Trinco Civil society calls for general shut down Wednesday

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 05:03 GMT]
Tamil civil groups in Trincomalee have called for a general shut down ('Hartal') on Wednesday, 21 September, putting forward 8 demands, including the removal of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sentries and mini-camps which are located in the vicinity of schools and places of worship in the eastern port town.

The organizers are also demanding to stop “all planned sabotage activities in the Trincomalee town currently engineered by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and other Sri Lankan security agencies after the unlawful erection of Buddha statue in the port city.”

Organizers have appealed to closedown all government departments, private business establishments, non-governmental organizations, state and private sector banks, schools, and private tutorials in the Trincomalee district. Appeal has been made to stop all vehicular transport to and from the Trincomalee, sources said.

Other demands for the general shut down follow: -
  • 1. Condemning the government and the SLA for conducting a shadow war on the LTTE in collaboration with the paramilitary groups
  • 2. Condemning the SLA and other security agencies for human rights violations taking place in the eastern province under the emergency regulations
  • 3. Condemning the government for making the ceasefire agreement defunct in the northeast province with the support of the SLA,
  • 4. Condemning the psychological war launched by the SLA against Tamil speaking people in the province.
  • 5. Requesting the government to take immediate steps to provide necessary security assurance to the LTTE to resume their political activities and
  • 6. Requesting the government to take immediate steps to remove the unlawfully erected Buddha statute, which is considered as the root cause for the present volatile situation in Trincomalee town.

     

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