February 04 Black Day marks 72 years of genocide, prolonged colonial rule

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 February 2020, 22:26 GMT]
The nation of Eezham Tamils is subjected to protracted genocide with a systematic structural genocide for 72 years since February 04, 1948, the day of so-called ‘Independence’ from the British colonial rule. But, for the nation of Eezham Tamils in the island, it is a Black Day marking prolonged colonial rule and continued subjugation. It is also a day to remember international injustice that has rendered Eezham Tamils non-self governing, said President P. Ujanthan and Secretary R. Kopishanth of the Arts Students’ Union of the University of Jaffna in a statement issued on Monday.

The international community must realise the raison d'ętre of the Tamil struggle, the student leaders said.

A political solution satisfying Tamil aspirations could be achieved only through an international mechanism as the SL government would not be genuine in [internal processes aimed at] delivering a political solution to the Tamil national question, the statement noted.

The student leaders urged the Tamil people to mark the day as a Black Day and join the protests of the families of missing persons, who were subjected to enforced disappearances at the hands of the occupying SL military.

The missing persons’ families that are staging continuous protest beyond one thousand days are coordinating the symbolic protest at Kanthasaami temple in Ki'linochchi in the North and Batticaloa in the Eastern province.



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