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Vavuniya families of disappeared demand TNA members' resignation and urge boycott

The families of the disappeared in Vavuniya have demanded Tamil National Alliance (TNA) members Sumanthiran, Sritharan and Sampanthan to resign and urged Tamil people to boycott the TNA in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

As they marked 1,236 days of continuous protests last week, they insisted by removing the TNA from power it would allow an international investigation into the Tamil genocide to be launched.

“Sumanthiran and Sampanthan – who dismissed the Tamil genocide – will surely be rejected by the people. Outing the TNA will be the key to allowing an international investigation. This needs to be done in the upcoming parliamentary elections,” they said.

They slammed the TNA’s 11 years of “enslaving the Tamil people by weakening them economically and politically” and their “addiction” to please Colombo.

“Sampanthan told me 5 years ago that when I become opposing party leader, the first thing I will do is solve your child’s issue first. Today it is how many years? Again and again they are fooling us and deceiving us and it is them that are living happily. They have not answered our calls, we do not need them anymore,” they stated.    

Demonstrators carried international flags – including the European Union flags and US flags and shouted slogans calling for an international investigation and their children.

“Give us our children!” and “We want an international investigation!” were some of the cries heard at the protest.  

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