Jaffna fishermen protest
| Date: 20000206
Jaffna fishermen will stage a protest march tomorrow demanding that the ban on fishing in the Jaffna lagoon be lifted.
The fishermen will begin their march from Main Street, carrying a petition highlighting the hardships of some 2,000 fisher families from Gurunagar, Pashaiyoor, Colombuthurai and Ariyalai as a result of the ban imposed in December last year.
The petition will be handed over to the Jaffna Government Agent at the Divisional Secretariat. Former EPDP parliamentarian R. Rameshwaran told The Sunday Times that the ban on fishing was preventing the fishermen even going to sea to retrieve their nets valued at 25 million rupees.
TULF parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah who has taken up the matter with Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapakse also said that the fishermen should at least be allowed to retrieve their fishing nets. Mr. Senathirajah said he asked the minister to consider compensation payments and relief to the fishermen.
Courtesy: Sunday Times - Feb:6th, 2000