The people of Iranaitheevu, Poonakary, who were struggling for more than eight months, demanding the release of their traditional lands in Iranaitheevu said that, the rulers have made us to struggle even on new Year day on the road, without releasing our traditional lands from where we undertook our traditional trades.
The people of Iranaitheevu were displaced from their traditional fishing lands, where they had lived for more than a century, during the war days and had not been allowed to resettle their lands to date.
When these people were resettled in 2010, they pleaded that they be resettled in their traditional lands in the island of Iranaitheevu, but, their resettlement there had been prevented in the guise of various reasons.
They took up a struggle demanding they be resettled in their lands on last May Day and continuing it for the last eight months. The people engaged in the struggle are calling for getting them their right to live in their own lands and the right to engage in their traditional fishing from there.