2nd lead:

Record crowds throng Jaffna Pongu Thamil rally

[TamilNet, Friday, 27 June 2003, 12:33 GMT]
Around hundred and fifty thousand people crammed the Jaffna Medical College grounds and its environs for the Pongu Thamil rally Friday said the organisors of the event. Pongu Thamil calls for the immediate return of thousands of homes and lands occupied by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the northern peninsula. The Pongu Thamil flame was lit by the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University Prof. S. Mohanadas. Buddhist nuns, monks and two officials from the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s office were among the special guests.

pongu tamil

The head of the LTTE’s women’s wing hoisted the national flag. The meeting began on schedule at 4.30 p.m. the organisers said.

Meanwhile, angered crowds smashed a model of a Sri Lankan armed forces high security zone that was put up on the grounds, depicting the occupation of towns, villages, homes and farms of Tamils in Jaffna.

“This is the largest gathering of people that Jaffna has seen in more than fifteen years. More than 600 vehicles of all types are still plying the roads bringing in more people”, one of them told TamilNet.

In 1987, massive crowds gathered in Suthumalai Jaffna to hear Mr. Pirapaharan, the leader of the Liberation Tigers, speak.

Mr. Saman Athauda, media coordinating secretary to Sri Lanka’s P. M was also present among the guests.

Massive processions of people from Vadamaradchi, Thenmaradchi, Jaffna town and suburbs and the islands marched from four points around the Jaffna University, converging on the grounds around 3.45 p.m.

pongu tamil
pongu tamilpongu tamil
pongu tamilpongu tamil

Pongu Thamil declaration released at the end of the celebration said the an interim administration with full powers for the northeast province should be handed over to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and it should be recognized by the international community.

Excerpts from the Pongu Thamil declaration:

"Sixteen months have passed since the signing of the ceasefire agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. However normalcy has not returned in the Jaffna district. Instead a climate of war has once again been imposed on us. We can no longer live in this climate.

"We want our land. Hence Sri Lanka Army should leave our land. To restore normalcy in our lives, an interim administration with full powers should be handed over to the LTTE. The international community should come forward to recognize such interim administration

" We cannot think of peace while our lands and homes are occupied by the government troops. Under this circumstance peace talks should be held on the basis of traditional homeland, self determination and Tamil nationalism concepts and a just and lasting political solution should be found for the ethnic conflict."

Related Articles:
27.06.03   Pongu Thamil urges steps to permanent peace


Latest 15 Reports
20.07.18 22:09   Photo
New Delhi fails to update Jaffna on Palaali airport plans
19.07.18 23:22   Photo
Skulls with bullet-like holes excavated in Mannaar mass grave, women and children among victims
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
Find this article at: