Sri Lanka Bar Association, opposition slam assault on protestors, UK, US concerned | Sinhala News

Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka’s top lawyers association has condemned assaults by security forces on peaceful protestors shortly after Ranil Wickremesinghe was made president while US envoy Julie Chung and UK High Commissioner Sarah Hulton expressed concern.

“The Bar Association strongly and unreservedly condemns the use of force and violence last night by authorities in attacking protestors at Galle Face in the vicinity of the Presidential Secretariat,” BASL chief Saliya Pieris said in a message calling for an inquiry.

“A cowardly assault against PEACEFUL protestors, who agreed to vacate the sites today,” Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said.

“A useless display of ego and brute force putting innocent lives at risk & endangers Sri Lanka’s international image, at a critical juncture.”

US envoy Julie Chung called for restraint and medical treatment for injured protestors.

“Deeply concerned about actions taken against protestors at Galle Face in the middle of the night,” said in a message.

“We urge restraint by authorities & immediate access to medical attention for those injured.”

Sri Lanka peaceful protest site raided as military called under emergency law

Protestors said they were assaulted while sources said 9 persons including one woman was admitted to hospital with minor injuries.

“Very concerned about reports from the Galle Face protest site, British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton said.

“We have made clear the importance of the right to peaceful protest.”

Police spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said persons who were occupying the Presidential secretariat and it environs were cleared to allow it to be used.

Newly appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe in a gazette notice under emergency law called out troops overnight to support police.

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