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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2009

Crucial TNA meeting today to decide party's future course of action in Parliament

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com): Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians will decide their future course of action when its Parliamentary group meets today morning, a top member told the “Asian Tribune. “

TNA MPs who staged a Satyagraha yesterday throughout the parliamentary proceedings in front of the parliamentary complex demanded the Government to take all necessary action to stop the attacks launched by security forces on innocent Tamil civilians living in the North East and especially in the Trincomalee district.

"We will decide whether we would continue our satyagraha or what other action we would take to counter the atrocities initiated against the Tamils by the security forces," TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah told the “Asian Tribune” last night.

The party also boycotted the emergency debate, which was taken up in parliament today. A total of 16 TNA Parliamentarians took part in the satyagraha. With two MPs being unable to come to parliament today due to some of the roads being closed in the North East and two other MPs currently out of the country.

Emphasizing the reason his party began the protest, Mr. Senathirajah said that soon after the suicide bomb attack against the Army Commander on April 25, security forces launched air strikes and rocket launches along with other atrocities targeting Tamil civilians.

"The area in which the Uthayan newspaper is situated in Jaffna is an area where many military and police personnel stay on guard. It's surprising that a group who had come and attacked this newspaper office for around 15 to 20 minutes and had fled in a bike with weapons and no one had been able to catch them. The Government later on arrested six youths and claimed that they were LTTE cadres and it was Tiger cadres who had launched the attack on the newspaper, which was instead blamed on other groups. This is extremely absurd, we know very well these are not youths attached to the LTTE, but are in fact innocent civilians," Mr. Senathirajah claimed.

He also noted that there had been several other incidents where a Tamil woman who had been a trustee at a Kovil and seven other males who had also been staying at that Kovil were murdered and several others were abducted. He also alleged that this week several Tamil civilians who were traveling in a tri-shaw were shot dead by security forces who claimed that they were carrying arms but in fact, they had been civilians who had not been carrying any weapons.

- Asian Tribune -

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