Trincomalee observes general shut down

[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 December 2005, 11:48 GMT]
Tamil speaking people Friday observed general shut down in Trincomalee town and its suburbs responding to a call made by the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples Consortium demanding the withdrawal of troops from the east port city and condemning the killings of civilians in the northeast province.

Schools were closed, and branches of public and private sector banks did not operate. Offices of the North East Provincial Council, Urban Council and Pradesiya Sabahas did not function. State and private sector run bus services came to a standstill as commuters as bus terminals were deserted. Shops belonging to Tamils and Muslims did open their establishments. Some shops belonging to Sinhalese in their areas were opened for few hours but later closed, sources said.

The general market of the Trincomalee Urban Council was deserted although Sinhala vendors opened their stalls. Additional troops and police personnel were deployed in every junction of the town as a precautionary measure to ensure law and order.

No incidents were reported.

 

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