Protesting Sabaragamuwa University students thwart cultural centre opening

Protesting Sabaragamuwa University students thwart cultural centre opening

Protesting Sabaragamuwa University students thwart cultural centre opening

Written by Tharushan Fernando

03 Jun, 2016 | 7:34 pm

Deputy Minister Palitha Thewaraperuma arrived at the Sabaragamuwa University on Tuesday to declare open a cultural centre. However ,he did not receive the greeting he was hoping for from the students

The newly-constructed cultural centre of the Sabaragamuwa university was to be declared open on Tuesday by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma. However, the university students gathered to obstruct his path into the university premises.

The students who engaged in a demonstration stated that the opening of a cultural centre should not take prominence, adding that there are other issues that need to be resolved within the university.

The Deputy minister then took steps to climb onto the roof of his vehicle and engage in discussions with the students. Vice Chancellor of the Sabaragamuwa University Profesor Chandana P. Udawatte also arrived at the location. The students protest lasted for several hours. As a result, the deputy minister departed from the location without declaring open the cultural centre.

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