Sri Lanka's Last Breath: Sri Lankans Fights Against China for their Rights to Their own Country

"We are against leasing the lands where people live and do their farming, while there are identified lands for an industrial zone. When you give away such a vast area of land, you can't stop the area becoming a Chinese colony," -local politician DV Chanaka

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Hundreds of people, including priests, environmental activists and fishermen, protested in Sri Lanka against China - scmp.com


Violence breaks out in Sri Lanka as villagers protest China investment deal - dw.com


Violent Protests Against Chinese 'Colony' In Sri Lanka Rage On - forbes.com


Hundreds of people, including priests, environmental activists and fishermen, protested in Sri Lanka against China


Hundreds of people, including priests, environmental activists and fishermen, protested in Sri Lanka’s capital on Monday, demanding the government halt a US$1.5 billion Chinese-funded port city project.

The city, to be built on reclaimed land off Sri Lanka’s west coast, is to include a golf course, marinas, apartments, hotels and malls. About 500 people demonstrated in Colombo, shouting slogans and displaying placards that read, “Port city will destroy the whole country”, “Don’t disturb our fishing” and ”Save our nature”.


Catholic priest Sarath Iddamalgoda of the People’s Movement Against Port City, which organised the protest, said the project will “not benefit ordinary citizens and will have a severe impact on the country’s marine resources and the livelihood of fishermen. We urge the government to stop this immediately.”


Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1933697/sri-lankans-stage-protest-againstus15b-chinese-funded-port-city


Violence breaks out in Sri Lanka as villagers protest China investment deal

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against a new Chinese industrial zone in Sri Lanka. Several people were wounded in the ensuing violence.


Protests in the island's south turned violent on Saturday as the Sri Lankan prime minister met with the Chinese ambassador to inaugurate a new industrial zone.

At least 21 people were hospitalized after hundreds of demonstrators marched to the site near the port city of Hambantota, sparking clashes with government supporters and police.

But local villagers fear the agreement is a plan to take away their private land. The government has denied the accusations, insisting that the majority of the land put aside for the industrial zone is state-owned and that the rest will be bought from landowners.

Violence breaks out

They have also argued the deal was necessary to save the loss-making $1.4 billion harbor, which Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said was going to "sink" Sri Lanka.

Led by Buddhist monks, protesters marched toward the site where Wickremesinghe was meeting with Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang to officially launch the new zone. Violence started when government supporters began hurling stones at the demonstrators, who then responded in kind.

The two governments are hoping to sign a 99-year lease of the port. Xianliang said the nearby zone could generate about $5 billion of investment in the next two to five years.


Source: https://www.dw.com/en/violence-breaks-out-in-sri-lanka-as-villagers-protest-china-investment-deal/a-37051010


Violent Protests Against Chinese 'Colony' In Sri Lanka Rage On


On the eve of the second anniversary of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena coming to power, a groundbreaking agreement was to be finalized with China that would dictate the future of the the country's southern Hambantota region for generations.According to the plan, an 80% share of the Hambantota deep sea port as well as land for the massive new industrial zone would be ceded to China for the next 99 years in exchange for $1.1 billion in debt relief.

"We are against leasing the lands where people live and do their farming, while there are identified lands for an industrial zone. When you give away such a vast area of land, you can't stop the area becoming a Chinese colony," -local politician DV Chanaka

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2017/01/08/violent-protests-against-chinese-colony-in-hambantota-sri-lanka-rage-on/#407b835a13dd



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