Tamils for Obama: EU Should Stop Subsidizing Lankan Abuses

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The EU's GSP Plus program, that gives Sri Lankan goods tax-free entry into Europe, amounts to 8.1 billion U.S. dollars in charity, which Colombo can use to support its already over-sized armed forces. Tamils for Obama asserts that the hyper-militarized country only needs the extra forces because they expect more rebellion from the island nation's Tamils, a rebellion which they are doing everything to provoke.

Tamils for Obama wrote a letter to the European Union urging the EU to take away Sri Lanka's tax-free entry into Europe.

A spokesman for Tamils for Obama said "This is a concession by which Sri Lanka pockets billions of Dollars which they would not otherwise have, and we know that they are spending a large part of it on their armed forces.

"Sri Lanka's armed forces are already far bigger than any country their size without external enemies needs. They are building up their armed forces, we believe, because they expect that their treatment of Tamils is going to provoke another rebellion, and they want to be ready for it."

The letter asks "Why would a government try to start up another civil war within its boundaries?" The letter then answers its question: "We think that Colombo's goal is to drive the Tamils out of Sri Lanka as fast as they can, and the best way to do this is to re-start the civil war and kill as many Tamils as they can with aerial attacks, shelling, cluster bombing, and so forth. That is, kill and scare as many away as possible, as fast as possible."

The letter includes a quote from Japan Times which describes the Sri Lankan arms build-up. The letter then goes on to say that the only use for all that extra military power is to put down the rebellion which Colombo is doing everything to incite.

"Our darkest suspicion is that Colombo is continuing its policy of driving out as many Tamils as it can," the spokesman said. "Unfortunately, Colombo usually realizes our worst fears."

Finally, the letter urges the EU not to renew Sri Lanka's generous tax concession because it makes the EU a participant in Sri Lanka's policy.

Read the whole letter at: http://www.Tamilsforobama.com/Letters/EU_GSP_PLUS.html

Tamils are an ethnic group living mainly in the northeast of Sri Lanka and southern India. During the final weeks of the recent civil war, the Sri Lankan government killed about 1,000 Tamil civilians per day, according to the United Nations, and about 30,000 in 2009. Tamils are a minority population in Sri Lanka, and have borne the brunt of a civil war they regard as genocide. One-third of the Tamil population has fled the island and formed a substantial diaspora overseas. Tamils for Obama is comprised of Tamils who have settled in the U.S. or who were born in the U.S.

To contact the group, call at (617) 765- 4394 and speak to, or leave a message for, the Communication Director, Tamils for Obama.


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