No more arrests of protesters by Police: Govt.

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The Police will refrain from arresting protesters at public venues unless there is an extreme situation that would lead to serious violation of law and order causing public unrest but all those involved would be referred to a spell of quarantine, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Bandula Gunawardana said today.

Expressing the government’s remorse for the police attack and the arrest of 53 Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members for their protest staged at the Town Hall round about on Wednesday against the police killing of the Black American George Floyd, Minister Gunawardana said the incident was discussed widely at the cabinet meeting on the same day and President Goatabaya Rajapaksa or any member of the cabinet did not approve the police action.

Addressing the weekly cabinet news briefing yesterday, Minister Gunawardana said the Police started arresting protesters after they attacked the Police and added it was a reaction to the attack on Police by protesters.

“The first stone was thrown by the members of the FSP. The Police acted in self defence and arrested them.

However, there will be no arrests hereafter if and when the protest is peaceful and does not disrupt the public life and law and order. We don’t act like the Yahapalana government. The Police did not want to attack protesters but only to disperse them,” Minister Gunawardana stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

 

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  • Mk Thursday, 11 June 2020 10:36 PM

    ELECTION. ELECTION. ELECTION. ELECTION BORU. BORU BORU. BORU.

    Voter Friday, 12 June 2020 07:53 AM

    True, true, TRUE!!!!

    Ugly Lips Friday, 12 June 2020 04:19 AM

    Do you think we are idiots. May be people who studies Economics in your tuition classes, not us.

    Ram Friday, 12 June 2020 05:47 AM

    Our voters are so gullible will believe all this garbage

    Patriot Friday, 12 June 2020 06:14 AM

    This clearly shows that the police is acting on instructions given by dirty politicians....

    Thor Friday, 12 June 2020 06:20 AM

    Yeah, we can't afford to have our cops spending weeks at quarantine centers now, doe we??????

    Odin Friday, 12 June 2020 06:24 AM

    Too late now, the horses have bolted. Funny how everything this govt. touches turns into carrion!!!

    Pug the bull dog Friday, 12 June 2020 06:31 AM

    Signs of Failure and waiting till elections are over to start the govt sponcered thuggery action ! .

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Friday, 12 June 2020 07:05 AM

    Too late minister. Watch the video to see the way a girl was thrown in to the jeep. Highly deplorable. Madness prevailed

    Francis Friday, 12 June 2020 07:36 AM

    His doctorate is on the subject of “How effectively one can say BORUWA OR PACHAYA”

    Lion Friday, 12 June 2020 07:42 AM

    Hardware shop owners should try to copy this mouth to built a commode and it will definitely capture the market

    Sokrates Friday, 12 June 2020 08:48 AM

    Free streets for the goons of the Rajapaksa Clan.

    CITIZEN Friday, 12 June 2020 08:59 AM

    PROTEST WITHOUT DISRUPTING PUBLIC. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AREA THAT WAS SET UP FOR PROTESTS. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR PEOPLE WHO VIOLATES COURT RULING??????? GIVE A PAT ON THEIR BACKS?????

    M Fernando Friday, 12 June 2020 07:27 PM

    They were not disrupting anyone. Only hurting the feelings of Americans - which you also seem reluctant to do

    M Fernando Friday, 12 June 2020 07:26 PM

    The clearing of protestors would have been done on instructions of US Embassy They would not have liked to see Floyd-Protests spreading to yet another country It's unfortunate the Police agreed Sri Lankans have always had the right to protest


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