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Mullivaikkal memorial ban irks TNPF and EPRLF
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)

BY Thambithurai Pratheepan

The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) condemned the ban imposed on the construction of the Mullivaikkal memorial within the Jaffna University premises.

TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said on Monday (30) that the banning of the Mullivaikkal memorial by the government cannot be accepted. “This action had angered us.”

The university societies in the North and East have been thoroughly affected by the war. They are the direct victims of the Mullivaikkal tragedy. Therefore, the ban on building the memorial is stopping them from commemorating their tragedy. This had caused anger among the affected,” Gajendrakumar said.

The university society should continue their attempt. It is an important attempt. Currently there are Sinhala students studying at the university and this attempt will also make them understand the mentality of the affected. “We will stand in solidarity with the university students in this attempt,” he said.

Meanwhile, Leader of Eelam People’s Revolutionary Left Front (EPRLF) Suresh Premachandran said the ban is an infringement of fundamental rights. “This ban had stopped the students from remembering those who died in the war,” he said.

“We can accept the University Grants Commission’s refusal to grant funds to build this memorial. But we cannot accept the ban. People remember their loved ones who died due to war only once a year. So, the ban on this memorial is infringing their right to remember their loved ones,” he said.

On 25 April a ban was imposed by the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Higher Education on building the Mullivaikkal memorial in memory of the university students who died in the war. The construction of the memorial was carried out by the Jaffna University Students’ Union.

Source: Ceylon Today

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