14 Tamil youths arrested in Colombo

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 May 2009, 00:09 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and police arrested 14 Tamil youths in searches conducted in Colombo city since Saturday, sources in Colombo said. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse, addressing the Parliament Tuesday, declared Wednesday as a national holiday to celebrate the victory over the Liberation Tigers and called on the people of the country to celebrate the occasion for a week, the sources added.

When Rajapakse began his address in the parliament Tuesday around 10:00 a.m, people in Colombo and its suburbs lit crackers and fireworks.

Cordon and searches launched by SLA and police continued amidst celebration and festivities held by Sinhalese people.

Sri Lanka Air Force planes and helicopters flew above Colombo flying lion flags in celebration.

 

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