There was ‘no point’ in talking with Ranil Wickremesinghe says TNPF

The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) said that there was “no point” in trying to engage with Ranil Wickremesinghe ahead of lawmakers electing a new Sri Lankan president, as he was actively working with a party that was against the changes that are currently taking place on the island. Speaking at a press conference last week TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, said that Wickremesinghe had tried to get in touch with the party before parliamentarians voted but the TNPF had refused to meet. “We are not going to meet Ranil Wickremesinghe because he is with a party that is working directly...

Protestors beaten and journalists assaulted as Sri Lankan army storms Galle Face

Following months of protest, Sri Lanka’s military have stormed the protest site in Galle Face destroying the settlement where less than a hundred protesters were camping.

Black Tigers Day commemorated in Paris

French Tamils commemorated Black Tigers Day in Paris earlier this month, paying tribute to fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). An event was held in Bobigny, with musical tributes and flowers laid before portraits of fallen cadres. Relatives of martyred LTTE cadres were the first to light lamps and place flowers before portraits. Those in attendance included; the mother of Major Sudayini who died in an encounter with the Sri Lanka Navy at Paruthithurai on 13.01.1994, the brother of Major Inban who died in an encounter with the Sri Lanka Army in Kokuvil on 20.06.1999, the...

Perarivalan’s mother celebrated in Tamil Nadu

Arputham Ammal, the mother of A.G. Periarivalan, who was imprisoned for over 31 years over his alleged role in the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination, was celebrated at a function in Tamil Nadu earlier this month, where she was praised for her resilience. Periarivalan was finally freed from prison earlier this year, following a long legal battle led chiefly by Arputham Ammal. He was 19 years old when he was arrested in 1991 and was arrested along with others who were suspected of playing a role in Gandhi’s assassination. Six others continue to languish in prison on a life sentence. Perarivalan...

Wickremesinghe’s first visit as president is to accused war criminal ‘friends’

Sri Lanka’s president Ranil Wickremesinghe paid a visit to the Defence Headquarters Complex hours after he was sworn in this morning, where he shook hands with accused war criminals and ceremonially lit a lamp before a statue of the Buddha. Wickremesinghe was greeted by Kamal Gunaratne, Sri Lanka’s defence secretary and former army commander who was involved in overseeing the Mullivaikkal genocide. He also met with Shavendra Silva, an accused war criminal who is barred from entry to the Untied States over his role in executing Tamils. Wickremesinghe previously described Silva as a “friend. “...

Protests worldwide call for Singapore to arrest Rajapaksa

Demonstrations have been held outside Singapore’s embassies around the world, calling on the country to arrest Sri Lanka’s former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prosecute him for genocide. In Malaysia, a delegation led by Penang Deputy Chief Minister, Prof Ramasamy met with the Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vanu Gopala Menon, handing him a memorandum expressing the sentiments of Malaysian Tamils over Rajapaksa’s presence in the country. “The criminal who had no sympathy or compassion for thousands of innocent Tamils, killed and raped women, should not have a place in a decent...

As Rajapaksa loses immunity, Canadians call for sanctions and prosecutions

Canadian lawmaker Gary Anandasangaree called on his government to impose sanctions on former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, days after they lost immunity from prosecution. Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka last week and is currently in Singapore, from where he resigned from his post as president. As he stepped down, he lost any official immunity, part of the reason why commentators say he fled as he feared prosecution. At a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Anandasangaree said “today more than ever, there's an imperative to ensure...

Sri Lanka’s president issues warning to protestors on day one of rule

Within hours of being appointed Sri Lanka’s new president, Ranil Wickremesinghe issued a stark warning to the island’s protestors, as government supporters reportedly attacked a demonstration site and a court blocked protests at another major site in the Southern capital. “We will deal with them firmly according to the law,” he warned. “We will not allow a minority of protesters to suppress the aspirations of the silent majority clamouring for a change in the political system.”

‘I am not a friend of the Rajapaksas’ smirks Sri Lanka’s new president

Sri Lanka's President-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe mocked claims he was an old friend of the former president's family when questioned by Sky News. Latest from Sri Lanka here: — Sky News (@SkyNews) July 20, 2022 Sri Lanka’s president Ranil Wickremesinghe mocked a question from Sky News, as he claimed to not be a friend of the Rajapaksas and instead a “friend of the people”.

Ranil Wickremesinghe declared Sri Lanka’s president

Sri Lanka's lawmakers have voted for Ranil Wickremesinghe to become the country's next pesident, after a secret ballot and a tense vote in parliament earlier today.