Token fast against killings of Tamil civilians observed in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 November 2008, 14:57 GMT]
A one-day token fast demanding the immediate stop of the rampant killings of Tamils in Batticaloa district and the arrest of the killers was observed Friday around 9:00 a.m near Gandhi Statue in Batticaloa town, organized by Pillayan faction, Baticaloa Municipal Council (BMC), and Federation of Local Government Councils' (LGC) Presidents, presided by the Mayor of Batticaloa Municipal Council, Ms. Sivakeertha Pirapakaran, sources in Batticaloa said.

Batti protest
Mayor of Batticaloa MC, Ms. Sivakeertha Pirabakaran, is seated holding the placard reading "Don't bury Democracy!".
Nearly hundred persons, including Batticloa Provincial Council members, Edwin Krishnanantharajah, Ira. Thurairatnam and Pratheep Master, BMC members, Presidents of LGCs and members took part in the token fast.

The protesters demanded that the killings of civilians in the Eastern Province to be stopped immediately, abductions and missing of persons should cease, complete security in Eastern Province and peoples safety must be guaranteed, and the perpetrators of the multiple killings should be brought before the law and subjected to impartial inquiries.

A memorandum conveying the above demands is to be handed to Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapakse and the Eastern Province Chief Minister, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan.

Batti protest
Batti protest


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