Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has been done a grave injustice as a politician, and Tamils across the world are calling for Sri Lankans to fight against his imprisonment, said Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) National Spokesperson David Poopalapillai, speaking on behalf of the Tamil diaspora.
“We wholeheartedly condemn this punishment. As a politician he doesn’t deserve this,” he said.
Poopalapillai however also told The Sunday Leader that he was making a very clear distinction between the Tamils’ views on Fonseka as the former army commander, and Fonseka as a politician.
“As an army commander we have our differences… (but) we condemn what happened to Sarath Fonseka as a politician. It is complete injustice.
“As Tamils we have experienced this injustice for a very long time. We have been seeing how Tamils were punished unfairly,” he said, adding that the world could now witness a similar form of injustice being dealt out to Fonseka.
“The time has come where we as the Tamil diaspora are calling upon our Sinhalese brothers and sisters to rise up and fight against this. What happened to Sarath Fonseka can happen to anyone,” said the CTC spokesperson.
Poopalapillai added that he expected the international community to address this issue.
“The government of Sri Lanka has to answer. We see it as complete political vengeance,” he said.
He also expressed disgust at present day occurrences in parliament, and at the way the country was run.
“Politicians crossover without any regard to the voters,” he said, adding that “Sri Lanka is slipping into medieval times. It is a modern monarchy.”
The CTC is a non-profit organization which aims at serving the interests of Canada’s Tamil community.
By Maryam Azwer