The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 20, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 105

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Lanka crackdown draws fire
The Indian Express, COLOMBO, JULY 20. OPPOSITION parties blasted the Sri Lankan government on Friday for a violent crackdown during which police used live ammunition to quell protests against the suspension of Parliament.They said that one of the two men killed on Thursday during the street battles in the capital Colombo would be buried on Sunday with Opposition leaders attending his funeral. The other man, the father of a three-day-old baby girl, was likely to be buried on Monday. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 22:49:39 EDT 2001
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Opposition parties call for withdrawal of referendum
The Island, July 20. Virtually all the Opposition parties are formally supporting the pot symbol at the forthcoming referendum, rejecting the call by the government to change the constitution. This is as a second resort if the Opposition’s call for the withdrawal of the referendum fails. The TULF however has not made a formal declaration as yet.The JVP however took the position that while the party had informed the Election Commissioner that it would support the pot symbol, it had not determined what it would tell the people. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 22:58:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Sri Lanka -- Police must uphold the right to peaceful pro...
Nothern Light, Friday, July 20, 2001 11:09 AM EST . The death of at least two people from bullet wounds and the injuring of well over 30 more as a result of police action against a predominantly peaceful demonstration in Colombo on Thursday constituted the use of excessive force on the part of the police, Amnesty International said today condemning the police action. Achinte Perera from Algama and Manjula Prasad from Janpatha St, Colombo 15, both supporters of the United National Party (UNP), died whilst participating in a peaceful protest called by a coalition of opposition parties in Sri Lanka. The post mortem reportedly reveals that death was caused by live ammunition from a T56 automatic weapon, the type used by the police and the army. Amnesty International also condemned the invoking of the 1981 Referendum Act by the government. The Act bans all processions between the calling of a referendum until after the result is announced, other than Mayday, religious or social processions, and the latter must not contain anything that may affect the referendum result. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 12:24:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Despite Vows, Sri Lanka Rebels Recruiting Child Soldiers
Yahoo India, July 20. Despite promises to U.N. officials, rebels in Sri Lanka are still recruiting children to fight in their bloody insurgency against the government, UNICEF said in a statement Friday. In the three years since the Tamil Tiger rebels made verbal commitments to halt child recruitment, "the U.N. has observed increased recruitment activity in and near schools and has received an increasing number of complaints from parents." The U.N. Children's Fund said children as young as 12 were being swept into the rebel ranks More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 21:53:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Have your Say.!!!
The Lanka Academic, july 19. Dear Academic Readers We regret the unfortunate events and loss of lives during todays events in Sri Lanka. You may discuss your views and comments with fellow Academic readers by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage.
Published: Thu Jul 19 13:35:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan police kill two protesters
Gulf News, july 20. Two anti-government protestors were shot dead by police as opposition supporters braved tear gas attacks and gun fire to march into the capital demanding the resignation of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's government. Life in Colombo was brought to a stand-still during six hours of pandemonium as police failed to stop angry demonstrators slipping into the city. The main battles between the police and demonstrators took place at Nugegoda just outside Colombo where UNP's Assistant Deputy Leader Gamini Athukorale was leading group of more than 7,000 people trying to enter the city and at the Peliyagoda junction where the party Deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya was leading a crowd of over 10,000. Both, Athukorale and Jayasuriya also came under intense tear gas attacks.The younger UNP MPs including former president late Ranasinghe Preamdasa's son Sajith Premadasa and former presidential candidate late Gamini Dissanayake's son Navin Dissananyake were leading large groups of protesters. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 22:28:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Suicide shocks Canadian Tamil community
Rediff, July 20. She laid the scroll of papers in front of the photo of her dead husband with a simple statement in Tamil, 'Do you want me to come?' In the bedroom of the 32-year-old Yaso Mahendran's suburban Scarborough, Toronto, home, her relatives found funeral clothes laid on the bed: a sari, and formal attire for her little girl Shiyami, 5, and boy Sangeeve, 3. According to Yaso's relatives, these were the clothes they wore last year when Yaso's husband, Mahendran Thiyagarajah, died in an accident. He was 42. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 22:17:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Opposition initiates President's impeachment in Sri Lanka
The Hindustan Times, july 20. Sri Lanka's joint opposition on Friday appointed a panel to draw up articles of impeachment against president Chandrika Kumaratunga whose government has been reduced to a minority in Parliament. The Opposition action came a day after Kumaratunga ordered tough police action to break up anti-government rallies, in which two people were killed and more than 80 wounded. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 11:16:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition plans more anti-government protests
Yahoo, july 20. Sri Lanka appears set for political turmoil as opposition parties planned more anti-government protests, a day after thousands of supporters took to the streets to oppose President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Shops and schools re-opened as usual after Thursday's rioting in Colombo and its suburbs, but an uneasy calm prevailed as the opposition announced it would keep the heat on Kumaratunga's minority ruling coalition. The radical Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the only opposition party that did not participate in Thursday demonstration, has said it will call out its cadres July 23 for a similar rally. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 12:53:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka s political turmoil spilled onto the streets of its capital on Thursday as two people were killed and more than 60 injured in clashes between police and opposition supporters, hospital officials said.  - MSNBC

