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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5.58 GMT
Tamil Nadu rights activists condemn attacks on Sri Lankans

 

The attacks by fringe groups on Sri Lankans arriving in Tamil Nadu, in the name of protests against human rights violations against island Tamils, has drawn criticism from rights activists in the state.

At least five cases of attacks on visiting Lankans were reported in the state in the last one month. This is apart from the attack on Sri Lankan institutions in Tamil Nadu. “I condemn such acts. Such kind of violence cannot be justified. These acts of terror against individuals should not be tolerated,” noted Dr. V. Suresh, national general secretary, PUCL, Deccan Chronicle reported.

Another human rights activist, A Marx, said nothing could be gained by attacking visiting tourists and Buddhist monks. “While students are taking the protest in the right direction, some groups are indulging in violence,” noted Marx. These violent groups fear that the students will push them out of the protest arena, he said, adding, “So, to stay in the picture, they indulge in violence, which is highly condemnable.”

Pointing out that all Sri Lankans of Sinhalese origin, are not anti- Tamil, Suresh said many Sinhalese human rights activists had been fighting for the Lankan Tamils’ cause for years.

Two Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka came under attack of pro- LTTE sympathizers in Tamil Nadu recently.

On September 04, last year, two buses carrying 184 Sri Lankan pilgrims were attacked in Thanjavur and a pilgrimage to churches in Velankanni and Poondi Matha in central Tamil Nadu turned out to be a nightmare when pro-Eelam groups protested against them at the shrines and later attacked them.

 

 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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