JVP launches campaign against CFA in south

[TamilNet, Monday, 25 July 2005, 15:58 GMT]
More than 1500 cadres and supporters of Marxist Sinhala nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) staged a protest demonstration against the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) demanding Colombo to make the CFA null and void. The main protest was held in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station Monday evening from 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Similar protests were also held in Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy, Matala, Monaragala, Ratnapura and Anurathapura on Monday.

JVP protest in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station on 25 July 2005
The powerful Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, Mr. Wimal Weerawanse (centre), leading the protest march

JVP protest in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station on 25 July 2005
Demonstrators shouting slogans against CFA, P-TOMS
JVP protest in front of Colombo Fort Railway Station on 25 July 2005
Ms. Anjana Umma, JVP Parlamentarian shouting slogan against P-TOMS
Demonstrators shouted slogans against the "division of Sri Lanka" by CFA and Post- Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS) and demanded immediate suspension of the CFA signed between the Government and the Liberation Tigers.

Accusing Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunge for going ahead with P-TOMS without the approval of the Lankan Parliament, Mr. Wimal Weerawanse, the powerful Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, said that the CFA which was also signed without the approval of the Parliament, has to be made null and void.

Both agreements are disloyal to the majority of the people in the country, according to Mr. Weerawanse.

The JVP is committed abrogating existing agreements that violate the spirit of the constitution, Mr. Weerawanse added.

The demonstration was held on the date of the completion of the first month of the signing of the P-TOMS.

Security was tightened around the Fort Railway Station area as it was the first demonstration to be held since the area has been declared as a high security zone two weeks ago.


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