Colombo JVP demonstration attracts more than 10,000

[TamilNet, Friday, 06 June 2003, 16:52 GMT]
More than ten-thousand members and activists, including parliamentary members of the Sinhala nationalist party, the Janta Vimukti Peramuna (JVP), took part in a massive rally in Sri Lankaís capital Colombo, Friday afternoon, protesting against attempts by the Sri Lanka government to hand over Northeast interim administration to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), political sources in Colombo said.

JVP protest in Colombo
Thousands of JVP protestors took to the streets in Colombo, Friday.
The protestors carried anti peace placards and shouted slogans against United National Front government.

The demonstration started from opposite the Fort railway station and marched towards Lipton Square where a protest meeting was held.

JVP propaganda secretary and party parliament group leader, Mr. Wimal Weerawansa and other JVP parliament members led the demonstration.

A large numbers of armed Special Task Forces troops and police were placed on alert. Sources said the troops were armed with tear gas, water cannon and batons, and guarded high security zone around the Prime Ministerís official residence.

JVP protest in Colombo
Thousands of JVP protestors took to the streets in Colombo, Friday.


JVP protest in Colombo
Hundreds of Police personnel were put on guard to prevent protestors entering the high security zone around Prime Ministerís official residence.


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