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TNA to avoid Independence Day Celebrations

3 February 2018 09:15 am - 45     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said its members would not participate in the Independence Day National Celebration due to local government election campaign activities in the Trincomalee District.

Opposition Leader and TNA MP R. Sampanthan has officially informed this to the Independence Day Celebrations Committee.

TNA sources said MP Sampanthan would participate in the LG election public meetings and rallies in Trincomalee in February 4.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that some candidates of several Tamil political parties have decided to hoist black flags in the North and North East areas to express the displeasure stating that although the country had gained freedom 70 years ago, the Tamil communities had not yet tasted true freedom. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • nick Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:43 AM

    We never fix this country when u have such politics who always seek the country separatism Muslims are far better in this aspect via DM Android App

    Lankan Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:59 PM

    Muslims are far better? wait for few years and will start asking separate state of Kalmunai and Kattankudy in the east

    Lankan Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:01 PM

    Muslims never had a king in Sri Lanka but Tamils kings were ruling some part of the country, including Kandy!

    sach Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:56 PM

    Tamils were ruling Kandy? England must be ruled by Germans then

    Vilvan Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:38 PM

    Nick,why the Muslims use Tamil as their mother tongue ?

    ANTON Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:24 AM


    acs Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:33 AM

    Immature, narrow-minded! At least now cooperate and try to achieve something productive for all.

    Mohan Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:26 AM

    MR faction will play politics with the new constitution and make sure nothing no solution is reached.

    Real Peace Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:25 PM

    The national anthem was sung only in Sinhala in a professional national meeting in Colombo that I attended recently. Our Sinhala friends must stop all these nonsense before cursing the TNA for not attending ID celebrations.

    Hiran Shanaka Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:33 AM

    "although the country had gained freedom 70 years ago, the Tamil communities had not yet tasted true freedom". Of course, instead of enjoying the freedom, they always wasted their time to find petty useless issues. Sad!

    Lankan Sunday, 04 February 2018 03:51 PM

    Asking equal rights are not petty issues for us!

    Scooby Doo Monday, 05 February 2018 12:45 PM

    Whats the freedome they need? Is it to sit in the president`s seat. Opposition leader`s position is too much for this Sampanthan.

    Appu Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:34 AM

    Blunders of unity and obsticles of Sri Lanka

    Dhanush Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:50 AM

    Another drama from sampanthan and sumathiran,If there is no recent election they would have participated bow they are scared to lose the vote of true Tamils

    Sangaralingham Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:05 AM

    A fragmented society.lessons learned is not complete need action plan by the country it's leaders intellectuals social groups

    Lankan Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:03 PM

    Tamils enjoy more freedom in Singapore than in Sri Lanka!

    sach Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:57 PM

    Did Tamils in Spore ask for a separate country there?

    Karan Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:42 PM

    You sach,until the British brought whole of Sri Lanka under one administration,Tamils have ruled themselves continuously.

    sinhabahu Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:17 AM

    This government talking big about Sanhindiyawa but at the end of the day Tiger spots are re appearing. Wolfs in sheeps clothing's.

    Sheri Saturday, 03 February 2018 02:03 PM

    Well said! They are never satisfied!

    Gayan Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:25 AM

    Always finding an excuse for friction.

    Dave Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:26 AM

    He knows that this not only independence from the Dutch, but from ruthless terrorism too. And the TNA still are doing their best to keep that terrorism dream alive.

    Ajith Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:21 AM

    Well said, Trying not to be a part of Commonwealth! Some sort of hidden agenda! Weird...! looks dangerous!

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:29 AM

    Look at Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia and then ask yourself what does Sri Lanka have to celebrate? Corruption, nepotism, abuse of power and human rights violations. If there had been Tamil governments after independence, Sri Lanka would be a thriving country today.

    macapagal Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:54 PM

    This absolutely true

    Sheri Saturday, 03 February 2018 05:54 PM

    Utter rubbish! tamils cannot get on with their own people let alone anyone else!

    sach Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:58 PM

    Tamil governments? LOL

    Truth be told Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:26 AM

    Sure btw the countries you mentioned hongkong Malaysia and China weren’t ruled by Tamil hence they prospered. Look at tamailnadu surely the best politics and surely they are very well developed.

    Shehan Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:00 PM

    Of course we see a well developed corruption free Tamil rule in Tamil Nadu.... Wonder which Tamil king ruled Honkong, Malaysia and Singapore by the way..

    justica USA Saturday, 03 February 2018 12:45 PM

    A selfish lot who would celebrate MAHAVEERAR day of the LTTE, but boycotting the Independence day...TRAITORS..

    rajitha7 Saturday, 03 February 2018 01:01 PM

    What a burden!

    Chanak Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:31 PM

    Clearly the official opposition party has another agenda!!!

    Charlie Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:43 PM

    TNA is playing political games in terms getting votes in forthcoming elections, they attended Independence Day celebrations in previous years but why not now?? Because now they want Tamils votes!!Next year they will attend again if no elections around that period, mark my word!!

    siri mutukumarana Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:53 PM

    Their motto seems to be "divided we stand "

    Martin Milton Saturday, 03 February 2018 04:58 PM

    As long as these hypocrites are allowed any time of the day there will be ethnic unrest. This is the way these simplistic most selfish politicians promote racism and divisive politics. Please go away somewhere and disappear. MM

    Buddhi Perera Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:27 PM

    Every time TNA says something like this, I (Sinhalese) wonder, what my Tamil neighbour does not have, when compared with me.

    Dinjay Saturday, 03 February 2018 06:56 PM

    He is the so called opposition leader.. and he avoids the national event. Isn't it a joke??!! Are the stupid Sri Lankans still expect reconciliation at the hand of people like these? And where's the effing reciprocity by these so called Tamil political leaders?? SHAME ON YOU!!

    HR Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:46 PM

    You Sinhalese have to accept that we Tamils have equal rights in Sri Lanka in every aspect.Otherwise there would be no reconciliation.

    Sheri Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:24 PM

    its time to rethink reconciliation!

    Gamuna Saturday, 03 February 2018 07:12 PM

    Even though this country got independence its not worth living here. No unity, no development, no educated people and individuals here think free goods has more quality than paid goods.

    Palli Kanda Saturday, 03 February 2018 08:22 PM

    Call me stupid, what independence Tamils are looking for? They have access to education, hospitals, jobs, freedom to contest elections, roads, bridges, police, travel etc - same as any other citizen. Have I missed something here?

    For Better SL Saturday, 03 February 2018 10:55 PM

    I wanted type something but seems pointless after seeing the racist comments here...the homicidal politicians of SriLanka have been ruthlessly successful in creating frog in the wells and divided communities for their long lasting corrupt government. Jayaveva to all racists and frogs in the well here!

    GH Saturday, 03 February 2018 11:38 PM

    Wait! soon after the LG election, you will taste what is the the true freedom would be in future!

    Upul Sunday, 04 February 2018 01:13 AM

    Sach.. Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe was a Tamil..

    SL-Wallah Sunday, 04 February 2018 08:12 AM

    So much the better. Rubbish is rubbish after all.

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