blackout for Black July
The LTTE has imposed a ban on Tamil publications entering the Batticaloa
district today as it marks the 21st anniversary of Black July. The
Sunday Times learns that leaflets had been distributed in the east
telling newspaper agents not to allow the papers to be sold as they
were highlighting news that the government was distributing compensation
to those affected by the 1983 anti-Tamil riots.
observers said Batticaloa was a weak area for the LTTE after the
Karuna revolt and the LTTE apparently did not want to allow further
dilution of its support base. The leaflets said that the distribution
of compensation was a move to win the hearts and minds of the Tamils.
Meanwhile, the LTTE has called on the public to observe a hartal
in Batticaloa today.