( File photo: Repeal PTA; release political prisoners)
Tamil political prisoners have decided to go ahead with a protest fast today despite a meeting held with the Tamil National Alliance yesterday.
Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Selvam Adaikalanathan met the prisoners at the Anuradhapura prison day before yesterday.
The inmates had handed over a letter to the Parliamentarian to be handed over to Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan.
In the letter the prisoners had noted that the Government has failed to keep to its word on the political prisoner issue.
The prisoners had staged a similar hunger strike in December last year but the strike was later suspended following assurances given by the Government.
Some of the prisoners were released in stages but most of them are still in prison in jails around the country.
The prisoners had last week handed over a letter to the Prisons department indicating the decision to stage the fast.
The prisoners have stated that if there is to be true reconciliation the political prisoners must be freed. (Colombo Gazette)