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Jaffna Students: Sri Lankan Government responsible for assault

Following Monday’s attack on Mr Thavapalasingam, President of the Jaffna University Student Union (JUSU), students from the University gathered in protest against the serious assault and the continued intimidation of Tamil students in Jaffna.

Over a thousand students boycotted their lessons, causing the entire university to grind to a halt.

Student leaders addressed the crowds, alleging that successive governments in Colombo have been subjecting students in Jaffna to state terror and harassment.

The students reiterated their commitment to the rights of Eelam Tamils, with a student representative saying,

 ‘Although this trend still continues, the student community is not going to give up voicing for the democratic rights of the Tamil people,’

Hundreds of police officers surrounded the university premises for the duration .  

Mr Thavapalasingam's condition was improving, but he remains in hospital, according to TamilNet.

No one has yet been arrested in connections with the assault, thought to have been perpetrated by members of the Sri Lankan military.

(Pictures courtesy of Pathivu and TamilNet)


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