Security blanket around Ratmalana airport

  • 30 Aug 2005 02:58:50 GMT

    Racist ARASARATNAM!

    Bad Bad Arasaratnam!!

  • 30 Aug 2005 17:02:25 GMT

    Nothing to say other than this

    WE ARE a nation suffering from paranoia. Being paranoid at a personal level in our relations with other human beings is a medical disorder requiring psychiatric treatment. But if this disease afflicts the community at large, there is little that psychiatrists could do. In Sri Lanka, the mistrust, a symptom of paranoia, between ethnic groups once again appears to be increasing.

    It is quite natural for human beings to entertain a degree of mistrust about the people with whom they deal on a daily basis. But if the mistrust entertained by ethnic groups develops into extreme irrational distrust of the other, then only a socio-political shock treatment can cure the disorder.

    Sri Lanka is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious country. Although the principle of pluralism has been given constitutional recognition, the concept is yet to take root in all parts of society. It is in such a void that mutual mistrust shapes relations among ethnic groups. This has become more evident after the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

    Last Tuesday, a young trainee photojournalist, a Tamil, who took pictures of a rally of the leftist-turned-ultranationalist JVP, was mistaken for an LTTE suicide bomber and was assaulted by party members before he was handed over to the police. If this was not paranoid enough, the police later refused to release him even after the Tamil newspaper he was working for told them that he was on official duty covering the rally. The Jaffna-born journalist was later handed over to the National Intelligence Bureau.

    This incident coincided with the arrest of a Tamil, who is a British citizen now, for taking photographs near a security-sensitive location. He had come to Sri Lanka after 37 years and he was photographing his old school, which was close to opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe?s office and private residence.

    What underlies these incidents is not only the security factor, but also a propensity to suspect every Tamil to be a potential terrorist. Some may even call it a kind of racial profiling.

  • 30 Aug 2005 18:28:13 GMT

    46 Tamil youths !

    INTERNATIONAL READERS ,

    PLS SEE THE INACCEPTABLE RACIST REPRESSION AND OPPRESSION AGAINST ONLY THE TAMILS...

    THOSE RACIST SINHALA (Sri lankans) POLICE ARE ONLY ARRESTING THE TAMILS.

    A SHAME !

  • 30 Aug 2005 19:02:37 GMT

    Kural.

    they are not aware,so many new recruits are sinhalees in sinhala area(for money).

    well,it is good any way.

  • 30 Aug 2005 19:04:35 GMT

    Kural

    do you think the person called reapear is kdiya?-