Protest shutdown in Batticaloa, Amparai on CFA anniversary
[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 February 2003, 08:53 GMT]
Shops and businesses were closed and roads were deserted in the Batticaloa district Saturday in protest against Colombo's failure to -'satisfactorily honour' the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) with the Liberation Tigers. The LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) signed the CFA on one year ago, on 22 Feb. 2002.
"We call on the people to observe a total shut down against the Sri Lankan state, which is dreaming that it has assured (our) rights, freedom peace by granting (us) a few concessions", says a leaflet issued Friday evening in the eastern district by a group styling itself -'People for True Peace'.
A total protest shut down was observed in Tamil and Muslim towns and villages of the Amparai district.
The GOSL, meanwhile, urged people in all the districts of the island to observe the first anniversary of the CFA by lighting peace lamps and by organising peace programs.