Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

For the third day, Tamils and Muslims continued their march for justice from Pottuvil to Polikandi (P2P), commencing with a special prayer at the Trincomalee Shiva Temple on Friday morning. The march, which has been organised by Tamil war victims’ and civil society organisations across the North-East, aims to bring Tamil and Muslim calls for justice and accountability to the attention of the United Nations and international community. The protests started at Batticaloa on the second day of protests, before reaching Trincomalee on Thursday night via Verugal and Kinniya. Several prominent Tamil…05 February 2021

‘We will not fly the Sri Lankan flag’ – Newham Council apologises after backlash from Tamil community

The Sri Lankan flag raised at Newham Town Hall The Chief Executive for Newham, Althea Loderick has apologised for flying the Sri Lankan flag yesterday at Newham Town Hall in London, following a huge backlash from the Tamil community. In her email response to community members, she accepts failure to “recognising the history and struggle” of the Tamil people, adding, “Please let me offer my deepest apologies for the upset and distress the raising of this flag has caused you and the members of the Newham Tamil community.” She went on to state, “To see the flag that, for you and your community,…05 February 2021

Police threaten and track protesters in Vavuniya

Across the North-East, Tamils are marching from Pottuvil to Polikandi (P2P) to raise awareness of the repression of Tamils and Muslims on the island and to urge the international community to act. At the Vavuniya bus stand, police were shown recording vehicle and motorcycle numbers of the public supporting those marching. The police also engaged in harassment and intimidation of the protesters. The march has been endorsed by all Tamil political parties, as well as by Tamil and Muslim civil society organisations and Muslim leaders. The campaign has been met with a brutal crackdown from the Sri…

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