Families of the disappeared protesting at the Trincomalee Bus Station have been attacked by masked men on International Human Rights Day, even as President Mahinda Rajapaksa jetted off for South Africa on Monday night to attend the funeral of former South African President and anti-racism icon, Nelson Mandela.
The demonstrators at the bus station were set upon by a group of masked men and attacked with several sustaining injuries.
Convenor of the demonstration Sundaram Mahendran was injured in the attacks and hospitalised, according to Tamil media reports.
“Go and hold your protests in Jaffna. The east is ours,” the attackers told demonstrators according to a Tamil newspaper.
Sri Lanka has the most number of enforced disappearances in the world, next only to Iraq.