A group of Tamils in Vavuniya held a black flag campaign this morning saying the Tamils in the Northern Province were unable to celebrate the 68th Independence Day in freedom.
The protest was launched by the Collective of the Families of Disappeared Persons and the citizens committee in the Vavuniya district.
“Even though the war has come to an end, many Tamils are detained as political prisoners. The Government is still not able to provide any information about the people who disappeared during the war and resettlement in the north has not been completed. In such a situation, Tamils in the North are not in a position to celebrate Independence Day in freedom,” the protestors claimed. (Romesh Madushanka)
Comments - 18
Sheri Thursday, 04 February 2016 05:50 PM
Did they know at the independence celebrations the tamils sang the National Anthem in tamil?
Lanka Friday, 05 February 2016 06:28 AM
We sang in Tamil, now stop protesting.
jena Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:24 PM
Will that bring back their disappeared children?
REALPATRIAT Friday, 05 February 2016 07:50 AM
THEY ALSO CAN JOIN HANDS WITH WW AND GP. THEY ALL WILL BE AWARDED THEIR FAVOURITE BLACKFLAGS AND BLACK GARLANDS. HURRY. ..HURRY. ...HURRY. ....... via DM Android App
Jenis Thursday, 04 February 2016 06:35 PM
Sheri, you cannot understand the pain of these people unless and until your family members are disappeared and your house is taken for military purpose.
Vishva Friday, 05 February 2016 08:34 AM
Recently our president stated that we do NOT have any political prisoners . Then all the others must be real Terrorists and you cannot say that these Tamil Terrorists are political prisoners?.
Vishva Friday, 05 February 2016 08:36 AM
I think the present regime has done a very bid mistake.
Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:01 PM
Freedom did you say? think of the freedom to walk, let alone protest, during LTTE era.
Mohamed Thursday, 04 February 2016 02:17 PM
You have the freedom to protest - which is a sign of FREEDOM itself. This was not possible during MR period
Cheers Thursday, 04 February 2016 02:27 PM
Go and tell the president, prime minister and the UNHRC
M Perera Thursday, 04 February 2016 02:41 PM
Gammanpila compaign works.
Truth Thursday, 04 February 2016 03:02 PM
Please have the right to have a peaceful protest. As long as it is not violent the views of these people should be listened to.
Amuthan Thursday, 04 February 2016 03:02 PM
One placard reads: Military, get out of our lands.
Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:38 PM
Both of them have done the best to the Tamils in general.
Nalin Thursday, 04 February 2016 03:40 PM
protests are dispersed by the Police obtaining court orders happen only in Sinhala areas. Why not in north and east
Premalal Thursday, 04 February 2016 03:41 PM
You are exercising the very same freedom which you deny having.
lasitha Thursday, 04 February 2016 04:50 PM
I think that this is a major issue that the govt should address. They have a right to know what has happened to their loved ones, at least whether they are dead or alive.
Sheri Thursday, 04 February 2016 05:46 PM
The presence of the military in the north and east should be imperative.
Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.