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Tamil Nadu fishermen protest in Trincomalee

The 111 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were released following their mass arrest by the Sri Lankan Navy last month, are protesting in Trincomalee that their boats and other fishing equipment be returned to them, reports the Uthayan.

Fifteen boats were also seized by the Sri Lankan Navy in December, whilst arresting over 200 fishermen. Some reports said that upto 300 were arrested, with almost two-thirds later released.

According to the paper, fishermen in Naakai, in Tamil Nadu, are on a hunger strike in solidarity with their colleagues in Trincomalee.

The Sri Lankan Navy's mass arrest was condemned by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, as a "near war-like act"

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