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Land grabs by the state: people of Manalaaru take to the streets

Hundreds of people of Nayaaru, Manalaaru, took to the streets today demanding an immediate end to land grabs by the Sri Lankan government.

The protesters also blocked the officials of Sri Lanka’s Land Survey Department, who had arrived in the area to survey lands chosen for appropriation.

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Putting their political differences aside, politicians affiliated to the TNA and the TNPF also joined the protest, expressing solidarity with the locals.