Women protest against new army sentry points in Trinco

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 December 2004, 04:42 GMT]
Hundreds of Tamil women in Trincomalee Thursday protested in front of the Trincomalee office of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) demanding the removal of new sentry points established by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) following the violent incidents on 2 December in the east port town, sources said.

Earlier several Tamil women groups in the town decided to hold a sit-in-protest Thursday morning in front of newly established army sentry point at Srimavopura located surrounding several Tamil fishing hamlets in the Uppuveli division demanding its withdrawal.

They later deferred their decision on the advice by the LTTE Trincomalee district political secretariat, and decided to hold the tprotest in front of the SLMM, Trincomalee office. The protesters handed over a memorandum to the SLMM office, sources said.

Tamil women groups demanded that establishing new army camps and sentry points in Trincomalee town and its suburbs should be stopped immediately and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) should commence talks with the Liberation Tigers of Sri Lanka without delay on the Interim Self Governing Authority proposal and to allay fears of Tamil people that the GOSL is preparing for another war.

New army sentry points established after December 2nd should be withdrawn immediately, the memorandum said.

The establishment of new army sentry points in violation of the ceasefire agreement has disturbed the normalcy of surrounding Tamil areas and women fear that they would be subjected to harassment by soldiers when they move about, a spokesperson for the protesting group said.

A representative of the Tamil women groups said if the army failed to withdraw its new sentry points in the Trincomalee town, they would launch a protest campaign very shortly.

Trinco women protest


Following violent incidents in Trincomalee town and its suburbs the Sri Lanka Army deployed its soldiers by setting up temporary sentry points to maintain law and order but later made them permanent, sources said.

Mr.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the LTTE has already made a complaint to the SLMM that the SLA had acted in violation of the ceasefire agreement by permanently establishing several sentry points surrounding Tamil areas raising fear among Tamil people about their safety, sources said.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.08.19 02:22  
Tamil representatives urged to boycott OMP office opening in Jaffna
24.08.19 00:04   Photo
Despite ending Emergency, Sirisena keeps SL military empowered with police powers
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=13592