Tamil and Muslim protest march reach north braving legal and illegal obstacles

Tamil and Muslim protest march reach north braving legal and illegal obstacles
  • 06 FEBRUARY 2021

Protesters on a peaceful march from the east reached the northern parts of Sri Lanka despite legal and illegal measures to hamper its progress.

The four-day P2P march from the eastern town of Potuvil to Polikandy in northern Jaffna peninsula came under attack on its third day by un-unidentified persons who hurled stones and placing nails on the roads.

Velan Swamigal, the pontiff of the Sivagiri Ashram in Jaffna marching with Tamil and Muslim protesters says his vehicle along with others were attacked with stones while passing the Sinhala settler colony Sirimapura in Trincomalee and many vehicles got punctured due to nails on the road near Pulmoddai as they proceeded from east to north.

“There was an attempt to set fire to the vehicle in which Ananthi Sasitharan and Sivajilingam travelled. They came with a can of petrol,” said, S. Sivayoganathan, the president of Batticaloa District Civil Society Forum.

“If the people around them hadn’t stop them, they could have even been killed,” he said.

Seeking democracy, civil rights, the return of grabbed lands, the fate of forcibly disappeared, the burial rights of Muslims, the release of political prisoners and to increase the daily wage of plantation workers to Rs.1000, the third day of the march started from Trincomalee town with huge numbers participating and thousands of bystanders applauding.

Nails & screws

While the convoy was proceeding from Kuchchaveli towards Pulmoddai junction, ‘miscreants and unruly’ elements targeted the vehicles and attacked them.

Nails and screws were strewn across the road that goes past a military checkpoint near the Yan Oya bridge surrounded by Sinhala colonies.

“Their clear intention was to obstruct our journey and we strongly condemn it. The people in Sri Lanka, the international community, and the diaspora should take note of this,” Velan Swamigal told local media at the place where their vehicles got damaged.

He says the fight is for democracy and it is not against any individual.

“Our fight is not against any language, religion, or ethnicity. It’s a protest against injustice, intolerance, arrogance, and unethical policies”.

The pontiff also appealed to people who did such wrong acts to join them to protect democracy.

”All Tamils should join this march in more numbers in a show of solidarity which would pave way for a new dawn for Eelam Tamils” he said while displaying a piece of stone which he says was hurled at the vehicles.

Parliamentarian Shanakiyan Rasamanickam assured journalists at the scene that the attacks were neither by Tamils nor Muslims.

“These cheap tactics were employed to damage our vehicles. We know well who did this. But we would like to tell them, our journey from Pottuvil will stop only after we reach Polikandy,” he said.

As the protest march arrived in Mullaithivu, armed members of Sri Lankan security forces manning newly put up roadblocks were seen taking photos and video graphing protesters.

After reaching Mullaithivu, the protesters held a solemn memorial near the final killing-field at the northeast coast in memory of those who died during the final war in May 2009.

“One country, one law”

Judges in Jaffna and Mallakkam refused to ban the march while police moved courts in Mannar and Vavunia to hand down restraining orders.

Police told courts that the protest march poses the risk of COVID19 spreading.

However, police did not object a public rally in Jaffna with the participation of hundreds of children, organised by State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara in opposition to the Tamil and Muslim P2P march.

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Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

 05 February 2021

For the third day, Tamils and Muslims continued their march for justice from Pottuvil to Polikandy (P2P), commencing with a special prayer at the Trincomalee Shiva Temple on Friday morning.

The march, which has been organised by Tamil war victims’ families and civil society organisations across the North-East, aims to bring Tamil and Muslim calls for justice and accountability to the attention of the United Nations and international community.

The protests started at Batticaloa on the second day of protests, before reaching Trincomalee on Thursday night via Verugal and Kinniya.

Several prominent Tamil politicians, civil societies, and religious leaders participated in the mass P2P protest, including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, TNA spokesperson and MP M. A. Sumanthiran, TNPF leader and MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, TNPF MP Selvarajah Kajendran, TNA MP Sivagnanam Sritharan, TNA Media Secretary Pakkiyaselvam Ariyanethran and former TNA parliamentarians Seeniththamby Yogeswaran and Kathirgamathamby Thurairetnasingam.

Amongst the issues raised by the protests are the increasing Sinhalisation across the North-East, forced cremation of Muslims, the arbitrary detention of Tamil political prisoners and state inaction in relation to the enforced disappearances in the North-East.

Protest obstacles

Sri Lankan security forces have attempted to break up the rally at various points of the march by threatening protesters, obstructing protestors with roadblocks and obtaining injunctions against the protest, but protesters have defied these moves and continued their demonstration.

