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TNA To Boycott Military Parade

By Waruni Karunarathne

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will boycott the military parade set to be held on May 19 in Matara to mark six years since the end of the war.

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that the TNA has taken a clear position not to take part in the event which has been held every year since the war ended in May 2009.

However, he said that he would not be able to comment on behalf of TNA leader R. Sampanthan and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran.

The two MPs had attended the Independence Day celebrations this year despite the TNA boycotting the event over the past several years.

“The other members of the TNA have taken a clear position since the beginning not to take part in the victory day celebrations. It is not a day for the Tamils to celebrate. Many Tamil nationals died at the last phase of the war. It may be a day for the Sri Lankan Army to celebrate, but it is not a day that Tamils can celebrate. Personally I will not attend the event that is to be held in Matara for victory celebrations,” Premachandran said.

On the 19th May 2009, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa officially declared the end of the war and the 19th of May was later declared as Victory Day to celebrate the defeat of the LTTE.

11 Comments for “TNA To Boycott Military Parade”

  1. Malin

    Who Cares? Yet the govt is seeking reconciliation with this pro LTTE TNA

  2. Patriot

    It is time for healing and an end these divisive actions

  3. Raja

    TNA boycott is understandable. How on earth could one celebrate ones own defeat? In this instance the Sri Lankan armed forces defeated the LTTE, which sponsored the TNA and many TNA leaders had openly stated that LTTE was the sole or main representative of the Tamils. Therefore, TNA was not a party to the rescue of the nation from LTTE terrorists and nor were they a party to the rescue of over 300000 Tamil hostages held by the LTTE.

    • Chena

      Raja why you have forgotten to say ths armed forces have klled 140000 nnocent tamls who were surrendered to them.

      • DJ

        Hikz Chena.. your key board has more numbers.. 7,000, then 22,000 and then 40,000. Now you idiot types 1,40,000. Why not type 2,40,000 tomorrow??

  4. nic

    Hey you dumb! It is not a victory celebration but a national remembrance day! You can choose to remember that megalomaniac who killed thousands of innocent tamils and sinhalese or you could choose to remember your next of kin who may have been killed during the 30 year conflict – all started by an idiot like you with selfish aspirations.

  5. Kavan

    Tamil people should boycott Suresh, the former terrorist and leader of the death squad known as Mandayan Group.

  6. Anpu

    Paddy Devlin of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland once stated there are no unbiased Irishman. It holds true for all of humanity when in conflict, Tamils and Sinhalese naturally included, the two peoples of the beautiful island. One Plaid Cymru guy said ‘I don’t want to be a part time Welshman.’ He could and can be a fulltime Welshman and a fulltime British.

    Who messed it up in Ceylon/Sri Lanka in the last 70 years is for the independent historians to judge but when one talk about in isolated manner she/he is right one hundred percent.

    A discussion has to be comprehensive for it to lead for a lasting resolution.

    Tamils grieve for the loss of over 40,000 innocent civilians, whose lives were knowingly lost in the month of May 2009 to the state power on its own citizens as collateral damage to deal with the LTTE. No one can stop that grieving as it is an internalised feeling. This is what Tamils are focusing on and that incident cannot be separated from LTTE demise at the same time. In fact, some Tamils could be grieving for both, yet some of them would be for only one of it. It is a waste of time to decipher into details as long as there is no aftermath.

    What the state is focusing is on its victory in dealing with LTTE. Both participants are focusing and are placing emphasis on different aspects of the same event that cannot be separated. One is celebrating and the other is grieving.

    Both are right from their own perspectives. Never the twain shall meet as Rudyard Kipling said. But this is only one incident in the two thousand years history of the two peoples.

    Let each of them have it in their own ways as they are doing it for different reasons. After all, Gemunu and Ellalan interactions are being talked about it for the last two thousand years. It is absolutely certain that 18/5 will also be going on forever.

    But there is a new dawn in Sri Lanka, both peoples are fully awakened from the futility in the exercises. Let’s walk in harmony for greater peace. Let’s create a new society with good governance.

    • tomsam

      TNA should not participate in this bogus tamasha until the culprits are brought up on charges by UNHRC and regional autonomy is established in Tamil Homeland AKA Eelam.

  7. daggy

    remembrance or vistory, how could TNA join in the celebrations? Afterall TNA & LTTE were one and the same.

    Did we not hear Wiggy’s praises of Velu and LTTE ?

  8. Sangaralingham

    Victory parade like this only will tell others how hard to fight the LTTE by the defence forces over years in the island., while it serve no purpose to the average citizen who only to need to survive with good employment to feed educate the family

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