Explicitly proving that Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was lying on the number of troops in Jaffna peninsula and that the country of Eezham Tamils is under occupied and colonial rule, more than 30,000 Sinhala soldiers were deployed to impose the ‘Sri Lanka Independence Day’ in Jaffna on Tuesday. As armed soldiers were posted throughout the streets and public buildings, the scenario depicted the times of war and such a paradigm was the one that was endorsed and blessed by the US Assistant Secretary of State talking of ‘reconciliation’ and imposing the ‘Sri Lankan’ identity, two days ago, commented political observers in Jaffna. Despite the terrorization, people responded by hoisting black flags and turning the SL Lion Flag upside down at several places in Jaffna.
Sri Lankan soldiers carrying automatic rifles were standing inside and outside the public buildings, on the roads and were patrolling even the lanes of remote villages in the peninsula. The scene at many places in the peninsula reminded of search operations during the times of the war.
Black flags were hoisted before the day dawned at reading rooms and libraries in the villages. The SL soldiers were busy removing the black flags early in the morning.
A large black flag was hoisted on the top of the water tank at the gents hostel in Jaffna University, according to a local newspaper in Jaffna. The SL military was deployed at the site in the early hours and the flag was removed, news sources in Jaffna said. The entire university premises was surrounded by the Sri Lankan soldiers, and no one was allowed to enter the premises. Most of the students had left the hostel on Monday.
Already on Monday, the Sri Lankan soldiers were going from shop to shop and to private institutions in Jaffna instructing the owners to fly SL Lion Flag at their buildings and on their vehicles. However, the flags were deliberately hung upside down and torn by the public in expressing their sentiments.
The black flags hoisted in Jaffna were not merely rejecting the genocidal Sinhala State in Colombo. But they were also a slap on the face at the UK that conspired such an ‘independence’ and still ensuring it, and the USA, India and China that compete in coming in the shoes of the UK in re-enacting colonial imperialism in a new form that doesn’t shun genocide in South Asia, political observers in Jaffna commented.