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Striking Sri Lankan dockworkers fired upon

Sri Lankan naval troops fired warning shots on Saturday to break up a protest by striking dock workers who had held up a Japanese car carrier for four days at Hambantota port.

Protesters had prevented the K Line controlled vehicle carrier Hyperion Highway from leaving the port. It finally left for Oman on Saturday afternoon.

Temporary workers began striking Tuesday, demanding to be made permanent employees of the state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The workers worry about their future as China Merchants is set to take over the port.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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