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General strike to demand withdrawal of troops closes eastern Sri Lankan town
Associated Press, Fri October 8, 2004 08:53 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops and offices closed and public transport ground to a halt Friday after political activists in a northeastern port town called a general strike to demand the withdrawal of troops from the area, police said. The Trincomalee Tamil People's Forum on Thursday distributed a leaflet urging all government institutions, schools, banks and other organizations to shut down in support of a Tamil Tiger rebel proposal for self-rule in Sri Lanka - 's north and east.

Protesters carried placards reading: ``We want our homes back,'' the police officer said.

Tens of thousands of people living in Sri Lanka - 's north and east were displaced in two decades of civil war between government troops and the Tiger rebels.

The rebels say the continued occupation of private homes and lands by government troops violates a February 2002 truce which provides for the resettlement of displaced people and a return to normalcy in former war zones.

In April last year, the rebels withdrew from peace talks because of disputes over how much autonomy they should be granted in Tamil-majority areas.

Trincomalee is a multiethnic town comprising roughly equal numbers of Buddhists Sinhalese, Hindu Tamil and Muslim residents.

Additional police and army patrolled the town to prevent any violence, said Neville Wijesinghe, eastern police chief, adding that the protest has been peaceful.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 to carve out a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire.
Published: Fri Oct 8 10:37:48 EDT 2004

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Bill making ID compulsory, a denial of right to Tamils, says TNA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 7, 2004, 11.40 p.m. . The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has said that the bill making the National Identity Card compulsory at all elections is a denial of right to the Tamil population in the North and East. Emphasizing their claim, the Alliance is reported to also have said that only a few of the population in the North and East have National Identity cards, and even though the Government has said that it will make available ID cards to all those who don’t posses, the North East population does not even posses the necessary documents such as the Birth Certificates which are needed for the issuance of a Identity Card,” the Alliance said.

The Tamil National Alliance, which comprises of 22 Parliamentarians, also walked out of the Parliament chambers when voting began for the Special Provisions Bill which makes the ID card mandatory at all elections.
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Sri Lanka 's mainstream Tamil rebel member killed in east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu October 7, 2004 11:25 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Internecine clashes between Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels' rival factions continued in the east and one of the members of the mainstream rebel group has been killed, defense officials said on Thursday. Dharmalingam Thyagalingam, a 37-year-old loyalist of the mainstream Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) faction was killed Wednesday night at Welikanda area in the east by members loyal to the renegade rebel eastern commander known as Karuna.

His killing came after Tuesday's killings of two Muslims by mainstream rebel members for supporting Karuna. Internecine killings have become a feature mainly in the east of the country ever since Karuna broke ranks with the LTTE in March this year. He challenged the leadership of the Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and blamed the LTTE leader for alleged favoritism of northern members over the eastern ones. The clashes have spilled into the Norwegian-backed peace process to end the country's two decades of ethnic conflict.

The peace process stalled since April 2003 is yet to be revived as internecine clashes have stood in the way among other issues. The LTTE mainstream group accuses the military of providing cover to Karuna but the charges have been denied by the government.

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Published: Thu Oct 7 13:47:33 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Another LTTE killing at Welikanda  - J. S. Nalin in Colombo

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Special Correspondent , October 06. Posters titled ‘Terrorist Conference in Geneva’ with the photos of victims killed by the LTTE including an infant baby and the pictures of the LTTE leaders visiting Switzerland were posted in several places in Switzerland... Back to the top

Tigers asked to stop political killings
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Karuna calls Prabhakaran 'a mad dictator and a traitor'
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Congressman Leach Views with Alarm Violence in Sri Lanka
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Lankans should not see India as a threat: Moragoda, Friday, October 8, 2004. Sri Lanka's principal opposition party United National Party (UNP) is urging countrymen to see their giant neighbour India as a provider of opportunities for economic development, and not as a threat to their existence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka proposes cricket, netball for South Asian games
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Lanka seeks stronger trade ties with India, October 8, 2004. Colombo, Oct. 8. (PTI): Sri Lanka is seeking closer and stronger economic and trade ties with India and is moving to open the bilateral free trade agreement to cover the services sector, a senior official said here on Thursday... Back to the top

Karuna opposed LTTE-Premadasa alliance to drive Indians out, October 07, 2004, 08:35 EDT. The dissident LTTE commander, Colonel Karuna, says that he opposed the 1988-89 military alliance between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan President, R Premadasa, which was formed to drive the Indian Army out of the island... Back to the top

Calmy-Rey outlines goals for Sri Lanka visit, October 8, 2004, 04:15. Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey heads to Sri Lanka on Friday where she is set to hold talks on the country’s stalled peace process... Back to the top

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