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Sri Lanka's CID continue to harass Tamil disappearance activist

Officers from Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have continued to harass Mariyasuresh Easwary, who is one of the key figures of the Mullaitivu protest against disappearances which passed 150 days. 

The press rights organisation, JDS said in a statement on Monday that CID officers "have repeatedly  visited Mariyasuresh Easwary", who was earlier this month assaulted by three men who threatened to kill her. 

"Policemen who visited her twice on Sunday (20) evening had insisted that she accompanies them to the police station to record a statement about the assault," JDS noted, adding "the activist who had already given a statement to police has refused to go with them in the absence of her lawyer."

On August 14th, she was approached near Theerthakarai cemetery in Mullaitivu, by two men on motorbikes while walking alone on Monday night.

The men groped and slapped her after telling her to stay away from the protest to discourage others from protesting.

"If you leave the campaign, the others will follow. If you don't, you will have to face severe consequences," the men threatened.

Mrs Easwary is searching for her husband who was disappeared in 2009 after being arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the final stages of the war.