Vavuniya shuts down for massacred students

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 November 2006, 06:06 GMT]
The Vavuniya town came to a standstill Monday due to a 'hartal' (general shut down) called by the Tamil National Allaince (TNA) to protest against the massacre of 5 Agricultural Farm School students by the Sri Lanka Army on Saturday. Ten other students, including 6 six girls were also injured in the incident.

Hartal in Vavuniya, 20.11.2006.
Hartal in Vavuniya, 20.11.2006.
Public transport services in Vavuniya came to a standstill, except few long distance busses. Shops, banks, schools and government offices were closed, sources said.

Scant presence of people was observed in the morning while by noon the town was deserted.

International truce monitors said on Sunday Sri Lankan troops entered a school and opened fire on a group of students at close range on Saturday, killing five, after a deadly Tamil Tiger ambush on government forces. "The soldiers fired indiscriminately at a group of students who had thrown themselves on the ground seeking safety after an LTTE (Tamil Tiger) claymore mine blast nearby," Helen Olafsdottir, spokeswoman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission that oversees the 2002 ceasefire, told Reuters.

Hartal in Vavuniya, 20.11.2006.


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