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Govt. has arrested over 100 youngsters for Facebook posts: Rasamanickam

The government has arrested over 100 youngsters for posting propaganda on Facebook over the last year, stated Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam in Parliament today (22).

He stated that these youngsters should be freed at once as they had been arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act even though they had not committed such crimes.

“Minister Namal Rajapaksa today brought to attention that there were some prisoners who were remanded for over 30 years, but these children should be released on bail because this Prevention of Terrorism Act is redundant. One of them who had been arrested yesterday was named Pradeepan for attempting to create a political party through Facebook. But he has been made a criminal by the government,” he said.

Rasamanickam also brought attention to the fact that Pillayan was released even after committing a grievous crime but such innocent youngsters are still in prison for revolting against the government.

Rasamanickam said that he had already written to the Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara on this matter as well.

To this, Minister Namal Rajapaksa responded saying that Rasamanickam is trying to disrupt what the government is trying to do, which is to release prisoners in a systematic way.

“There are people who have been imprisoned for our lifetimes. Why are you talking about people who were only arrested yesterday?” Rajapaksa said.