Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, compared the plight of the Tamils under the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, to that of the Jews in Germany during World War 2 and of Black Africans, during the apartheid era in South Africa.
Speaking in Parliament on the government led eviction of Tamils in Colombo, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that Jews and Black Africans had faced similar persecution in the past, at the hands of Germans and Whites respectively.
He said the government`s actions violated the Constitution, which clearly stated that all citizens of Sri Lanka must be free from torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and had the right to free movement and to choose their area of residence.
`We are also concerned about the security of the country. If the government suspects anyone they can produce that person before a magistrate and remand the suspect, or release the person,` he said.
He noted that when people were evicted from the lodgings in such an arbitrary manner, they would return in anger to blast bombs.
Mr. Wickremesinghe added that the situation would bring shame upon Sri Lanka at the European Parliament sessions, and queried as to why the government was creating such a crisis for the country.
Meanwhile, TNA leader R. Sampanthan said the actions of the government were a blatant violation of the fundamental human rights of innocent Tamil people who had committed no offence.
`Not only is the action of the government, in transporting innocent Tamils like cattle against their will,illegal, it is also inhuman`, said Mr. Sampanthan.
TNA Jaffna district MP Suresh Premechandran said that, as long as the country had leaders like President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Tamils would get Tamil Eelam as the government was creating conditions that would justify the creation of a separate state.`With such policies Tamil Eelam is a possibility. The policy makers have proven that the North and East is the homeland of the Tamils, and we should live there. If you accept that the North East is a separate country, we will secede`, he said.
He dismissed claims by the government that the people were leaving Colombo voluntarily as a `blatant lie`, adding that the people had been intimidated by the security forces to leave.
He charged that the government was instilling racism in the minds of the Sinhala masses by labeling all those opposed to it as traitors, and the supporters of the government as patriots
He accused the government of blindly following the foolish actions of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.
Meanwhile theWestern People`s Democratic Front leader Mano Ganeshan said the government had cut the `first sod of soil` for a separate state by this imprudent act.
Mr. Ganeshan said the government had only a military agenda to pursue at this hour.