Northern fishermen protest against government’s failure to prevent Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

* Northern fishermen protest against government’s failure to prevent Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Sun, Oct 17, 2021, 10:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s fishermen in the Northern Province launched a protest Sunday demanding the government to take action against illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters by Indian fishermen to ensure the livelihood of the native fishermen.

Around one hundred fishing boats flying black flags with “#SaveOurFishermen” written on them set out to sea from Mullaitivu and travelled about 100 kilometers to Point Pedro in protest of the encroachment by Indian fishermen.

Representatives of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) including MPs M.A. Sumanthiran and Shanakiyan Rasamanickam also participated in the protest campaign.

Speaking in a video posted on Twitter, MP Rasamanickam said the protest was organized against the Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda for his and the government’s failure to address the issue of the poaching Indian fishermen who rob the northern fishermen’s livelihood.

He accused the Fisheries Minister of “not taking any action” while Indian fishermen enter into Sri Lankan waters and depriving the northern fishermen of their space to fishing in Sri Lankan waters.

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