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Carpetbaggers in Sri Lanka: Traitors Terrorize Northern Tamils

Adding local perspective to the ongoing human rights struggle of Tamil people in Sri Lanka's north.

Sri Lanka Carpetbaggers
A different era and country - but Sri Lanka faces the same problem as the post-Civil War US south, where carpetbaggers took advantage of a defeated culture.

(SALEM / JAFFNA ) - Try to imagine that instead of being engaged and defeated in WWII for committing Genocide, Hitler had simply been taken to court and told he had to reexamine what he had done; with no military retaliation or punishment for the ruthless, intentional killing of human beings. Imagine Hitler being cocky, denying ethnic cleansing and then calling every accuser from world government, to national media... liars.

Welcome to Sri Lanka.

Most of those who have sold out their culture throughout history, made a conscious choice to do so. Sometimes it happens due to planned deception, intense fear is a strong factor; religious oppression is frequently key; however often it is a result of simple greed. Sri Lanka's history is one of colonization and division; failed attempts at peace and violent resistance.

A product of tense resentment from the subjugation of Sinhalese that occurred during the years of British colonialism, the government has a long-ranging plan for the Tamil Hindu and Christian culture that resembles Israel's plan for Palestinians; each of which was set into place in 1948.

Like Israel, the GoSL devised a method to eliminate human lives by the tens of thousands while the world says nothing. One of the most wicked recurring state terrorism issues facing the Tamils and their supporters, many of whom are Sinhalese, are the 'white van' disappearances.

White Van Abductions

One of the actual 'white vans'
courtesy: muthutamil78.blogspot.com

The 'white vanning' of human beings strikes fear in the heart of all Sri Lanka Tamils and the journalists in Lanka who write on their behalf.

They abduct businessmen in front of their families, and anyone else deemed 'problematic' by the government. Sometimes they are recovered through negotiations, sometimes their bodies are dumped near their homes, tortured and mangled. Perhaps it was this one, nagging aspect of Sri Lanka's government operation that led the United States to submit its war crimes resolution against Sri Lanka in Geneva.

With regard to the Genocide, the Tamil casualty numbers from the mad ethnic cleansing pinnacle that finally ground to a conclusion in May 2009, remains a mystery. Along with the murdered people, went their records and vital statistics. Some place the number of missing and presumably dead Tamils, in excess of 160k.

The U.S. government has long supported Sri Lanka, but took an unexpected turn recently in Geneva by filing a UN Resolution against this island nation for war crimes. Now retaliation against Tamils has worsened. The Tamils are facing anger from the Lanka government which is an indirect response toward both the U.S. for filing the resolution, and India for backing it.

The following is a response to our recent article, Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training. It was lodged as a comment on this story about the Northern Province governor's choice to transform the technology section of the historic Jaffna Library, into a toilet for visitors from the south.

It is about the continued peril facing Tamil people in the north of Sri Lanka. They are the survivors of a government Genocide and their suffering continues, as Sri Lanka's President Majijnda Rajapaksa and his brothers who run the government with him, develops creative methods to continue the brutality.

Special thanks to Raja Sathasivampillai for the following information. I've added details from Wikipedia on the three factions that are causing the majority of problems in the Jaffna region. They are able to abuse Tamil people though their cooperation with the Sinhala Buddhist government in Colombo. This Tamil-on-Tamil warfare is a product of the Colombo war and oppression machine.
- Tim King, Salem-News.com news editor

Rajapaksa is supporting the brutal Paramilitary Forces under Karuna, Douglas D, and Pillayan, who extort money from the already impoverished Tamil Businessmen to wipe them out.

The Genocide continues.

First Rajapaksas destroyed Tamil people in the war, now Rajapaksas are destroying Tamil businessmen to wipe out them out.

White van “disappearances for ransom” is overtly a racket milking Tamil cash cows there is also a hidden aspect. In July 1983 organized mobs consisting mainly of Sinhala – speaking hoodlums looted and destroyed Tamil businesses.

Despite that blow the resilient Tamil people have bounced back and have carved out their niche once again in Sri Lankan commerce. What is happening now is another “silent” July 1983.

The business concerns are not physically destroyed but Tamil businessmen are being systematically wiped out. Tamil owned or controlled commerce is rapidly eroding. The “enforced disappearances” of most affluent Tamils are not political or related to counter – terrorist procedures.

These are nothing but extortion related abductions. It is now an industry. The actual number of incidents are not reported to the Police or even organizations like the Civil Monitoring Commission. Many people negotiate on their own and get their loved ones released through paying a reduced sum. They later keep silent. In many cases the ransom paid is so great that continuing with business becomes impossible.

Some are forced to sell off property to collect ransom money. Also some who get released feel so insecure that they transfer their businesses to someone else and leave the country. There are also many businessmen who have run off to India, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Middle – East and Western nations to escape being victimised.

The irony is that this slow strangulation is not being done by Sinhala mobs but by main three Pro-Rajapaksa paramilitary Groups:

  1. Karuna,
  2. Pillayan,
  3. Douglas D.

The actual abductions are generally done by the Karuna or Douglas D group or in a few cases by both. There is close collaboration by sections of the Police and armed forces and intelligence personnel. Some top “security” guy is usually at hand to help out if something goes wrong.

