The objective is to protest the various acts of alleged oppression and discrimination being perpetrated against the Tamil and Muslim people of Sri Lanka and draw the attention of the world
As the protest got underway there was a spontaneous upsurge of support by Tamils as well as the Tamil speaking Muslims of the East
The advent of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his Government has amounted to a watershed moment for the Country in general and Tamils in particular
There has been a lot of political excitement in the Tamil speaking areas of the Eastern Province for the past two days (February 3 and 4) due to the launching of a protest demonstration named “Pottuvil to Poligandy” or “P2P”. This was to be a long march on foot and in vehicles from the Eastern town of Pottuvil in the Ampara District to the Northern town of Poligandy in Jaffna district. The four – day journey was to be along the roads of the Eastern and Northern Provinces. Beginning on February 3 in Pottuvil, it was scheduled to end in Poligandy on February 6. However, it has now been extended by another day to February 7. The objective is to protest the various acts of alleged oppression and discrimination being perpetrated against the Tamil and Muslim people of Sri Lanka and draw the attention of the world.
The protest march or demonstration was initially organised by committed Tamil civil society activists in tandem with Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) parliamentarians Mathiaparanan Abraham Sumanthiran and Shanakiyan Rajaputhiran Rasamanickam. The campaign was officially supported by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Soon other Tamil organisations as well as political parties like the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) also lent support.