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SINHALA ARMY ATTACKS TAMIL
"...The voice of the representatives of the Tamil people has been virtually silenced. The military have been let loose on the Northern and Eastern Provinces and from all accounts are behaving - at any rate so far as the Jaffna Peninsula is concerned - as if they were a conquering army in occupation of enemy territory....
(In) the early hours of the 18th (of April) the military, without any warning and without informing the satyagrahis assembled at the Jaffna Kachcheri that an emergency had been declared, assaulted the men satyagrahis mercilessly, bundled the women satyagrahis into trucks and transported them. The military also vented their wrath on a large number of push bicycles and even on some motor cars parked at the Kachcheri gates.
If the reports are
true, the army seems to have displayed considerable courage and
valour in their attacks on unarmed 'satyagrahis and on inanimate
objects like push bicycles! Certain Government quarters, I am told,
believe that the Ceylon Army had covered itself with glory when,
under the cover of darkness and armed with modern weapons, it routed
a band of unarmed satyagrahis in what will go down in history as the
"Battle of Jaffna"!... Immediately the "Battle of Jaffna" was over,
the army proceeded to waylay and hit all and sundry on t he roads of
Jaffna on the ground that they were breaking a curfew order, of
which most of them were unaware."
Are these acts of organised terrorism and lawlessness the result of any orders given to the army to strike terror into the inhabitants of Jaffna so that they might give up their agitation for their language rights?
Today there is greater lawlessness in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and particularly
in the Jaffna Peninsula than there has ever been at any time in its recent history -
lawlessness by the guardians of the law...