Brave farmers of H’tota protest for 60th day for Elephant ‘Protection Zone’

Brave farmers of H’tota protest for 60th day for Elephant ‘Protection Zone’

Brave farmers of H’tota protest for 60th day for Elephant ‘Protection Zone’

Written by Zulfick Farzan

17 Mar, 2021 | 11:51 am

Colombo (News 1st); For the 60th consecutive day, farmers in Walsapugala are engaged in a Satyagraha campaign demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota be included in the government gazette.

86 agrarian organizations are supporting the satyagraha campaign which was launched on the 18th of January 2021.

Earlier, the leader of the movement commenced a fast unto death campaign and it was called off after Minister Chamal Rajapaksa promised to meet their demand on the 23rd of January, and his promise was to solve their issue within a month.

The satyagraha campaign continued as the issue remained unsolved, forcing three Walsapugala farmers to re-commence their fast unto death campaign on the 07th of March, which later called off.

In late February, the Cabinet of Ministers granted their consent for the combined resolution to publish the government gazette for the proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota.

However, the farmers continue to be engaged in the Satyagraha Campaign until the gazette is published by the government printer.

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