It is also believed that a percentage of the ill – gained loot is given to these sections. In some instances the Tamil groups pay “bribes” to get things done. There is corruption or collaboration by the Police or Armed forces in this sordid activity.

What is frightening about this racket is suspected connivance and condonement at very high levels. At least one cabinet minister has demanded and received money for the release of abducted persons. There are also instances of the families and relatives of abducted persons obtaining their releases through contacts at very, very high levels of Government. It is said that the only sure guarantee of getting one released is to gain the sympathy of family members of a powerful, political dynasty.

Rajapaksa is supporting the brutal Paramilitary Forces by Karuna, Douglas D, Pillayan extort money from the already impoverished Tamil Businessmen to wipe them out. The Genocide continues. First Rajapaksas destroyed Tamil people in the war , now Rajapaksas are destroying Tamil businessmen to wipe out them out.

Some top “security” guy is usually at hand to help out if something goes wrong. It is also believed that a percentage of the ill – gained loot is given to these sections. In some instances the Tamil groups pay “bribes” to get things done. There is corruption or collaboration by the Police or Armed forces in this sordid activity.

It is said that the only sure guarantee of getting one released is to gain the sympathy of family members of a Rajapaksa political dynasty. http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/5508 - Raja Sathasivampillai</font>

Karuna (Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal)

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP): Tamil Peoples Liberation Tigers), previously known as the "Karuna Group", is a political party in Sri Lanka. It was formed by Karuna Amman, a former leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, after he defected from the organization in 2004. Initially a paramilitary group that helped the Sri Lankan Government fight the Tamil Tigers, the TMVP was registered as a political party in 2007. Under deputy leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, they contested their first provincial elections in 2008, winning a majority in the Eastern Provincial Council. Members of the TMVP continue to carry arms under the auspices of the Sri Lankan government, which they claim is for their own safety from the Tamil Tigers, who carry out repeated attacks against them.[3] The group is believed to be working with the Sri Lankan army. They have been accused of human rights violation by local and international human rights organization.

Pillayan (Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan)

Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan; commonly known as Pillayan; born August 17, 1975), is the current Chief Minister of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. He is also the leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), a political party in Sri Lanka. A former armed fighter of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organization, Chandrakanthan broke away from the Tamil Tigers along with Karuna Amman in April 2004, and became the deputy leader of the breakaway faction, renamed as the TMVP.

Douglas D (Douglas Devananda)

Kathiravelu Nithyananda Douglas Devananda, commonly known as Douglas Devananda, is a Sri Lankan Tamil politician, Cabinet Minister and leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party.[1] Originally a Sri Lanka Tamil militant who fought against the Sri Lankan government for an independent Tamil Eelam, he became a pro-government paramilitary leader and politician. Due to his strong opposition to and vocal criticism of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), they unsuccessfully tried to assassinate him over 10 times.[2] Devananda is a proclaimed offender in India and is wanted on charges of murder, attempt to murder, rioting, unlawful assembly and kidnapping.

Tim King's previous Salem-News.com reports on Sri Lanka:

Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training

Mar-23-2012 UN Warns Sri Lanka Against Retaliating Toward Humanitarian Activists

Mar-22-2012: White Flags, White Vans and White Lies? A Closer Look at the Death of Colonel Ramesh

Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka's Ghosts? - Tim King Salem-News.com

Mar-15-2012: Channel-4 Documentary Proves Sri Lanka Committed War Crimes

Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests

Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge

Mar-02-2012: A Very Uncivil War - Ghastly Images- Gross Detail and Denial of Sri Lanka's Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Americans Praise Sri Lankan Politicians who Orchestrated Genocide

Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam

Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes

Feb-19-2012: Will Another Documentary on Sri Lanka's Genocide Impact the Geneva Human Rights Session?

Feb-08-2012: The Questionable Effectiveness of Lighting Yourself on Fire

Feb-03-2012: Sri Lanka's Independence Day- a Black Day for Tamil Eelam

Jan-11-2012: While UN Claims Zero Tolerance, No Discipline of Sri Lankan Abusers in Haiti

Dec-28-2011: Why Was a Red Cross Manager on Vacation from Gaza Murdered in Sri Lanka?

Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka

Nov-21-2011: London Calling: Time for Sri Lanka's Release of Post-Conflict Report

Nov-11-2011: Ode to a Humble Hero of Sri Lanka: Dr Brian Senewiratne

Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy

Oct-08-2011: Sri Lanka Joins Israel in Naval Attacks on Unarmed Fishermen

Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism

Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament

Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes

Aug-31-2011: 'No Song and Dance' Over Sri Lanka War Crime Admissions

Jul-25-2011: Former Sri Lanka President's Children 'Reacted With Anguish' to Tamil Genocide Program

Jul-22-2011: M.I.A. - A Beautiful Reflection of the Besieged Tamils of Sri Lanka

Jul-17-2011: 44 Prisoners Join Hunger Strike at Vavuniya Prison in Sri Lanka

Jul-14-2011: The Bush Administration's Role in Sri Lanka's Tamil Genocide

Jul-13-2011: Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide... Sri Lanka

Jun-29-2011: Sri Lanka Continues Genocide, Thumbing Nose at UN and World

Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues

Jun-18-2011: 'International Day in Support of Victims of Torture'Remember the Tamil Genocide

Jun-17-2011: European Tourists Waylaid in Sri Lanka, Resurgence of 'White Van' Crime

Jun-15-2011: Tamil Genocide Explored in Sri Lanka's Killing Fields

Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real

May-31-2011: New Song 'Depression' - Graphic Truth of Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide

May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger

May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka

Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View

Apr-22-2011: World Ignores Genocide of Sri Lanka's Tamil Population

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Tim King in 2008, covering the Iraq War

Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.

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Siva April 13, 2012 12:17 am (Pacific time)

Sri Lanka State terrorists and other Rajapaksa thugs brutally terrorize the tiny, defenseless Tamil minority with impunity.

In lawless Sri Lanka daily “white van” abductions of Tamil businessmen by Rajapaksa Government Forces and by three Pro-Rajapaksa Paramilitary Groups: 1.Karuna, 2. Douglas Devananda (DD), 3. Pillayan are relentlessly destroying Tamil business community one by one.

This slow strangulation of the Tamil businesses, Tamil livelihoods, and Tamil political activists in Sri Lanka is a Brutal Genocide.

The incomplete list of the victims of the "white van" abductions by Rajapaksa Government Forces and by three Pro-Rajapaksa Paramilitary Groups: 1.Karuna, 2. Douglas Devananda (DD), 3. Pillayan
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- A Tamil multi – millionaire businessman accused of attempting to de–fraud Customs goes “missing” in Colombo after he threatens to expose involvement of people in high places in corrupt activity. Ransom is demanded and distraught family members pay more than three crores of rupees to two Tamil political groups for the return of the man who is a diabetic. But the missing person who phoned last from Polonnaruwa district is yet to return despite the huge amount paid.

- The Tamil vice – chancellor of an Eastern university is threatened by an armed Pro-Rajapaksa amil group and moves to Colombo. His resignation is not accepted by the UGC. The VC attends a top academic conference in a high – security area of Colombo. He is last seen around noon at the venue. Many appeals have been issued and representations have been made to the President himself but the man who went missing many weeks ago remains in the ranks of the “disappeared”.

- A Tamil man, the Colombo district organizer of an Up Country Peoples party goes missing in Colombo. Within 48 hours of his disappearance the party concerned crosses over from the opposition to the Government. One MP becomes cabinet minister and another deputy – minister. But the “disappeared” organizer is still missing.

- A young Tamil woman working as financial executive of an airline firm is abducted by unknown persons from her residence in Borupane road, Ratmalana.

-2 Tamil prominent businessmen – brothers in law – in the jewellery trade return home in a car. The vehicle stops at a Police check point. Two men get in with arms and the vehicle speeds off. One of the businessmen a heart patient is dropped off soon. A ransom is demanded. Negotiations take place and a sum is paid. The missing man returns home. The family keeps “mum”.

-2 Tamil businessmen – brothers in law – in the jewellery trade return home in a car. The vehicle stops at a Police check point. Two men get in with arms and the vehicle speeds off. One of the businessmen a heart patient is dropped off soon. A ransom is demanded. Negotiations take place and a sum is paid. The missing man returns home. The family keeps “mum”.

- A well – known Tamil broadcaster is abducted on his way to work. He is taken blind- folded to an unknown destination and quizzed by people. The Indian High Commission exerts maximum pressure to get him released. The Indian envoy of that time speaks to President Rajapakse directly. The broadcaster is released with the stern warning that he should not open his mouth.

- A Tamil Christian evangelical pastor from Vavuniya district, his two sons and another are on their way to Colombo. They are last seen at the Negombo bus stand. They are reported missing and have been classified as “disappeared”.

- A Tamil businessman and his employee go missing. His family is informed by his abductors that a hefty amount has to be paid. They are advised to sell off the business and pay up. Meanwhile some relatives have links to “Saffronist” politicians. Through these connections an appeal is made to a powerful personality in defence circles. The man and his employee are released from a camp in the Eastern province.

- A Tamil entrepreneur living in a Western Country goes to Colombo because a family member is terminally ill. His vehicle is stopped at the Negombo road junction by cadres from Pro-Rajapaksa Karuna Group in a pick up truck. The relative driving him home from the airport is told to keep his mouth shut. Later a massive sum is demanded for his release. The telephone calls are made from Sri Lanka to the foreign country where the family lives.Negotiations are currently on to reduce the sum demanded.

-A Tamil woman teacher is abducted By Pro-Rajapaksa Douglas D. group in Vavuniya. Her family is middle – class and does not have the ransom demanded for release. But her abductors are well aware of her close relatives abroad and what their financial status. The relatives are asked to pay up. After bargaining an agreed amount is paid and the woman freed.






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