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Vadamarachchi fishermen threatened by Sri Lanka Navy intelligence after protest

Fishermen from Vadamarachchi have been threatened by Sri Lankan Navy intelligence officers following a protest against encroachment of their fishing areas by fishermen from other districts.

The fishermen of Vadamarachchi East held a protest on Sunday, in opposition to hundreds of structures to farm sea cucumbers put up on the coasts of Thalaiyadi, Maruthankerny, Sembiyanpattru by fishermen from the North Western Province.

The protest organisers were then subjected to death threats and threatening telephone calls from navy intelligence officers, Vadamarachchi East fishermen said at the Maruthankerny Divisional Secretariat. Threats included white van abductions and asking if the protestors had a wish to “see the 4th floor”, the floor of the CID notorious for torture of detainees.