Sri Lankan police threatened and tracked protestors in Vavuniya by recording vehicle and motorcycle numbers of the public supporting those marching. Journalists also reported investigators harassing and taking pictures of them when they were covering protests in Vavuniya.

Tamils and Muslims who were waiting to greet protestors in Mullaitivu were disrupted by Sri Lankan police claiming they would not be allowed to gather due to COVID-19 concerns. Protestors who aimed to join the procession via vehicles were disrupted as nails were placed on the road at the military checkpoint in front of the Yan Oya bridge near Pulmoddai. A similar incident was reported to have occurred previously as vehicles attempted to attend the Kinniya protest.

“The nails have damaged our tyres and we are on the streets unable to continue our protests. The police van in front of us provided for security does not seem to be helping in any way. Earlier on during our protest march, people threw rocks at the bus. They tried to set [protestors’] cars on fire with petrol cans and they just about escaped death. We urge all human rights organisations to condemn these acts! We will dust these off and continue to protest,” said one of the protestors.  



Court rulings

Chavakachcheri and Mallakam Magistrates dismissed petitions submitted by Sri Lankan police on the grounds that people have the right to freedom of speech and assembly.

Jaffna Magistrate vacated his previous order banning protests after Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan told the court that Public Health Inspectors confirmed that the rally would not spread COVID-19.

Point Pedro Magistrate has ordered a ban on protests after Point Pedro, Nelliyadi and Valvettithurai police filed applications to block the peaceful protests from going ahead.

When P2P protesters reached Mullivaikkal amidst heightened security presence and intimidation, they stopped off at the Mullivaikkal memorial to pay their respects.

P2P protesters also visited Mullaitivu’s Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar Temple on their way to collect their blessings. 

Related Articles: 05 February 2021 : Tamils to welcome P2P protesters in Mullaitivu despite Sri Lankan police disruption05 February 2021 : TNA MP Sumanthiran highlights the demands of P2P protesters04 February 2021 : ‘Impunity has prevailed since independence’ – Canadian MP Gary Anandasangaree express solidarity with Tamil protesters04 February 2021 : Vavuniya families of disappeared defy court ban with protest and hunger strike on Sri Lankan Independence Day04 February 2021 : Jaffna families of disappeared resist police intimidation and court bans to protest for their missing relatives04 February 2021 : Court bans issued against #P2P protests across the North-East03 February 2021 : Pottuvil to Polikandi – Tamils brave crackdown to begin marching length of homeland03 February 2021 : Vavuniya court bans Tamil families of disappeared from protesting against Sri Lankan Independence Day

Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

 05 February 2021

For the third day, Tamils and Muslims continued their march for justice from Pottuvil to Polikandy (P2P), commencing with a special prayer at the Trincomalee Shiva Temple on Friday morning.

The march, which has been organised by Tamil war victims’ families and civil society organisations across the North-East, aims to bring Tamil and Muslim calls for justice and accountability to the attention of the United Nations and international community.

The protests started at Batticaloa on the second day of protests, before reaching Trincomalee on Thursday night via Verugal and Kinniya.

Several prominent Tamil politicians, civil societies, and religious leaders participated in the mass P2P protest, including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, TNA spokesperson and MP M. A. Sumanthiran, TNPF leader and MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, TNPF MP Selvarajah Kajendran, TNA MP Sivagnanam Sritharan, TNA Media Secretary Pakkiyaselvam Ariyanethran and former TNA parliamentarians Seeniththamby Yogeswaran and Kathirgamathamby Thurairetnasingam.

Amongst the issues raised by the protests are the increasing Sinhalisation across the North-East, forced cremation of Muslims, the arbitrary detention of Tamil political prisoners and state inaction in relation to the enforced disappearances in the North-East.

Protest obstacles

Sri Lankan security forces have attempted to break up the rally at various points of the march by threatening protesters, obstructing protestors with roadblocks and obtaining injunctions against the protest, but protesters have defied these moves and continued their demonstration.

Sri Lankan police threatened and tracked protestors in Vavuniya by recording vehicle and motorcycle numbers of the public supporting those marching. Journalists also reported investigators harassing and taking pictures of them when they were covering protests in Vavuniya.

Tamils and Muslims who were waiting to greet protestors in Mullaitivu were disrupted by Sri Lankan police claiming they would not be allowed to gather due to COVID-19 concerns. Protestors who aimed to join the procession via vehicles were disrupted as nails were placed on the road at the military checkpoint in front of the Yan Oya bridge near Pulmoddai. A similar incident was reported to have occurred previously as vehicles attempted to attend the Kinniya protest.

