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Kumar Rupasinghe holds his first anti-war rally in Mannar

Kumar Rupasinghe  an alleged  associate of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, held his first anti-war rally in the Tamil area of Mannar. Kumar Rupasinghe an alleged associate of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, held his first anti-war rally in the Tamil area of Mannar. By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 15 October, (Asiantribune.com): An alleged associate of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Kumar Rupasinghe held his first anti-war rally in the Tamil area of Mannar with well known LTTE sympathizers, but the police banned the controversial protest march which was scheduled to walk along the streets of the town.

Police said they could not assure the safety of the marchers in the violence prone town, where political assassinations mostly by the Tamil Tigers take place very often.

But strangely, the UNP spokesman and leading member of the anti-war movement Rajitha Senaratne who said a day before that his party would never help the government to wage a war against the LTTE was missing from the Mannar rally. Vasudeva Nanayakkara said he inquired from the President why the Defense establishment was angry when North and the South was united in the demand for peace. Vasudeva Nanayakkara said he inquired from the President why the Defense establishment was angry when North and the South was united in the demand for peace.

Kumar Rupasinghe protégés and government Ministers Dilan Perera and Mervyn Silva, who actually represent the interests of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga at anti-war Rupasinghe rallies was other notable absentee.

LTTE’s proxy party the Tamil national Alliance parliamentarian Raviraj , Chamal Jayanetti who was seen assaulting Buddhist monks during their last anti-war rally and who happened to be the Presidential candidate for the Trotskyite Left Front during a past election and Rev. Rayappu Joseph - a Catholic Bishop accused of being a Tamil Tiger sympathizer were prominent speakers at the public meeting held in front of St. Sebastian’s Church in support of Kumar Rupasinghe’s national Anti-war Movement in the country.

The police only allowed a protest march to walk about one hundred meters up to the meeting venue instead of a longer march along the streets of Mannar as Kumar Rupasinghe requested.

Democratic left Front leader and the Opposition leader of the Colombo Municipal Council, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, addressing the public meeting said that he obtained some concessions to the anti-war rally by speaking to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The concession obtained, according to Vasudeva Nanayakkara was that finally the police allowed them to march about 100 meters to the meeting venue instead of a complete ban.Rayappu Joseph - a Catholic Bishop was a prominent speaker at the public meeting held in front of St. Sebastian’s Church, MannRayappu Joseph - a Catholic Bishop was a prominent speaker at the public meeting held in front of St. Sebastian’s Church, Mann

Vasudeva Nanayakkara said he inquired from the President why the Defense establishment was angry when North and the South was united in the demand for peace.

Vasudeva attacked security hierarchy in Colombo for banning the protest march and he claimed the security officers in Mannar were not against them.

K.A. Bais addressing the meeting on behalf of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress said as long as the Sinhala chauvinist forces were influential they would not allow the government to bring about a solution to the conflict in the country. He said the Sinhalese have failed to understand the aspirations of the Muslims of the country.

The Headquarters inspector of Police Sudath Akmadela said a longer protest march was not allowed because the security of the marchers could not be assured due to the existing security situation in the area.

- Asian Tribune -

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