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The Charge is Ethnic Cleansing

Plantation Tamils
Subjected To Terror

During the recent communal violence directed at the minority Tamils of Sri Lanka, the plantation workers of Indian origin were subjected to an unprecedented degree of terror. Mr. S. Thondaman who is a Cabinet Minister in the present Government of Sri Lanka, and also the Trade Union leader of the plantation workers made the following statement protesting at the terror and violence suffered by these workers:

"We met His Excellency the President this morning to apprise him of our deep distress and concern over the wave of violence that has been spreading over various parts of the island, unchecked, causing untold misery and hardship to various sections of the population during the past few days.

"We reiterated our position that the mob rule which seems to be the order of the day in many parts of the country should be brought to an end without any further delay, as it had already resulted in the loss of many should say so that the people worth of property.

"In spite, of the assurance given by the Government, the law and order situation had deteriorated as mob rule seems to persist and the people are in a state of perpetual terror as to what will happen to them next after what they have experienced in the past.

"The very fact that even plantation workers, innocent of any political crimes, have been singled out for murder and mayhem, has created a feeling among the people that the thousands of hooligans covertly enjoy the patronage of powerful personalities.

"If the Government is unable to put an end to the mot rule forthwith, it should say so that the people themselves could take the necessary precautions for their safety and security of both persons and property: The time has now , come, when the people, exhausted of all their patience want ark unequivocal end to this reign of terror by thugs.

"His Excellency appreciated our position and said that he was carefully studying all reports and that he would take all measures to ensure the law and order situation in the country". Tamil Times, September 1981

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