Sri Lankan cabinet minister Champika Ranawaka has warned of “100 more massacres” if the Tamil people of the island were to follow the Tamil National Alliance, who he accused of calling the “nation” out to fight.
Addressing reporters, Power and Energy minister Champika Ranawaka from the JHU, a constituent party of the ruling coalition stated,
"Does Sampanthan want to create 100 more Mullivaikkals?
We are ready to forgive and forget the past and think about the future. But, if Sampanthan is calling us to a fight, our nation would proudly accept the challenge."
"One Mullivaikkal is enough. Don't try to get 100 more."
The minister was responding to TNA leader Sampanthan’s speech at the ITAK convention in Batticaola last month, where he stated it was uncompromising that the North-East be viewed as “areas of historical habitation of the Tamil speaking people”
Ranawaka went on to say,
"We appeal to the Tamil people not to go behind this kind of people and end up in getting 100 more Mullivaikkals".
See the report from JDS here.
Approximately 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final few months of the armed hostilities which ended in the coastal strip of Mullivaikkal. May 18th has since been marked by Tamils across the globe as a day of mourning for the thousands lost. See our feature here.