The report appeared in a weekend national newspaper that the Army is to be used to contain protests is totally untrue.
The Director General of the Media Centre for National Security Lakshman Hulugalle said a certain news item was published stating that the Government will use the Army to contain protests in the future. He said that the Defence Ministry, Defence Secretary or the Security Board have not reached such a decision. He said when Buddhist Monks were staging a protest near the Temple Trees yesterday the police did not intervene. He requested the media to refrain from using such news items or to seek a clarification from the Media Centre or a responsible official prior to using them.