Kolonnawa garbage protests: Demonstrators attacked by unidentified group

Kolonnawa garbage protests: Demonstrators attacked by unidentified group

Kolonnawa garbage protests: Demonstrators attacked by unidentified group

Written by Lahiru Fernando

28 Dec, 2015 | 11:32 pm

Residents of Meethotamulla have returned to the streets to demonstrate against the dumping of garbage in the area. The group, which included the chairman of Kolonnawa Urban Council, several council members and council employees, staged a protest march from the Meethotamulla Urban Council to the landfill and demonstrated by blocking the entrance.

UNP MP S.M. Marikkar arrived at the location and spoke to the demonstrators stating that the president and prime minister have been informed of the matter. MP Marikkar also noted that the government has made a policy decision to appoint a committee comprising the secretaries of four ministries to swiftly remove this waste mountain from Kolonnawa, and to take the necessary steps.

Meanwhile, a satyagraha campaign was launched following a demonstration held in the area on Sunday (December 27) evening on the premise of an allegation that a letter had been issued from the Prime Minister’s Office instructing the expansion of the landfill. The protesters were attacked by an unidentified group on the same night, following which, two of the protesters were admitted to the National Hospital.

According to a victim, the attack was lead by the chairman of the Kolonnawa Urban Council using nearby planks and clubs. However, the Kolonnawa UC chairman has rejected the allegation saying that it is an attempt to have him arrested and label him a thug.

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