May 20, Colombo: A student union in Sri Lanka, the Socialist Students' Union (SSU) in Sri Lanka said that it will organize a massive protest campaign island wide against the failure of the authorities to address the issues faced by the university students and the suppression of them.
National Organizer of the SSU, Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa told the media that all progressive intellectuals, civil organizations should unite against the undemocratic moves of the government.
He said the SSU hoped to have discussions with all universities that are connected with health and education and commence a massive protest campaign and a series of agitations.
He added that the issues faced by the university students have already been taken up in parliament.
"The 'Sathyagraha' campaign begun by students of seven universities including Colombo, Jayewardenepura and Ruhuna Universities against slashing of time period of 'Allied Health Science' course' has continued for 150 days. They went on a protest march to Temple Trees a few days ago. The government on the pretext of 'World Youth Summit' took a prohibition order to prevent the 'march'. An agitation was carried out against this move opposite the UGC on the 16th. Using this as an excuse 17 student activists, including the President of the Students' Council of Peradeniya University, were arrested," Dr. Jayatissa said, adding that the government deploys police to abduct and assault students.
A Magistrate yesterday warned the police to exercise restraint and be more responsible when handling student protesters after four of the arrested students needed to be hospitalized after the police assaulted them while arresting them.
The police said it used minimum force but the judge said the minimum force should not pop the eyes out of the protesters.