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Tamil party urges president to release political prisoners ahead of May 18

Crusaders for Democracy this week called on the Sri Lankan president to release all the Tamil political prisoners who continued to be held in detention ahead of May 18. 

Speaking to journalists at their Jaffna office on Tuesday the party's media spokesperson, Thulasi said that it would be appropriate to release the prisoners at this time as Tamils remember the genocide that took place in the final stages of the armed conflict in 2009. 

"All Tamils participated in the struggle. It is not reasonable to hold some Tamils in prisons for it," he added.