Karunanidhi's protest against Rajapaksa Visit
DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday led a state—wide protest here against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India, accusing him of making efforts to “annihilate” the Tamils in the island republic.
Wearing black shirt, the protesters gathered under the banner of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation, which Mr. Karunanidhi had revived some months ago, and shouted slogans against Mr. Rajapaksa, who is on a pilgrimage to Tirupati and Bodh Gaya.
Mr. Karunanidhi charged the Sri Lankan President with attempting to not only to “annihilate” the Tamil population but also erase the Tamil language.
Party Treasurer M K Stalin and other senior party leaders were present.
Effigies of Mr. Rajapaksa were burnt and lawyers boycotted courts in some parts of the state, protesting the visit.
Mr. Karunanidhi had said on Thursday that the Centre should realise at least now that the island government was not keeping its promises after the Sri Lankan President had ruled out autonomy for Tamil areas.
“Now TESO was issuing a severe caution (by black flag demonstration), Rajapaksa should correct himself, and Centre also take steps to protect Tamils,” Karunanidhi had said.
Addressing the 65th Independence Day celebrations on Monday, the Sri Lankan President had ruled out greater political autonomy for Tamils, saying ethnicity—based division was “not practical” as people live together in unity and there were no racial or religious differences.
Around 30 members of Viduthalai Chiruthahigal Kathchi( VCK) party were taken into custody near the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border for holding protests.
In Hosur, members of various Tamil outfits were taken into custody for protesting on the railway tracks.
Lawyers in Villupuram, Dindugul and Sivaganga boycotted the courts opposing Mr. Rajapaksa’s visit and burnt his effigies.
Protests were also held in Tirupati, where prohibitory orders were imposed, and in New Delhi.
- Asian Tribune -