Jaffna Uni students on hunger strike

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By 2017-10-18

BY Thambithurai Pratheepan

Jaffna University Students launched a hunger strike in front of the university yesterday (17) in solidarity with three Tamil prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for the past 22 days at the Anuradhapura Prisons.

This protest was initially organized by students of the Arts Faculty, but more than 200 students from the other faculties also joined the protest.

The protesters urged authorities to fulfil the demands of the three prisoners by transferring their cases from the Anuradhapura Courts to Vavuniya, while demanding that all Tamil prisoners arrested under the PTA be released.

The protest was launched following a meeting with the Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray that students say was unsuccessful.

"We met the Governor and requested him to assist us to meet the President to settle the prisoners' issue. However, he was not willing to make any arrangements," they said.

The students further said that the President is due to meet the families of prisoners on Thursday (19). However, if this meeting does not resolve the issue, they will continue to protest.

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