“In 2007, the military asked us to leave. We have still not been allowed to return to our land,” Gloria Pieris, one of the protesters said. The Navy is occupying approximately 31 of the houses in Mullikulam, apart from the school and church also being in Navy-controlled areas. The majority of the land is privately owned. Despite this tension, Gloria says the protesters hold no ill-will towards the Navy. “Our problem is not with the Navy, but with the Government. If the Government asks them to leave, they will leave,” she said.