Fisher families protest against new Navy base in Batticaloa
Fisher families from several villages close to the Erravur village of Batticaloa district where a new Navy base is to be constructed have protested against any such construction.
They citied the fact that, upon completion of the navy base several square miles of land and sea area will be designated as High Security Zone and thereby no one will be able to fish in these areas.
Further they added that their livelihoods had been devastated by the 25 years of civil war and the Tsunami disaster of December 2005 and that they were just beginning to rebuild their lives.
‘A Navy camp near our village is death to us all’ said a fisherman.