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Sri Lankan Army silences Jaffna University faculty (Update 2)

Colombo, Dec 4 (): The Deans and ex-Deans of all the faculties of the University of Jaffna have been individually approached by the Sri Lankan Army warning them not to stir up the issue of university students’ arrests over their clashes with the Sri Lankan Army during the commemoration of Heroes’ day on November 27.

Simultaneously, the Sri Lankan Army had gone hunting for another student leader at Thiruvaiyaaru in Killinochi on Dec 2, night. The university premises remains vacated with the student leaders forced to go into hiding, TamilNet reports.

Medical faculty of the university had originally planned for a protest demonstration yesterday, December 3. However, this was cancelled with the university administration advising against it. The university administration and the Sri Lankan Army is said to have reached a ‘secret compromise’ on this issue.

Nevertheless, sources say that the University of Jaffna Teachers’ Association strongly feels that the arrested students have to be released without any charges against them.

To recall earlier incidents, in the worst-ever clash that happened in the island nation since 2009, twenty undergraduate students were wounded, followed by the arrest of four Jaffna University student leaders on false charges of terrorism by the infamous Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) for interrogation.

An injured student told the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) that they do not have the rights to express their opposition even through peaceful means in Sri Lanka. He added that the military officials threatened them with abduction even in the hospital following which they have fled.

An arts faculty student told the WSWS that people do not have any political rights in Sri Lanka and most students do not have confidence in any political party. With no end to these attacks by the government, he believes there is none to defend them.

The domineering military regime of Sri Lanka continues in the Tamil-dominated North, even after the end of the decades’-old ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka in 2009.

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