Horu Go Gama: Police fire tear gas at protesters

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Police have fired tear gas and water cannons in an attempt to disperse protesters gathered near the Parliamentary complex at Polduwa Junction in Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla.

The Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) staged a protest march from the Sri Jayewardenepura University, Kotte towards the Parliament complex in Battaramulla last afternoon (05) themed ‘Aanduwa Pannamu; Kramaya Peralamu’.

The group pushed through the initial set of Police barricades, following which a tense situation broke out. Subsequently, upon approaching the second set of barricades, Police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse the group.

Despite efforts to disperse the group, however, the protesters proceeded to break the barricades, setting up structures with the steel bars adjacent to the Polduwa junction.

Large numbers were seen gathered at the site this morning, after several members of the public joined the protest.