Chennai, Mar 21 (): Tamil Nadu erupts in unprecedented anti-Sri Lanka protests just as the US-backed vote is coming up Thursday at the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Sri Lanka for the inhuman atrocities and genocidal crimes committed by it during the final stages of its ethnic conflict with the tiger rebels.
Today marks the ninth day of student and public outrage in Tamil Nadu over genocidal Sri Lanka. Over 1000 students representing various colleges and institutions embarked on a day long hunger strike at Marina Beach yesterday.
Holding placards and shouting slogans against the Lankan and Indian governments, a group of lawyers from the Madras High Court Advocates Association marched towards Raj Bhavan and besieged it yesterday.
Latest reports state that the anti-Lanka stir on a boil in Tamil Nadu has now spread to Mumbai where about 500 Tamils under the banner, Mumbai Tamilar Federation were demanding economic sanctions to be slapped against Sri Lanka.
Students of Film Institute in Chennai also went on a hunger strike. According to rough estimates, about one crore students across Tamil Nadu are believed to be a part of the massive anti-Lanka protest in the State.
While over 2000 software engineers joined to embark in a human chain protest in front of Tidel Park in the city yesterday demanding a referendum for Tamil Eelam, another human chain protest is underway at Navallur put together by another batch of IT professionals.
Tiruchi witnessed fasts in different pockets of the city launched by people of different strata like students, general public, cab drivers and Sri Lankan Tamil refugees.
Road blockades and rallies were reported from other districts like Tirunelveli,Thanjavur,Tuticorin etc.
Madurai saw a huge procession of students raising slogans against the war criminal, Mahinda Rajapkase.
Nearly 1000 cadres of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi burnt effigy of Rajapakse at Royapuram in Chennai.
School children at Idinthakarai were seen going on a rally holding pictures of assassinated Balachandran Prabhakaran.
The massive uprising seen in Tamil Nadu among student community and general public assumes greater meaning and significance when it is not backed by any political party and when there is no room for any of the political parties to make an advantage out of it.
The massive uprising seen after 1965 anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu was triggered by a peaceful fast-unto-death strike initiated by eight students of city-based Loyola College on March 8.