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Book launch: The Tamil Freedom Struggle in Sri Lanka

June 16, 2009

Book launch: The Tamil Freedom Struggle in Sri Lanka

Green Left Weekly & Socialist Alliance book launch
The Tamil Freedom Struggle in Sri Lanka
By Chris Slee, Brian Senewiratne & Vickramabahu Karunarathne
Ever since Sri Lanka gained independence from Britain in 1948, the rights of the Tamils have been under attack. The Sinhala ruling elites have used anti-Tamil racism to secure power and privilege and deflect discontent from below. The history of Sri Lanka is marked by a bloody series of government-instigated anti-Tamil pogroms.

The persecuted and besieged Tamils finally turned to armed struggle to secure independence in their traditional homelands. With the military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, this phase appears to have come to an end.

The victory of the regime was made possible by the backing of the West and China. These governments — Australia included — all have blood on their hands. Is the Sri Lankan regime going to continue with its Nazi-like ‘final solution’ or will the Tamils be offered some measure of autonomy? Now more than ever, the oppressed Tamil people need the solidarity of progressive forces around the world.

This collection of essays by Chris Slee, Brian Senewiratne
& Vickramabahu Karunarathne provides an essential background to the conflict from a socialist and Marxist viewpoint.

3pm Sat 27 June Activist Centre, Unit 7, Fl1, 29 Macquarie St,
Parramatta Ph: Graham on 0403802944
www.socialist-alliance.org www.greenleft.org.au

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