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Heavy military presence around Jaffna University

According to reports there has been a heavy military presence surrounding Jaffna University since Monday night.

See here and here.

Despite ongoing tension between Jaffna University students and Sri Lanka's security forces, the Sri Lankan army spokesperson, Brigadier Ruban Vanikasurya, claims the military presence is due to a request made by the university administration and university student leaders to Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe for 'security'.

Many students meanwhile continue to speak of intimidation by the military.

See Jaffna students speak on military intimidation (30 May 2012)

Last week Jaffna university students boycotted their lectures to protest against the attack on the secretary of Jaffna University Student Union (JUSU), Paramalingam Tharsananth. Tharsananth was attacked by iron bars hours before he was to address a Mullivaikal remembrance event in Jaffna. 

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