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Dec-04-2012 15:31printcomments

Worldwide Rallies to Protest Attack on Jaffna University Students: TGTE Urges Everyone to Join

Four student leaders arrested. Fear of torture... rallies will convey a strong message to the Sri Lankan Government that Jaffna University students and Tamils are not alone in that island.

Student at Jaffna University
Student at Jaffna University

(JAFFNA, Sri Lanka) - Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) today urged everyone to join rallies around the world against the attack on Jaffna University students in the island of Sri Lanka.

These rallies around the world are organized by Tamil youth Organizations.

"We call upon everyone to join these rallies around the world to protest the attacks on Jaffna University Students. These rallies will convey a strong message to the Sri Lankan Government that Jaffna University students and Tamils are not alone in that island." Said, Mr. Thanikasalam Thayaparan, Minister for Political Affairs, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE).

Despite serious concerns for safety, Tamils are also organizing a rally in Jaffna on December 4th. Several Tamil Parliamentarians are joining this rally.

Background:

On May 27th, The Sri Lankan Security forces stormed Jaffna University, when students were peacefully assembled to remember those who were killed by the Sri Lanka Security forces. Several students were injured. Sri Lankan Security forces also entered women's dormitories.

Sri Lankan troops raided the homes of student leaders and arrested at least four student leaders. There are concerns that these student leaders may be tortured in custody.

The military is roaming in and around the Jaffna University hunting for students. Students are leaving the dormitories to save themselves. A Tamil Parliamentarian was attacked who tried to stop military abuse and journalists were beaten up for taking pictures.

As soon as the attack took place, TGTE Primime Minister Mr . Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to take steps to protect Jaffna University students.

Sri Lankan Security forces have a history of mass killing of Tamils and raping Tamil women. According to UN at least 40,000 Tamils were killed by the Sri Lankan Security forces. Sri Lankan Security Forces have been accused by a UN Panel and several international organizations of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity and urged for an international commission of inquiry.

For info contact: T. Thayaparan (UK): + (44) 7711-558-123, t.thayaparan@tgte.org

About Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE):

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was created in the aftermath of the bloody end of Sri Lanka's war; resulting tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and sexually assaulted by the Sri Lankan security forces. UN documented war crimes and recommended an International Commission of Inquiry.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected government of the Tamil Diaspora of Sri Lanka. Its actions are non-violent, democratic and diplomatic.

It held internationally supervised elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). These MPs drafted and ratified a Constitution and elected a Prime Minister, a Cabinet and a Speaker.

Source: TGTE
Web: www.tgte-us.org and www.en.naathamnews.com

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