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Protest in Jaffna as body of killed Tamil activist returns

A protest was held in Jaffna after the body of a prominent Tamil activist who was killed by the Sri Lankan navy was brought ashore to his home village this morning.

31-year-old Edward Mariyaseelan was killed on Tuesday, after locals say his fishing boat was rammed by a Sri Lankan navy vessel. Though the military has sought to blame Indian fishing trawlers for the death, Mariyaseelan’s family hold the Sri Lankan navy responsible.

As his coffin was brought to Mariyaseelan’s village in Madhagal, locals gathered to pay respects to the popular activist. He had prominently taken part in protests against the Sri Lankan navy’s land grabs in Mathagal in recent months.

Read more on his killing here: Anger in Jaffna after leading Tamil protestor killed by Sri Lankan navy

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