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M.I.A. Versus The Sri Lankan Navy
The Quietus , April 7th, 2009 06:58

Government prepare to fire on singer-backed 'Mercy Boat' they believe carries food for militants

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M.I.A. has had the dubious honour of appearing on the website of the Sri Lanka Army after controversially backing a campaign to send aid into citizens trapped in the Wanni warzone.

The campaign, launched in Britain last week, aims to send a boat loaded with food and medical supplies on a 'Mercy Mission' to those innocently caught up in fighting between the Sri Lanka Government and militant group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

However, the Sri Lanka Navy says it has been alerted by authorities of a boat – due to sail from Britain under the guise of civilian aid – whose cargo of over 2000 metric tonnes of food is actually destined for the LTTE.

The Navy say they will open fire on any unauthorised vessel to enter Sri Lankan waters.

M.I.A., real name Mathangi Arulpragasam, has urged the government to let the ship through.

“The Mercy Mission will carry dry food and medicines for Tamil civilians in the Wanni within the Sri Lankan Government’s ‘safe zone’,” said Arulpragasam, who is of Tamil-lineage and whose father is a revolutionary opposed to the Sri Lanka Government.

“Many have already perished from starvation and preventable disease. We cannot ignore these genocidal conditions,” she continued, “and if the aim of the SL Government is to protect the lives of the civilians, then this ship will reach its destination and lives will be saved.”

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Wilfred Perera
Apr 7, 2009 1:17pm

I support MIA for her music, but when it comes to fighting terrorists that’s not like performing arts. Given the facts about LTTE terrorist criminal track record even if the boat leaves UK with food and medicine after thousand of miles sailing to Sri Lanka anything can change. I think MIA really wants to help the civilians should ask Sri Lanka navy to search the ship at Colombo port and escort it to the north east. She should stop calling ‘Genocide’ at least now because that has no truth in it and the world now knows. Ruminating ‘Genocide’ will only bring her down to LTTE terrorist level and make Sri Lanka government treat her like LTTE. I admire her for helping the innocent civilians.

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