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The Polduwa Junction today turned into a mini battlefield after around 2,000 anti-SAITM protesters attempted to get past police barricades put up to prevent them from reaching the country’s supreme legislative body—Parliament.

The anti-SAITM protest, organized by the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF), was backed by the Inter University Bhikku Federation (IUBF) and the Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC).

The students were demanding the Government to abolish the SAITM immediately and withdraw the proposed Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Bill, allowing SAITM students to be enrolled at the KDU.

The protest march that began outside the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo at around 11am was obstructed by police and the Anti-riot Squad at the Polduwa Junction with the use of water cannons and tear-gas.

The Anti-SAITM protesters struggled to gain ground and attempted to break through the barriers while the Anti-riot Squad attempted to disperse them by tear-gassing them for nearly 30 minutes.

Banners and placards demanding the government abolish the SAITM and empty tear-gas canisters were seen strewn all over the Polduwa Junction soon after the mini battle between the students and the law enforcement authorities.

The protesters vowed to continue with their protests until all attempts to establish another SAITM by changing just the name of the institution were scrapped by the government. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • Lion Tuesday, 19 June 2018 01:56 PM

    Court orders have no effect on these idiots. Strategy should be to Barton charge ,tear gas and pressure water treatment to be given as soon as they get on to the road.people will be happy and bless the police as this strategy will avoid traffic building up on the road.

    Dee Tuesday, 19 June 2018 02:02 PM

    A double waste of our tax money. For cost of manpower and equipment for chasing a worthless set who is educated from our money.

    Theep Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:53 PM

    How much did you give?

    Jeevan Tuesday, 19 June 2018 02:40 PM

    When will these people get a life

    yahiya Tuesday, 19 June 2018 03:52 PM

    Free education system to review.

    Theepan Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:56 PM

    Without brain want to become doctors..funny lanka will be another india..

    kulasinghe Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:56 PM

    use something stronger, these guys have got used to tear gas and water cannons

    Jayamini Perera Tuesday, 19 June 2018 05:26 PM

    We should amend the laws in a way that university students are banned from protesting whilst studying. If anyone gets caught, send that person home permanently and replace him/her with persons who are really interested in studying.There are enough of intelligent people out there who are waiting for a chance to get an admission to a university.

    saranga.walimuni Tuesday, 19 June 2018 07:28 PM

    Tax payers money well spent in SL

    Cobra Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:44 AM

    In my opinion the only thing going for Gota! Ekek ussapan and all will fall into place!!!!

    Meda Wednesday, 20 June 2018 11:26 AM

    Gota too failed

    Brainmaster Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:20 PM

    It makes me sad and afraid if I imagine that these crumbs will be part of our future elite. via DM Android App


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