For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Rajapaksa claims credit for British-aided causeway and bridge to Jaffna
TamilNet, Sunday, 16 January 2011, 20:00 GMT]
“The foundation for this causeway and bridge was laid down 7 times since 1940’s, but it was only my government that managed to complete the project,” claimed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in opening a causeway and bridge in the SL military-occupied Tamil country in the island, between Keara-theevu of the Jaffna peninsula and Changkup-piddi in Poonakari of the main island on Sunday. The causeway as used to be called Mahadeva Thaampoathi was first built in British times and the present bridge, doing away with the ferry route in between points of the causeway, has been built by British Steel Corporation, aiding the island. Mr. Rajapaksa made no mention of the British aid at the inauguration and the obscured British officials were found seated only among the audience.
Local journalists, who went to cover the event, including reporters from Uthayan daily, were harassed and returned, as paramilitary men denied them entry.
The SL Presidential Secretariat has brought down journalists from Colombo to cover the event.
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