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Hooted at Minister John: Three arrested

29 August 2016 03:12 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Two women and a man had been arrested by the Police last night over allegedly hooting at Minister of Land John Amaratunga at a function in Wattala on Saturday.

The Wattala Police had to escort Minister Amarathunga, when a group of people hooted at him after he arrived to lay the foundation stone for a Tamil school at Olyyamulla in Wattala.

People expressed their objection of the plan to put up a building for a Tamil school on a block of land that had earlier been reserved for a sports ground.

The Police stopped the protesters from entering the building site.

However, protesters forced their way into the premises and interrupted Minister’s speech by hooting while the Minister was speaking at the ceremony.

The protesters burned an effigy of the Minister on the road and also caused damage to a vehicle belonging to a WP Provincial Councillor, who was present at the ceremony.

Police said yesterday the suspects, residents of Wattala, were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly and indecent behaviour.

They were produced in the Wattala Magistrate’s Court today.(DS)

  Comments - 20

  • Jacoob Puthe Tuesday, 30 August 2016 02:47 PM

    Wacco, it is not 100% tamil , perhaps 99%. Sinhala as a second language will be taught here .. love it ?

    usaguy Monday, 29 August 2016 08:37 PM

    since when is hooting against the law on Sri Lanka via DM Android App

    Sathy Monday, 29 August 2016 09:41 PM

    Politicians can hoot and shout in parliament and disrupt proceedings..... Double standards..... we are fast sliding back into ....

    waco Tuesday, 30 August 2016 04:06 AM

    Why is it necessary to have a 100% Tamil School. Teach Tamil as a subject in all schools. JA is a " Bull in a China Shop".Upstairs is empty.

    Hitapangmachan Tuesday, 30 August 2016 04:17 AM

    politecian can abduct n move freely if normal citizen hoot they under remand what a wonderful country no right to hoot in Sri Lanka . hitting is humans RIGHT via DM iOS App

    Unchikun Monday, 29 August 2016 03:24 PM

    People rob the country and no arrest or if arrested are either in hospital or released on bail. Very quick action of the law to the ordinary citizens. This is not what we expect from Yahapalanaya. Disgusting.

    mm Monday, 29 August 2016 03:35 PM

    Can't even hoot now. via DM iOS App

    andycap Monday, 29 August 2016 03:37 PM

    Totally agree...

    ANTON Monday, 29 August 2016 03:43 PM


    Imtias Monday, 29 August 2016 03:44 PM

    How many of them would have hooted in such a protest during last regime and got away without being shot. So you guys must be happy now you can gracefully prove your innocence without being killed. Long live democracy.

    SHEHAN Monday, 29 August 2016 03:47 PM

    This minister is lucky to be only hooted considered the things he has said and done in the past.

    Jacoob Attitude Monday, 29 August 2016 04:15 PM

    it is painful to see the attitude of ordinary citizens; (Yes , we will violate the rule but you should not take any action).

    TONY Monday, 29 August 2016 04:21 PM


    ranmala Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:31 AM

    Well said sir

    Dellon Monday, 29 August 2016 04:43 PM

    People asked for this so let them swallow the pill

    Nadia Karunaratne Monday, 29 August 2016 04:48 PM

    Most of our politicians are poorly educated, arrogant and self serving. We need people of talent and decent patriotic values not the usual parasites. We were promised good goverance...still dreaming.

    hiran gunwardena Monday, 29 August 2016 05:20 PM

    Country is gone to John Bass! JAYAWEWA YAHAPALANAM!

    Upul Monday, 29 August 2016 05:21 PM

    When was hooting in public became an offence to be arrested? He got what he deserved. There is nothing wrong in that as far as I am concerned.

    Lokka Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:50 AM

    This country is gone to the ground now. via DM Android App

    Lal.Fernando Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:24 PM

    Oh my God aren' t we in a democracy?

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