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European Tourists Waylaid in Sri Lanka, Resurgence of 'White Van' CrimeTim King Salem-News.com
European tourists were white vanned on their way to Kandy from Passikudah.
(COLOMBO) - Today, our newsroom was sent the story, "European Tourist white vanned on their way to Kandy from Passikudah", published by Tamil Daily. The white vans are an ominous symbol of state terrorism in Sri Lanka. This is what the government used to disappear journalists and others sympathetic to the Tamils, before the massive Genocide ordered by President Majinda Rajapaksa commenced just over two years ago.
We reported on 5 July, that Sri Lanka was again allowing people to visit the Tamil regions in the north, which have all been under heavy military occupation since the Genocide. (see: Sri Lanka: MOD to Allow Foreigners' Travel to Northern War Zone Area)
Needless to say, many look at this news with trepidation, as Sri Lanka continues to boldly proclaim that the video and photographic evidence documenting their massive killings of Sri Lankan Tamils were all 'faked' - a suggestion thoroughly disproven at this point by international inspectors.
A comment from an anonymous user was attached to my report, Fields Should be for Sports, not Genocide... Sri Lanka , at 8:23 p.m. PST.
After feeding the comment copy into Google, I saw that a number of pro-Sinhalese news agencies in Sri Lanka and India had carried the information.
The comment contained information from this report: Sri Lanka: Briton held for Channel 4 video on war crimes - rediff news.
It advised the following:
"The Sri Lankan police has arrested a British national for allegedly providing false video footage to a British TV channel 4 to produce a documentary that accused Lankan troops of war crimes. The court was told the Briton Kandanam Jegadishwaram had 71 DVDs in his residence in Kandy. He also had the original video of 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' that was 'doctored' by the British channel 4. This original video footage showed Sri Lankan soldiers being killed by the members of the Liberation Tigers of of Tamil Eelam and had a Tamil sound track rather than the Sinhala language heard in the 'doctored' version. Has Tim King also being bribed by the expatriate LTTE Tamils with the same blood money they collected to finance the LTTE terrorists who killed thousands of innocent civilians?"
The backers of the Sinhalese govt. of Sri Lanka are so low on explanations and excuses, that they seem relegated to claiming the footage is "fake" and "doctored", and that the reporters are affiliated with the Tamil Tigers and somehow funded by them. I can tell you for a fact I am not, and we don't miss the implication of the above comment. Of course there is no LTTE funding.
Supporters of governments that kill for the sake of ethnic cleansing operate from a set of principles so vastly different from ours, that their lack of understanding is anything but surprising.
For those who don't know, the Genocide of Tamil people in Sri Lanka that may have left over 100,000 people dead, was highly documented, first by Tamil people as the government forces converged on them, and then through the still and video cameras of the Sri Lankan soldiers themselves.
The United Nations has thoroughly examined the footage showing executions and sexual degradations and worse, that was originally supplied through Channel 4 in London. As Sri Lanka's claims drone on in a context that is nothing less than incredulous, everything we report is fully backed by verifiable facts. (see: USTPAC Welcomes UN Panel's Report on Sri Lanka)
So as we learn that a journalist related to Channel 4 was recently taken by government forces over the Sri Lanka Killing Fields documentary, we discover that tourists from western Europe traveling in these alleged 'tourist friendly' areas are being waylaid by men dressed like Sri Lanka soldiers:
In a most shocking and brutal attack, two tourist were way laid in Habarana, by 3 Sinhala military looking thugs. The tourist were robbed of their small suitcase from a public bus, with over 30 other passengers and one other foreign passenger in addition to this couple from Western Europe.
Tamil Daily suggests that this will mean serious ramifications for the tourism industry, which Sri Lanka relies upon. They are reporting that police and media are involved in a serious cover up of the tourists being robbed, and that Colombo-based diplomats are fully aware of this highly unfortunate incident.
"The Big question" the media group says, "Is why were these two tourists targeted, robbed, terrorized and virtually packed off from the island in absolute fear?"
On the subject of the 'White Van' operations, Tamil Daily simply states that the military, police and the para military were active once again 96 hours ago, displaying their omnipotence in the Island when they blatantly attacked the two European tourist in broad daylight and 50 witnesses.
Even a revolver was used in the attack, by the military looking personal on the public passengers in the bus, in Habarana, physically attacking the European journalist who were on their way to Kandy from Batticaloa-Passikudah visit.
All lies aside, it is indeed hard to hide Genocide. Anyone considering visiting Sri Lanka, particularly journalists, should strongly consider the circumstances they would potentially be facing. This is a government that has no credibility, and that is not opinion.
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