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Camp on LTTE cemetery-BBC

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A new military headquarters in northern Sri Lanka has been built on the site of a Tamil Tiger graveyard earlier flattened by the army, it has emerged.
 

The construction has come in for sharp criticism. The army says it was allocated the plot as government land and that it was unaware of "unhappiness" over the site.
 

The Tamil Tigers departed from Hindu traditions of cremation and built large graveyards which experts say was part of a cult of martyrdom.
 

In May 2009 government forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland. More than 70,000 people are estimated to have died in Sri Lanka's civil war which lasted for 26 years.
 

The army website has a full illustrated account of Friday's opening of the new headquarters for the 51 Division near Jaffna.
 

The website said it was declared open "amidst religious rites and rituals".
 

But it did not mention that on the same spot there used to stand a cemetery built by Tamil Tiger militants but destroyed by the army last year.
 

Tamil nationalists have already criticised the destruction of other Tiger graveyards in past years.
 

A former MP, MK Shivajilingam, said he was shocked because there were about 2,000 bodies of Tiger fighters on the site and there had been twice that number of memorial stones.
 

"How can the government build national reconciliation like this?" he said.
 

But army Chief Jagath Jayasuriya told the BBC that having vacated its temporary premises in a Jaffna hotel, the 51 Division had to move to government land.
 

He said the military had been allocated this site which was owned by the prisons department, and he was "not aware of people expressing unhappiness".
 

Last year the government demolished the ancestral house of the late Tamil Tiger leader, Prabhakaran.
 

It says its policy is to wipe out any trace of the Tigers and ensure that their violence is forgotten.
 

It has however built several memorials to fallen government soldiers.
 


 
 