Three cops remanded
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.35 p.m. SLT Friday July 20. Three policemen were remanded today over the shooting of a civilian at Kotahena last morning. The cops admitted to having used 'live' bullets to quell an anti-government demonstration, led by the main opposition United National Party.

Another civilian was shot dead at Peliyagoda. No police personnel have been arrested yet over this killing.

Police spokesman, SSP Rienzie Perera today confirmed that the police had used 'live' ammunition on demonstrators yesterday. Asked on whose orders the cops had acted, he replied, "I do not know."
Published: Fri Jul 20 11:33:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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ICRC Supports SLA Training On The 'Law Of Armed Conflict'
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 p.m. SLT Friday July 20. " The production of the SLA training film on the 'Law of Armed Conflict' illustrates once more that the will to apply at least a minimum of humanitarian standards on the battlefield comes from deeply within the Sri Lankan Army, and will positively influence awareness, understanding and respect for international humanitarian law among the many officers and troops to be trained in the future. "

This was stated by Jean Luc Noverraz, Deputy Head of delegation, ICRC Sri Lanka, when he handed over the first copy of the Training film on the 'Law of Armed Conflict' to SLA Commander Lt. General L.P. Balagalle at a brief ceremony at the Army HQ in Colombo this morning.

The 17 minute film shot on location at the Army Training School at Maduruoya was produced by the SLA, and sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The training film focuses on aspects of Rules for Behaviour in Combat - Distinguishing between Military and Civilian Targets, Humane Treatment of the Captured and the Wounded, Respect for Civilians and their property and Command Responsibility. The film will be distributed to all SLA training establishments, Formation HQs and unit regimental centres.

The Commander of the SLA, Lieutenant -General L.P. Balagalle, in his speech said that "despite violations of human rights which occurred in the past, today our troops conduct themselves well and have moved ahead". Focusing on the importance of training in the Law of Armed Conflict, " we have to thoroughly educate our soldiers in this aspect as it must register in the mind of very soldier.... For whatever positive achievement the SLA has achieved in Law of Armed Conflict, we are grateful to the efforts and support of the ICRC since the late 80's, "the Commander pointed out.
Published: Fri Jul 20 11:33:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Referendum - a ruse to bring in devolution package through backdoor: Sihala Urumaya
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.17 PM SLT Friday,July 20,2001 . The August 21 referendum on the need for a new constitution is but a ruse to bring in the rejected devolution package through the backdoor, according to Mr.Thilak Karunaratne,Sihala Urumaya leader and former MP.He said that his party had told the Election Commissioner that it would campaign against changing the constitution in the run up to the referendum on the issue.

Mr.Karunaratne pointed out that President Kumaratunga had not mentioned devolution when she set out her ideas on a new constitution in her telecast.What she had mentioned was the need to replace the Executive Presidency and the setting up of independent commissions to over-see the work of certain key state institutions.Mr.Karunaratne said that these things could well have been introduced through an amendment to the present constitution because two thirds of parliament would have endorsed the changes without any fuss.

Now,there is an attempt to bring in the old and rejected devolution package through a vague referendum.If the majority says "yes" to the question on the need for a new constitution, it could be taken as a blank cheque to bring in any kind of constitution including one with the discredited devolution package.

