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Protest commences in Jaffna against arrest of students

Photograph @rkguruparan

Published 10:58 GMT

Protesters have gathered since the morning by the Jaffna main bus stand, condemning the arrest and intimidation of Jaffna University students by the Sri Lankan military and police.

Organised by the students and the Tamil National People's Front, the protest has been supported by a wide range of political figures, such as TNA MPs as well as civil society activists.

 

Photograph Uthayan

Video courtesy of TamilNet

Four students - Paralingam Tharshananth (Secretary of the Jaffna Students Union), Ganesamurthy Sudarsan (Medical Faculty Student), Kangasundaraswamy Janamejeyanth (Arts Union President) and Sanmugam Solomon (Final year Science Faculty Student) were arrested last week, after students at the university attempted to mark Tamil remembrance day on the 27th November with candles.

Photographs Uthayan

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