Sri Lankan police attempt to arrest Tamil protestors

Sri Lankan police officers attempted to arrest Tamil protestors in Jaffna on Monday, after they entered land which has been illegally taken over by the government’s Coconut Development Board.

Demonstrators, including Tamil National Alliance MP Sritharan, entered the 51-acre patch of land in Palai, Jaffna on Monday, demanding it be returned to its rightful owners. A decision had been granted in favour of the Tamil villagers by the District Development Committee, yet the Sri Lankan authorities continue their occupation.

Sri Lankan policeman then entered the area and threatened to arrest the protestors. The demonstrators agreed to vacate the area, whilst the police pledged they would try and resolve the issue as soon as possible.