Tamil Solidarity strongly condemns the arrest of Mr Gajendran, Member of Parliament of the Tamil National People’s Front and protesters who protested against the President of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who participated in Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations in Jaffna.
The Government of Sri Lanka celebrated its 75th Independence Day on the 4th. As a continuation of these celebrations, the Sri Lankan government organises an event in Jaffna. Along with this event, he organised the opening ceremony of the Cultural Hall established in Jaffna with the financial assistance of the Government of India. Various protests were organised in Jaffna against this celebration while the Sri Lankan government continuously denied it, and they were under an economical crisis. During this protest, Mr Gajendran and many members of the Tamil National People’s Front, trade unionists and students were attacked by the police. Ironically, Ranil Wickremesinghe was teaching the people how to develop the country democratically while the protestors were studying under attack. Four days ago, this government allowed the ethnically motivated protest by the Buddhists to go on without any hindrance and did not arrest anyone, but when people across Sri Lanka took to the streets to fight against the problems they face every day, the protesters were brutally attacked and arrested. Tamil Solidarity reiterates that.
Tamil Solidarity demands that the charges against all those arrested for protesting for the people throughout Sri Lanka be withdrawn entirely, and they should be freed. We firmly state that Tamil Solidarity will support all the struggles for the liberation of the people and will also carry out work to strengthen those struggles in the diaspora.