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* Police fire tear gas to disperse university students protest, arrest student leader
Wed, Mar 13, 2019, 11:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Wednesday fired tear gas and water cannons to prevent a student protest march led by the Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) reaching parliament and disperse the university students protesting near the parliament.

The Police arrested the convener of the Inter University Students Federation Mahil Bandara while he was engaged in a protest at the Parliament roundabout.

Meanwhile, an Assistant Superintendent of Police has been injured at the entrance to the parliament road in an attack by the students.

Reportedly the protesters have thrown back a tear gas canister fired by the police at the police officer injuring his forehead.

The Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna affiliated student union is protesting against the proposed anti-terrorism act that is supposed to replace the draconian Prevention of terrorism Act (PTA).

 

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