The 43 Brigade has urged all Sri Lankans to use the Independence Day celebration to win true independence without allowing it to be used as a race for building political power.
In a statement, it says the country is in a very tragic situation when her 75th Independence Day is celebrated.
It says objections and calls by social media activists, trade unions, student groups and civil society activists for a boycott of the celebration is natural in light of the prevailing situation and that it recognizes the right to do so.
The 43 Brigade supports the opposition to the use of taxpayers’ money to uplift the images of the government and its leaders at a time when the people are squeezed dry by life’s burdens.
Some of these groups might try to raise black flags in protest, which will be a blemish on the dignity of independence, it notes, and requests the public to stay away from such locations.
The TNA has decided to boycott the celebrations on February 04, with its MP M.A. Sumanthiran saying the Tamils are yet to gain true independence.
In northern and eastern towns, a poster campaign is on to urge a boycott of the celebrations and a call to raise black flags on the day.