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Police used tear gas to disperse opposition protestors in Maharagama who demonstrated against the arrest of General Sarath Fonseka, some of the protesters said.

The police however denied using teargas but said they had only used water canons to disperse the protesters.

Several such protests were held against the general’s arrest in various parts of the island yesterday as well.
(YP)
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  • Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:05 PM

    Public should gear up against these nasty policemen

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:02 PM

    Maharagama is JVP is showcasing its work to Ranil so that JVP will be kept alive by Ranils UNP.Its all connected to a electoral pact desired by JVP for General Elections.
    Lankan politics does not breed strange bedfellows but political whores.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:06 PM

    Wow !!! Another Victory by the Government. We together shall beat Zimbabwe!!!

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:16 PM

    Freedom of franchise, freedom of expression, access to informatioN.... these are vital organs of a functioning democracy. If MR and company has an iota of intelligent, look at India.

    Unfortunately, MR is forcing once a vibrant democracy to a level of Uganda and Zimbabwe.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:10 PM

    Sri Lanka's reactionary adversaries who revolt in favour of their champion Fonseka and attempt anarchy must be stopped in their tracks.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:14 PM

    It is a thousand times better to be a 'Zimbabwe' than an Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:15 PM

    Guys fear NO ONE keep carry on till we get our (Srilanka Mandela ) sarth fonseka

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:17 PM

    Surely, we are living in Myanmar or Zimbabwe now.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:17 PM

    Well done. Keep up the momentum. We must do what the people of the Philippines and Romania did to send their dictators home.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:20 PM

    The JHU is has suddenly gone deaf and dumb on this issue.Old Wimal W looked embarassed on TV when he addressed this issue.Anyone with brains will realize that the government has made a monumental blunder and has given enough momentum to the opposition before the General Elections.
    Typical Sri Lankan style : "From the frying pan into the fire"

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:21 PM

    true true

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:22 PM

    Well how many are you going to arrest you will end up arresting 5.5 voters who voted for General Sarath fonseka.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:27 PM

    Protests should not stop till SF is released. What is Ranil doing? This is the best chance for him to prove whether he can lead the opposition for the cause of democracy and freedom for Srilankans!

    Friday, 12 February 2010 06:58 AM

    exactly. we should be like the Indians on this issue

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:29 PM

    My dear King & company, actually we now do not need tear gas to cry for our Sri Lanka. You and your family is messing it up in grand style.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:37 PM

    "Suba Anagathayak" for tear gas manufacturers. Other businesses will die under this regime.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:35 PM

    We are with you in heat and soul

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:41 PM

    Whaere is DEMOCRACY....?????????? EVERY GOD WILL PUNISH this government....

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:41 PM

    He did what he can do in the battle field. It is his choice to come in to politics after retiring from Army. Whether its threat to the governement or not it is a right that any one should have. I never seen this kind of things happens in our country except the President Premadasas Era. It is the time for Democarcy loving people to Raise there voice against this unjust. If anyone allowing and enjoying the oposition being harasets then this country will surely go towards path that countries like Simbabwe and Uganda has taken. It is happening infront of our eyes...cant you see my friends...Please see whats happening arround with out your political sepectcles at least once..

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:48 PM

    The most lucrative future business in Sri Lanka. To start a "teargas" manufacturing plant. This will be the ommodity in demand in the near future.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:49 PM

    Is there anything one can say about this other than weep?

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:57 PM

    MR cant you see what's happening in the country. I m sure these are not your orders. But cant you at least stop them!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:05 PM

    ya he will

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 03:28 PM

    People of Sri Lanka cant you see what is going on? why did you even dream of voting for this family run goverment. Country is saved for you to enjoy the democracy not to sell this to thugs and looters. Save Lanka. Take the lead. Its your future

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:10 PM

    Wijesiri....

    He is not from Deaf and Blind school....

    Friday, 12 February 2010 08:21 AM

    Cali! what about once Uganda??

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 03:34 PM

    Go Gota go........
    Go Basil go.......
    Go Mahinda go........

    Make our country a paradise. Good Luck. All the best. Budu saranai. Ohomma yan. Suba anagathayak......!!!!!!

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 03:38 PM

    Tear gas cannot stop the truth! This is the beginning. General SF is The Hero of our motherland. Do you think people will keep quiet when you arrest their hero?

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 03:42 PM

    People should have the right to protest and I am glad Magistrates elsewhere have upheld the law and rebuked the police accordingly for arresting them. The answer is to educate these people and let them know the reasons for the arrest of SF who had clearly violated Army rules and it is the Army that had arrested him.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:19 PM

    You meant 5.5 million. Figure would have been more if we had a Independent Election Commission rather than a puppet running the show

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:37 AM

    why is the police using tear gas if the protests are peaceful...dont they have the right to protest ???? wasting our tax monies

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:47 PM

    MR has opened up 8 new detention camps.We can see where our Sinhala Buddhist country is heading. Where is JHU? Open your mouth

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:42 AM

    The people should realize where we are going! What do the following countries have in COMMON: Iran, Libya, Myanmar, China & Russia?

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 01:54 PM

    do as much as possible. protest against dictatorship in sri-Lanka. free the country from thuggary, and robbery. do strikes shut the government.

    Thursday, 11 February 2010 11:42 AM

    "God Bless Srilanka"


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