The North East Sinhala Organization which conducted the recent hartal in Trincomalee, yesterday accused the government of hiring saboteurs to undermine the protest.
An NESO spokesman told the Daily Mirror that this effort by the government was a total failure as the people in the area had ignored these saboteurs and observed the hartal. He said the entire civil administration was paralyzed as a result of the hartal while private shops and firms had also closed.
The NESO accused JVP Trincomalee District MP Jayantha Weerasekera of distributing leaflets in the area asking civilians not to observe the hartal and not to be misled by the Sinhala Organization.
The Sinhala organization said civilians annoyed by the MP`s actions had reportedly assaulted him and attacked and damaged his vehicle.
NESO accused the JVP and the Patriotic National Movement of misleading the people of the South by uttering patriotic slogans there while turning a blind eye to the killings of Sinhala civilians in the East. The organization pledged to fight the LTTE and protest against the government`s inaction.
Meanwhile Trincomalee had returned to normal after three days of the hartal. Shops and schools were open and vehicles were seen lined up to buy fuel from filling stations.