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Dozens blocked a convoy of trucks that was carrying humanitarian workers and equipment from Vanni

Hundreds of civilians protested Friday against the aid groups’ departure. Dozens blocked a convoy of trucks that was carrying humanitarian workers and equipment from the area, according to aid workers. About 200 people protested for several hours outside the World Food Program office and another 100 demonstrated outside the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, dispersing only after their leaders delivered a message expressing their anger, said U.N. spokesman Gordon Weiss. “They wanted us to stay there basically,” said Jeevan Thayagarajah, executive director of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, an umbrella group for relief groups to Associated Press.( foto : http://www.puthinam.com/ )