Jaffna students burn SLA Commander's Effigy
[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 March 2006, 11:39 GMT]
In continuing protests in Jaffna against interference of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officers in the adminstrative functions of Jaffna Government officials, more than one hundred students from Kokuvil Techical College at 12 noon Sunday took the effigy of Northern Region Sri Lanka Military Commander, Maj.Gen.Chandrasiri, along Brown Road, and set the effigy on fire at Kaladdy junction, sources in Jaffna said.
On receiving information of the student protest Sri Lanka Army soldiers were brought to the Brown Road area and the soldier took position along Brown Road.
Local businesses closed their shops, roads around technical college were deserted as tension escalated.
Students, however, stood their ground and after an hour of protest, dispersed without any incident, sources said.
SLA soldiers continued to remain in their positions long after students had left the area.
Meanwhile, student organizations in Jaffna announced that the students across the Jaffna district have decided to boycott lectures and schools Monday protesting SLA's interference in administrative affairs in Jaffna.