“Thus the violence of the oppressor silenced the non-violence of the oppressed; the armed might of Sinhala chauvinism crushed the ahimsa of the Tamils. This historical event marked the beginning of a political experience that was crucial to the Tamil national struggle, an experience that taught the Tamils that the moral power of non-violence could not consume the military power of a violent oppressor whose racial hatred transcends all ethical norms of humanness and civilized behaviour.
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To the oppressor this event encouraged the view that military terrorism is the only answer to the Tamil demand and that the non-violent foundation of the Tamil political agitation is a weak and impotent structure against the barrel of the gun.” - Anton Balasingham in LTTE booklet “Liberation Tigers and Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle”
February 20th 1961 is a very important date in the history of the Sri Lankan Tamil political struggle to regain lost rights. [click here to read in full ~ dbsjeyaraj.com]