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Minister Sarath Fonseka said yesterday the Navy Commander had not attacked a journalist but he had only pushed him away from the security circle and that everything had happened in an acceptable manner.

He said the Navy Commander had arrived at the port to assist in piloting the ship which was seized by the protestors and clad in the uniform required for that purpose.

“It was reported in the media that the navy commander had arrived at the scene with a dress meant for sports. But it was a uniform worn by marine pilots. We have only two marine pilots in the Navy and the Navy Commander is one of them,” the minister said.

“The Navy’s Special Boat Squadron (SBS) had formed a security circle because of the protestors occupying the port premises. The journalist who was said to have been attacked had breached the security circle without permission and had attempted to video the SBF operations. Then the Navy Commander had pushed him out,” he said.

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  • Kadiya Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:22 PM

    It was a Navy Commander look alike and it was not a journalist he attacked,no!!!

    Sujeewa Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:29 PM

    Oh! Are you there? Since there wasn't a noise for sometime, we were wondering what has happened to you. Good if you are minding your own business rather than justifying and/or defending human assaults.

    lal Friday, 16 December 2016 10:47 AM

    Crowd(rowdy) controlling is not an easy task. Nobody in the crowd would obey orders if you say " Please leave the place peacefully". It is against their ego to comply to such requests.Then comes the use of "minimum force" use of rough/second language, when that is not effective tough action/manhandling and ultimately use of firepower.

    Eds Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:58 PM

    Atleast fonseka is doing his job properly: white washing the government at every oppertunity - this is exactly why the YP brought him in despite polling 4000 odd votes nationwide

    Hero Thursday, 15 December 2016 02:24 PM

    Damn good job, well done......hats off to the commander.....this reporter should be charged for breech of security

    Neo Friday, 16 December 2016 08:05 AM

    Had the reporter received a blow, he would still be suffering from shock and left speechless!

    saranapala Thursday, 15 December 2016 07:00 PM

    No. I think commander kiss the reporter. 21million of blind Sri Lankans saw the pictures.


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