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Thirumavalavan launches fast-unto-death, demands India to stop war

[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 January 2009, 06:54 GMT]
"Mahatma Gandhi, who fought against British colonialists didn't think of taking the side of genocidal Hitler during World War II. He was not seeking personal vengeance against the British. Likewise, the present leaders in New Delhi should also take a bold decision that they will not support the genocidal war being waged by the Sri Lankan state on Eezham Tamils," said Kasi Anandan, a well-known Eezham poet living in Tamil Nadu, inaugurating the fast-unto-death campaign launched Thursday by VCK (Liberation Panthers Party) President Thol. Thirumavalavan.

The poet who delivered the inauguration speech reminded the audience of the fast-unto-death campaign of Thileepan in Jaffna, which was also inaugurated by him in 1987, demanding justice from India.

Thol. Thirumaavalavan
Thol. Thirumaavalavan
The main demand put forward by Thirumavalavan is that India should stop the war in Sri Lanka with immediate effect.

Tamil National Movement Leader Pazha Nedumaran, Thirukachchur Arumugam, a parliamentarian from Dr. Ramdoss' Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), veteran leader of Tamil Nadu branch of the Communist Party of India (CPI) R. Nallakannu, Joint State Secretary of the CPI C. Mahendran, and T. Vellaiyan, the president of Tamil Nadu Traders Union, Actor Mansoor Ali Khan, Artists Sandanam and Pukalenthi, and Subaveera Pandiyan took part as more than thousand cadres of the VCK gathered at the venue of the fast-unto-death campaign at Maraimalai Nagar, a suburb of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Nedumaran, in his speech called for united action against New Delhi and blamed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi for the failure of timely action in safeguarding Eezham Tamils, even after issuing a 14-day ultimatum to New Delhi to stop the war.


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