Jaffna students end boycott

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 14 February 2007, 14:54 GMT]
High School and Secondary school students in Jaffna peninsula returned to their classes on Wednesday, in response to the communiqué issued by Jaffna Students Union calling for an end to the two weeks-old boycott of classes. However, attendence was low at Hartley College, Point Pedro and Velauththam MahaVidyalayam, the schools where two abducted on 17 January were attending classes.

Jaffna Students union called for an end to the two weeks-old boycott of classes and appealed to the students to exercise patience and continue their studies.

The boycott organized by Vadamaradchy Tamil Students union throughout Jaffna peninsula continued for the past two weeks, with no information received about the whereabouts of the two abducted students.

The communique said that the protest campaigns will continue in other forms without further jeopardizing the education of students.

Principals, staff and student body expressed serious concern for safety of the abducted students.

SLA soldiers and collaborating paramilitaries in the Peninsula have abducted a number of undergraduates and high school students in the last several months. The recent escalation in number of abductions of civilians in Jaffna has once again created fear among the residents.

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