Police fire tear gas at UNP protest

Sri Lanka Colombo tear gas canister shooting

Police fired tear gas at a protest organized by the United National Party today (Feb. 17) in front of the Colombo Fort railway station against the increase in fuel prices.

The protestors, which included members of several opposition parties, had attempted engage in a demonstration in front of the Fort railway station when police used tear gas to disperse them, Ada Derana reporter said.

It is said that several political parties of the opposition, except the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), had taken part in the joint protest, against the recent fuel price hike.

Meanwhile UNP MP Jayalath Jayawardena has reportedly been injured during the protest after a tear gas canister had struck his head.


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