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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

Police Arrest Demonstrators: U.S. Embassy Supports Rights Of The People

Colombo, 10 June, (Asiantribune.com):

Police have arrested dozens of people yesterday, who tried to stage a demonstration near the United States embassy in Colombo in sympathy with the ‘’Black Lives Matter’’ movement in that country.

In the meantime, the U.S. Embassy in a statement released yesterday said that it did not request for the demonstration in Colombo to be blocked.

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration was staged by the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP).

A court order had been issued yesterday preventing the Frontline Socialist Party from going ahead with the protest as a result of the situation in the country with the coronavirus.

The Police said that a court order was obtained preventing the protest near the US Embassy in Colombo.
The Police dispersed the crowd and arrested at least 10 of the protesters.

Security around the US Embassy in Colombo was also tightened.

Among those arrested are Human Rights lawyer Nuwan Bopage and the leader of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Duminda Nagamuwa.

Reports said these two leaders were not part of the demonstration and were some distance away from the US embassy when they were arrested.

Other reports said that another senior member of the FSP and several members were arrested while they were engaged in a peaceful protest near the Colombo Municipal Council.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in a statement released yesterday,(9th June) revealed that it did not request for the demonstration in Colombo to be blocked.

The US Embassy has commended the efforts undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka and local law enforcement to keep diplomatic personnel and facilities in the country safe, the statement reads.

US Embassy statement also stated that ,“The United States supports the right of Sri Lankans and all people to peaceful protest, which is consistent with our shared democratic tradition” - the statement further read.

Stay Safe, Stay at Home, Stay Informed, But Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands.

- Asian Tribune -

Police Arrest Demonstrators:  U.S. Embassy Supports Rights Of The People
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