Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

Monday the 18th May at 12noon- 2pm

Starting at the area in front of Queensland state parliament

Sunday, 10 May: “More than 2,000 innocent civilians have been killed in the last 24 hours. The wholesale bombardment by Sri Lankan planes and shelling on a densely populated, non combatant civilian safe zone is state terrorism and a war crime,” said S. Pathmanathan, the LTTE head of international relations on Sunday.

“The Tamil people are dismayed that the United Nations and the International Community have failed in their obligations to protect the endangered civilians. […] We only ask for an impartial relief effort similar to those extended to other international conflict zones by the UN and the international community in the recent past,” he further said.

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2 responses to “Sri Lanka, Stop shelling hospitals – Peaceful Protest in Brisbane

  1. "From India to the Red Sea ... Resistance is wiped out"

    ‘Gaza II’ unfolding in the East’

    From the Red Sea to India the colonialists are at work to commandeer all strategic bases for their profit machines.

    Out here in the Pacific, Australia and Micronesia always vote with this block. We are, after all, supporters of the oppressors with our Temporary Protection Visas and their ALP equivalent with the excised detention camp on Christmas Island.

    “We are, after all, supporters of the oppressors with our Temporary Protection Visas and the ALP equivalent on Christmas Island”

    Back to to Tamil struggle —The How & Why?
    It is hard to understand or even to generalise, so let us stick to the facts on the ground in our attempt to understand.

    “Israeli military technicians arrived to maintain Sri Lanka’s Israeli-made Kfir fighter-bombers and Russian MiG-27 aircraft and provided Sri Lanka with Dvora fast naval attack craft. Israeli arms and ammunition also began flooding into Sri Lanka.

    Soon, Israeli military advisers and “consultants” were regular visitors to Colombo’s new Access Lanka Building, owned by relatives of Sri Lanka’s top military officers. Among Israel’s security exports to Sri Lanka was state-of-the-art electronic and imagery surveillance equipment.

    Israeli Air Force pilots reportedly flew Sri Lankan attack aircraft against Tamil Tiger targets on the Jaffna peninsula.

    Israeli military personnel were also reported to have taken part in Sri Lankan military attacks on Tamil units.

    On March 2, 2007, WMR reported:

    “WMR visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia and discovered that the Mossad and Cambodian criminal syndicate allies continue to obtain bought-back Cambodian weapons from Cambodian government warehouses and are selling them to guerrilla groups throughout Asia, including Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, anti-Laotian Hmongs, the small anti-communist Free Vietnam Movement, and Burmese tribal guerrilla groups.

    WMR photographed a number of Zim shipping containers portside along the Mekong River in Phnom Penh.

    From this and other port facilities, including the port of Sihanoukville, bought-back Cambodian weapons, some originally provided to the Khmer Rouge by [Israeli tycoon Shaul] Eisenberg and the Chinese, are making their way to insurgent groups around Asia, possibly including Iraqi guerrillas battling U.S. forces in Iraq.” — ‘Gaza II’ unfolding in the East By Wayne Madsen Online Journal Contributing Writer May 8, 2009, 00:18

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    The Brisbane Activist centre had this to say in their email:

    PROTEST THE GENOCIDE OF THE TAMIL PEOPLE

    The emergency rally on May 22, 4pm at Brisbane Square, organised by the Tamil Youth of Australia, will proceed.

    Protest: 4pm Friday May 22 @ Brisbane Square (cnr George and Queen St, City) Speakers from 5pm

    The situation for the Tamil People in Sri Lanka remains dire. The Sri Lankan army’s ruthless military victory over the Tamils in the country’s north east has not solved any of the long-running political grievances which led to this latest phase of the war.

    If anything, the political grievances are even more pronounced. Where will the Tamils now go? What rights will they have?

    On May 10, some 2000 civilians, including many women and children, were massacred in a single night by the Sri Lankan armed forces in a ‘no fire zone’. According to Tamil sources, more than 5000 civilians, including hundreds of children, were injured. Since then more Tamils have been killed – including those trying to flee the fighting. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam estimated on May 14 that another 1700 civilians had been killed and over 3000 wounded within the previous 48 hours.

    Press censorship and harassment of journalists means too little truth about these mass killings is reaching the outside world.

    Despite this, Human Rights Watch on May 8 condemned the Sri Lankan armed forces for repeatedly bombing hospitals in the northern Vanni region. It said: ‘Commanders responsible for ordering or conducting such attacks may be prosecuted for war crimes’.

    On May 11, the British, French and Austrian foreign ministers urged the UN Security Council to take action to prevent more killings. Last week, the US government urged the IMF not to release another package to the Sri Lankan government.

    But the best the Australian government could do was to call on ‘both sides’ to ceasefire. And this call came after the LTTE repeatedly offered a ceasefire.

    Now, in the aftermath of the bloodbath, the Rudd government must find its conscience and condemn the racist and genocidal policies of the Sri Lankan government. It must add its weight to calls for medical and other assistance to the hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

    It must help ensure that the ceasefire is permanent, and that the Tamil refugees are allowed to live wherever they wish. It must urge the government of Sri Lanka to heed the calls for self-determination.

    It will demand the Rudd government acts now, belatedly, but forcefully and adds its weight to international calls on the Sri Lankan government to allow medical aid and independent observers into the war zone, to allow Tamils the right to decide where they live. War criminals must be bought to justice.

