Chennai, 8 February 2013. DMK president Karunanidhi on Friday said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was not only trying to obliterate Tamils in the island nation but also their culture, tradition and the Tamil language itself.
Leading a massive protest held by Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) against the President’s India visit, Mr. Karunanidhi said: “Rajapaksa is trying to erase not only the Tamils in Sri Lanka but also the Tamil language.”
Mr. Karunanidhi said the Sri Lankan government was changing the names of villages with Tamil names to that of Sinhalese.
He said the protest was being held to teach Mr. Rajapaksa a “lesson”.
Thousands of cadres belonging to DMK, VCK and other Tamil outfits and their leaders participated in the protest wearing black shirts.
Around 30 members of VCK party were taken into custody near the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border for holding protests.
In Hosur, members of various Tamil outfits were taken into custody for protesting on the railway tracks.
Lawyers in Villupuram, Dindugul and Sivaganga boycotted the courts opposing Mr. Rajapaksa’s visit and burnt his effigies.
Protests were also held in Tirupati, where prohibitory orders were imposed, and in New Delhi.