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* Hambantota protesters arrested for unruly behavior remanded till 16th
Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 12:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 07, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court ordered to remand the 28 suspects arrested in connection with the protest in Hambantota yesterday.

The Hambantota Police arrested the 28 protesters including 6 women for a number of charges including damaging public property and violating court orders among others, during a protest held at the Indian Consulate in Hambantota defying the court orders.

They were remanded until the 16th of this month when they were produced before the Hambantota Magistrate Court.

The police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters led by the Joint Opposition parliamentarians including MP Namal Rajapaksa, when they attempted to forcibly enter the premises of the Hambantota Indian Consulate General, ignoring the court order.

Four police officers were also injured during the clash when the protesters threw rocks at the police.

Hambantota Magistrate Court Thursday issued an injunction restricting the MPs Namal Rajapaksa and D.V. Upul entering the vicinity of the Hambantota Port, Indian Consulate and the roads leading to the Hambantota Port during the protest.

The Joint Opposition organized the protest against the government's initiative to hand over the operations of Hambantota Port to China and the alleged sale of idling Mattala airport to India.

 

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