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Sri Lankan police attempt to dismantle Mullaitivu protest

Sri Lankan police officers attempted to disrupt a protest being held by Tamils in Mullaitivu this week, as villagers took the streets to step up their protest for the release of land in the district.

Officers were filmed on camera attempting to pull down banners and clashing with the protestors this week.

Despite the interference of the Sri Lankan police, the protest is still on going.

More than 50 families are living without land in Venavil village, which is located under the Puthukkudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat of the Mullaitivu District.

Around 16 of these families, left without the means to continue living on their relatives' lands, have set up individual huts on the roadside in protest, demanding to be given land to reside on. These families, who have come to the streets with small children, are facing various hardships.

Land across the Mullaitivu district has been seized by various state institutions, which has left many families desolate. The Mullaitivu district remains highly militarised with one of the largest numbers of Sri Lankan troop deployment in the region.

 

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