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Petition for release of widowed Tamil political prisoner with young children sent to Sri Lankan President with 300,000 signatures

A petition calling for the release of a Tamil political prisoner who's wife died recently leaving two young children alone has gained 300,000 signatures and has been sent to the Sri Lankan President.

Campaigns for the release of Anantha Suthaharan gained traction across the North-East last month after photographs of emotional scenes from his wife's funeral went viral on social media.

The Ceylon Tamil Teacher's Union sent off their petition with 300,000 signatures from students, teachers and community members across the North.