The shanties were removed on the basis that they were illegal constructions are that the owners were given time to move out.However the owners defied the order and obstructed the attempt to demolish the shanties and later they blocked traffic in the area. (Colombo Gazette) Shanty dwellers in the Thotalanga area blocked traffic and staged a protest after their homes were demolished on the directions of the Urban Development Authority today.The residents earlier confronted the police when they were cleared from their homes as the shanties were about to be razed to the ground.

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