Mr.Karunaratne said that devolution to the Tamil North East was not needed because of the demographic changes since the last census in 1981." In 1981,60% of the Sri Lankan Tamils lived in Jaffna and 90% in the combined North and East.Now 60% of them live outside the North East,the bulk being in West Province,especially Colombo district.This being so,where is the need to designate the North-Eastern province as a Tamil province and devolve power to it ?" the SU leader asked. Mr.Karunaratne said that there was no need for either a Tamil province or a Sinhala or Muslim province,because every Sri Lankan has the right to live and vote anywhere.

According to him, Jaffna Tamils are now over-represented in parliament. They have nine seats now, but this is based on the 1981 census which showed the population of Jaffna to be 675,000.The population now is estimated to be 300,000, which means that Jaffna should have only four seats.
Published: Fri Jul 20 11:09:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Controversy in cabinet as ministers protest over crushing of anti government protest.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 0654 slt 20.07.01. Four cabinet ministers voiced their strong objections to the government crushing yesterday's anti government demonstrations. Ministers G.L. Pieris, Mahinda Rajapaksa, MHM Fowzi and Mahinda Wijesekara made the protest when the cabinet met this morning. However Minister Anurudha Ratwatta defended the police action saying the opposition has planned to raid the Presidential Palace under construction in Kotte. 2 people were killed and over 60 injured when police opened fire with live bullets and rubber bullets and fired tear gas to disperse tens of thousands of protestors. end
Published: Fri Jul 20 09:08:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police admit that it fired live bullets against un-armed civilian protestors
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1253 slt 20.07.01. Police today admitted that it fired live bullets against tens of thousands of un-armed protestors at the anti government demonstration yesterday. Two people were killed and over 60 injured when the police fired volumes of tear gas,fired what was thought to have been rubber bullets and baton charged the protestors.It was the first major protest demonstration organized by opposition parties against the prorogation of parliament and the referendum. Police spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Rienzie Perera today admitted officially that police fired live bullets and not rubber bullets at the protestors. The postmortem examination of the two people killed during the demonstration has revealed that both were killed by gun shot injuries. The weapons used have been identified as semi automatic T-56 rifles, the standard weapon of the armed forces and also used by the police. end
Published: Fri Jul 20 03:10:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Rebels Kill 4 Women Members Of Village Militia-Govt
Yahoo India, July 20. Tamil Tiger rebels shot and killed four women members of a government-supported village militia in northern Sri Lanka, a government spokesman said Friday. The Home Guards, as the militia members are called, were killed while returning home from work near the government-held town of Vavuniya on Thursday. Areas north of Vavuniya are mostly jungle that is under control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who fighting for a separate state in the north and east for Sri Lanka's minority Tamils. They claim discrimination at the hands of the majority Sinhalese. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 11:18:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Security worries for India, New Zealand teams amid Sri Lanka unrest
Yahoo Asia, July 20. The Indian and New Zealand cricket teams visiting Sri Lanka were Friday promised maximum security following street battles that killed two people and the threat of further political violence, officials said.Sri Lanka's Board of Control for Cricket assured full protection would be given to the teams taking part in the triangular one-day international series which opened on Wednesday More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 11:19:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka President accused over rally killings
123India.com, Jul 20 2001 10:01 IST. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga came under attack Friday for ordering police to use live ammunition against anti-government demonstrators, killing two men and wounding over 80.The leftist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, accused President Kumaratunga of using "state terror" to crush opponents and sprint towards a "total dictatorship." More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 01:17:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at opposition processions
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 2.30pm SLT, July 19, 2001. A supporter of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) throws a tear gas cylinder back towards the police after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during a protest march close to Peliyagoda police station on the Colombo- Kandy main road, one of the entry points to Colombo city. The government called out the army to help police to block tens of thousands of protesters from entering the capital for a demonstration against the suspension of parliament. At least two men were killed and more than 30 protesters were wounded during the Street battles. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 08:29:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Opposition To Meet Fri,Wants Democracy Restored
Yahoo Singapore, Friday July 20, 1:37 AM. A Sri Lanka opposition leader, trying to force President Chandrika Kumaratunga to re-summon the Parliament she suspended on July 11, said he and other leaders would meet Friday to plan their next action. Earlier Thursday, they said they would send 100,000 protesters into the streets to cripple the capital or make Kumaratunga face a no-confidence vote. "We will take our campaign to every village, this is just the beginning," Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the main opposition United National Party, told reporters. He accused the government of trying to kill him during Thursday's protest, one of the biggest since Kumaratunga came to power in 1994. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 21:18:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika desperate to stay in power, says Ranil Wickremesinghe
Yahoo India, july 20. Two persons died when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at several places in and around Colombo today to disperse protesters defying a ban and marching towards the city centre for a joint Opposition rally against the prorogation of Parliament by the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga.More than 60 were hurt and some of them had to hospitalised, the United National Party leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, said. Mr. Wickremesinghe was present when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Nugegoda, a suburb of the city, to disperse a large group of processionists. Mr. Wickremesinghe told The Hindu that he was bundled into his vehicle by his security officers and escaped unhurt. ``Everything they did to stop us was illegal. But the people have successfully resisted the Government,'' the Opposition leader said. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 01:26:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP protest rampage a flop:
Ceylon Daily News, July 20. The UNP's much vaunted protested campaign in Colombo and suburbs yesterday turned out to be an utter flop, for the crowd that took part in the demonstrations was nowhere near the 1 million which the party boasted about. Police however moved in swiftly to curb mob violence that left two dead and 70 injured, three of them critically. The injured were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital. The hospital authorities however have not established the cause of the deaths. The inquests are scheduled for today More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 02:05:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition leader says police fired on him at rally
123India.com, Jul 19 2001 12:40 IST. COLOMBO, July 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday accused the police of trying to assassinate him during a mass anti-government rally here Wickremesinghe, a former prime minister, said he was saved by his bodyguards who pushed him to the floor of a jeep and whisked him away as police began firing at crowds in southeastern Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:38:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Government "sorry" for the death of two youth
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 19/07/01 1805GMT. Sri Lanka’s Peoples’ Alliance (PA) government expressed its sorrow over the death of two protesters in Colombo, saying that this is something that the main opposition United National Party (UNP) has anticipated. Making the first comment after the shootings at UNP protesters, "The police never deliberately shoot aiming at any individual. They made it clear that the protesters needed special permission" government’s spokesman and Media minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told BBC’s Sandeshaya programme. Asked whether he condemns the police action, the minister refused to comment as he did not see the autopsy report.
Published: Thu Jul 19 14:09:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

