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Sri Lanka (Ceylon) gained independence on February 04, 1948 from Britain. Prior to the British rule Tamils and Sinhalese lived in separate kingdoms. First recorded war between them took place over 2200 years ago.
On June 14, 1956 the father of the current President, Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranayake, leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Prime Minster, who won the Parliamentary Elections help in 1956 caused Parliament, dominated by the majority Sinhalese to enact "Sinhala Only" as the official language of Ceylon. This was a negation of the hitherto accepted language policy of treating both Sinhala and Tamils as the official languages in place of English. The imposition of Sinhala only represented the subjugation of Tamils by Sinhalese imperialism. In protest the Federal Party which opposed the Sinhala only act staged Satyagraha in Colombo, violence was let lose against the Tamils. There were heavy losses of lives and property.
In 1958 following the National convention of the Federal Party held in Vavuniya, again violence was let lose against the Tamils. There were heavy losses of lives and property.
In 1961 the Federal Party launched a civil disobedience campaign and Satyagraha in front of Government offices in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Ceylon which paralyzed civil administration. Mrs. Bandaranayake's government used the military to break the peaceful Satyragraha campaign.
On May 22, 1972 a new constitution was adopted. Ceylon was renamed Sri Lanka. All ties to Britain were severed and Sri Lanka was declared a Republic. Sinhala and Buddhism were afforded foremost recognition.
In the elections held in July, 1977 the United National Party headed by J.R.Jayawardena came to power. The Tamil United Liberation front won 18 seats on a mandate for the establishment of an Independent, Sovereign, Secular, Socialist state of Tamil Eelam, to become the official opposition party. Following the election yet another racial riot was engineered and executed against the Tamils. Tamils were selected using voter registration list to kill.
On July 11, 1979 Innocent youths were shot dead by the security forces on the streets of Jaffna.
In June 1981 under directions of two Sinhalese Ministers the army and the police set fire to important buildings in Jaffna town, especially the Jaffna Public Library considered one of the best in South Asia was torched. This resulted in the destruction of 44,000 valuable books. In addition printing presses and shops were also burnt down. Civilians were killed by the army. Another racial riot broke out.
This was followed by the worst genocidal attack by the Sinhalese on the Tamils. Thousands of lives and property worth many millions were lost. Tamils girls were subjected to sexual violence.
On July 27-28, 83 Political prisoners and detainees incarcerated at the Welikada prison were brutally murdered inside the prison by Sinhalese convicts with the connivance of the Sinhalese prison guards. This is popularly known as the " Welikada Murder".
In January, 1987 an economic blockade was imposed by the Sri Lankan government on the Jaffna Peninsula.
Tamils retaliated with an armed rebellion. Their frustrations were so high that they even carried out suicide missions. Due to sacrifice, dedication and discipline they took control of most of their traditional homeland. The areas within the Tamil region that are heavily populated are still under the Sri Lankan control. This is due to the simple reason of avoiding innocent bloodshed.
The Tamil side to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has come forward to resolve the conflict by ceasing hostilities. In seeking to find a solution through negotiations, the Tamil side has still not heard a due response by the Sri Lankan statethe state ignores this gesture of peace, thereby disrupting the peace process, and seeks to continue its policy of oppression of the minority, refusing to come down from the high pedestal of domination.
It is time to recognize the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as a benevolent force that defends the basic rights of the oppressed. Without the LTTE the Tamils would have perished in the hands of Sri Lankan Armed Forces. It is time to have a congressional hearing on the Tamil Tigers. It is time to force Sri Lankan government to account for its activities.

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