( March 23, 2014, Mannaar, Sri Lanka Guardian) The rulers of the Sri Lankan State are not prepared to come to light; they continue with their activities in darkness. They are capable of telling bigger lies than Satan’s biggest lies, said Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, the Catholic Bishop of Mannaar, taking part at a peaceful rally in Mannaar on Friday. Even the investigations that are about to commence with international monitoring, as it is being proposed now, are not adequate, he said. “We don’t need it. The Sri Lankan State is capable of guiding even that process under the darkness. The Sri Lankan government is capable in twisting everything through its propaganda orchestration. We also know what happened to the doctors who came from the war zone. As far we as we are concerned, there should only be an international investigation that could bring justice,” the Bishop said.
“During the war, everything they did was against the international law and norms. They used even the food and medicine as weapons of war. Even the embassies present here were blindfolded at the time of the war,” the Bishop told the people and activists who were taking part in the one day fast for justice campaign.
The latest voice of Mannaar Bishop, who presented a model resolution reflecting Tamil expectations, shows his thorough disappointment with the drafting nations at Geneva, political observers in the island said.
The Sri Lankan government was first trying to stop the peaceful campaign using its justice system. As it didn't materialise, it deployed more than 50 military intelligence operatives in civil at the site, journalists said.
Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians, Northern Provincial Council members, Mannaar Citizens Committee, civil groups in Mannaar and the families of missing people took part in the one day fast that was observed from 9:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the public playground of Mannaar.
The participants were carrying slogans: “What happened in Mu'l'livaaykkaal was genocide, Conduct international investigations on Thirukkeatheesvaram mass graves, establish the truth of what happened to the missing people through international investigations”.
The fasting campaign with massive participation comes also after the Sri Lankan government staged a demonstration at Mannaar on Monday, with forced participation in support of the Sri Lankan State.