Protests in Colombo demand release of detained activists & against KDU Act

Protests in Colombo demand release of detained activists & against KDU Act

Protests in Colombo demand release of detained activists & against KDU Act

Written by Staff Writer

12 Jul, 2021 | 5:52 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); A protest jointly organized by student and teacher unions as well as trade unions took place at the Lipton Circus in Colombo on Monday (12).

The protest was against the use of the quarantine law to detain people and the Kotelawala Defence Academy Act.

The Inter-University Students Federation, Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union, Ceylon Bank Employees Union and multiple other trade unions and civil society activists took part in the protst.

According to report, a heavy police presence was witnessed at Lipton Circus as well.

‘We will defeat the policies of selling education in this country,’ said Udara Sandaruwan from the Inter-University Students Federation during the protest.

The General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe condemned the act of forcibly taking away members of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union into quarantine.

The Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union demanded that the 31 detained activists be released by the government and warned of more protests in Colombo if this demand is not met.

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