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TNA fights back against land acquisition

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today threatened to launch continuous protests against the military’s acquisition of over 6,400 acres of private lands in the North.

Ceylontoday, 2013-04-24 19:12:00
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TNA fights back against land acquisition

By Aisha Nazim

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today threatened to launch continuous protests against the military’s acquisition of over 6,400 acres of private lands in the North.

Addressing a media briefing today, TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said the military personnel in the North are now putting up notices on the lands that are to be acquired by them. The reasons given for the acquisition of such a vast amount of private properties are said to be for military purposes, he said, adding that there is no need for the military to acquire such amounts of land.

“You simply cannot acquire large amounts of land for military purposes. We suspect this is being done to house the families of military officers, and change the Northern people’s way of life – their democracy is already threatened,” he said.

He pointed out despite a Supreme Court order in 2006, which decreed that displaced people should be resettled, and despite President Mahinda Rajapaksa issuing a communiqué agreeing to resettle them by the end of 2009, this had not been done.

“Starting from Monday (29), we will launch continuous protests against this in Jaffna. The land grabs are illegal, and we will not stop agitating until the notices declaring the military will be acquiring private lands are taken down,” he said.

Meanwhile, also addressing the media briefing, General Secretary of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF), Dr. A.N. Kumaraguruparan, declared that villages with Tamil names in the North are being renamed and given Sinhala names.

He said this was a clear indication of the mistreatment of Sri Lanka’s minority communities by the government.

“The only way to bring about good governance is to topple this government, there is absolutely no other way,” Dr. Kumaraguruparan said, adding the DPF is fully supportive of all agitations against land encroachment. (Ceylon Today Online)

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