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Sri Lankan court bars TNA, TNPF and Uthayan Jaffna events on May 18

Sri Lankan police announced that a court order has been obtained barring any events from taking place at that Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Uthayan newspaper offices in Jaffna or at the home of the Tamil National People's Front (TNPF) leader, just hours before commemorations events were due to take place marking Tamil Genocide Day.

According to early reports, the announcement by the Jaffna OIC bars any events from taking place at the venues and warns that any potential participants may be detained.

More to follow.

The move comes after a judge has issued a 14-day isolation order against eleven senior figures from the TNPF this evening, citing the risk of coronavirus. This morning police officers threatened a TNPF Pradeshiya Sabha member warning that the army will shoot her if she lights lamps on Monday.