Jaffna mute to 'Dawn of the East'
[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 July 2007, 20:07 GMT]
While 'Dawn of the East' day celebrations held in Colombo failed to
evoke public excitement in the capital, Sri Lankan
government's efforts to celebrate the event in the Jaffna peninsula
met similar fate, as Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Government
institutions displayed low enthusiasm in carrying out the
government's instructions to celebrate, sources in Jaffna said. The National flag,
with the lion bearing the sword, hoisted at the Jaffna Government
Secretariat Thursday early morning, was also lowered after a few
hours, the sources added.
The numerous SLA posts scattered over the peninsula did not show
any vigorous signs of celebrating the SLA capture of the East, local
However, the SLA troops in Jaffna peninsula were extra vigilant in
inspecting all vehicles and the public entering Jaffna town by
the key roads as well as minor avenues.
Meanwhile, the SLA which had been launching heavy, sustained rocket
and artillery fire from Thenmaraadchi, Jaffna and the islets of
Jaffna on the Liberation Tigers held territories in the past three
days, soften the offensives Thursday, local residents observed.