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Jaffna University Teachers Union Condemns Student Clash, Assures Cultural Rights Of All Will Be Protected

The Jaffna University Teachers’ Association (UJTA) while condemning the clash between the Sinhalese and Tamil students on Saturday, has called on students, staff, employees and administrators of all the universities in the country, including the Jaffna University, to work towards keeping the university space free of violence and cultural intolerance and creating harmony and solidarity among student groups.

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In a statement issued today, the Association’s Secretary S. Sivakanthan expressed the association’s dismay over the violent incident that occurred on July 16, at the Faculty of Science, and emphasized that the association recognizes that the University of Jaffna and all the other universities in the country are multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural spaces.

The UJTA also expressed it’s deep worry about the recent clash among the students at the faculty of the University of Jaffna.

“We unequivocally condemn all the students who were involved in this clash. We would like to assure the people of the country that we will take every necessary step to protect the cultural rights of each student community at our university and bring about unity among the different student groups,” he added.

Meanwhile Jaffna University Science Teachers’ Union (JUSTA) has yesterday said: “Some unwanted incidents related to the freshers’ welcome party led to violent clashes among the Students today. Some students were injured and are being treated in the hospital. As a result, the Science Faculty is closed to the students and all the students are returning to their homes.

“We strongly condemn the violent actions of some of the students. We urge all citizens of this country to do all they could to defuse the situation and help all students to resume their studies in the University at the earliest.”

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