US Envoy prevented forcibly removing protesters – Wimal

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Independent MP Wimal Weerawansa, yesterday (22) said in Parliament that the US Ambassador intervened to prevent an attempt to take away Galle Face protesters in Police trucks some time ago.

Speaking in Parliament, Weerawansa said,“I heard this from a powerful minister. According to him, the Ambassador had asked as to why there were so many Police trucks parked near the Galle Face protest site. She had queried whether the trucks were for dragging away protesters. She added that if the protesters were removed in this manner, it would impact IMF discussions negatively.”

Speaking further, Weerawansa alleged the genuineness of the Galle Face Aragalaya has been destroyed by “drug addicts and thugs.”

“It was a beautiful movement of the people. But unfortunately the Aragalaya has now lost its original purpose,” he said.

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake