Tense situation reported at Temple Trees

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A tense situation is reported opposite Temple Trees between supporters of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and individuals protesting against the government.

Our correspondent reported that a group of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) supporters who attended a meeting with the Prime Minister at Temple Trees this morning are requesting the Premier to remain in position while another group is demanding his resignation.

Following heated clashes, the SLPP supporters destroyed the anti-government “MainaGoGama” protest site and assaulted other protesters.

Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowd of unruly SLPP supporters.

The crowd is now moving towards the “GotaGoGama” protest site at the Galle Face Green.