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Tamil Tigers had doctored many claims and the recent one is another disinformation campaign

The Tamil Tigers had doctored many claims from within the war zone including from health personnel (including doctors) and NGO personnel accusing the Army of shelling civilians & hospitals , that were subsequently found to be untrue.. .Similar claims have been made on the week end.

In a letter to Editor, Dr.Chula Rajapakse, spokesperson of United Sri Lanka Assn, wrote "in fact Tigers have repeatedly fired on hundreds of civilians to prevent them escaping leaving the tigers exposed have been repeatedly confirmed by escapees including Daya Master."

He further added , "It does not make any sense for the army to shell civilians as it would only give them bad press and prevent what they want to achieve. ie. separate the civilians from the tigers so that they can mount the last attack on the Tigers which they are desperate to prevent."

Given below the full text of the letter of Dr.Chula Rajapakse, spokesperson of United Sri Lanka Assn, Wellington , New Zealand addressed to the Editor Asian Tribune:

The Editor,
Asian Tribune.

Dear Editor,

In analyzing the truth or otherwise of the most recent Tamil Tiger accusations that the SL Army shelling was responsible for the killing of several hundred civilians Sat/Sun May 10/11 in the newly demarcated "safe zones for civilians" , and the SL Army's vehement denial of it, one should consider the following:

1. There were similar claims & counter claims by the Tigers and SL army before the army on the 20th April breached the Tiger bund that triggered the “great escape” of over two hundred thousand hostages from the Tigers to the Army in a few days., supporting the earlier Army claim that the Tigers were holding these civilians hostage, and not the Tigers claim that the civilians were with them voluntarily.

2. This position was confirmed over and over again by escapees that included Daya master, former Tiger media chief, to many including visiting media and foreign dignitaries.

3. Prior to this "great escape" the tigers had doctored many claims from within the war zone including from health personnel (including doctors) and NGO personnel accusing the Army of shelling civilians & hospitals , that were subsequently found to be untrue.. .Similar claims have been made on the week end

4. The weekend’s shelling of civilians in the newly identified no fire zone will only deter any of the still trapped civilians going there. The civilians moving to the newly declared no fire zone will only expose the tigers by robbing them of their shields. It would therefore make sense for them to fire on the civilians to prevent them going there.

5.That the tigers have repeatedly fired on hundreds of civilians to prevent them escaping leaving the tigers exposed have been repeatedly confirmed by escapees including Daya Master.

6. It does not make any sense for the army to shell civilians as it would only give them bad press and prevent what they want to achieve. ie. separate the civilians from the tigers so that they can mount the last attack on the Tigers which they are desperate to prevent.

Dr.Chula Rajapakse MNZM
Spokesperson,
United Sri Lanka Assn,
Wellington , New Zealand."

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