Written by Bella Dalima
06 Oct, 2014 | 8:56 pm
Minister S.B.Dissanayake has warned that a number of students will have to face punishment for the incidents that transpired at the Sabaragamuwa University.
The students of the university staged a protest against the quality of the students’ hostels when the minister arrived at the location to declare open the new student hostels. The Sabaragamuwa University has been temporarily closed down.
Sabaragamuwa university students staged a protest in the Bambahinna junction along the Badulla-Colombo main road.
The protesters claimed that there are a number of shortcomings in the new students hostel.
Minister of Higher Education S.B. Dissanayake arrived at the location to declare open the hostel, however the students obstructed his path and carried out their protest. The students demanded for a meeting with him, however the minister did not provide a favourable response.
The students were forced to scatter when water cannons were deployed.
Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake shared these views;
[quote]These students have abandoned their studies, abandoned their parents efforts’ and are trying to become useless. Text messages that we received from the students as well as the vice chancellor prove that a majority of the students opposed the move of the student leaders. However, because of yesterday’s incident a large number of children not involved in it are also suffering the punishment. Our security officials were ready. We were ready to repel a force three times larger than what we faced.[/quote]
Meanwhile, Convenor of Sabaragamuwa University Students Collective, Rasindu Jayasinghe shared his views;
[quote]They are closing down the university in an arbitrary manner. They are trying to suppress us. They are removing us from the hostels in the night. We condemn these acts. Whatever statements are made, whatever force is used we are not ready to give up the fight until we rectify the issues that are plaguing the Sabaragamuwa University [/quote]
Sabaragamuwa university students staged a protest on Monday as well against the decision to temporarily close down the university. The protest lasted nearly two hours.
They dispersed after conducting a meeting. However, the Sathyagraha campaign launched by Sabaragamuwa University students, seeking solutions to their issues entered its 35th day on Monday.
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