Aranthalawa massacre, one of the darkest chapters in Lankan history
- Ven. Kirindiwela Somarathana Thera
COLOMBO: We want to show the International community the real face of
the LTTE terrorists who do not represent the Tamil community of Sri
Lanka, Rajakeeya Panditha Ven.Kirindiwela Somarathana Thera said.
Addressing a press briefing held at the Government Information
Department yesterday in connection with the 20th Anniversary of
Aranthalawa Bhikku Massacre, Ven. Somarathana Thera said that it is very
sad to see certain persons pretending that nothing like the Aranthalawa
incident took place.
“During the Tsunami disaster 4,000 Tamil people sought shelter under
the same roof where we had bodies of 31 Bhikkus hacked to death by the
LTTE. It was Bhikkus who provided food and drinks for those 4000 Tamil
people. There is no racism or human rights violation here,” the Ven.
“Some pretend they do not see or remember anything about this
horrendous massacre where Ven.Hegoda Shri Indrasara Thera and 30 other
Bhikkus were hacked to death in broad day light.
There is no intention of creating hatred among communities by
reminding the past. The massacre of 31 Bhikkus by the LTTE on June 02,
1987 marked one of the darkest chapters in Sri Lankan history.
Unfortunately the same terrorism still exists in this country and it is
the right time to make sure that these types of incidents never take
place here ever again,” he said.
Ven.Inginiyagala Sagara Thera said that there is no aim to create
hatred among communities or promote racism by reminding the LTTE’s past
massacres. It was the Sinhalese who were ill treated and discriminated
all the time but no one spoke about it.
Sinhalese cannot travel beyond Anuradhapura but the Tamil community
members live peacefully in Colombo and all parts of the country and get
on with Sinhalese people very well. It is terrorism that all of us have
to identify accurately and eradicate from the country.
Additional Secretary to the President, M.D.W. Ariyawansha said that
although 20 years have passed since the LTTE killed 31 Bhikkus at
Arantalawa and although the LTTE carried out several brutal attacks such
as attack on the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Jaya Shri Maha Bodhi etc. we
couldn’t open the eyes of the International community because of the
shrewd publicity campaign of the LTTE.
One of the main objectives of this commemoration is opening the eyes
of the International community and showing the true face of the LTTE.
The other objective is stressing the importance of eradicating terrorism
in order to achieve a lasting peace. There is no intention of creating
hatred among communities at all,” he added.
Public Trustee J.M.J.P.Bandara said that while Prabhakaran has
decided to give T56s to children, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has
decided to give children the opportunity to learn Dhamma and promote
“I wonder where certain INGOs, NGOs and certain persons campaigning
for human rights violation were, when the LTTE massacred 31 Samaneras in
1987 simply for being Sinhala Buddhists. I wonder where those NGOs were
when the LTTE killed Ven. Handungamuwe Nandarathana Thera a few weeks
Chief Organiser of the photography exhibition, Ananda Priyanath said
that a grand exhibition of 300 photographs taken at different massacre
sites commencing from the 1975 Alfred Duraiappa assassination will be
put on display during the exhibition creating awareness on the
activities of the LTTE among the local and International community. This
exhibition will open the eyes of certain INGOs, NGOs and other persons
campaigning for the LTTE.
The exhibition will be conducted in foreign countries in order to
give a true and clear picture about the LTTE to the international
community which is the responsibility of Sri Lankan missions abroad, he