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March in Jaffna for release of Tamil political prisoners

Tamils in Jaffna protested for the release of all political prisoners and called for the Sri Lankan attorney-general to overturn the decision to transfer Tamil detainees’ cases from Vavuniya to Anuradhapuram.

The protestors marched through Jaffna town, starting off at the main bus stand, and engaged in a brief road-block on Hospital Road, which led to confrontations with traffic police.

Three Tamil political prisoners that were hunger-striking at Anuradhapura prison were rushed to hospital yesterday following severe deteriorations in their health.

The Sri Lankan attorney-general meanwhile claimed that their cases could not be transferred back to Vavuniya as witnesses faced security threats there.