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Protesting medical students, parents tear-gassed

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The Police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse a group of medical students and parents who were protesting against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) at the Lotus Roundabout in Colombo today.

Medical Faculty Students' Action Committee Convener Ryan Jayalath said some 1000 students and parents had taken a part in this protest march which was launched from Colombo Fort to the presidential secretariat.

“During the protest march, police blocked the road near the Lotus Roundabout and requested 10 of our members to come for a discussion with the presidential secretary,” he said and added that they had rejected the request saying they needed to discuss this matter with President Maithripala Sirisena or Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

“They fired tear gas and used water canons to disperse the protesting students and parents,” Mr. Jayalath said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)


Video by Indika Sri Aravinda

  Comments - 17

  • ciitizen Wednesday, 24 May 2017 05:21 PM

    IUSF and priests mainly and may be few failed medicos. All suffer trying to save that demented Marxist violating Ordinance

    henry Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:55 PM

    stupid parents.this is how they set an example to their children to be radical one of them being a doc hypocrite after taking the oath .wasting tax payers money.lock them up via DM Android App

    Rommel Thursday, 25 May 2017 09:48 AM

    Is this the type of garbage whom we expect to see as doctors in the future. Shame on the parents who have brought them into this world.

    Ratne Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:15 AM

    Medical Students are taken on ride by GMOA and other student unions as well. They are attending the lectures and only medical students will miss the exams. They were like frogs in the well and didnt aware of how politics work. via DM Android App

    Independent Thursday, 25 May 2017 07:10 AM

    Why wasting water for these useless govt uni students and jealous parents?

    Rohitha Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:51 PM

    Damn Good. They should be thrashed. Not enough. Damn fools. Learning with our money and then protesting. Fools. Donkeys.

    senewi Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:35 PM

    One of those live bullets may stuck in your head

    Rohantha Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:21 PM

    Next time don't wait till they come to ceramic junction. Ordinary law abiding citizens are having a right to engage in their lawful daily activities n police should safeguard those people n not these politicians n gmoa cats paws

    john Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:17 PM

    Use an RPG via DM Android App

    SD Wednesday, 24 May 2017 02:34 PM

    Use live bullets.

    ceylon Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:40 PM

    not enough.jail them. via DM Android App

    Dutchy Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:36 PM

    State university students have been taken for a ride by politics.

    Siri de Alwis Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:30 PM

    When are going continue their studies? What is happening to the students who really want to fiish their studies?Siri

    AjithZ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 03:17 PM

    Good show. Finally the government is learning how to control unruly crowds or unfair demonstrations. Must think of the silent majority who live in or visit Colombo every day.

    sujeewa Wednesday, 24 May 2017 03:13 PM that live bullet for useless SD. via DM Android App

    Kaboos Wednesday, 24 May 2017 02:59 PM

    GMOA will strike again for tear gassed at medical students.

    rohantha Wednesday, 24 May 2017 02:51 PM

    Surely they must be having an antidote for Tear Gas

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