Breaking up ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest by FSP: NPP alliance condemns Police use of force

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:32 AM Jun 11 2020

The National People’s Power (NPP) alliance has vehemently condemned the use of force by Police Department officers before arresting a few political activists of the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), who staged a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest opposite the United States Embassy and Lipton Circus in Colombo on 9 June.

The NPP, issuing a media release, said that civil society activists should not leave room for the present Government to blatantly tamper with the democratic rights of the masses, while taking shelter under the COVID-19 situation here. They have stressed that the Government should accept the rights of the masses to engage in democratic and peaceful protests and demonstrations.

The NPP has alleged that in the run up to a crucial Election, the present regime had exhibited its nakedness in forcefully attempting to disrupt a peaceful and democratic protest staged by the FSP.

They have charged that the use of undue force by the Police at the protest staged by the FSP had further underscored the present administration’s determination to steer this country on the path towards a dictatorial and authoritarian style of governance, with no room left for the display of dissent by those opposed to them. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:32 AM Jun 11 2020

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