Monday, December 19, 2005

They say a picture tells a thousand words

Above are photos taken on Monday morning, when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers attacked the Vice Chancellor, professors, workers and students of the University of Jaffna.

Below is the REUTERS (news agency) version of the incident. Many press, television, radio and web based news organisations report news (?) from Reuters.

Sri Lanka army fires as crowd attacks checkpoints
Mon Dec 19, 2005 3:49 AM ET

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops fired shots on Monday to disperse a crowd attacking checkpoints in the northern city of Jaffna, the army said, while the local hospital said at least one man had been wounded.

Jaffna Teaching Hospital said it had received 14 casualties, including one person with a gunshot wound.

Army spokesman Brigadier Nalim Witharanage blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for inciting the marchers to throw stones at the checkpoints and said the troops had fired into the air.

"It is obviously incited by the LTTE," he said, adding that he had no details on whether anyone had been shot.

"There are not many of them -- definitely less than 100 -- but there are people behind the scenes who are trying to provoke the army," he said.

The military blames the rebels for a string of attacks on its troops in the northern government-held Jaffna enclave and in the east. Diplomats fear that a 2002 cease-fire is coming under mounting strain.

The hospital said it was unclear whether a second person being treated had been shot and that 12 others had suffered non-critical injuries.

"There is definitely one gunshot injury, but it is in the thigh and his condition is stable," hospital director Dr V. Shivantha said. "The other injuries are multiple injuries, maybe some fractures."

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