WICKRAMABAHU CONNECTED FOURTH INTERNATIONAL ATTACKS ITALY FOR LTTE ARRESTS THERE AND TRIES TO LINK JULY STRIKE WITH THE TAMIL TIGERS
By Walter Jayawardhana
The London based Fourth International, affiliated to a small band of
Sri Lankas revolutionary Trotskyite Marxists called Left Front
led by Wickramabahu Karunaratne demanded that Italy should immediately
release the LTTE supporters arrested all over the country, after the
LTTE organized Ponku Thamil rally in that country.
We see these arrests as a move to undermine the legitimate demand
of the Tamil nation for self-determination and to suppress the Tamil
voice against atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government,
the Wickramabahu connected Fourth International, aiming for world revolution
said in a statement issued in London.
This is second time, during the past few days, the Marxist affiliated
element has come to openly support the terrorist group calling the Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as Tamil Human Rights activists.
Italy, Free Tamil human rights campaigners, they said.
Before this statement, July 12, Wickramabahu Karunaratnes representative,
Shashie Peiris, in London read his leaders statement before the
Pongu Thamil rally supporting the Tamil separatist movement. In his
statement Wickramabahu Karunarathne, known as Comrade Bahu said: We
as the NSSP (Nava Sama Samaja Party ) and the LEFT FRONT have supported
consistently the liberation fighters and the fight since 1974. We have
participated in Pongu Tamil and other mass actions with liberation fighters
when ever we were invited. in future too we shall continue to support.
Lodging their vehement protest, the London based small band of ideologues,
known as the Fourth International said: The rally, (Pongku Tamil)held
in Piazza Argentina in Milan, highlighted human rights violations committed
by the Sri Lankan government that is waging a war against the Tamils.
It was also addressed by Burani Vainer from the Association of Democratic
Jurists. The arrests were made after Sri Lankan diplomats made a complaint
to police authorities that the rally was organised by supporters of
the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE the Tamil Tigers),
which is waging an armed struggle for the right to self-determination
for the Tamil nation, currently part of the Sri Lankan state. We see
these arrests as a move to undermine the legitimate demand of the Tamil
nation for self-determination and to suppress the Tamil voice against
atrocities committed by the Sri Lankan government.
At the same time Wickramabahu has been supporting the right wing UNP
supported token strike in Sri Lanka. In a different statement he said:
We must expect in the coming period strong battles in the south
destabilising Mahinda regime. This means the war has devastated the
entire country. Not only the Tamils but also the Sinhala majority is
July 10 was the beginning of a movement within the working class. If Lal Kantha and the JVP leaders take it forward, then it could lead to a dynamic change in politics that could force a change of tactics of Tamil liberation struggle too.
While they are . led down by the world capitalist leaders, workers movement in the south has taken a giant step to shake the regime. Tamil liberation leaders could not ignore this turn of events and they did not. The success of plantation strike is an indication that the plantation workers while demanding Rs. 500/= daily wage, were protesting about the present chauvinist oppression. Is this a new unity forged in action?
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