Source Pravda.Ru

Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels solicit ideas for anthem

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are soliciting ideas for an anthem to highlight the aspirations of the Tamil people, a rebel spokesman and a pro-rebel Web site reported Friday, amid the separatists' demand for greater autonomy in the areas they control.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, will accept suggestions until Nov. 27, which coincides with Martyrs Remembrance Day, when rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran pays homage to his fallen fighters.

"We have requested all Tamil people to come up with ideas and poems for our own national anthem," rebel spokesman Daya Master said by telephone from the rebel capital of Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka. The participants should be "Tamil bards and minstrels with patriotic fervor," TamilNet Web site reported, adding that the anthem should have a maximum of 18 stanzas written in the Tamil language. TamilNet said the lyrics should "symbolize the history of our struggle," extol the "virtues of those who sacrificed their lives ... and manifest the resoluteness, dedication and the aspirations of the Tamil People for freedom and dignity."

Daya Master declined to comment on whether the anthem was another step toward the rebels' goal of self-rule in Sri Lanka's north and east _ areas where most of Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils live. The rebels already have their own flag, as well as a flower, the Gloriosa Lily; and an emblem, the Tiger.

The LTTE began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority, claiming discrimination at the hands of the country's majority Sinhalese. Nearly 65,000 people died before a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire was signed in February 2002, reports the AP. I.L.

A year after the constitutional referendum of December 4th, 2016 that saw the victory of the NAY and the blatant defeat of the government front that had proposed the referendum, it can be said with certainty that the trauma for the defeated is now past. But there is still fear in them, not so hidden either...

Italy: Free fall

On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, its thirty articles enshrining basic and fundamental rights guaranteeing dignity of the human person and equality for all, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. A pipe dream?

Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Comments
USA looking for reason to see nuclear weapons in action
Why did Donald Trump recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Russia works on MiG-41 doomsday fighter jet
Russia works on MiG-41 doomsday fighter jet
Russia works on MiG-41 doomsday fighter jet
Mikhail Saakashvili's bumpy ride in politics: From chewing his tie to climbing on rooftop
Mikhail Saakashvili's bumpy ride in politics: From chewing his tie to climbing on rooftop
European Court of Human Rights: Promoting filth and insolence
European Court of Human Rights: Promoting filth and insolence
Russian athletes announce their decision about 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Gorbachev names reason behind crisis in US-Russian relations
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision