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Militarised seascapes: Sri Lankan army builds viewpoint in Point Pedro

Despite repeated calls for Sri Lankan military forces to stay out of the tourism industry, the Sri Lankan Army constructed and opened a tourist viewpoint in Point Pedro on Monday.

The viewpoint which marks the northernmost point of the island features a new army-built structure bearing a Sri Lankan flag and the slogan “unity in diversity is the strength of Sri Lanka”.

The Sri Lankan army which stands accused of committing war crimes and atrocities against Tamils, is almost entirely Sinhalese.

Residents of Point Pedro, a historic town on a strategically important stretch of the Vadamarachchi (region of Jaffna) coast, have reported concerns about increasing incidents of Sinhalisation in the area, in most part due to the heavy militarisation and navy occupation of the town and coast.

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