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Musicians in Chennai protest against Sri Lankan war crimes

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 18:57 hrs

Chennai: Music artists and singers staged a daylong fast here on Thursday to protest against the war crimes committed against Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government during the civil war, which came to an end in 2009.

Tamil play back singer, P.V. Ramana, said that the fast was observed to condemn the barbaric acts committed by the Sri Lankan Government on the fellow Tamilians.

"Today, we are observing a one day token fast for the Tamil Eelams in support of whatever is going on in small little place of Sri Lanka and we are condemning this barbaric act of those people who are there. And, we as fellow Tamils bow down our heads in shame for this lousy act which the people of Sri Lanka are bestowing on our fellow Tamilians," he added.

Nearly 100 singers observed the fast at Valluvarkottam, a popular monument in Chennai, and raised slogans against the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK Government and the Sri Lankan Government.

Protesters demanded that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse should be prosecuted before the UN Human Rights Council.

Meanwhile, the students continued to hold protests objecting the alleged war crimes committed on Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government and its army during the country's civil war waged by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) in the island nation.

Students took out a procession outside the Chennai High Court demanding stringent action from the state government and the Centre.

Ganesan, a student protestor, appealed to the college students of the city to keep their protests alive so that the voices of the Tamils do not die.

"I on behalf of the students' union appeal to all the college students of the city to continue with the protest against Sri Lanka and prove that our voice will never die. We have taken out a procession from the Chennai High Court till the office of Central Southern Railway where we will continue our protest demanding justice for the Tamils," he said.

Recently, the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed anti-Sri Lanka resolution, which was moved by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Along with the resolution, she also called for a referendum on a separate Eelam among Tamils in Sri Lanka and Lankan Tamils abroad.

Jayalalithaa also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh asking the UPA Government to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo in November this year.

The 30-year-long civil war between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels of LTTE who at one time controlled large swathes of the north of the island state is estimated to have left tens of thousands of people dead or injured. 



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