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Army blocks displaced Tamils from viewing seized land in Jaffna


All photographs: Tamil Guardian

The Sri Lankan military blocked displaced Tamils from visiting land that had been seized by the military in Jaffna earlier today.

Villagers from Vasavilan and Palali attempted to view 197 acres of land that had been taken over by the Sri Lankan military. The seized land has been marked as a “High Security Zone” for the last 25 years. However, the military stopped the villagers from accessing their land at the barbed wire border.

Despite announcements that land in Tholakaddi, Vadamunai, Thenmunai and Ottakappulam would be released, only a section of the area was released claimed the villagers, with some 75% having been taken over by the military.