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-39+91 # Aruna 2011-03-08 07:38
We rise. you fall!
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-4+14 # Jabos 2011-03-08 16:47
We name it "Ghost Camp" !!
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-53+154 # milliband 2011-03-08 07:51
Good move by GOSL. Should wipe out all the traces of LTTE.
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-15+93 # Godaya 2011-03-08 10:10
Good to wipe out all traces of LTTE. At the same time should wipe out all communal cries which created the three-decade war. Don't forget it.
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-9+14 # Wimal_Modawansa 2011-03-08 13:53
Agreed.Arm chair communal critics should be wiped out first.
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-8+5 # Nimal 2011-03-08 16:05
Ladies first! so we invite tamils :P on July 1st? or any day you like.
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-116+60 # true human 2011-03-08 07:55
This is how we respect each other. and this is the true democracy we have now. no body can speak about any thing.
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-30+111 # Wara 2011-03-08 09:04
respect humans not canibals !
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-36+112 # Daya 2011-03-08 09:13
Should we respect to terrorists...?? No way.....!!!!!!! If GoSL demolished a graveyard of innocent tamil citizens... it is wrong... in deed.... but this case is different....
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-73+36 # Ezhilini 2011-03-08 10:26
Daya, The samg SL govt made Innocent Tamils,so called terrorists.
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-14+31 # Brimal 2011-03-08 11:34
Plain old GREED made them terrorists
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-15+26 # Patriot 2011-03-08 11:59
Daya is right. Terrorrists are Terrorrists..there cant be so called terrorrists...
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-15+12 # bash 2011-03-08 10:28
Some for forcefully joined and buried here against the wishes of their loved ones, no respect for those victims then????
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-6+16 # Buwa 2011-03-08 09:20
You are speaking :)
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-10+16 # MangoFriend 2011-03-08 13:42
hey true human - do i need you to remind you of LTTE atrocities? They are not human judging by the things they did. They don't deserve to be treated as humans,
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-34+99 # Diyasena 2011-03-08 07:58
This is Great move. LTTE and puppet BBC should know that theres nothing belongs to LTTE in this Island.
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-26+83 # Calistus Jayatilleke 2011-03-08 08:19
Good one to make sure that the Tiger ghosts do not get up from their graves and roam again!
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-26+73 # Adaraya Soya 2011-03-08 08:28
Good Move. Why to keep these bloody terrorists grave yard?
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-22+62 # Ex Army 2011-03-08 08:35
There is nothing wrong with it . Terrorist graveyard was destroyed way back in 1996. What ever Army does up in the north will not be appreciated by some segment of the public. At least Army is moving out fromthe private properties.
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-22+59 # arj 2011-03-08 08:36
LTTE, BBC what' that? a soap operah?
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-53+41 # Wimal_Modawansa 2011-03-08 08:40
This is Sri Lanka.The next step is to sell these grave yards to foreign hotels.
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-8+22 # Jehan 2011-03-08 10:30
haha this is anger speaking... :D
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-35+13 # Yehiya-Doha 2011-03-08 08:59
First we should think fairly. Then can yeild.
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-72+36 # Paul 2011-03-08 09:01
Only idiots can be happy at this kind of news.
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-20+48 # lankaman 2011-03-08 10:09
ok then, i'm proud to be an idiot
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-9+28 # Nimal 2011-03-08 10:32
Only cannibals can be feel SAD by seen vamper's end!
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-12+41 # Raymond 2011-03-08 09:11
In death once again we become one...There is no LTTE or Politicians...just dust.
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-5+4 # gavesh 2011-03-08 14:43
Nops.... we go to heven & terrorists go to hell
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-13+34 # arafath 2011-03-08 09:13
Goov move.. .. If no use, no need.
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-4+45 # ind 2011-03-08 09:14
Yakata baya nam Sohone Gewal Hadai da?
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-17+48 # ajith 2011-03-08 09:18
Government is 100% right.
They have no right to rest in peace in Srilanka as they destroyed her for the last 3 decades.
This is a good lesson for the younger generation.
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-19+38 # Jonathan 2011-03-08 09:18
Very good move. Ltte should not be a part of the history nor the people who support it.
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-48+39 # chris abey 2011-03-08 09:21
.Most of the comments seem to condoning this act.In the USA,after civil war graves of the enemy still exist. Even the great King Dutugemunu would never have done such an act.
We will never have true peace .
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-9+37 # SL 2011-03-08 10:09
Where are the Nazi cemeteries?
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-14+16 # Karthik 2011-03-08 10:42
In Germany
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-4+16 # nagu 2011-03-08 14:16
Pls tell where? becoz there are no Nazi cemetries and No statues of Hitler anywhere in Germany....
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-2+10 # channa 2011-03-08 14:18
Only you know where....becoz even German people doesn't know where the Nazi cemeteries are.....
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-8+24 # Nimal 2011-03-08 10:35
This is not USA! GAY is not accepted too :P. if you think in such mentality, do you need SL Gov to start Guantanamo? for LTTE detainees? then?
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-30+15 # Darwin 2011-03-08 09:34
Coming color no good.
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-14+37 # henry 2011-03-08 10:10
The land belongs to GOSL, Not LTTE, So what the big fuss ??? good move.
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-6+23 # ajith 2011-03-08 10:16
Who cares USA,they are not deserved as examples.Their time is overtaken by other up coming nations.its a mere name only.
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-14+14 # CEEDEEBEE 2011-03-08 10:27
Disgusting, but typical - the conquering 'Hero'!!!!!!!!!!! my $%^&
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-12+6 # Sam.Samarasinghe 2011-03-08 10:28
Like to know Vasu "sahodaraya's" opinion !
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-5+10 # Athula 2011-03-08 10:29
Good Move yet clear all land mines in proximity . Sinners did not spare the religious stautues
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-5+5 # Athula 2011-03-08 10:29
This should be in Falklands
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-27+17 # Ezhilini 2011-03-08 10:30
Typical Sri Lankan mentality. Shame these people following a religion which teaches peace and politeness.
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-9+33 # Wara 2011-03-08 12:10
What is the religion of Prabhakaran to kill his own people ??
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-1+2 # mike 2011-03-08 20:45
good reply
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-9+24 # Konde bendapu china 2011-03-08 10:31
Peace with Tamil people in Sri LankaYes,But Tamil diaspora No
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-25+19 # dhiga 2011-03-08 10:32
Govt. should avoid unneccessory mistakes like this. This will hurt the feelings of many Tamils.
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-2+2 # mike 2011-03-08 20:45
oh God then those Tamils hv supported terrorist? we want to know da people who are hurt by this to hurt them more
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-9+25 # tinku 2011-03-08 10:34
Tigers are not Heros, they are terrorist....even BBC admits it....so why have memorials of terrorist....??
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-6+14 # Athula 2011-03-08 10:42
BBC - Koti hada nawatha vikashanaya arabaye !
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-14+17 # Calm 2011-03-08 11:21
The GOSL has no respect for dead souls and/or the sentiments of the Tamils. It cannot being about reconciliation and harmony in this manner Day by day the situation is going from bad to worse.
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-6+21 # stupido 2011-03-08 11:22
should wipe out all kinds of terrorist whether its from north or south. good for all peace loving srilankan
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-4+14 # stupido 2011-03-08 11:26
should wipe out all kinds of terrorists whether its from north of south. Good for all peace loving sri lankans
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-11+14 # rosh 2011-03-08 11:34
every one talks lions ! wat if the tigers win then we would have be only in history books. ????
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-7+9 # channa 2011-03-08 14:20
justice prevails...thats why SL forces won...
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-8+19 # kenny_fdo 2011-03-08 11:36
its just promoting hatred. we are going backwards in finding a political solution. damn shame.
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-11+14 # Sinhaya 2011-03-08 11:54
Good work...
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-13+5 # Ranjith BG 2011-03-08 11:59
Come on Vasu and JVP tell something. Good time before election. Tamil votes.
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-10+13 # Nath Ranasinghe 2011-03-08 12:33
There are no Heros in LTTE, they are terrorists and traitors to the nation. So why any monument?
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-1+7 # Observer 2011-03-08 16:41
If there is 40000 "terrorists" withn 2 mil. people. Then there is a serious problem in that country.
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-15+16 # anpan 2011-03-08 12:34
Even some animals respect their dead ones !!
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-4+15 # Wimal_Modawansa 2011-03-08 13:00
but some animals don't.
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-6+15 # Lucky 2011-03-08 13:05
Yes - Do you want us to be animals?
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-7+8 # Wimal_Modawansa 2011-03-08 13:51
Of course you are.
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-1+4 # Nimal 2011-03-08 16:18
Good point thanx for understanding:P
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-9+18 # kosala 2011-03-08 13:01
animals don't need cemeteries
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-8+11 # Athula 2011-03-08 13:13
Bunker to Bunker , Bullet to Bullet , Bombs to Bombs Cyanide to Cyanide Ash to Ash , Dust to Dust, do not Rise even If Possible
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-4+17 # namal 2011-03-08 13:48
There is so much hatred in this country.
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-7+16 # lucky 2011-03-08 14:02
BBC head office should be converted to a tamil tiger memorial
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-3+7 # Athula 2011-03-08 14:12
Suicide carders in space no more sky scrapers in S.L
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-6+8 # Sam 2011-03-08 14:19
Ha?? not sure why BBC make this headlines when LTTE has committed most inhumane acts we can ever imagine.
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-5+6 # Pawlpakse 2011-03-08 16:22
What else can be an ideal location than this?
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