In a series of tweets French MP François Pupponi expressed his solidarity with Tamils and avowed to fight for the recognition of war crimes committed against the Tamil people. Pupponi is the MP for the department Val-d’Oise in the Île-de-France region (The regional capital of which is Paris.)
“On the night of January 8th, the Sri Lankan army demolished a memorial in #tribute to the massacre of the #Tamil people which is located in front of Jaffna University. This barbaric act has further proven the Sri Lankan government's contempt for the Tamil people.”
“The #Sri-Lankan power shows a #racist attitude and does not respect the peoples' #right to self-determination.”
“As Vice-President of the Tamil People's Study Group at @AssembleeNat, I can only denounce this irresponsible stance and I call on the international community to support these people who have been the victim of #ethnic discrimination for too many years”
“In protest, six students went on a hunger strike to condemn the demolition of this symbolic monument in #memory of the #genocide that the Tamil people suffered. The armed forces surrounded the university and forced the students out.”
“Some have even been arrested. It is the future and the #security of these students who are fighting for the memory and survival of their people that are in danger. I would like to remind you that the Tamil people have been fighting for almost 82 years to assert their rights.”
“ I strongly condemn the use of #violence by the Sri Lankan government and I extend my unwavering #support to the Tamil people. I will continue to fight at the “National Assembly” (parliament) for the recognition of the war crimes committed against these people.”
The MP's tweets come as politicians around the world including the UK, Canada, Denmark, Germany, and Tamil Nadu condemned the destruction of the Mullivaikal memorial monument.