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Police had to escort the Minister of Land, Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, when the people of the area hooted him on Saturday when he arrived to lay the foundation stone for a Tamil school at Olyyamulla in Wattala.

People showed their disapproval 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.

A large number of residents and several Buddhist monks demonstrated with placards at Oliyamulla Junction. Police stopped the protesters from entering the building site.

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

The minister said the building of a school was a government decision and legal. Therefore he told the protesters not to disrupt the activities as legal action could be taken against them.

The protesters burned an effigy of the minister on the road and also caused damage to a vehicle belonging to WP provincial councillor Dalton Janaka Suriyabandara who was present at the ceremony.(Sujith Hewajulige, Sarath Chinthaka and Henry Nimal)

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  • sanju Monday, 29 August 2016 12:33 PM

    A racist attack is a message to the government ?

    kaboos Monday, 29 August 2016 02:25 PM

    you can buy books but not the knowledge

    Ranjan Fernando Monday, 29 August 2016 03:27 PM

    Racism is so much alive, Sinhala people protest when a Tamil school is built in the south and tamil people protest when the army opens a Pansala in the north!

    Unchikun Monday, 29 August 2016 09:05 AM

    This is good news. This man is a disaster . He is a MR man playing a double game. The people should send him home.

    perera Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:10 AM

    i wish i was there. i would have been the loudest hooter.

    Manuel Benjamin Monday, 29 August 2016 09:29 AM

    Set an example being a Minister of Christian Affairs. Get rid of your nasty attitudes.

    Real Peace Monday, 29 August 2016 09:30 AM

    But he came to do something good for the people by building a school. The protesters are racists?

    Bubble Banda Monday, 29 August 2016 09:31 AM

    Hon. John Amaratunga - now you are too old and lose temper, its not good for a politician. Right time to rest now.

    Nethra Monday, 29 August 2016 09:31 AM

    Should send him home now, immediately

    Bubble Banda Monday, 29 August 2016 09:47 AM

    True now the people know the truth - he is MR's close friend, like a snake under the Govt. carpet.

    mohi Monday, 29 August 2016 09:54 AM

    Peace and prosperity in SL looks remote with such racial hatred being spread unabated.

    J Palitha Monday, 29 August 2016 10:10 AM

    Agree... he has piles, this I got to know from his close relation. Better he rest at home now.

    los Monday, 29 August 2016 10:43 AM

    somrthing wrong he is RW 's man

    Maxwell Monday, 29 August 2016 11:08 AM

    This is an indirect message to the govt too.

    predictor Monday, 29 August 2016 11:28 AM

    education make a person perfect.these people never knew that. via DM Android App

    VIA-RA Monday, 29 August 2016 12:12 PM

    He is a 'DIE HARD' man !!


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