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Sinhala nationalists' convoy to LTTE camp turned back
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 October 2003, 11:25 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police Tuesday peacefully turned back a
large convoy of vehicles in which activists of Sihala
Urumaya (SU), an ultra Sinhala nationalist party, were
travelling towards Kurankupanchaan Kulam in Southern
Trincomalee, vowing to enter the camp of the
Liberation Tigers, which Colombo claims to be in
territory under its control. More than a hundred
Buddhist monks and about three hundred SU activists
began the drive to the LTTE's camp from Kantalai
around 1 p.m. Tuesday with the slogan "The arms are
yours, the land is ours".
Sinhala nationalist claim that Sinhala Buddhist are
the sovereign owners of all Sri Lanka and that no one
other than Sinhala Buddhists have any traditional
right to land in the island.
The inflexibly unitary nature of the Sri Lankan
constitution is ultimately based on this dogma, legal
Police stopped them at the barrier in Soorankal, a
Muslim village near Kurankupanchaan around 4 p.m.
The leader of the SU, Mr. Tilak Karunaratna addressed
the monks and activists who were in the convoy before
returning from Soorankal, residents told TamilNet.
"There was no incident", Mr. M.C.M Sheriff, the
Divisional Secretary for Kinniya said.
Thirty journalists from Colombo accompanied the SU