The Ezhuha Thamizh rally under aegis of Tamil People’s Council geared to a start with rallies starting at Nallur and Parameswara Junction and currently proceeding towards Jaffna esplanade amidst various slogans being shouted aloud and blaring loud speakers playing songs of the Liberation struggle.
Large and unprecedented crowds of people with banners and placards are flowing in human waves along the routes. Hundreds of Local and international Tamizh Organizations have openly pledged support for the rally.
While one of the two main Tamil dailies gave a wide coverage about rally scheduled today, Other was void of any news whatsoever regarding the rally. A person came from Palai said that all the Shops except food shops from Palai junction have been closed.
The CM, NPC, C.V.Wigneswaran, a Co-Chair of TPC started off the rally at 10.07 a.m.from Nallur and is expected to address the people at the esplanade. Gajendrakumar Ponnampalm, Suresh Premachandran, V. Ananthasangaree are among those present at the point. Large number Christian Clergy are to be seen among the participants. Another Co-Chair of TPC, Heart Specialist, P.Luxman will proclaim the declaration of the day.
People are moving in a kilometer long procession with Motorcyclists waiting to follow.
The list of Organizations which had pledged support appears below:
Jaffna Sinmaya Mission
Association for justice and Peace of the Jaffna diocese
Veenakana Kuru peedam
Saiva Maha sabai
Federation of Hindu Clergy
International Hindu Priest’s Federation
University of Jaffna Teacher’s Association
University of Jaffna Employees Union
University of Jaffna Federations of Students
Ceylon Teacher’s Association
All Ceylon Tamil Teacher’s Association
Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO)
All Ceylon Tamil Congress
Democratic People’s Congress
Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF)
Auto owner’s Union
People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOT)
Northern Province Union of the Fishermen’s Cooperative Societies Federations.
Northern Province Hair Dresser’s Union
Thirunelvely Public Market vendors union
Vali-North Resettlement and Rehabilitation Association
Mallavi Traders Association
Jaffna District Timber Depot Owner’s Union.
Tamil National Cultural Council
Chavakacheri Industrial merchants union.
Tamil Civil Society Organization
Jaffna District Citizen’s Committee
Mannar District Citizen’s Committee
Mannar District Federation of public Organization.
Tamil Lawyer’s Union for Political Human Right
Coordinating Committee for Missing Persons
Association for release of political Prisoners.
Northern Province Pre-School Teachers’ Association.
Northern Province Association of People, Parents, Guardians of Arrested persons.
Federation of Human Rights Activists of North and East.
Trader’s Association Mulliyawalai, Mankulam, Puthukudiyiruppu, Mullaitheevu, Odduchuddan.
Kilinochchi – District Citizen Committee, Federation of Famers of Kilinochchi – Iranaimadu
Association of Private Tuition Centres, Private Bus owners Society, Market traders Association, Karaichchi Division Women’s Organization
Valikamam Fishermen Cooperative Societies Federation
International Hindu youths Federation.
World Tamil Organization
Tamil Progressive Alliance
Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam
All Ceylon Government General Employees union
Thamizhaka Valvurimai Party
Marumalarchchi Thravida Munetra Kazhakam
Thravidar Viduthalai Kazhakam
Thamizh Thesiya Periyakkam
Hindu People’s Party.
Laywer’s Association of Chennai High Courts.
Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Party
Thanthai Periyar Thravida Kazhakam
Several other public organizations including Farmer unions, Sports Clubs and Village in their numbers had pledged their support for the unprecedented Rally