“The nails have damaged our tyres and we are on the streets unable to continue our protests. The police van in front of us provided for security does not seem to be helping in any way. Earlier on during our protest march, people threw rocks at the bus. They tried to set [protestors’] cars on fire with petrol cans and they just about escaped death. We urge all human rights organisations to condemn these acts! We will dust these off and continue to protest,” said one of the protestors.  



Court rulings

Chavakachcheri and Mallakam Magistrates dismissed petitions submitted by Sri Lankan police on the grounds that people have the right to freedom of speech and assembly.

Jaffna Magistrate vacated his previous order banning protests after Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan told the court that Public Health Inspectors confirmed that the rally would not spread COVID-19.

Point Pedro Magistrate has ordered a ban on protests after Point Pedro, Nelliyadi and Valvettithurai police filed applications to block the peaceful protests from going ahead.

When P2P protesters reached Mullivaikkal amidst heightened security presence and intimidation, they stopped off at the Mullivaikkal memorial to pay their respects.

P2P protesters also visited Mullaitivu’s Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar Temple on their way to collect their blessings. 

Related Articles: 05 February 2021 : Tamils to welcome P2P protesters in Mullaitivu despite Sri Lankan police disruption05 February 2021 : TNA MP Sumanthiran highlights the demands of P2P protesters04 February 2021 : ‘Impunity has prevailed since independence’ – Canadian MP Gary Anandasangaree express solidarity with Tamil protesters04 February 2021 : Vavuniya families of disappeared defy court ban with protest and hunger strike on Sri Lankan Independence Day04 February 2021 : Jaffna families of disappeared resist police intimidation and court bans to protest for their missing relatives04 February 2021 : Court bans issued against #P2P protests across the North-East03 February 2021 : Pottuvil to Polikandi – Tamils brave crackdown to begin marching length of homeland03 February 2021 : Vavuniya court bans Tamil families of disappeared from protesting against Sri Lankan Independence Day


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Tamil and Muslim protest march reach north braving legal and illegal obstacles
  • 06 FEBRUARY 2021
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Protesters on a peaceful march from the east reached the northern parts of Sri Lanka despite legal and illegal measures to hamper its progress.

The four-day P2P march from the eastern town of Potuvil to Polikandy in northern Jaffna peninsula came under attack on its third day by un-unidentified persons who hurled stones and placing nails on the roads.

Velan Swamigal, the pontiff of the Sivagiri Ashram in Jaffna marching with Tamil and Muslim protesters says his vehicle along with others were attacked with stones while passing the Sinhala settler colony Sirimapura in Trincomalee and many vehicles got punctured due to nails on the road near Pulmoddai as they proceeded from east to north.

“There was an attempt to set fire to the vehicle in which Ananthi Sasitharan and Sivajilingam travelled. They came with a can of petrol,” said, S. Sivayoganathan, the president of Batticaloa District Civil Society Forum.

“If the people around them hadn’t stop them, they could have even been killed,” he said.

Seeking democracy, civil rights, the return of grabbed lands, the fate of forcibly disappeared, the burial rights of Muslims, the release of political prisoners and to increase the daily wage of plantation workers to Rs.1000, the third day of the march started from Trincomalee town with huge numbers participating and thousands of bystanders applauding.

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Nails & screws

While the convoy was proceeding from Kuchchaveli towards Pulmoddai junction, ‘miscreants and unruly’ elements targeted the vehicles and attacked them.

Nails and screws were strewn across the road that goes past a military checkpoint near the Yan Oya bridge surrounded by Sinhala colonies.

“Their clear intention was to obstruct our journey and we strongly condemn it. The people in Sri Lanka, the international community, and the diaspora should take note of this,” Velan Swamigal told local media at the place where their vehicles got damaged.

He says the fight is for democracy and it is not against any individual.

“Our fight is not against any language, religion, or ethnicity. It’s a protest against injustice, intolerance, arrogance, and unethical policies”.

The pontiff also appealed to people who did such wrong acts to join them to protect democracy.

”All Tamils should join this march in more numbers in a show of solidarity which would pave way for a new dawn for Eelam Tamils” he said while displaying a piece of stone which he says was hurled at the vehicles.

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Parliamentarian Shanakiyan Rasamanickam assured journalists at the scene that the attacks were neither by Tamils nor Muslims.

“These cheap tactics were employed to damage our vehicles. We know well who did this. But we would like to tell them, our journey from Pottuvil will stop only after we reach Polikandy,” he said.

