Sri Lanka Police arrested at least 12 persons who were protesting near the Parliament premises today afternoon (May 04).
Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa said to the media 10 men and 02 women were arrested.
The group of protesters were engaged in a protest along the Jayanthipura Road near Parliament holding banners, supporting the no-confidence motion against the government.
A tense situation also prevailed at the location after police arrested the protesters, for causing damage and inconvenience to the public.
SJB MP Manusha Nanayakkara alleged that the Police had abducted a group that was peacefully protesting near the parliament.
He appealed to the speaker to prevent a conflict situation from arising as a result of such incidents.
UPDATE: Another man was arrested at a separate entrance to parliament, when he was protesting alone. Accordingly, the number of arrestees increased to 13.
UPDATE – 07:25 PM: 13 youth protestors who were arrested for allegedly violating the parliamentary privileges of MPs during a protest near the parliament today were released on personal bail by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court.