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Report - 'state facilitated colonisation in Northern SL'

See here for report by 'Watchdog' on the site Groundviews, regarding the increasing state facilitated Sinhala colonisation of the North-East.

Extract reproduced below:

"As detailed in this report, private and state land continues to be occupied by the military and increasingly by Sinhala and Muslim settlers from other parts of Sri Lanka.  A covert, systematic and State-sponsored attempt to alter the demographic composition of the North and Eastern Provinces has overridden the day-to-day socio-economic and political aspirations of the local population.

The significance of attempts at demographic change is more so in the face of the upcoming Northern Provincial Council Elections, the first in nearly 30 years.  Even though State- sponsored colonization of the Tamil majority North and Eastern Provinces, under the guise of irrigation schemes, has continued unabated since the late 1940’s and is widely documented, the recent spike in colonization points to gerrymandering against the backdrop of impending elections."

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