A mini war broke out in the Galle town a short while ago as police used teargas and later baton charged a group on DNA members who were staging a protest in the area demanding the release of General Sarath Fonseka.
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) members Anoma Fonseka, Vijitha Herath, Arjuna Ranatunga and several others who participated in the protest were among those hit by teargas.
The DNA commenced the protest in front of the Olcott statue in Galle around but were later informed by the police that they couldn’t proceed further.
DNA MP Vijitha Herath had thereafter informed the police that there ware no laws to prevent a protest march and had continued disregarding the police presence.
The police had later fired teargas and baton charged the protesters to disperse the crowd. The protesters had however continued with their march and had moved towards the Galle bus stand.
Commuters who were present at the bus stand were inconvenienced after buses were moved to safety after the teargas and baton charge on the protesters.
everal DNA members including MP Vijitha Herath and Ajith Kumara were later arrested by the police. (Daily Mirror online)