As the protest march arrived in Mullaithivu, armed members of Sri Lankan security forces manning newly put up roadblocks were seen taking photos and video graphing protesters.

After reaching Mullaithivu, the protesters held a solemn memorial near the final killing-field at the northeast coast in memory of those who died during the final war in May 2009.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is p2p_military2_03_02_2021.jpg

“One country, one law”

Judges in Jaffna and Mallakkam refused to ban the march while police moved courts in Mannar and Vavunia to hand down restraining orders.

Police told courts that the protest march poses the risk of COVID19 spreading.

However, police did not object a public rally in Jaffna with the participation of hundreds of children, organised by State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara in opposition to the Tamil and Muslim P2P march.

© JDSfShare

Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

 05 February 2021

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_1.jpg

For the third day, Tamils and Muslims continued their march for justice from Pottuvil to Polikandy (P2P), commencing with a special prayer at the Trincomalee Shiva Temple on Friday morning.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_2.jpeg
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The march, which has been organised by Tamil war victims’ families and civil society organisations across the North-East, aims to bring Tamil and Muslim calls for justice and accountability to the attention of the United Nations and international community.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_5.jpeg

The protests started at Batticaloa on the second day of protests, before reaching Trincomalee on Thursday night via Verugal and Kinniya.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_4.jpg

Several prominent Tamil politicians, civil societies, and religious leaders participated in the mass P2P protest, including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, TNA spokesperson and MP M. A. Sumanthiran, TNPF leader and MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, TNPF MP Selvarajah Kajendran, TNA MP Sivagnanam Sritharan, TNA Media Secretary Pakkiyaselvam Ariyanethran and former TNA parliamentarians Seeniththamby Yogeswaran and Kathirgamathamby Thurairetnasingam.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_7.jpeg

Amongst the issues raised by the protests are the increasing Sinhalisation across the North-East, forced cremation of Muslims, the arbitrary detention of Tamil political prisoners and state inaction in relation to the enforced disappearances in the North-East.

Protest obstacles

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Sri Lankan security forces have attempted to break up the rally at various points of the march by threatening protesters, obstructing protestors with roadblocks and obtaining injunctions against the protest, but protesters have defied these moves and continued their demonstration.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_8.jpeg

Sri Lankan police threatened and tracked protestors in Vavuniya by recording vehicle and motorcycle numbers of the public supporting those marching. Journalists also reported investigators harassing and taking pictures of them when they were covering protests in Vavuniya.

Tamils and Muslims who were waiting to greet protestors in Mullaitivu were disrupted by Sri Lankan police claiming they would not be allowed to gather due to COVID-19 concerns. Protestors who aimed to join the procession via vehicles were disrupted as nails were placed on the road at the military checkpoint in front of the Yan Oya bridge near Pulmoddai. A similar incident was reported to have occurred previously as vehicles attempted to attend the Kinniya protest.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_6.jpg

“The nails have damaged our tyres and we are on the streets unable to continue our protests. The police van in front of us provided for security does not seem to be helping in any way. Earlier on during our protest march, people threw rocks at the bus. They tried to set [protestors’] cars on fire with petrol cans and they just about escaped death. We urge all human rights organisations to condemn these acts! We will dust these off and continue to protest,” said one of the protestors.  

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Court rulings

Chavakachcheri and Mallakam Magistrates dismissed petitions submitted by Sri Lankan police on the grounds that people have the right to freedom of speech and assembly.

Jaffna Magistrate vacated his previous order banning protests after Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan told the court that Public Health Inspectors confirmed that the rally would not spread COVID-19.

Point Pedro Magistrate has ordered a ban on protests after Point Pedro, Nelliyadi and Valvettithurai police filed applications to block the peaceful protests from going ahead.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_15.jpg

When P2P protesters reached Mullivaikkal amidst heightened security presence and intimidation, they stopped off at the Mullivaikkal memorial to pay their respects.

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P2P protesters also visited Mullaitivu’s Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar Temple on their way to collect their blessings. 

