Missing youths' parents paralyse Jaffna Kachcheri

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 December 2001, 15:25 GMT]
Protesting parents paralyse Jaffna District SecretariatThe Jaffna District Secretariat was stopped from functioning by more than a hundred parents of missing Tamil youth who sat across the entrance of the district secretariat from Monday early morning 6.30 to 4 p.m. in the afternoon, blocking government officials from entering the premises. The parents of the youth who went missing after they were arrested by the Sri Lanka army in 1997 in Jaffna sat in heavy monsoon shower, demanding that the Government Agent for Jaffna should get a reply from Colombo about the fate of their children in 20 days. The parents rejected an offer by the government to grant death certificates and compensation to 167 youth who went missing in 1997 after being arrested and detained by the Sri Lanka army. The death certificates claim that the youth were killed due to general violence.

The missing Persons’ Guardian Association (Jaffna)is bitterly opposed to the Sri Lankan government’s effort to claim that the missing youth were killed in general violence. They say that the youth were arrested by the SLA and hence it is the military that should be investigated.

They iterate that the attempts by the former Sri Lankan government and its Tamil ally, the EPDP, were aimed at luring away many parents from public protest by giving death certificates and compensation.

The Jaffna Mothers’ Front, the Jaffna University Students’ Union and the Tamil National Alliance were present at the sit in protest in support of the parents. Members of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party who came to Secretariat entrance to express the solidarity with the parents were strongly chided by the protestors. Several parents told the EPDP cadres that their children were arrested by and killed by the SLA because of the wide powers it enjoyed under the Emergency Regulations to which their group gave unconditional support in Parliament.

“The EPDP opposed our protests and attempted to sabotage our struggle for justice while it was a coalition partner of the PA. They are now trying to relate to us because they have got a drubbing at the polls in Jaffna”, said a spokesman for the MPGA.

A group of protestors also prevented the Jaffna Pradheshiya Sabha from functioning by blocking its entrance.

 

Latest 15 Reports
25.04.19 16:30   Photo
Colombo's COIN backfires, solidarity key to ensure Tamil-Muslim territoriality: Diasporic academic
24.04.19 18:43   Photo
Unity between Eezham Tamils and Muslims key to true freedom: Exiled Sinhala academic
23.04.19 23:12   Photo
People of all walks of life victims in ‘chosen island’ of geopolitics, religious extremism
22.04.19 23:46   Photo
West influencing regime-change politics responsible for worsening situation: Fr Sakthivel
21.04.19 09:17   Photo
207 killed, 450 wounded, series of bomb blasts target churches, hotels on Easter Sunday
20.04.19 22:18   Photo
Tamil journalist released on bail fears targeted persecution by SL military
19.04.19 23:23  
Colombo closing down schools with less than 50 students tantamounts to educational betrayal
18.04.19 21:24   Photo
Sinhala colonisation escalated in Vavuniyaa North with a multitude of players backing infrastructure
17.04.19 23:18   Photo
Journalist harassed after exposing SLN surveillance on peaceful protest in Vanni
16.04.19 22:20   Photo
Uprooted Tamils in Karanthaay enter their lands in dispute with SL authority
15.04.19 23:44   Photo
Linguistic discrimination, insensitive iconography used to establish Sinhala Buddhist hegemony
14.04.19 22:43   Photo
Colombo schemes new settler colony for intruding Sinhala fishers in Mullaiththeevu
13.04.19 08:01   Photo
Tamil youth in Batticaloa irked by SL State-backed southern company bent on ilmenite mining
12.04.19 21:01   Photo
SLA deployed Tamils as human shields in 1990, activists allege mass graves in Jaffna islet
11.04.19 23:47   Photo
Assange arrest: Declaration of war against digital civil society by bandwagoning powers
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6580