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Women protest ‘land grab’ by military

[BBC, Monday, 20 February 2012 14:33 No Comment]

20120220132954land400 Women activists in northern Sri Lanka have strongly protested a move by the military to construct a new army camp in Eluthoor, Mannar.

The Women Rural Development Societies from nine villages in eastern Sri Lanka say they held a meeting to discuss their concern over the allocation of land along Tharavanlottai road.

The army camp is to be constructed adjacent to a tank constructed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to be used by resettled families from the surrounding villages especially for washing and bathing.

"The UNDP constructed this tank that gets rain water flowing through a canal from surrounding villages," said a statement issued by the (WRDS).

The activists, in a petition to Sri Lanka government, have appealed not to construct the camp in the allocated land and move it to any other part of Mannar.

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