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Related Articles: 05 February 2021 : Tamils to welcome P2P protesters in Mullaitivu despite Sri Lankan police disruption05 February 2021 : TNA MP Sumanthiran highlights the demands of P2P protesters04 February 2021 : ‘Impunity has prevailed since independence’ – Canadian MP Gary Anandasangaree express solidarity with Tamil protesters04 February 2021 : Vavuniya families of disappeared defy court ban with protest and hunger strike on Sri Lankan Independence Day04 February 2021 : Jaffna families of disappeared resist police intimidation and court bans to protest for their missing relatives04 February 2021 : Court bans issued against #P2P protests across the North-East03 February 2021 : Pottuvil to Polikandi – Tamils brave crackdown to begin marching length of homeland03 February 2021 : Vavuniya court bans Tamil families of disappeared from protesting against Sri Lankan Independence Day

Third day of P2P protests marked in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu

 05 February 2021

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_1.jpg

For the third day, Tamils and Muslims continued their march for justice from Pottuvil to Polikandy (P2P), commencing with a special prayer at the Trincomalee Shiva Temple on Friday morning.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_2.jpeg
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_3.jpeg

The march, which has been organised by Tamil war victims’ families and civil society organisations across the North-East, aims to bring Tamil and Muslim calls for justice and accountability to the attention of the United Nations and international community.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_5.jpeg

The protests started at Batticaloa on the second day of protests, before reaching Trincomalee on Thursday night via Verugal and Kinniya.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_4.jpg

Several prominent Tamil politicians, civil societies, and religious leaders participated in the mass P2P protest, including Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam, TNA spokesperson and MP M. A. Sumanthiran, TNPF leader and MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, TNPF MP Selvarajah Kajendran, TNA MP Sivagnanam Sritharan, TNA Media Secretary Pakkiyaselvam Ariyanethran and former TNA parliamentarians Seeniththamby Yogeswaran and Kathirgamathamby Thurairetnasingam.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_7.jpeg

Amongst the issues raised by the protests are the increasing Sinhalisation across the North-East, forced cremation of Muslims, the arbitrary detention of Tamil political prisoners and state inaction in relation to the enforced disappearances in the North-East.

Protest obstacles

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Sri Lankan security forces have attempted to break up the rally at various points of the march by threatening protesters, obstructing protestors with roadblocks and obtaining injunctions against the protest, but protesters have defied these moves and continued their demonstration.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_8.jpeg

Sri Lankan police threatened and tracked protestors in Vavuniya by recording vehicle and motorcycle numbers of the public supporting those marching. Journalists also reported investigators harassing and taking pictures of them when they were covering protests in Vavuniya.

Tamils and Muslims who were waiting to greet protestors in Mullaitivu were disrupted by Sri Lankan police claiming they would not be allowed to gather due to COVID-19 concerns. Protestors who aimed to join the procession via vehicles were disrupted as nails were placed on the road at the military checkpoint in front of the Yan Oya bridge near Pulmoddai. A similar incident was reported to have occurred previously as vehicles attempted to attend the Kinniya protest.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_6.jpg

“The nails have damaged our tyres and we are on the streets unable to continue our protests. The police van in front of us provided for security does not seem to be helping in any way. Earlier on during our protest march, people threw rocks at the bus. They tried to set [protestors’] cars on fire with petrol cans and they just about escaped death. We urge all human rights organisations to condemn these acts! We will dust these off and continue to protest,” said one of the protestors.  

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Court rulings

Chavakachcheri and Mallakam Magistrates dismissed petitions submitted by Sri Lankan police on the grounds that people have the right to freedom of speech and assembly.

Jaffna Magistrate vacated his previous order banning protests after Jaffna Mayor Visvalingam Manivannan told the court that Public Health Inspectors confirmed that the rally would not spread COVID-19.

Point Pedro Magistrate has ordered a ban on protests after Point Pedro, Nelliyadi and Valvettithurai police filed applications to block the peaceful protests from going ahead.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 210205%20-%20Third_Day%20_P2P_Protests_15.jpg

When P2P protesters reached Mullivaikkal amidst heightened security presence and intimidation, they stopped off at the Mullivaikkal memorial to pay their respects.

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P2P protesters also visited Mullaitivu’s Neeraviyadi Pillaiyar Temple on their way to collect their blessings. 

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Related Articles: 05 February 2021 : Tamils to welcome P2P protesters in Mullaitivu despite Sri Lankan police disruption05 February 2021 : TNA MP Sumanthiran highlights the demands of P2P protesters04 February 2021 : ‘Impunity has prevailed since independence’ – Canadian MP Gary Anandasangaree express solidarity with Tamil protesters04 February 2021 : Vavuniya families of disappeared defy court ban with protest and hunger strike on Sri Lankan Independence Day04 February 2021 : Jaffna families of disappeared resist police intimidation and court bans to protest for their missing relatives04 February 2021 : Court bans issued against #P2P protests across the North-East03 February 2021 : Pottuvil to Polikandi – Tamils brave crackdown to begin marching length of homeland03 February 2021 : Vavuniya court bans Tamil families of disappeared from protesting against Sri Lankan Independence Day

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