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Hundreds belongs to transgender associations in TN held Famine Protest

Dec 9, 2008, 01:04 Digg this story!

Seetha Vijayan - TNS


Chennai – Hundreds of people belongs to the transgender associations all over Tamil Nadu (TN) conducted a Famine protest in Chennai today in support of Eelam Tamils and urge Center to bring a Cease Fire immediately. This is the first time the transgender associations took part in a protest to bring the awareness about an issue in the country other than their own issues.


Scores of Tamil Nadu politicians and leaders including the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Rajya Sabha member and daughter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi participated in the famine protest and she praised the effort of transgender and termed the Sri Lankan Tamil issue as one of the most important issues of the state.


"Transgender from different organisations have come together for the common cause which is beyond their own problems and issues. This is the issue, asking for ceasefire in Sri Lanka and to reach out to the Sri Lankan Tamils," said Kanimozhi.


In Sri Lanka our brethrens are living under the trees, makeshift camps and open air with no access to food, medicines, and basic essentials even during heavy monsoon rains and facing untold suffering.


Protesters condemn Sri Lanka the killings of Tamils in Eelam, Sri Lanka’s military operations against them in Eelam and urge the Center to forge a Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) and the international community to allow the international aid groups into Vanni area to alleviate the sufferings of over 327,000 internally displaced people including over 40,000 children who are living in subhuman conditions due to the relentless military operations in Vanni.


Thol. Thirumavalavan concluded the Famine protest and spoke at the event. He condemned the Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka for his alleged remark of Tamil Nadu politicians are corrupt and ‘political jokers’ Tamil Nadu masses are going beyond their party affiliations taking part in the State wide famine protests, protest marches, seminars, and awareness campaigns and urging Center to stop the genocides of Eelam Tamils by Sri Lanka.

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