Joint opposition demonstrates against election fraud
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 February 2010, 12:19 GMT]
Several roads in Colombo city were blocked Wednesday afternoon due to a large demonstration launched by the joint opposition against the alleged manipulation of Sri Lanka's presidential election results, sources in Colombo said. The traffic around Lipton Circus, T.B.Jaya Mawatte, and Union Place almost came to a standstill due to the surge of demonstrators participating in the protest. Riot Police with tear gas canisters and batons are seen along the route of demonstration on standby, according to initial reports filed by media from the scene.
Earlier the Sri Lanka Police warned that any one who organizes such protest demonstration without permission from the law enforcement authority would be dealt severely.
Police also warned that they would quell any violent activities and disturbances during the unlawful demonstration.