New pamphlet: The Tamil Freedom Struggle in Sri Lanka
The Tamil Freedom Struggle in Sri Lanka
By Chris Slee, Brian Senewiratne, Vickramabahu Karunarathne
Published by Resistance Books
June 3, 2009 -- Ever since Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) gained independence from Britain in 1948, the basic rights of the Tamil minority have been under attack.
The ruling elite from the Sinhala majority have found anti-Tamil racism an extremely convenient device to secure their power and privilege and deflect discontent from below. The history of Sri Lanka is marked by a shameful and bloody series of government-instigated anti-Tamil pogroms.
The persecuted and besieged Tamils finally turned to armed struggle to secure independence or self-government in their traditional homeland areas. With the military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the death of its main leaders, this phase appears to have come to an end.
The victory of the regime was made possible by the backing of the West and China. These governments — Australia included — all have blood on their hands.
Is the Sri Lankan regime going to continue with its Nazi-like ``final solution'' or will the Tamils be offered some measure of autonomy? Now more than ever, the oppressed Tamil people need the solidarity of progressive forces around the world.
This pamphlet provides an essential background to the conflict from a socialist and Marxist viewpoint, and includes:
- Chronology of key events
- ``The Tamil Struggle in Sri Lanka'' by Chris Slee (member of the Democratic Socialist Perspective and the Socialist Alliance of Australia)
- ``Sri Lanka: Genocide of the Tamil Minority'' by Brian Senewiratne (member of the Socialist Alliance of Australia)
- ``Sri Lanka: A War on Tamils'' by Brian Senewiratne
- ``Genocide of Tamils & Atrocities in Sri Lanka While Australia Looks On'' by Brian Senewiratne
- ``Right of Self-determination of Ilankai Tamils'' by Vickramabahu Karunarathne (NSSP, Sri Lanka)
Published by Resistance Books. Available online at www.resistancebooks.com.