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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646

Kumar Rupasinghe led Anti-war Movement would turn Raviraj funeral procession into a demonstration

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 13 November, (Asiantribune.com): The Tamil National Alliance, the proxy party of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will join hands with the National Anti-War Front led by Kumar Rupasinghe to turn the funeral procession of the slain Jaffna District parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj into a demonstration that expresses strong sentiments against the war.

The funeral procession that would take the remains of the late Nadaraja Raviraj to the Municipal Council Hall from the A. F. Raymonds Funeral Parlor in Borella and would turn into a demonstration which expresses strong sentiments of the people about the late parliamentarian described by a leading organizers of the rally Rajitha Senaratne as a person who "has always been with us in our struggles against war."

Rajitha Senaratne, the UNP parliamentarian and leading crusader of Kumar Rupesinghe led Anti-War movement described the late Nadaraja Raviraj as a person who acted as a bridge between the North and the South and said he once addressed a meeting in his electorate to demand the release of the United National Party’s National Organizer, S. B. Dissanayaka when he was jailed for contempt of the Supreme Court.

Rajitha Senaratne said the police have already given permission to hold the demonstration that would lead the remains of Raviraj to the Colombo Municipal Council Hall.

He said the demonstrators would assemble in front of the Buddha statue to hold a public meeting.

Earlier a Kumar Rupasinghe led anti-war rally held close to the statue ended up in pandemonium. So, the Police are expected to provide security for this rally.

The demonstration that would carry the casket of Raviraj would lead the demonstration and go from A. F. Raymonds Funeral Parlor along Deans Road Maradana and then to the Municipal Council Hall, Colombo, Rajitha Senaratne told the BBC’s Sinhalese program, Sandeshaya.

Rajitha Senaratne said by the demonstration the organizers want to send a strong message to the people of the North about the support of the people of the South to the cause of the late NaDaraja Raviraj.

Nadaraja Raviraj was shot dead by unknown assassins near his home last Friday, together with his Police bodyguard. Police have so far taken eight suspects into police custody for questioning.

- Asian Tribune -

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