One killed,four seriously injured in police-opposition clash
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.27 PM SLT Thursday, July 19,2001. One person is believed to have died and sixteen injured,four of them seriously,as the police tried to prevent thousands of demonstrators from entering Colombo for an opposition United National Party (UNP) led rally in Maradana later this afternoon.The dead man's name is given as Mr.Manjula Prasada of Mattakuliya.He is said to have sustained serious injuries in an incident in Jampettah.

The police haved not opened fire anywhere but are liberally using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse angry crowds,reports from various corners of the town say.There was a mild baton charge in Maradana.There have been no reports of damage to property, private or public yet.

The opposition United National Party (UNP) led demonstrators are defying a government ban on processions under the Referendum Act of 1981 in protest against the prorogation of parliament when there was a non-confidence motion pending in the house.The opposition has been saying that the President prorogued parliament only because she knew that the motion would be carried.The opposition has 115 out of the 225 MPs with it.

UNP Leader Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe had a narrow escape when he tried to get into Colombo from Nugegoda this morning.It was only due to the presence of mind of his bodyguards that he was able to get into his vehicle and speed away,eye witesses said.UNP chairman,Mr.Karu Jayasuriya and Dr.Jayalath Jayawardene MP faced teargas shells and rubber bullets twice in Wattala,north of the city.

Speaking to Lacnet,the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP Mr.V.Anandasangaree,said that by stopping people from holding a peaceful procession and rally,President Chandrika Kumaratunga was infringing the right to free movement and free speech."The country is heading towards dictatorship.The Chandrika Kumaratunga government is driving people to revolt", he charged.

