The occupying Sinhala forces of the Sri Lankan State this year celebrated Buddhist Vesak in a massive scale in the occupied country of Eezham Tamils as never before. The commander of the occupying SL military in Jaffna organised a two day military event in Jaffna. New Delhi’s Consul General in Jaffna Mr V Mahalingam and his officials were invited to an event held at the Open Air Theatre in front of the Jaffna Public Library together with SL State employees from the Northern Provincial Council and the University of Jaffna. Diaspora operatives collaborating with SL military were also seated as special guests at the event.
While threatening the Eezham Tamils not to observe collective commemoration events in remembrance of the thousands of their kith and kin killed in the Vanni genocide five years ago, the SL military used Vesak celebrations this year as an opportunity to mark ‘Sinhala Buddhist’ victory over Eezham Tamils.
Entertainment programs, both by SL military personnel and dancers brought from South, were staged at the event where SL commander Major General Udaya Perera was present with his family.
The SL military used to celebrate the Vesak day also in the recent past. But, this year the military celebrations have been intensified in the five districts of North.
Former commander and the military governor of North Maj Gen (retd) G.A. Chandrasiri was invited as a special guest together with SL minister and EPDP paramilitary group leader Douglas Devananda to the military event in Jaffna.
One of the SL government operated ‘diaspora’ operatives, recently exposed as ‘Tamil CNN Kannan’, was also seen seated in the front row as the special guest of Udaya Perera at the SL military staged Vesak event.
In the meantime, Tamil rights activists said Vesak celebrations also reminded them of a massacre committed by the SL military on Vesak day in the Eastern city of Batticaloa in year 2000 adding that the ‘Vesak massacre’ is yet to receive the attention of the international community, they said.
Thirteen Eezham Tamils, including nine children from an orphanage were shot dead by Sri Lanka Army soldiers in Batticaloa city during the Vesak festival on 17 May in year 2000. The Tamil children were on a visit to Batticaloa from a Catholic Church run orphanage in Aayiththiya-malai to see the Vesak lanterns and festival decorations by the occupying SL military.
The SL military had admitted a year later that a drunken commanding officer had ordered his troops to open fire on civilians. However, there has been no investigations on the Vesak massacre of May 17, 2000.
In the meantime, the Sinhala policemen in Jaffna blocked the elected Tamil representatives from observing a collective commemoration event inside the Northern Provincial Council and desecrated the floral tribute and the lamps when NPC councillors observed the event at the main entrance on Friday.