Tamil Lawmakers Claim Sri Lankan Police Abuse

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Sri Lanka's main minority Tamil political party is accusing army soldiers of attacking its lawmakers during a meeting in the country's former war zone.

The Tamil National Alliance claimed that troops, armed with sticks, beat people at a party meeting Thursday night, including police bodyguards there to protect the lawmakers. The alleged incident took place in the Jaffna peninsula area.

A military spokesman said he was unaware of any military involvement in the alleged incident.

The TNA has been a vocal critic of the Sri Lankan military, accusing it of war crimes in the final months of the country's decades-long civil war. The military conflict against the Tamil Tiger rebels ended in May of 2009 with the rebels' defeat.

The international community has called on Sri Lanka to investigate the allegations of war crimes and work to reconcile ethnic-Tamils with the majority-Sinhalese.