Mullivaikkal Kanji – A moment in history

The Association of Relatives of Enforced Disappearances in the North and East have joined other organisations across the Tamil homeland in distributing Mullivaikkal Kanji to commemorate Tamil Genocide Week today. See a statement from them, explaining why they distribute kanji - a porridge of rice and water - below. MULLIVAIKKAL KANJI May 12 to 18 It was the final few days of the genocidal war against the Tamil nation in 2009. The military encircled helpless, displaced persons from all sides to sow death upon their heads. Those sheltering in bunkers were ceaselessly bombed with shells and...

Sri Lanka spent 30 times more than Prabhakaran, just to commit genocide – TNPF MP

The Sri Lankan government spent billions to commit genocide, said Tamil National People’s Front lawmaker S Kajendran in parliament earlier this month, stating that funds from the two million-strong Tamil diaspora could allow the whole island to flourish if the state was willing to accept Tamil nationhood. Speaking in parliament, Kajendran slammed Sri Lankan politicians for plundering "people, natural resources and other wealth to the bottom and fattened their own pockets," as well as destroying the economy of the North-East. "In May 2009 after committing a genocide in the provinces, you...

Flame lit at Nandikadal lagoon to mark beginning of Mullivaikkal remembrance week

A flame was lit at Nandikadal lagoon today to mark the beginning of Mullivaikkal remembrance week. Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) activist Peter IIlancheliyan lit the flame and sprinkled flowers at the lagoon, where thousands of Tamils were subjected to heavy Sri Lankan military bombardment. May 18, also known as 'Tamil Genocide Day' will mark 13 years since genocidal military offensive which saw the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils, in the weeks leading up to May 18, 2009. Citing the island-wide state of emergency, Sri Lankan police have threatened to shoot those gathering in...

'We have orders to shoot' - Sri Lankan police threaten Tamils gathering in Mullaitivu

As Tamils gather across the North-East to commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils massacred in Mullivaikkal, footage has emerged of Sri laankan police threatening to shoot those gathering in Mullaitivu earlier today. The police are filmed stating: This is Mullaitivu police announcement. Listen carefully, According to Section 2 of the Public Safety, state of emergency has been declared across Sri Lanka from May 6th. Permission has been denied to go out without a permit, to walk in the streets, on the beach, in public places, on the grounds and to gather. Violators will be prosecuted. And...

The return of Ranil Wickremesinghe - Sri Lanka appoints a new prime minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister today before Sri Lanka's President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Wickremesinghe has served as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1993 to 1994, 2001 to 2004, 2015 to 2015, 2015 to 2018, and 2018 to 2019. With this announcement, Tamil Guardian takes a look back at the veteran United National Party (UNP) leader who has become Sri Lanka's Prime Minister for the 6th time with just one seat in Parliament.

Sri Lankan court imposes travel ban on Mahinda Rajapaksa and allies

Sri Lanka's Fort Magistrate’s Court issued a travel ban on former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and several others this morning, reportedly as part of investigations into the violence against anti-government protestors that took place earlier this week. Amongst those restricted from leaving the island are Rajapaksa’s son and former minister Namal, as well as other key allies including Jonston Fernando. Violence across the south left 9 people dead this week, as pro and anti-government mobs clashed. Responding to the news, Namal Rajapaksa tweeted that he would “extend my fullest cooporation...

Kanji served in the North-East as Mullivaikkal remembrance week begins

Tamils across the North-East marked the first day of Mullivaikkal Remembrance Week by boiling and serving kanji to commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils killed by the Sri Lankan state 13 years ago. Kanji - a porridge of rice and water - was the only food available to Tamils trapped in the Sri Lankan government declared 'No Fire Zones' as food, medicines and other necessities were heavily restricted from entering the Vanni during the final phase of the armed conflict. The Sri Lankan government denied the delivery of food into the conflict zones, to use starvation as a weapon of war. Even as Tamils stood in long queues to get a bowl of kanji, the Sri Lankan military continued their daily bombardment, slaughtering many.

UN Secretary General calls for 'dialogue' to deal with Sri Lanka's growing crisis

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has encouraged Sri Lankan stakeholders to "find a solution to the current challenges through dialogue" as the island continues to grapple with a growing crisis. “At the same time, we’ve also been concerned about the recent violence against peaceful protesters, and we urge calm and restraint, as well as respect for democratic rights, including the right… the freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly," his Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq reportedly said. Earlier this week, Mahinda Rajapaksa handed in his resignation just hours after clashes...

‘I won’t step down, I will save you’ – Rajapaksa refuses to quit as Sri Lanka's president

In a special address to the country, embattled Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, refused to step down insisting that would appoint a new Prime Minister and cabinet this week. His statement comes following violent clashes between supporters of the President and anti-government demonstrators. Thus far at least 8 people have been killed, and hundreds have been injured. The military has been sent in to impose a curfew which will be reportedly lifted tomorrow at 7 am but reimposed at 2 pm and remain in place until Friday at 6 am. The military has been given orders to shoot anyone 'looting...

Sri Lankan troops deployed to Colombo amidst anti-government protests

Sri Lankan military have been heavily deployed to the capital, Colombo as anti-government protests and violence continues on the island. Armoured military tanks and armed soldiers were seen patrolling the capital after being ordered by the Defence Ministry to shoot anyone "looting public property or causing harm to others". The island has been rocked by violence since Monday after pro-Rajapaska supporters clashed with anti-government protesters who have been camped out at Galle Face Green for weeks, demanding president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to resign. Despite an island-wide curfew, anti-...

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