| Sri Lanka’s vote: A new chapter?

| truthaholics

Sri Lanka’s vote: A new chapter? ~ Alan Keenan, Al Jazeera.

We discuss if elections will help restore national unity after decades-long strife and sectarianism.

Sri Lankans in the north vote on Saturday in provincial elections for the first time in 25 years. During the country’s long civil war, the region served as the base for separatist rebels belonging to the Tamil Tigers.
The north and east are occupied by the military, and you can’t have free and fair elections in an occupied area, so what we are saying is that there is actually no freedom of expression in Sri Lanka – no freedom of speech … it doesn’t matter whether it’s the Tamil or Sinhalese, as long as someone talks against the government they will be killed.

Kumar Kumarendran, British Tamils Forum

The civil war between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority in the northeast began…

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