Legal action against Tamil protesters mulled

The Cabinet is expecting the Justice Ministry and other relevant authorities to take legal action against Tamil groups and Tamil politicians from the North and East, who engaged in a protest march despite several Restraining Orders being issued by Magistrate in the region and also against quarantine regulations.

It is believed that indirect government orders were given to the English press NOT to cover the Tamils protest and due to fear all the Colombo English papers and TVs did not report the Tamils protest at all.

The government or police took no action against government supporters who celebrated the Independence day in North and East.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet briefing yesterday (9) at the Government Information Department, Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella noted that the action taken by the Justice Ministry and other authorities will be known in the near future. 

The protest march began on 3 February despite Court orders being issued where civil society organisations, 13 other organisations and Tamil Political Parties were involved. To the surprise of the organisers a large number of public joint the protest and walked to the street to protest against the racist ruling of the current government.

Stating that it was to be a non-violent protest march, the rally began as planned. The Restraining Orders were issued on an application filed by the Jaffna and Kopay Police in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court.