Tamil political prisoners resume fast

Tamil political prisoners resumed their fast today in protest over the failure by the Government to keep its promise and release all of them.

At least 29 Tamil detainees at the Anuradhapura prison were among those who resumed the fast today.

The Government was to release 30 Tamil detainees today and another 32 by next week but the detainees wanted all those arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to be set free.

Nearly 200 Tamil detainees had launched a hunger strike recently demanding their release and the fast was suspended following an assurance given by the Government that they will be freed.

However subsequently the Government said that only a few will be released while the rest will have their cases expedited. (Colombo Gazette)