Kalmunai refugees call off protest
- With salaams,Marginalized groups in the polity can win justice if the masses stick to their basic demands with rational strategies. Kalmunai Muslims demand to win permanent shelter confirms this political logic. The same can be well occurred in relation to the Muslim quest for the separate seat in the (peace) talks if both masses and political leadership of the Muslims communicate clear and consistent demands.Also true that political communities never win any comprehensive demands when their political leadership confuse with the concessions and rights. This would effectively undermine trust of the affected in the political leadership and aids radical ethnic mobilizers to fill the gap.In peace, Imtiyaz===================================Kalmunai refugees call off protest
[TamilNet, March 01, 2006 07:48 GMT]
The sit-in-protest of tsunami-affected families in front of the office of the Kalmunai Divisional Secretariat (Muslim) division, which began on 22 February, came to an end after Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday morning assured the refugees through a specially set up satellite link that they would be provided with permanant houses within 3 months.Mahinda Rajapakse told the refugees that he has already taken action to acquire land for this purpose.He further instructed Mr.A.H.M.Ansar, Kalmunai Divisional Secretary to take immediate steps for the acquirement of land for the construction of permanent houses, government officials in Kalmunai said.A committee of three members headed by Mr.Arif Samsudeen, Attorney-at-Law and two other persons appointed by the President would be in charge in implementing the President's assurance, they said.Affected families thanked the President for the immediate steps by him, sources said.Satellite-link connection with a large screen was installed in the tent where the affected families held the sit-in-protest staying day and night and cooking their meals. Similar screen facility was also made available in the President's secretariat where President Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse saw the protesting families men, women and children huddled for the last seven days inside the tent in front of the Kalmunai DS office, the sources said.
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