Many schools and shops in the affected areas are closed.The rest of the city is normal.
Published: Fri Jul 20 01:32:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Two killed, 30 injured in Sri Lanka protests
yahoo, july 19. At least two people were killed and another 30 seriously injured Thursday after police fired on them to break up anti-government protests, doctors said.The Colombo National Hospital said two men wounded in a police shooting died after admission while the condition of three others was "very critical."Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was among those wounded when police fired at his vehicle as it approached the main rally venue at Colombo's Maradana area More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:11:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Street battles in Colombo, police target opposition leader
123India.com, Jul 19 2001 20:23 IST. Sri Lanka's capital was turned into a battlefield Thursday as police fought thousands of anti-government demonstrators, killing two and wounding more than 70, officials said. Opposition parties immediately united to condemn police attacks that were also directed at bystanders, including elderly women who were dragged out of three-wheel taxis and baton-charged. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 13:09:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Photo: Teargas fired as opposition rallies in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, July 16, 2001. Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga talks to journalists at the president's house in Colombo, on July 16, 2001. Colombo braced itself on Thursday for a huge opposition protest against the suspension of parliament in the face of a police ban on rallies and a threat to arrest violators. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 01:15:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Colombo World Trade Center Sale On Debt
Yahoo India, 20 July 2001. Overseas Realty (Ceylon) Ltd., which manages Colombo's World Trade Center, plans to sell one of its two towers in a bid to repay foreign debt of around $40 million, the Daily Mirror reports. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 00:56:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Protesters Battle Police in Sri Lankan Capital
Reuters, 19 July. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday during street battles with protesters pouring into the capital for a banned demonstration against the suspension of parliament. Opposition officials said thousands of protesters, dressed in black and white and chanting funeral slogans, gathered near the rally site in Maradana close to the town center, but were unable to hold the rally because of teargas attacks.Police fired round after round of teargas in an attempt to block protesters in the country's biggest anti-government rally since President Chandrika Kumaratunga was elected in 1994. Two people were killed and more than 40 injured, mostly by rubber bullets and baton charges, Hector Weerasinghe, director of Colombo's National Hospital, said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 09:22:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Supporters of the main opposition UNP carry an injured man
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Published: Thu Jul 19 08:29:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka protest turns violent
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK . At least one person has been killed in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, after police broke up a big anti-government rally. Thousands of opposition activists led by the United National Party (UNP) defied a police ban to protest against the suspension of parliament by the government. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets against the demonstrators, but then resorted to live ammunition. Twenty-five people were seriously wounded with three people said to be in a critical condition. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 06:53:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Thousands more - join anti government protestors
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.40 p.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Upto 15,000 anti government demonstrators who broke through two police barriers on the Kandy road are being held back at Peliyagoda bridge by police who have barricaded the roads.

Using massive container lorries, tear gas and rubber bullets the cops are desperately trying to keep thousands of angry demonstrators at bay.

Thousands of opposition supporters are still joining the demonstrators from various parts of the country.

Lacnet News Correspondent, Waruna Karunatilleke says the scene is a battlefield as hundreds of cops have been mobilized to stop the demonstrators. The police are faced with a mammoth task, finding it near impossible to prevent the thousands of protestors from reaching Maradana and the New Town Hall.
Published: Thu Jul 19 02:45:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Demonstrator's smash through police barricades
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.20 p.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Groups of opposition protestors have entered various parts of the city despite massive police blockades at city entry points.

Demonstrators fought running battles with the police who were firing volumes of tear gas in a bid to disperse large numbers of demonstrators.

Waruna Karunatilleke, reporting from the scene says that in the latest attacks police fired tear gas at Park Road in Colombo 5 where thousands of demonstrators had earlier broken through police barriers.
Published: Thu Jul 19 02:26:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Police fire teargas to scuttle opposition rally in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 19 July 2001. Sri Lankan police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday to try to enforce a ban on rallies and force back thousands pouring into the capital for a huge opposition protest against the suspension of parliament. Witnesses said teargas was used at six access points the crowds were using to move towards a planned mass protest in the centre of Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:39:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

