SL Police blocks journalists covering SL Navy-led quarantine transportation

[TamilNet, Monday, 25 May 2020, 22:43 GMT]
Occupying SL Navy and Police are blocking journalists in the North from exposing the use of Tamil areas as large-scale COVID-19 quarantine centres. Two Tamil journalists were recording video of a convoy of seventeen buses that were bringing individuals from South to SL military-operated quarantine centre at Pampai-madu in Vavuniyaa on Sunday. The SL Navy responded by blocking the A9 Road with the convoy until the SL Police negotiated with the journalists not to publish the video.

There were more than 500 individuals, believed to be SL Navy personnel and their family members from South in the buses. The group has been housed at Pampai-madu where former LTTE female cadres were detained after 2009 genocidal onslaught.

A similar group was brought to Keappaa-pulavu in Mullaiththeevu on 18 May.

Fifteen persons have tested positive for coronavirus at Keappaa-pulavu until Sunday, health officials in Mullaiththeevu said.



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