[Marxism] UN warns of bloodbath as slaughter of Tamil civilians continues unabated

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 18:07:36 MDT 2009

Even the UN's own figures
<http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/788/40569>reveal that the slaughter
of Tamil civilians this year far exceeds the
civilians killed in Gaza (double by mid-March).

129 civlians killed April
8<http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28980>in "safe zone"
Sri Lankan army bombs child nurtiration
centre<http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=28975>in "safe
Sri Lanka using chemical weapons, rebels
Bloodbath looms in Tiger enclave, says UN

   - * Gethin Chamberlain in Colombo *
   - April 9, 2009

SRI LANKA has rejected a call by the United Nations for a ceasefire in its
military campaign against the Tamil Tigers, insisting it would not be
trapped into letting the group's leaders escape.

Rebels belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have taken refuge
in a tiny enclave measuring less than 21 square kilometres, alongside tens
of thousands of civilians who are unable to leave.

Sri Lanka has accused the Tigers of using the civilians as human shields and
claims they are being prevented from leaving. Aid agency officials say many
civilians, including children, have been killed by the rebels while trying
to escape.

A senior UN official warned this week of a bloodbath unless tens of
thousands of civilians were allowed to leave the war zone. Walter Kaelin,
the representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on the human
rights of internally displaced persons, said: "If the Sri Lankan army would
try to go into there, if the LTTE would not be ready to let these civilians
go, then we'll end up with a bloodbath, and this must by all means be

More than 400 Tamil fighters have died since the start of the month. Many
are understood to have been killed after refusing to surrender, despite
running short of ammunition.

In London the conflict triggered clashes between protesters and police
yesterday. Six people were arrested as a demonstration against the war
entered its second day.

The Sri Lankan Government is widely believed to be on the verge of a
military victory against the Tigers, who have been fighting for a separate
state for ethnic Tamils in the country's north and east in a war that has
lasted 25 years and claimed 70,000 lives. But the military claimed that even
if it defeated the Tigers in their heartland it could take another two years
to finish off sleeper cells in towns and cities across the country.

Many senior Tigers have been killed in heavy fighting this month, but the
group's leader, Prabhakaran, remains at large. A military spokesman said he
would be taken dead or alive.

Mr Kaelin said more than 100,000 civilians were trapped in the conflict
zone. The Sri Lankan Government says the figure is no more than 40,000.

Guardian News & Media

"The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?" — Jarvis Cocker

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" — Oscar Wilde

More information about the Marxism mailing list