23 August 2014
Military briefs international advisors to presidential disappearances commission
Senior Sri Lankan military commanders last month briefed international experts appointed by President Rajapaksa to advise his commission on disappearances. [more]

Tamil Guardian 22 August 2014
Ongoing concern for Tamil workers in Kurdistan, KRG denies forced labour

Families of Tamil workers in Kurdistan continued to express concern over the welfare of the men, who the families say are being held against their will and forced to work for Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State militants. [more]

Tamil Guardian 22 August 2014
Satellite imagery reveals increased militarisation in Jaffna

Satellite images show the Sri Lankan military has been consolidating its presence in the Tamil North-East of the island, increasing the number of permanent structures that it has built on land seized from Tamil civilians since the end of the armed conflict.

Images released by the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the request of the Sri Lanka Campaign, [more]

Tamil Guardian 22 August 2014
Tamils in Sri Lanka must enjoy 'equality, dignity, justice and self-respect' says India
Photograph Colombo Page Tamils in Sri Lanka must enjoy "equality, [more]

Tamil Guardian 22 August 2014
Bones found by fisherman's ID card in Batticaloa
Bones have been unearthed in farm land in Pandariyaveli in Batticaloa by the Kokkaddicholai police, reports Uthayan. According to the paper, the police are suspecting the discovery is that of human bones, [more]

Tamil Guardian 22 August 2014
Police confirms 14y girl raped by soldier
The police spokesperson Ajith Rohana confirmed on Thursday that a 14 year old girl in Mannar had been sexually assaulted by a Sri Lankan army soldier, reports BBC Tamil. [more]


Print Editions

 
 

Contact Tamil Guardian
www.tamilguardian.com