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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Threats of violence against SEP meeting in Jaffna

[b]Threats of violence against SEP meeting in Jaffna[/b]

By the Socialist Equality Party

The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) was unable to hold a planned presidential election campaign meeting in Jaffna last Sunday because of threats of violence that were aimed at preventing the local population from hearing the party’s policies.

The meeting was to be held on October 30 at 2.30 p.m. at the Cooperative Union Auditorium to discuss the SEP’s political perspective and program for the November 17 poll. So far, the SEP has been the only party standing a candidate in the election to organize a meeting in Jaffna, in the war-torn north of the island.

Prior to the meeting, a notice was put up on the hall’s closed doors declaring: “Boycott the current presidential elections in Sri Lanka. There is no room for the Tamils to support any of the presidential candidates in Sri Lanka. The experience of the past period is enough for us. Do not indulge in any activity propagating the presidential elections.”

In an unmistakable threat, both to the SEP and to anyone attending the meeting, the notice continued: “This is a warning. If such activity is undertaken by anyone not heeding our instruction the Makkal Padai [People’s Army] will give a fitting answer. ”Makkal Padai is clearly a bogus name, which was used to obscure the real identity of the perpetrators.

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