Let our people live in their own land: protest at Mannar
Tamil National Alliance holds special protest against land grabbing and militarization in the Mannar district today.TNA Wanni district parliamentarians together with party members organized this protest at the children’s play ground in Mannar town. Protest began at 10.00 am this morning and continued till 1.00pm in the evening. 500 people from the Sansar area were also present at this protest.During the time of protest protesters raised slogans such as “Let our people live in their own land” “Grant permission to return to our own lands”. All these slogans rose against the illegal activities carried out by the government and military personals in this country. However none of the attacks have been carried out against the protesters.Tamil civilians, who are denied resettlement in Channaar in Maanthai West, where the occupying Sri Lankan military has appropriated 3,500 acres of lands, were the majority of the participants in the protest. Mannaar Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, together with Catholic priests and other civil activists from Mannaar, took part in the protest,TNA politicians and activists vowed to step up the pressure on Colombo. Convening a conference of all political and civil activists in the Tamil homeland as well as the solidarity forces in the South would be the next move in evolving the protests further, the TNA parliamentarians said. The Sri Lankan military should be withdrawn to their barracks and the people must be allowed to settle freely in their places back with all their rights, civil activists, who took part in the protest told media, providing details of Colombo’s militarisation of Mannaar district. TNA parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, MA Sumanthiran,TELO president Selvam Adaikkalanathan, EPRLF Sivasakthi Ananthan,TELO Vino Nokarathalingam, E Saravanapavan and A. Vinayagamoorthy and former parliamentarians and TELO Leader MK Sivajilingam and V. Anandasangaree of TULF took part in the protest. Councilor S. Bhaskara of the Democratic Peoples Front (DPF) led by Mano Ganesan, also took part in the protest organised under the leadership of TELO President Selvam Adaikkalanathan. The Tamil National Peoples Front (TNPF) also had extended its support to the protest in Mannaar.