WRAP: Sri Lankan Protester Dead, 27 Hurt In Army Clash
Yahoo Singapore, july 19. Police used batons, tear gas and rubber bullets to block tens of thousands of people from marching into the capital Thursday to protest against the suspension of parliament. At least one protester was killed, bleeding to death from what appeared to be a rubber bullet wound, and 27 injured by police truncheons and rubber bullets, said doctors at the city's two largest hospitals. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:03:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka police fire teargas amid mass demonstrations
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, July 19 1:12 PM SGT . Police fired teargas Thursday to hold back opposition activists defying a government ban on a march into the tightly guarded Sri Lankan capital Colombo, witnesses said. Heavy teargas attacks were taking place at three entry points to the capital with at least one man seriously wounded in a police shooting, a local radio station reported. An opposition legislator was also wounded when a teargas shell hit him. Thousands of opposition supporters carrying black and white flags dismantled police barricades along three main roads to the capital and were steadily marching towards their meeting venue. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:28:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka scraps India, New Zealand matches at newest venue
Yahoo India, july 19. Sri Lanka's cricket chiefs on Thursday removed the country's newest stadium as a venue for the ongoing triangular series amidst fears of protests by disgruntled construction contractors.The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) said the matches involving the home side, India and New Zealand will not be played at the Dambulla international stadium, 150 kilometrs (93 miles) north of Colombo More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:02:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Street battles ensue - Estate workers also stage strike in support of opposition marches
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Police this morning fired dozens of tear gas canisters close to the Narahenpita junction on the Narahenpita - Nawala road to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators.

The demonstrator's who were tear gassed first at Nugegoda two hours ago regrouped and marched from Nugegoda to Nawala junction and was heading towards Narahenpita junction when the police intercepted them.

Street battles are ensuing as the protestors are determined to reach the New Town Hall where opposition leaders are scheduled to address a massive gathering this afternoon. Fighting the cops, thousands of demonstrators are determined to walk to the New Town Hall and Maradana.

The marches have been organized by the Alliance for the Protection of Democracy and are led by leaders and MPs of the main opposition United National Party.

Some five persons have so far been injured as a result of the tear gas and rubber bullets fired by police and have been rushed to the General Hospital and the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Estate workers in the upcountry tea plantations have also staged a one day token strike in support of the protest marches in Colombo.
Published: Thu Jul 19 02:26:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


As politicians posture, Lankan economy skids
Asia Times, July 19. By Feizal Samath COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is once again heading into a political quagmire as the government and opposition forces battle for the hearts and minds of voters ahead of a snap referendum called by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. As the country gets ready for the August 21 referendum, called to ascertain whether the people want a new constitution, political analysts and economists say Sri Lanka is going downhill and facing months of uncertainty. Meanwhile, the Norwegian-backed peace process has been placed on the backburner for the second time in eight months with the government's preoccupations elsewhere. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:41:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Police Cordon Off Capital To Prevent Protests
Yahoo India, 19 July 2001. Police used buses and jeeps to blockade all entrances to the center of Sri Lanka's capital Thursday and fired tear gas to prevent opposition parties from protesting the suspension of parliament. Using emergency laws designed to combat an 18-year guerrilla war, police said they would arrest anyone who tried to demonstrate. Hundreds of heavily armed officers set up a cordon around Colombo, blocking all traffic and chasing away demonstrators who tried to walk in. Police fired tear gas in two places when the demonstrators breached the cordon. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:55:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Jayasuriya leads Sri Lanka to opening victory
Yahoo Singapore, Thursday July 19. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya led his side to victory over New Zealand by 16 runs in the first match of a triangular one-day tournament on Wednesday. Defending a modest 220, Sri Lankan's seamers reduced New Zealand to three for two and then 100 for five before Chris Harris raised hopes of victory for the tourists with a knock of 48, including six fours. He was caught in the deep by Suresh Perera when he gave Jayasuriya the charge though, and New Zealand, who were penalised one over for a slow bowling rate, were left struggling at 157 for six. More...
Published: Fri Jul 20 01:19:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan jets sink LTTE sea convoy
Deccan Herald, COLOMBO, July 18 (AFP) Sri Lankan airforce . Eight boats of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were detected by naval gun boats which called in the air force to carry out the attack near the coast of Mullaitivu, Mr Karunaratne said. He said the navy believed the guerrillas were transporting supplies from Mullaitivu to a base further north when they were detected this morning. "It is believed that the flotilla was a logistics run of the LTTE," Mr Karunaratne said adding the military had no immediate details of rebel casualties. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:40:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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