Minister Weerasekara denies allegations of instructing CID to question protesting teachers
Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekara has refuted all allegations that he instructed the CID to question members of teachers’ unions engaged in strike.
Issuing a statement, the Department of Government Information stated that despite teachers being entitled to the right to protest, several teachers have engaged in the recent protests as a result of duress, and not because of their own willingness.
Moreover, teachers who had opposed the strikes and continued with online classes had lodged complaints at the CID, claiming that they had been threatened by the relevant leaders of these strikes.
This was brought to the Minister's attention by the teachers themselves, he had told the Department of Government Information.
He further pointed out that all schools in the Northern and Eastern provinces, including international schools, are continuing their academic activities smoothly, adding that only those students of government schools in the Southern province are affected currently.
Thus, while acknowledging one's democratic right to protests, Minister Weerasekara emphasised that stern legal action will be taken against those who interfere with the duty of Government officials.