Stepping up pressure on the Centre,the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (Teso) led by its Tamil Nadu ally DMK held a protest in Chennai on Tuesday,urging India to support the US-sponsored resolution to be moved in a few days against the Sri Lankan government at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Sporadic and uncoordinated protests have been going on in various parts of the state organised by parties of all hues,with the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka yet again becoming a part of political discourse ahead of the UNHRC meet. One person committed self immolation at Cuddalore on Monday,demanding that India vote against Lanka when the resolution is put to vote.
On Tuesday,several hundred protesters led by DMK treasurer and former deputy chief minister M K Stalin,VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan MP,Dravadar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani and others gathered at Valluvarkottam to take a protest march to the office of the Sri Lankan deputy commission in Chennai. They were arrested as they attempted to undertake the march to picket the Lankan mission.
The organisation has been demanding a proper investigation into the alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Lanka during the last stages of the war with Tamil rebels in 2009. According to Teso,the Lankan government should take responsibility for the war crimes and President Mahinda Rajapaksa should face trial.
DMK president M Karunanidhi reiterated that the Centre should come forward to help the Lankan Tamils at least now,a demand that he has raised several times in the past. We have no doubt regarding the success of the resolution moved by the US. Our demand is that India should also support it, Karunanidhi told reporters.