Vasudeva condemns use of force against FSP protest in Colombo

Vasudeva condemns use of force against FSP protest in Colombo

Vasudeva condemns use of force against FSP protest in Colombo

Written by Zulfick Farzan

12 Jun, 2020 | 5:54 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a candidate from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna condemned Sri Lanka Police for using force during the recent protest staged by the Frontline Socialists Party in Colombo.

Nanayakkara said he was stunned on how Sri Lanka Police conducted itself considering the policy adopted by the Government regarding protests and demonstrations.

Noting he was unaware why Sri Lanka Police obtained a court order against the protests, the veteran leftist politician said the policies of the government were tarnished by such acts.

On the 09th of June, Sri Lanka Police took measures to disperse two anti-American protests in Colpetty and at the Lipton Circus in Colombo, arresting 53 Frontline Socialists Party activists including its leader Kumar Gunaratnam.

At the same time, Sri Lanka’s National Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya told a local newspaper, Sri Lanka Police is following a strong suppressive policy and noted there is an opinion in the country where people are not treated the same.

NEC Chairman Deshapriya told the ‘Lankadeepa’, such an opinion arises when one takes a look at the manner in which Sri Lanka Police conducted itself at the funeral of the late Armugan Thondaman and at the FSP protest in Colombo.

‘Lankadeepa’ says these matters were discussed at a meeting between the Acting IGP and the NEC Chairman on the 08th of June.

Mahinda Deshapriya had also noted the public believes force is being used to control protests and these measures are too harsh for such instances.

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