“Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s controversial ex-defence chief eyes power” BBC News

At a funeral for one of the victims of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings, a grief-stricken relative wailed and shouted: “We need Gota, We need Gota.”

She was referring to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the wartime defence chief who played a leading role in crushing Tamil rebels in a bloody civil war which ended 10 years ago. Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils loathe Mr Rajapaksa but he’s celebrated as a hero by many in the majority Sinhalese population, particularly hardliners.

Mr Rajapaksa served as defence secretary from 2005 to 2015, when his brother Mahinda was president. But his tenure was marred by allegations of crimes against humanity, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings.

via: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48592714?fbclid=IwAR2oU5cfHCrknyzc79f3Fl3zSkbJlgLfa6nehUGGQsGrCx-OmicM5h95y2c



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DM (2019, 5 novembre). “Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s controversial ex-defence chief eyes power” BBC News. SRI LANKA & DIASPORAS. Consulté le 14 avril 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/u8vh

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