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. The Global Tamil Front (GTF) has opened another front against the government with a heavy attack on the UPFA over the Dambulla mosque issue, while the ruling coalition struggled to contain the crisis.
In a statement issued from London, GTF spokesperson, Suren Surendiran, over the weekend, alleged that the move to demolish the mosque at Dambulla highlighted the continuing threats directed at the minorities in post-war Sri Lanka. The statement, which was also to be issued in Arabic, reiterated concerns expressed by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Friday.
Surendiran told The Island that the GTF stood in solidarity with the Muslim community in Sri Lanka. The GTF official alleged that the majority community led by a section of Buddhist clergy had targeted the mosque, while the authoritarian Rajapaksa regime looked the other way.
Alleging the UPFA s complicity in violence directed at minorities, the GTF blamed law enforcement authorities of turning a blind eye to what was going on at Damulla. Referring to a statement attributed to UPFA constituent, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the GTF pointed out that it had called for the immediate demolition of the Dambulla mosque on the basis that it was constructed illegally.
A senior official with the External Affairs Ministry said that the GTF was trying to exploit the Dambulla incident to its advantage. Those terror backers had conveniently forgotten how the LTTE massacred Muslims during prayers and chased them out of the Northern Province, the spokesperson said, challenging the GTF to make its position clear on the slaughter of 77 men, women and children by a Norwegian, who publicly claimed that the LTTE had inspired him.