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'Tamils Arise' Rally to Challenge Traditional Leadership of North! | Lankaviews | Views of the TruthLankaviews | Views of the Truth

‘Tamils Arise’ Rally to Challenge Traditional Leadership of North!



Large amount of people participated in the political rally under the theme of ‘Eluka Thamil’ or ‘Tamils Arise’ held on Sept 16th in Jaffna by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) breakaway groups.

C.V.Wigneswaran, former Chief Minister of the Northern Province led the rally under the name of his civil society group called Tamil Peoples’ Council of which he is a Co-Chair.

The organization presented 6 demands to the government

1) Stop Sinhalese colonization of Tamil homeland.
2) Bring Sri Lankan war criminals to face international justice.
3) Release all Tamil political prisoners.
4) Take immediate steps to conduct impartial, international investigation about the enforced disappeared.
5) Stop militarization of Tamil areas.
6) Take steps to resettle all those displaced due to the war in their original places.

Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and other TNA break-away political parties took part in the rally. However, the Tamil National Peoples’ Front (TNPF) boycotted the rally following disagreements over political issues. Trade unions, student groups, and civil society groups supported  a hartal campaign the organizers called.

Earlier the Governor’s Secretariat announced that public school activities would be held as usual. However, student turnouts were poor in many schools since limited transport facilities were made available to the public.

Addressing the rally, Mr Wigneswaran accused successive Governments of committing ‘genocide’ against the Tamil community claiming that such issues were yet to be brought before the UN Human Rights Council for war crimes and other abuses during the final stages of the war.

He said that all attempts by the international community to bring Lanka before the UNHRC under an accountability mechanism on account of war crimes and crimes against Humanity had failed.