Four-hour general shutdown cripples Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 February 2003, 15:50 GMT]
A four-hour hartal (general shutdown) was observed in the Jaffna peninsula Saturday from six to ten in the morning disrupting the normal life. The hartal was organized by the Consortium of NGOs in Jaffna district as a protest to government's failure to implement the ceasefire agreement effectively to ease the sufferings of thousands of displaced Tamils in the northeast, sources said.

Shops and private sector establishments were closed down. Roads were deserted and transportation came to a standstill, sources said.

Meanwhile Jaffna district Justices of Peace Association has announced that its members would participate in the token hunger campaign scheduled to be conducted Sunday in front of the historic Nallur Kandasamy Temple as a protest to the government's failure to implement the ceasefire agreement fully, sources said.


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