Charles Haviland of BBC, reporting from Colombo on last Friday, cited recent TamilNet reports on SL military seizure of lands of Tamils and Muslims in the Eastern Province, and said that the reports have not been verified. International media operating from Colombo long plays this game. They did it to facilitate the genocidal end of the war and now they do it to subtly shield the structural genocide and annihilation of the contiguous country of Eezham Tamils in the North and East. While the genocidal Sinhala military seizing land in an accelerated way in the North and East is almost a daily routine, the international media never say that this is a direct result of the policy followed by the US-led West, as such as the two LLRC-based resolutions at Geneva, commented an activist for alternative politics in the island.
Further comments from the activist:
The East is now almost forgotten. Today, to Haviland, the East is “ethnically mixed.” A similar demographic genocide is being carried out in the North. Conspicuous in the process are the visits of the US, British and Australian delegations to the seized lands, encouraging the SL military. But the international media always pretend blind in telling the world the actual forces at work.
Haviland’s report was superficially focussing on the SL military seizers and colonisation in the North, as though it was only an issue between the people of the North and the occupying Sinhala military.
He was citing TNA’s nominated parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran, and an article jointly written by Jaffna civil society activist Kumaravadivel Guruparan and UK-based Ms R. Sivakami.
A crucial factor is that even the provisions of the rotten Indo-Lanka Agreement and of the original 13th Amendment on preserving the territorial integrity and arresting demographic genocide, are not there in the ‘non-descript’ processes of the USA and the resolutions it has tabled at Geneva.
But the spirit that was found in the diaspora and in the articulating activists in exposing and opposing the Indian manipulations in the late 1980s and early 1990s is missing today in dealing with the game of the USA and the West.
Haviland has given a new epithet, “Radical,” to TamilNet.
People who are familiar with the old game of vilification, and the ‘radical-moderate’ divide and capture game played by the outfits of the West, could understand the connotations.
It is a matter of serious perusal, if the “radical foreign-based website” TamilNet’s reports on the seizure of land in the East could not be verified by a prime international media, operating in Colombo since historical times of its inception.