Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sri Lankan police block protest in Jaffna demanding 'release of all political prisoners'

A protest was held in Jaffna, calling on the Sri Lankan government to release all political prisoners and to uphold human rights across the North-East.

The demonstration, organised by the New Democratic Marxist-Leninist Party in front of the Jaffna Central Bus stand, called on the government to address various issues including the rise of food and fuel prices and ensuring that the coronavirus vaccine is available and accessible to everyone. Protestors also called out the lack of government support for the crisis being suffered by farmers and fishermen across the Tamil homeland.

The protest was forced to come to an end when Sri Lankan police officers arrived to demand that they immediately cease and that everyone should leave.

Protestors carried banners with slogans, that read “release all political prisoners!”, “do not torture us under the disguise of COVID restrictions!”, “provide vaccinations to all!”, “start schools only after implementing safety measures!”, “immediately reduce the price of food and fuels!”, “solve the farmers and fishermen crisis!” and “stop price increases!”.

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.