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Jeremy Corbyn is bad news for Sri Lanka but good news for the LTTE Terrorists

September 13, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is bad news for Sri Lanka but good news for the LTTE Terrorists

In a surprise move, the British Labour Party has elected Jeremy Corbyn to lead them to the next election. The elevation Jeremy Corbyn to head the party was highly controversial because of his unapologetic Marxism. In terms of ideology Jeremy was so hard-line that he divorced his wife when she defied him and sent their son to a private grammar school rather than a local government school with a track record of underperformance. Like many internal elections of the British Labour Party, only a small number of people are given the chance vote.

In terms of local policy Jeremy Corbyn is anti-austerity, anti-war and in favour of nationalising large industries like the railways. His foreign policy objectives are typically extreme left-wing where he wants a ban on sending arms to Israel. He is also a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and supports the BDS campaign against Israel.

So what are Corbyn’s views of the previous civil war in Sri Lanka?

The track record paints a disturbing picture of a person pandering to the LTTE terrorist organisation.

In 2005 Jeremy Corbyn helped create a petition to lift the prescription of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation. The petition claims:

The Sri Lanka government is carrying out an undeclared war against the Tamil people who have been struggling for more than two decades for the legitimate right to self-rule.

The government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, elected on a Sinhala chauvinist basis in November 2005, has consistently breached the 2002 cease-fire agreement with the LTTE. They have been conducting aerial bombardments, specifically outlawed under the agreement. In August, the Sri Lankan air force destroyed an orphanage in Sencholai, killing 50 children.

The anti-war opposition has been put under extreme pressure. Tamil MP Nadaraja Raviraj was gunned down in Colombo on November 9 and other activists have received serious death threats.

External support for the Mahinda regime is essential in allowing it to carry out this war mongering. The Sri Lankan army leadership is trained at the British army training school at Sandhurst while the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) are banned as a supposedly “terrorist” organisation across Europe.

We therefore call on our governments and international institutions to lift any bans on the LTTE and to demand that the Sri Lankan government:

End the aerial bombardments;

End the disappearances and stop support for paramilitaries;

Open the A9 road and other access routes so that essential humanitarian supplies can get through to the Tamil areas in the north; and

Re-open negotiations with the LTTE for a just solution acceptable to the Tamil people.

The 1998 rally where Corbyn spoke

Even as far back as 1998 Jeremy Corbyn was offering support for the LTTE. At a pro-LTTE rally in London February 1, 1998 Corbin was one of the keynote speakers from the British Parliament.

MPs included, Neil Gerard, Simon Hughes and Jeremy Corbyn who delivered strong condemnations of the Sri Lankan government and spoke supportively of the Tamil campaign for self-determination. The rally was led by a life-sized poster of the LTTE leader Prabhakaran and was followed by LTTE flags and people shouting pro-LTTE slogans.

In February 2009 Corbyn called for an immediate ceasefire at the height of the Sri Lankan civil war.

 If the Government of Sri Lanka are simply not prepared to listen to the international community’s calls for a ceasefire, is it not time for some degree of sanctions, such as suspension from the Commonwealth or the suspension of military or trade agreements, to show that the rest of the world means business in trying to bring about peace in Sri Lanka?

In June 2009 Corbyn addressed a rally in London where he called for a complete economic boycott of Sri Lanka stating that:

 …the tourism must stop, the arms must stop, the trade must stop.

More recently in May 2011 Jeremy Corbyn addressed a rally that also featured Tamil Diaspora organisations were Father S. J. Emmanual of Global Tamil Forum (GTF), Ravi Kumar of the British Tamils Forum (BTF) Bairavi Ratnabal of Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) and Jan Jananayagam of Tamils Against Genocide (TAG).

The rally feature swathes of LTTE flags and condemned the Sri Lanka government.

The protest also included Robert Halfon (Conservative), Lee Scott (Conservative), Jeremy Corbyn (Labour), John Mann (Labour), Adrian Bailey (Labour and Cooperative) and Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat), as well as Members of the European parliament Claude Moraes (Labour) and Baroness Ludford (Lib-Dems).

2011 (Mu’l’livaaykkaal) LTTE Remembrance Day
Protest where Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech

Conclusion:

The new leader of the British Labour Party must have many in Sri Lanka concerned. The implication that a man who willingly danced around with LTTE terrorists and their front organisations may one day be Prime Minister is worrying. What happens if he uses his future power and influence to enforce a complete economic boycott of Sri Lanka? Worse what will happen if the LTTE are no longer proscribed as a terrorist organisation in Britain?

Editorial Comment:

I did not have to search too far to dig up the past of Jeremy Corbyn PM’s. It was all nicely preserved on the LTTE front website Tamilnet.com.

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