killings: ‘enough is enough’ warning
By Chandani Kirinde
Since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in February
2002, the LTTE has either killed, attempted to kill or abducted
more than 300 of its political opponents, members of the security
forces, civilians and intelligence operatives.
numbers have increased drastically between March and October this
year, with the numbers of those killed being more than 75, those
maimed about 65 and those abducted around 47, it was revealed at
a forum of political parties and civil organisations that was organised
in Colombo last week to speak up against these atrocities.
of those abducted during this period were either released or had
managed to escape. Since the ceasefire began, the LTTE has killed
or abducted or attempted to kill 14 Army intelligence operatives,
35 civilian informants and 50 other persons from the security forces
than 80 of those killed or abducted have been members of others
political parties mainly EPDP, EPRLF and ex-TELO and ex-PLOTE members.
political parties and civil organisations have got together to press
for government action to stop killings and abductions by the LTTE,
with some warning that the guns that are now turned against members
of mainly Tamil political parties opposed to the LTTE would soon
turn against all those who speak up against the atrocities.
gathering initiated by the JVP brought together members of several
Tamil political parties including representatives of the Tamileela
Ikkiya Viduthalai Munnani (TIVM) - the political party formed by
the breakaway faction of the LTTE led by Karuna - as well as those
from the Patriotic National Movement (PNM), the JHU and the National
at the launch of the forum at the BMICH last Friday, P.Rajaratnam
who represented the TIVM said the government was confining its reaction
to these atrocities to words when it was time for action. "
Our security is not guaranteed but the government gives helicopters
to LTTE members for their use," he said.
Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said it was time to break
the silence on these killings and stop the LTTE, stating that the
price the country was paying for an elusive peace had reached its
Gunadasa Amarasekera of the NPM said it was a matter of time before
the LTTE turned its guns on anyone who spoke up against its actions
after finishing off all Tamil political party members and others
opposed to it. He said the government should be represented at a
forum like this one and added the reason no government members attended
was due to the fear of bursting the soap bubble called peace.