Stop military assistance to Sri Lanka: political activists

Stop military assistance to Sri Lanka: political activists
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First Published: Wed, Feb 06 2008. 03 14 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Feb 06 2008. 03 14 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Scores of activists, including women and children, from a little known political outfit in Tamil Nadu today staged a demonstration in the capital asking the Centre to immediately stop military assistance to the Sri Lankan government.
Activists of Periyar Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam shouted slogans against the Sri Lanka government and blamed President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the killing of Tamils in the island nation.
The protesters, dressed as wounded Tamils, marched from Jantar Mantar to Parliament Street and submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister’s office.
Addressing the protest here, PDK chief Kolathur Mani said the party was forced to hold the protest in New Delhi, as the DMK government in Tamil Nadu refused permission to hold rally in support of Tamils.
He said Union Ministers P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee have time and again stressed that the ethnic conflict in Lanka can be solved only through dialogue and there can be no military solution to the decades-old issue.
Mani also said the party would submit a memorandum and signatures affixed by one million people in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry seeking an end for “all kinds of assistance” to the Lankan Army by India.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 06 2008. 03 14 PM IST
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