Petition Against the IMF Loan to Sri Lanka

I signed this, but I'm not sure how I feel about it entirely. I think it's worth discussing - its framing is Tamil nationalist, but its demands are anti-militarisation and the use of external financial pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka and so would benefit more than just Tamil nationalists imo.  The preamble:

The Sri Lankan Government is asking the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan of $1.9 billion dollars.

The government need this money! Their genocidal war has been extremely expensive.

In 2008 they spent $1.48 billion on military purposes.

That is $ 1,480,000,000 on their hi-tech tanks, supersonic jets and advanced weaponry.
In 2009 they spent $1.66 billion on military purposes.

That is $ 1,660,000,000 used on arms to destroy our homeland, cripple our children, and murder our brothers and sisters.

They spent so much and now it’s come back to bite them. They claim they want this money for "re-devlopment" of the North, which boils down to the construction of more concentration camps, and making them more permanent.

This is our chance to make a difference!

At the G20 summit, they decided to triple the IMF budget to $ 1 trillion. That means they have a lot more money.

Make sure that Sri Lanka does not get a single rupee of this money. Make it known that we will not stand for it.

By: on 18 Apr 2009