    The Tamils need broader Australian support. Now, as they are vilified for simply being Tamils, they need all Australians to act for peace and justice.

    * Time for a liberated Tamil homeland
    * War criminals must be tried
    * Medical aid, independent observers, and media into government-controlled camps
    * Freedom of movement
    No peace without justice

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  2. "Israel & the US" - from the Red Sea to India

    Thanks Ray for the article below.

    From the Red Sea to India the colonialists are at work to commandeer all strategic bases for their profit machines.

    Out here in the Pacific, Australia and Micronesia always vote with this block. We are, after all, supporters of the oppressors with out Temporary Protection Visas and the their ALP equivalent on Christmas Island.

    ‘Gaza II’ unfolding in the East
    By Wayne Madsen
    Online Journal Contributing Writer

    May 8, 2009, 00:18

    http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_4677.shtml

    Although the corporate media are focusing on Sri Lanka’s military assistance from China, little mention is being made of the island nation’s military links with Israel.

    After the establishment of diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and Colombo (in the late 1970s), Israeli military technicians arrived to maintain Sri Lanka’s Israeli-made Kfir fighter-bombers and Russian MiG-27 aircraft and provided Sri Lanka with Dvora fast naval attack craft. Israeli arms and ammunition also began flooding into Sri Lanka.

    Soon, Israeli military advisers and “consultants” were regular visitors to Colombo’s new Access Lanka Building, owned by relatives of Sri Lanka’s top military officers. Among Israel’s security exports to Sri Lanka was state-of-the-art electronic and imagery surveillance equipment. Israeli Air Force pilots reportedly flew Sri Lankan attack aircraft against Tamil Tiger targets on the Jaffna peninsula. Israeli military personnel were also reported to have taken part in Sri Lankan military attacks on Tamil units.

    Due to Israel’s military assistance to Sri Lanka, Palestinians reportedly began aiding the Tamils in the 1980s. It is also believed that Israel’s Mossad recruited agents among Sri Lanka’s large contingent of foreign workers in the Persian Gulf Arab states. There were also reports that Israelis were also providing weapons and training to Tamil guerrillas in order to maintain a “market” for Israeli arms suppliers in the civil war-wracked island nation.

    On March 2, 2007, WMR reported: “WMR visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia and discovered that the Mossad and Cambodian criminal syndicate allies continue to obtain bought-back Cambodian weapons from Cambodian government warehouses and are selling them to guerrilla groups throughout Asia, including Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, anti-Laotian Hmongs, the small anti-communist Free Vietnam Movement, and Burmese tribal guerrilla groups. WMR photographed a number of Zim shipping containers portside along the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. From this and other port facilities, including the port of Sihanoukville, bought-back Cambodian weapons, some originally provided to the Khmer Rouge by [Israeli tycoon Shaul] Eisenberg and the Chinese, are making their way to insurgent groups around Asia, possibly including Iraqi guerrillas battling U.S. forces in Iraq.”

    Tamil guerrillas have claimed to have destroyed an Israeli-made Sri Lankan fast naval attack craft, perhaps reminiscent of Hezbollah’s destruction of the INS Hanit, a Saar-V class missile corvette, which was deployed off the Lebanese coast during the 2006 Israeli attack on Lebanon, with a C-802 Iranian-made Noor missile.

    Although Sri Lanka suspended diplomatic ties with Israel in 1970 over the failure of the Israelis to withdraw from illegally occupied Palestinian territory, however, operating an Interests Section within the U.S. embassy in Colombo, Israeli-Sri Lankan ties began to grow closer in the mid-1980s. Israel provided Sri Lanka with military advisers and established a special commando unit for the Sri Lankan police.

    In 1990, Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa ordered the Israeli Interests Section at the U.S. embassy to close its doors and two Israeli diplomats in Colombo were ordered to leave. Premadasa was said to have come under pressire from Muslim ministers in his government. In 1990, Premadasa also ordered a government investigation of charges that Mossad was training both Sri Lankan and Tamil guerrilla forces.

    On September 25, 1991, Reuters reported from Colombo: “Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa, fighting against a campaign to have him impeached, yesterday accused the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad of plotting against him because he closed the Israeli interests section in the U.S. embassy. He spoke at the opening session of parliament.”

    On May 1, 1993, Premadasa was assassinated in Colombo during May Day festivities by a suicide bomber said to be a Tamil guerrilla. Twenty-three other people were killed in the blast. On May 28, 1993, Abdul Hameed Mohammed Azwer, Sri Lankan minister of state for Muslim affairs, said in Jeddah, “Israel was enraged by when they were expelled from Sri Lanka by Premadasa and I suspect the Mossad was behind the dastardly murder of this respected leader.”

    Those behind Premadasa’s assassination remains an Asian “cold case.” On September 23, 1997, Attorney General Sarath Silva released 18 Tamil suspects in the assassination of the president, citing lack of evidence. Silva declared the case would be officially deemed as “unsolved.”

    During a March 2009 trip to Israel by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, talks were held with Israel’s leading arms suppliers on increased military aid by the Israelis to Sri Lanka.

    Israel continues to supply Sri Lanka with arms and military training even after the United States and Britain cut off military supplies to Sri Lanka over the government’s human rights violations.

    Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

    Copyright © 2009 WayneMadenReport.com

    Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report

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