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Sri Lankan police interrogate Tamils over Maaveerar Naal press conference

The Sri Lankan police in Mannar have interrogated four persons who conducted a press conference ahead of Maaveerar Naal on November 25.

Four people, including head of the Organisation for the Right to Life of Tamil Nation V.S. Sivakaran, organized a press conference on November 25 following the ban on the commemoration of the remembrance by the Mannar Magistrate Court.

The Sri Lankan police have since obtained statements from Sivakaran and others regarding the briefing, with reports that they questioned the Tamils on the lighting of candles within individual homes to commemorate those that died in the armed liberation struggle.

The Mannar police have reportedly undertaken this inquiry at the behest of its superior officers in Colombo.

This event comes in the wake of a week of suppression of commemoration on Maaveerar Naal across the Tamil homeland which caused Tamils to remember their perished soldiers in private at home.

Surveillance of Tamil civilian life by the Sri Lankan government, bolstered by the ubiquitous presence of the army and other security forces in the Tamil homeland, has ramped up since the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinist government led by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) came to power last year.







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