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Vote against racist candidates, urge Sri Lankan minister
Publication Date : 12-09-2013
Government coalition party National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa has called upon the Tamil community of Sri Lanka to vote against Tamil candidates who use the "race card" to win the elections.
Weerawansa who is also construction, engineering services, housing and common amenities minister, in a statement condemned a proposal by a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) candidate running for the Northern Provincial Council to replace the lion symbol in the national flag with a tiger symbol.
Tamils should not vote for such politicians, Weerawansa said.
Sri Lanka will hold its Northern Provincial Council elections on September 21.
"TNA Jaffna district candidate P. Aiyangaran had proposed during an election rally, that the lion on Sri Lanka's national flag be removed and replaced by a tiger. The national flag was collectively designed by Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim national leaders soon after Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948.
"Only those bent on creating problems will have a problem with the national flag. It is these same forces that has brainwashed Tamil youth into wearing capsules filled with cyanide around their necks and fight for a separate state.
"That war has yielded nothing but misery for the Tamil community. It seems there are still some parties who are trying to revive the separatist dream of (late Tamil Tigers founder) Velupillai Prabhakaran," Weerawansa said.