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Thursday 20 January 2005

Sri Lanka: Protests

The People of Hambantota town who were displaced by the Tsunami have been protesting against the proposed resettlement site in Kajuwatta, which is about 4 kms from the harbor and 2 km inland. The fishing communities who lived in this area were seen holding up placards saying 'give us back our land' and 'lay the first stone here' in response to a symbolic stone laying ceremony held at the new site on Tuesday.

The Government has promised to carry out resettlement activities in consultation with the displaced people but the protestors in Hambantota town say that this has not happened.
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