TamilNadu leaders urge Indian PM not to visit Sri Lanka on independence Day
[TamilNet, Monday, 31 December 2007, 18:03 GMT]
Several Tamilnadu leaders, including K. Veeramani, President, Dravidar
Kazhagam; Thol.Thirumavalavan, President, Viduthalaich
Chi'ruththaika'l Kadchi; Suba. Veerapandiyan of Dravidar Iyakka
Thamizhar Pearavai and Era. Janardhanan, President, Ulakath Thamizhar
Pearavai took part in a demonstration opposite Chennai's Memorial Hall
Monday to protest the Indian Prime Minister's proposed
participation in Sri Lankan Independence Day celebrations in February
The leaders highlighted the anti-Tamil atrocities of the genocidal
Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) which killed not only thousands of
Tamils of Tamil Eelam, but more than 300 Indian Tamil fishermen since 1982.
DK President Veeramani said that the Central Government was not
unaware of how the GoSL was trying to prevent the implementation of
the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project through its agents,
therefore, he requested the Indian Prime Minister not to attend the
Independence Day celebrations of Sri Lanka, and also not to send any
other Indian dignitary.
Thol. Thirumavalavan said that the proposed visit of Manmohan Singh
was a "disrespect" to the Tamil people. He added that Singh's
visit was tantamount to abetting the genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
He called upon the Tamilnadu Chief Minister to intervene and prevent
the Prime Minister from going to Colombo.
Hundreds of cadres raised powerful slogans in support of the Eelam
Tamils and their liberation struggle.