Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian and Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) leader Suresh Premachandran in a video interview to TamilNet this week, called upon the diaspora youth studying in the Western World to take up the matter of SL military oppression of Jaffna University students with the Western governments, in order to push them to prevail upon Colombo’s undemocratic activities. Meanwhile, diaspora circles especially in the UK and in Canada now realize how in the last three years Colombo’s agents have succeeded in hijacking, silencing and deviating the diaspora alumni associations of the leading schools of Eezham Tamils. They also cited at the strange silence of an alumni association started in the UK in the name of the Jaffna University.
Suresh in his interview said that every people have the right to remember kith and kin lost in a war. The Sri Lankan military conducts a function every year to remember its fallen soldiers. The JVP is having its own day to remember its lost comrades, he cited.
The Tamils have lost nearly 300,000 in the 35-years war. They have every right to remember their dead. When the Jaffna University students were peacefully remembering the fallen heroes, the SL military and police entered into the gents as well as ladies hostels and assaulted the students, including girls. Even a silent demonstration the following day was attacked. Around 10 university students including girls were injured and were brought to the hospital, the TNA parliamentarian said.
Four students have been arrested. They have 11 more names in the list and they search knocking doors in midnight. They book them under Prevention of Terrorism Act, Suresh said
Out of 20 divisions (200, 000 soldiers) of Sri Lanka’s military, 15 divisions (150,000) are stationed in the North alone, where the population today is just 500, 000. You have to send this Army away from this soil, Suresh further said.