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Court serves injuction against Mannar anti-Independence Day protests

A Mannar court has ordered an injunction against demonstrations boycotting Sri Lanka’s Independence Day.

The injunction against protests was ordered by the court in order to prevent disruptions to the Mannar District Secretariat’s Independence Day celebrations.

Civil organisations in Mannar had planned a black flag vigil in Mannar town and urged all Tamils to boycott Sri Lankan Independence Day celebrations, calling instead for protests against ongoing issues faced by the Tamil people, including militarisation; the failure to account for the missing and disappeared; failure to return Tamil lands and ongoing land-grabs; and delays in negotiating a political settlement.

The court order said that nothing should occur to affect or disturb the Independence Day event between Mannar’s main bridge and its town hall.