DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday urged the Union government not to encourage Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the country and announced a black-shirt demonstration in Chennai during his visit on February 8.

Explaining a resolution adopted in the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) meeting, Mr. Karunanidhi alleged that Mr. Rajapaksa had led the massacre of Tamils and was seen as an enemy of humanity after being accused of war crimes and violation of human rights.

“He takes advantage of our friendly attitude and traditional hospitality. But he is a symbol of Sinhalese majoritarianism. India should not encourage his visit, as Tamils will not tolerate it,” the resolution said.

Reiterating that Tamil Eelam alone would be the solution to the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils, Mr. Karunanidhi wanted the Central government to take steps to facilitate a resolution calling for a referendum during the general council meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month.

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