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By D.G Sugathapala

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 3.45 pm 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)

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  Comments - 28

  • Nandimithra Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:18 PM

    I would like to see you getting beaten up and hope very much you will get into such a situation.

    wasanthi Friday, 13 August 2010 03:53 AM

    The World look at our Democracy. Freedom only to PW and Andere.

    Siri Herath Thursday, 12 August 2010 04:44 PM

    Yes, blame all and sundry but not the Dictatorial rulers, the modern day Sri Vickrama Rajasinghes. Rajasinghe chopped off kids' heads for their father's rebellion (they didn't have tear gas then).

    Above the Crowd Thursday, 12 August 2010 04:16 PM

    Nothing to say,Disappointed.

    Thusi Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:24 PM

    Few people causing havoc for the law abiding public....DNA get lost like you always are....

    Thusi Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:22 PM

    DNA is holding the innocent public to ransom...they deserve it....

    channa Thursday, 12 August 2010 03:21 PM

    They can protest without being a disturbance to others....but the DNA wants to harass the general public....

    Leed Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:58 PM

    This is the miracle country of Asia !!!!!!!!!

    Lamaya Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:58 PM

    Thats exactly how the LTTE started as well.. shouting about freedom and rights... we dont need this rubbish in our country again!

    Piyal Hemantha Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:32 PM

    Oh.. we are cruising from third world to first world. !!!

    M.H.Sheriff Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:26 PM

    Yes the double standard democracy.

    stanley Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:20 PM

    shame shame shame what right does the sri lankan
    people have

    Nandimithra Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:20 PM

    Do not insult our dumb friends, they have even the jungle law. We have no law at all.

    Ruwan Thursday, 12 August 2010 11:59 AM

    Government double standard democracy.

    surasaradiyal Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:00 PM

    come on DNA ,,,,, we are with you

    SW Thursday, 12 August 2010 01:15 PM

    What we have in this country is hypocrisy and not democracy.

    Ananda Herath Thursday, 12 August 2010 01:09 PM

    There you are ! The cat is out of the bag ! It is the servile attitude of people like you that has let this country down over centuries.

    ranjana Thursday, 12 August 2010 01:08 PM

    The police didn't do anything during the protest in front of UN. Law has gone to dogs....

    Hemantha Thursday, 12 August 2010 01:00 PM

    Well done.Don't do them to spoil general public

    sam Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:58 PM

    this day gets better and better..this mornning JVP cubs from uni got arrested and now this lot..i would pay money to see this lot getting beaten up.

    SW Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:57 PM

    You are a very sick man. This a question of freedom and rights

    Sanje Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:51 PM

    What u mean ?

    srilankan Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:50 PM

    This is the DHARMARAJYA we have been waiting for.

    LouVi Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:24 PM

    Herath, ask WW or GLP how to use the democratic right to protest.

    guru Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:17 PM

    well done. those useless bunch of bells deserve that

    Padikaramaduwa, G Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:10 PM

    Still the society is plagued with war syndrome

    Anselm Thursday, 12 August 2010 12:00 PM

    The Portuguese, Dutch and the British weren't like this. We have to struggle to get Independence from the Dictatorial Rule.

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