Munai fisher folk march in protest

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 October 2003, 09:30 GMT]
Hundreds of fishermen and women from Munai carrying placards and shouting slogans against the Sri Lanka army marched into Pt. Pedro town in Jaffna Saturday. They handed over memoranda to local Parliamentarians, the Pt. Pedro Divisional Secretary and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission demanding the abolition of the military pass system and condemning the attack on men and women in the village of Munai last Wednesday.


Munai protestors at the Pt. Pedro D. S office

Mr. Mavai Senathirajah and Mr. M. K Sivajilingam, Tamil National Alliance MPs for Jaffna joined the fisher folk’s protest march in Pt. Pedro town.

The protest was organised by the Munai Fisheries Co-operative Society and the Federation of Fishermen’s Co-operatives of Vadamaradchi North.

The march started from Munai village on the coastal outskirts of Pt. Pedro town around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

Fishermen objected when soldiers from the Sri Lanka army’s 52-4 Brigade videoed the persons in the march. They complained to the MPs that the tapes would be used later to intimidate and target people who took part in the protest.

The Police then intervened and stopped the army personnel from videoing the marchers.

In their memorandum the Munai fisher folk state that the SLA should stop blocking individual mooring points on the coast, the 52-4 Brigade should stop preventing the NECORD micro-breakwater project along the Vadamaradchi coast and that the pass system for fishing should be abolished as it is the main cause for friction between the army and fishermen in the villages of Jaffna’s coast.


Mr. Sivajilingam and Mr. Mavai Senathirajah among the Munai fishermen in from of the Pt. Pedro D. S office (right corner)


Left to right: SLMM member (land monitor), Mr.Ulf, journalist, Mr. V. Thavachelvam, secretary of the Inparuty Fishermen’s Society, Mr. Selvarasah Mahes, Secretary of the Vadamaradchi North federation of Fishermen’s societies, Mr. Kandawanam Suriyakumaran

 

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