Thursday, December 08, 2005

Students protest against military occupation of Jaffna

Today, students from across the Jaffna district protested against the continued occupation of their villages and towns by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA). The protests gathered momentum when the SLA stopped students on their way to schools and demanded that they produce their identity cards.

Sources from the Kalladi area report that irritated students began shouting ‘military leave or be removed’. The incident is said to have turned violent when the SLA tried to intimidate students by opening fire. Civilian sources report of seeing students throwing stones and bottles at the SLA while being fired on.

Meanwhile, students say that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has refused to accept complaints made by them against the existence of SLA camps and checkpoints on school roads. Students say that the existence of SLA structures close to school premises is highly intimidating and prevents them from attending school.

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