The occupying Sri Lanka Army is constructing a new army camp in Ma’nmunai-North DS division of Batticaloa district, at a site where Tsunami affected people are settled. The residents of the Tsunami Housing Scheme area of Ma’nmunai North, threatened by the construction of the new military base, questioned the motive behind the establishment of a new camp, while a camp is already situated at Paalameen-madu, just one km close to the site. An SL police station, at Kokkuvil, is also in the close proximity. The sheer extensiveness and intensity of SL militarization and Sinhalicisation of the predominantly Tamil district in the East, are not even taken up for any discussion by the so-called international community that ‘hailed’ the ‘liberation’ of the East by genocidal Sri Lanka in 2007, Batticaloa Tamil activists said.
People affected by 2004 Tsunami are resettled at Naavaldi, Thiruch-chenthoor, Kalladi and Swiss-kiraamam, divided into four zones.
Despite the construction of the housing scheme and the settlement of the people, the resettled people still lack basic amenities and they encounter untold hardships in sustaining their livelihood.
In such a situation, the attempts by the occupying Sinhala military to establish a new camp inside their settlement will cause numerous inconveniences, the people complain.
In the meantime, many SL military camps and police stations that were established in the district using the houses and properties of the public, during and prior to the war, are still in operation and not returned to the owners.
While the attention on SL militarisation remains focused in North, voices against SL militarisation in the East are effectively suppressed by the paramilitary, news sources in the East commented.