Thousands march in Pottuvil against buffer zone

[TamilNet, Monday, 06 June 2005, 16:16 GMT]
Around ten thousand protesters from all three communities from Pottuvil to Panama, jointly marched Monday morning from 8.00 AM to 12.00 AM demanding the removal of the 200 meter buffer zone. Demonstrators shouted slogans against the different restrictions, 38 meter buffer zone in Hambantota in the South as opposed to the 200 meter buffer zone imposed in NorthEast. The protest march organised by Pottuvil All Community Forum was backed up by a widely observed hartal. All shops in Pottuvil remained closed. Residents setup road blocks and burnt tires across major roads. Security was beefed up in Pottuvil by the Police, Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Special Task Force (STF) soldiers.

Around 600 foreign nationals, including businessmen and employees from the tourism sector, participated in the march supporting the residents.

The demonstrators also shouted slogans against UPFA-Muslim Ministers and MPs, Ms. Ferial Ashraff, Mr. A.L.M Ataulla and UNP MP Mr.P.Dayaratne, who were accused of not taking efforts to prevent the 200 meter restriction being imposed.

The protest march which began at Sinna Ullai Al Aqbar school ended at Periya Ullai Town Administrative and Development Council.

Petitions addressed to Sri Lanka's President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunge, Environmental Minister A.H.M Fowzi, Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, Tamil National alliance (TNA) leader Mr. R. Sampanthan and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Mr. Rauf Hakeem were handed over to the officials at the Council.

Demonstrators ended the march when the officers at the Council promised to vacate the building.

The name board of the Council was removed by the demonstrators, sources said.


Related Articles:
27.01.05   'Hotel Tsunami' welcomes no more in Arugambay
29.12.04   One of world’s best surfing locations wiped out

 

Latest 15 Reports
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
27.06.20 22:11  
Indo-Pacific expert wants US to seek opportunities in ‘Sri Lanka’
26.06.20 21:24  
Russia steps up influence on New Delhi to uphold “multilateralism” against US “rules-based order”
25.06.20 23:53  
Pompeo talks about US reposturing troops, mentions India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia
24.06.20 23:36   Photo
Devananda circumvents court order, manipulates Jaffna fishers to allow poachers from South
23.06.20 22:03  
Sinhala encroachment of pastureland continues unabated in Batticaloa
22.06.20 18:17  
SLMC Chairman: Time for joint Tamil-Muslim efforts
21.06.20 23:11   Photo
Ex-councillor: Poverty-stricken Tamils at receiving end of SL military brutality in North
20.06.20 23:53   Photo
Tamil man killed, Sinhala Army opens fire at motorbike rider at Mukamaalai in North
19.06.20 23:30  
Dr Amir Ali: SL Archaeology aims to obliterate Tamil traces, shrink territory of Muslims in East
18.06.20 21:02  
Colombo steps up surveillance harassment on organisations operating in East
17.06.20 22:12  
SL military cordons off Jaffna islet with war-time like harassment, families fear reprisals
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=15090