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October 12, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Police discovered the bound bodies of 80 murdered young Sinhalese men along a road in southern Sri Lanka, a day before the final round of peace talks to try to resolve ethnic conflicts that have claimed more than 16,000 lives. The victims, all between age 18 and 30, had their hands tied behind their backs before they were shot to death, police said. No one claimed responsibility for the massacre, one of the worst this year.
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April 10, 2010 | By Anuradha K. Herath
Sri Lanka's ruling coalition sailed to victory by winning more than half the Parliament's seats in this week's elections, poll officials said Friday, boosting its power and setting off a massive celebration. A key question amid all the backslapping and victory cheers, however, is what the government will do with the impressive mandate. Although the showing by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's United People's Freedom Alliance fell short of the two-thirds majority it sought after winning a quarter-century civil war last year, the coalition came close by securing 60% of the vote and 117 of the 225 seats in the Parliament.
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NEWS
August 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
President Junius R. Jayewardene blamed Sinhalese terrorists Tuesday for an attack earlier in the day in a Parliament meeting room that killed one lawmaker and injured 14 but left him unharmed. At least one assailant hurled grenades into the conference room on Tuesday morning, failing in an apparent bid to assassinate the president. Some accounts indicated there were multiple attackers and that automatic weapons were used. Other reports put the number of wounded at 16. No arrests were made.
WORLD
April 8, 2010 | By Anuradha K. Herath and Mark Magnier
Reporting from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Colombo, Sri Lanka -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling coalition is expected to secure an easy victory in Thursday's parliamentary elections, the first since the government quashed the Tamil Tiger insurgency and ended an often brutal quarter-century-long war. But the vote may only mask continuing problems securing national reconciliation between the Tamil minority and the majority Sinhalese population, as...
NEWS
February 20, 1989
A new Sri Lankan group calling itself the "Black Cats" executed 20 Sinhalese in the first major violence since election results were announced last week, military officials said. The victims were members of the People's Liberation Front, an ultranationalist Sinhalese militant group that opposes the Sinhalese-dominated government's attempts to grant limited autonomy to minority Tamils.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1987
For the first time, a foreign journalist has focused on the fear of extinction in the Sinhalese without also pooh-poohing that fear. In every century, the Sinhalese have had to struggle against Indian and other foreign aggressors to retain their ethnic identity. That, as the Sinhalese say, is their karma. I am not a Sinhalese, but I am married to one and have encountered the anguish of that karma: "Will we one day, like some extinct animals, be reduced to mere pictures in National Geographic?"
NEWS
March 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
More than 120 people have been killed this week in a surge of political violence by Sinhalese extremists trying to topple the Sinhalese-dominated government, authorities said. Deputy Defense Minister Ranjan Wijeratne said that at least 60 people were killed in northern Anuradhapura province Tuesday, a Buddhist holiday. Officials said at least 53 were killed Sunday and Monday, and nine were killed Wednesday as the extremists crippled the island with a daylong strike.
NEWS
April 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
A car bomb exploded outside a hotel in the northeastern city of Trincomalee today, killing at least 38 people and injuring 57 in an attack military officials blamed on Tamil rebels. Shortly after the blast, a group of angry Sinhalese attacked Tamil residents in the city with knives, killing one and injuring seven, military officials in Colombo said. The explosion in the port city, 145 miles northeast of Colombo, occurred as more than 100 Sinhalese in a marketplace adjacent to the hotel hunted for gifts and sweets to celebrate the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year holidays.
WORLD
February 7, 2009 | Mark Magnier
As the Sri Lankan military tightens the noose around Tamil Tiger guerrillas, squeezing them into an increasingly tight pocket on the island's northeast coast, the government appears closer to winning the war than at almost any time since fighting began a quarter-century ago. Yet after the battle ends, it may prove nearly as difficult to win the peace, according to some analysts.
NEWS
October 27, 1995 | From Associated Press
Villagers in this hamlet were jolted from their sleep before dawn Thursday by the bursts of grenades and machine guns. Many fled into the jungle. But 24 others, including a 6-day-old infant, were slaughtered in their huts here, and in Tammannewa, a neighboring village in northeast Sri Lanka. It was the fifth time in six days that Tamil rebels have attacked villages of ethnic Sinhalese. Police say 109 villagers have been massacred, some with machetes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1993
In response to " 'Affirmative Action' Gone Awry," by William McGowan, Commentary, May 13: I am much obliged for your article and emphasizing the real reasons behind the current problems in Sri Lanka. Thank you highlighting the quota system that was instituted in Sri Lanka to admit Sinhalese students over more qualified Tamils, which was indeed one of the major turning points. As McGowan mentioned, Sri Lanka's nightmare should be a warning to any multiethnic society, including our own. NANDA SENATHI Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1993 | WILLIAM McGOWAN, William McGowan is the author of "Only Man Is Vile: The Tragedy of Sri Lanka." He lives in New York.
The assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa at the hands of a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka on May 1 only deepens the impression of a country in the grip of Third World politics gone mad. But to dismiss it as only that ignores the vital lessons that Sri Lanka's 10 years of hideous ethnic violence can teach Western societies.
NEWS
August 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Troops trying to stem a wave of massacres among the country's ethnic and religious communities killed 20 Tamil separatists who were on their way to attack a Muslim village, military sources said. Troops foiled several other attempts by Tamil rebels to attack Sinhalese and Muslim villages in the north and east, the sources said. The reports could not be independently confirmed.
NEWS
June 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Tamil separatist guerrillas hacked to death 62 Muslim men, women and children in eastern Sri Lanka on Friday after accusing them of being government informants, officials said. A Defense Ministry official and a Muslim leader said the village massacre at Nintavur came on the 11th day of an increasingly violent war between Tamil guerrillas and Sri Lankan forces for control of the northeast. The separatists are also believed to have gunned down 278 unarmed policemen last week.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Troops raided a clandestine radio station and captured its operator in a dragnet that is decimating the leadership of an extremist group of Sinhalese nationalists, officials in Colombo said. In addition, the bodies of 31 suspected Sinhalese extremists were discovered in the central hills, officials said. They blamed the killings on pro-government vigilantes. Security forces earlier seized and killed Rohana Wijeweera, senior leader of the People's Liberation Front.
NEWS
October 12, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Police discovered the bound bodies of 80 murdered young Sinhalese men along a road in southern Sri Lanka, a day before the final round of peace talks to try to resolve ethnic conflicts that have claimed more than 16,000 lives. The victims, all between age 18 and 30, had their hands tied behind their backs before they were shot to death, police said. No one claimed responsibility for the massacre, one of the worst this year.
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