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* Protest march by Tamil political parties and civil society against suppression of minorities in Sri Lanka concludes
Sun, Feb 7, 2021, 10:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 07, Colombo: The Protest march started from Pottuvil by the Tamil political parties and civil society organizations in the North and East against the alleged repression of the Tamil people concluded Polikandy, Point Pedro today (07).

The five day march started from Pottuvil town in Ampara district in the Eastern Province on 3rd February continued from Batticaloa to Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Jaffna reached Point Pedro with a large crowd.

Protesters lit lamps in front of the Mullaitivu Mullivaikkal War Memorial and reached Vavuniya via Nedunkerni.

After marching from Vavuniya to Mannar town, the demonstration march continued from Mannar through Thunukkai Mallavi to Kilinochchi via Mankulam and started from Kilinochchi today (07) ending in Polikandy in Jaffna district in the Northern Province.

The protest march in Jaffna was joined by a bicycle procession and a motorcade and Jaffna University students were among them. The protesters had taken steps to light lamps at the monument of Thileepan, who was a former LTTE leader in Jaffna.

Although the Police in every district of the Northern Province had obtained court injunctions against the protest march, it was significant that the protest marches were held in defiance of those injunctions.

The protest march focused on archeological excavations in the North and East, the seizure of Tamil lands, the release of Tamil political prisoners, the payment of compensation for those missing in the war, the payment of 1,000 rupees to plantation workers, and the non-cremation of Muslims dying of the coronavirus.

The protest march was led by several Tamil and Muslim political parties led by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and was spearheaded by civil society organizations, university students, relatives of the missing and religious leaders.

It is noteworthy that today, the last day of the march, all the political parties that were divided in the North have joined the protest.


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