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* Tense situation erupts in Rajagiriya when police remove posters
Tue, Mar 30, 2010, 09:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 30, Colombo: A tense situation erupted in Rajagiriya in Colombo city periphery today as the police removed decorations of a meeting of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The mobs blocked the police vehicles that had been used to bring down the UNP banners and posters. Eventually, the police officers returned the removed decorations amidst protest of the activists that supported Wickremasinghe.

The chaotic situation was aired in a number of evening news bulletins. Activists were seen questioning police why they had not removed all the other illegal propaganda material but the ones used in the opposition meeting of Wickremasinghe.

Police say this election is the one that the highest number of in-party clashes was reported. Most of the clashes occurred among the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidates in their desperate efforts to win preferential votes. Many ruling party Ministers are risking their re-election since the UPFA nomination lists were full of strong candidates.


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