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Monday, February 21, 2011 - 07.10 GMT

Protest in front of Jaffna Indian Consulate


A protest was carried out by nearly two hundred Jaffna fishermen and their families in front of the Indian consulate this morning (21) against Indian fishermen straying into Sri Lankan waters.

They called on the Indian authorities to intervene and stop Indian fishermen from robbing their resources and driving them to starvation. This was a silent protest with participants covering their eyes and mouths with black ribbon.

Our fishermen are afraid to go into the areas they are permitted due to the presence of the Indian trawlers. They (the Indians) destroy their nets and are destroying the fish breeding groups, Father S. Anandappa who joined the protestors said.

Yesterday, a group of fishermen in Jaffna handed over a petition to Jaffna GA Emelda Sukumar and the Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe elaborating difficulties they have to go through with Indian fishermen straying into Sri Lankan waters.







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